What are you reading right now? What was the last thing you read?

United States
October 10, 2007 10:50am CST
I just finished the latest Harry Potter and it was amazing. I need a new book to lose myself in. What have you read lately that you liked? What is your favorite book of all time?
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Oct 07
I am reading 'Barchester Towers" , a novel about church people, especially a family with a minister and gives an incite into the Anglican Church of the nineteenth century. I am also reading Stephen King's book "On Writing," and have just finished "Madame Bovary," which is rather racy for the 19th century and is about this woman who has an affair with a handsome cad while married, squanders all her wealth in supporting the bum (sound familiar? I watch Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown) and finally kills herself when she has nothing. It is a French book and there is quite a lot of descriptions of dress, fashion, who wore what, etc. Now you know why Paris was the Fashion capital of the world. I suppose they have always been that way.
• United States
11 Oct 07
Thank you for the great suggestions, I've always meant to read Madame Bovary, just never got around to it. I've read the Stephen King book. It's like the writer's bible.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
10 Oct 07
I just finished the book "Confessions of a Slacker Wife" but I didn't really like it. Right now I am reading "The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz. It is a page-turner, and I have a hard time putting it down once I start, so I try to make sure I won't have any interruptions when I pick it up (like after the kids are in bed). I really like the Harry Potter series too. But my favorite book of all time is "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" by Mitch Albom.
• United States
11 Oct 07
I've read some Koontz and I like him, but I have a hard time with anything too scary. I get nightmares! I'll read the Mitch Albom book. Thanks for your suggestions!
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
10 Oct 07
I just finished Jewel Kilcher's "A night without armor" poetry volume.She had many images that I liked, and some seemed a little young, all around a good read.I'm not sure what I will pick up next, but it will be soon.I love Anne Rice and ray Bradburyand have the softest spot in my heart for Emily Dickinson.
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• United States
10 Oct 07
I read that when it came out. I enjoyed it as well. I love all those authors too! Alan Lightman is another favorite of mine.
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• United States
11 Oct 07
I recently read Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck. It isn't exactly a page-turner, but it does send you a clear message. My favorite book is Of Mice and Men (again by Steinbeck). It isn't really a novel, though - it's more of a short story. I really recommend it. It's concise, descriptive, and really is the book that's made me think the most about it and has evoked the most emotion.
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• United States
11 Oct 07
Thanks for the suggestions. I have read both of those books and you're right, they're great.
• United States
10 Oct 07
I am reading 2010 by Arthur Clarke. It is the sequel to 2001 which was written concurrently with the movie that came out in 1968. I was watching part of the movie "2010" and thought I should try to read the series. Though 2001 was a short book, it was pretty boring until the last few dozen pages. 2010 is better so far, though it is still slow. Of course, everything that is written about in those books is out of date as they were written a long time ago. I always say that Born Free is my favorite all time book, but I have enjoyed others. I really liked East of Eden by Steinbeck and the Anne of Green Gables series as well.
• United States
11 Oct 07
I used to love the Anne of Green Gables books! I should re read those. Thanks!
@loumcm (31)
• Italy
11 Oct 07
you won't believe me but i've never read a harry potter's book. tried to see a moovie but I get annoyed... and it's strange 'cause I like child tales. now i'm reading The historian by Elisabeth Kostova. You might not like the subject (it's on Vlad Prince, also known like Dracula). but the historical research made while writing the book is really really good (if you like (as I do) history. Favorite book? Hard question to reply: as far as I remember i remember all my life with a book in my hands... and every book has fixed a certain point of my life.. you know, like it happens to somebody with the songs. one of my favorite anyway is 20000 alloys under the seas (sorry maybe translation is not corect, the one of Verne to be clearer). I also loved Neve (Snow) by Firmine. I loved It and Dolores Clayborne by King. Another really, beautiful one was Frankestein by mary shelley (moovie was played by K. Branagh and a fantastic Robert de Niro)... My dream is to write a book as Eco does... but if you like tales, why don't you try with stand by be (always by King?). let me know what you normally like to read, I'd like to share all my favourite authors and their books with you! Take care, lou
• United States
11 Oct 07
I'm a sissy when it comes to anything scary. For a while I was reading lots of books by King and Koontz and they were awesome, but I couldn't sleep! I don't have a preferred genre, although I do find I enjoy things that have a surreal quality like 100 Years of Solitude by Marquez or Kafka on the Shore.
@loumcm (31)
• Italy
11 Oct 07
Stand by me by King is not scaring... a beatiful history of friendship... if you like marquez - as i do - i suggest (if not already read yet) the love to the time of the colera (wishing translation's correct). I read somebody suggested the alchemist by coehlo: a really great book, don't loose it. In the same time i also suggest marion zimmer bradley books and - remaining on Marquez style, maybe you'll like the house of the spirits bi allende. lou
• United States
13 Oct 07
Thank you very much! I have read Stand book by King, it was great. I'll add those other books to my growing list.
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
I am currently chewing Sidney Shieldon novels. It is about revenge as the usual theme of Sidney. His storyline is very good because it gives you hope even in the most downfall times. In situations you think there is no way to solve. Sidney finds a way! Maybe thats one of novelsit's talent. My favorite book of all time so far is the alchemist by Paolo Coelho. Its very simple read and full of life's lessons.
• United States
11 Oct 07
I seem to remember hearing good things about the Alchemist. Thank you!
@Savvynlady (3685)
• United States
11 Oct 07
At present, I am reading Master P's Guaranteed Success, which is motivating me for my best. I love the message he's promoting(YOU CAN BE A SUCCESS) and writing notes all over that book. I like it moreso because you can put your thoughts and ideas there. At the local Walmart.
• United States
11 Oct 07
That's right! Anyone CAN be a success. Good insight!
@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
11 Oct 07
I just finished "The Art Thief" by Noah Charney, which I reviewed for Gather. I loved this book. It was full of descriptions of museums, auctions, and art in general, all tied in with a mystery (thefts of 3 artworks from different countries). The author (in real life) is an art historian who specializes in theft, so he brings a lot of insight and fun to the story. Some of my favorite books are by John Irving, who I think is a great writer and Stuart Dybek, who writes about Chicago and is less well known, but maybe even better than Irving.
• United States
11 Oct 07
Ooh, I love anything about art. I've taken quite a few art history classes. Thank you for the suggestion!
12 Oct 07
Harry potter is great The latest book I read was zero limits by Jo Vitale. My favorite fiction authors would be Christopher Moore and Tom Robbins.