The best reads ever!

Philippines
April 21, 2011 3:49am CST
I am an avid fan of books. I have always been found reading books in my spare time eversince I was young. However, it's been a hobby that I'm getting to do less and less. I would like to know what books people are reading right now. I'm more of a Cecelia Ahern fan and the like. I also like Nicholas Sparks' books. How about you guys? Who knows, I might take your suggestions or you can take mine.
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• United States
21 Apr 11
I'm a big fantasy reader, and while I do venture outside the genre on occasion... it is pretty rare for me. Some of my favorite books of all time are The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, The Magic Kingdom of Landover series by Terry Brooks, The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon, The Legend of the Guardian-King series by Karen Hancock, and Oracles of Fire series by Byran Davis.
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
Among all the books you mentioned, I'm only familiar with the first three. With regards to the first two, I found them to be great reads but as for the Lord of the Rings, I'm not quite a fan of Tolkien's writing. The characters are okay and all but all the talking bored me. It was more or less a snorefest for me. I'm not trying to say it's no good. It's just my opinion. :D
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• United States
22 Apr 11
I understand... I don't expect everybody to like what I read! lol. I don't consider myself the final authority on what makes a good book (unlike some people I know). I'll admit that Tolkien's a bit long and drawn out, but I consider myself pretty easy to please writing-style wise... I'll read children's books, YA books, old classics, and new best sellers pretty indiscriminately. To me it's less about how the words are written down on the page and more about how compelling the story is and how much I love the characters.
• Philippines
24 Apr 11
Yeah, to each his own. But there are just some people who think they know better. It's annoying. Anyway, yeah, as long as the book has a rgreat story, I'll read it. But the style of writing also matters to me. Although the story may be as appealing, I won't be getting to the end of it once I find it to be dragging.
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@pokumon (645)
• United States
21 Apr 11
Besides reading for classes I recently started reading two books. One is a novel entitled The Namesake about Indian Americans. The other is a nonfiction book by one of my professors (John Allman) and an expert on schizophrenia. The book is called The Human Illnesses: Neuropsychiatric disorders and the nature of the brain. He also wrote Evolving Brains which was very interesting. We got to dissect sheep's brain in that class.
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
Wow, so you most probably are a med student, huh? I think I'd enjoy dissecting an animal's brain. I've also been interested in psychological disorders and have had the chance to interact with a schizophrenic patient. Let's just say I'll be looking these books up. Thanks!
@pokumon (645)
• United States
22 Apr 11
Not medical. Just biology major so I'll probably be a scientist once I graduate. I don't have what it takes to become a doctor. My parents want me to become a psychologist or a pharmacist, but I'm not really interested in either. What I really wish is that I could become a musician, but alas all my time is taken up by study.
• Philippines
24 Apr 11
Oh! But still, when you end up becoming a scientist, you get called doc anyways. Haha music will be given no time once you're in such a field. I still hope you get to live that dream somehow, though. :)
@jennyze (7045)
• Indonesia
21 Apr 11
Books are expensive here in Indonesia, especially the ones imported. So, I look for used books to buy and read, therefore the options are limited as most of them are left over by tourists who came to Bali for holidaying. Most of them are romance novels, still I prefer the ones by Linda Howard, Iris Johansen, some of Dan Brown books. Of course I also like Harry Potter series, Twilight series and The Lord of the Rings series.
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
I see. Why are the books there expensive? I've bought one or two books which have been used. Although there is quite a limited selection in that section, I still found a book worth reasing. It was The Mask by R.L. Stine. I bought it thinking I was going to be reading about that cartoon character who was played by Jim Carrey in the movies! Hahaha But it's a great read, though if you're into some fictional psychothriller.
@jennyze (7045)
• Indonesia
25 Apr 11
I think I am into anything, as long as it is well written and of course depends on my mood at the time... I meant imported new books are expensive. I rarely read Indonesian novels.
• United States
21 Apr 11
How about something very different than what you have been reading. A very good book, unique and well written is Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. It is a good read. I also enjoyed The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy, a good techno-military thriller the plot screams along at break neck speed.
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
Hmm, I'll have a look into you title suggestions. I've read some books of the same genre but I'm not really that fond of those kinds of books. But I'll try, though. I tend to doze off when reading them. Lol
• India
21 Apr 11
I liked Harry potter series, panchtantram, Chicken Soup for Soul , twilight , Romeo and juliet ,other classic, The godfather
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
As a kid, I read Romeo and Juliet. But I didn't fully understand it so I guess I'm going to have to reread it someday. :)
21 Apr 11
I love reading, too! My favorite kind of books is academic :D
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
For real? You love reading school books? The only books I used to love reading back when I was in school were those with stories. Haha Those textbooks for other subject were only used when the need persists.