Thursday, December 04, 2008

Calling all Bookworms

I know you're out there. Those of you who would rather read than watch television. Or read while you watch television, whichever.

I am now finding myself with more free time than I remember having in years. Yay! So I come to you all for help. I need suggestions for what to read next. I just finished the Harry Potter series but I don't really know where to go from here. It's been so long since I read for pure pleasure. I'll read just about anything that's written well but my preferences seem to be for historical accounts. I'm currently reading the Mountain Meadows Massacre book that everyone's been talking about. Please don't suggest Twilight. It took me this long to want to pick up the Harry Potter books. But other fiction is welcome.

This will also help Husband if he still needs ideas of what to get me for Christmas. I asked for books but couldn't give too many specifics.

Thanks for the help. Hopefully your suggestions will keep me sufficiently occupied until American Idol starts next month.


Astrid said...

I enjoy reading Isaac Singer and Imre Kertesz, their books are stimulating and the language is used brilliantly. Sometimes I really have to think and I'm not always in my reading comfort zone, but I think that's a good thing.

Mia said...

Some of my favorites are Blindness by Jose Saramago, Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, and anything by Ursula Hegi. I'm also currently reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and loving it.

None of them are sci-fi, I promise. But they are all fiction. Non-fiction makes me feel like I'm in school :)

Alissa said...

oh my dog... i have to recommend my current favs... tho, it's not historical fiction... it's actually hysterical non-fiction...

first. Stiff by Mary Roach. The secret lives of Human Cadavers. (All about how they use cadavers. but not gross.)

Next: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. Seriously fascinating look at first impressions and how they form our lives.

Finally: Bonk by Mary Roach (her again). The subtitle: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (if that doesn't get your interest piqued, I don't know what will.)

Roach has this way of writing about real stuff that makes what she's writing about light and funny. But also very interesting at the same time. I really think you'd like it.

Smathers House of Girls said...

I just finished the Twilight series and I wasn't all that impressed. Stolen Innocence was pretty interesting. (it was the one about the girl who grew up in a polygamous sect and had to marry her first cousin) As far as fiction, I love The Lovely Bones and My Sisters Keeper is a great book too. J.K. Rowling just released a new book today too. I think it's the tales of beetle the bard. Jake really likes reading vince flynn. I guess he writes political spy fiction..or something like that.

Cami said...

1. ORYX & CRAKE by Margaret Atwood is AMAZING!!!!! Witty, satiric, fast-passed, totally engaging and thrilling and irreverent and all the rest!!

2. GILEAD by Marilynn Robinson is BEAUTIFUL. Slow, melodic, touching, deep, reverent, and, I would even say, life-changing.

Summer said...

I recently read the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. It is a series of five books (beginning with "The Book of Three") derived from Welsh mythology. It is pretty similar in story to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and other such hero stories.
It is categorized as children's literature. But that is where I tend to get most of my reading material these days.

Anonymous said...

Check out Centennial by James Michener. I could never get into his other stuff, but that book is one of my all-time favorites.

La Yen said...

Serio on Suite Francaise. It is a solid brilliant.

I LOVE LOVE LOVED Sin in the Second City, and Havana Nocturne. They both have smut, but it is HISTORICAL smut.

Also, Encyclopedia Brown, Trixie Belden and the Hardy Boys. Don't ask.

Karyn said...

just finished the Red Tent & it's a good historical/ fiction one. It's a Bible story-jacob, Rachel & Leah.

John, Megan and girls said...

So, I have far too many to recommend to just send a list, but I'll send you an invitation to join Goodreads. It's a great site that I try to keep up with. It has all the stuff I've read, and I usually have reviews, though I do sometimes have spoilers, sorry.

shelly said...

I'm seconding Stiff and Encyclopedia Brown.

My favs of all time are
East of Eden
Cry the Beloved Country
The Metamorphosis
Peter Pan
The Lord of the Rings (but I read them before the movies came out...not sure what I'd think now)

Rich Dad Poor Dad books
I dunno. I read a lot of non-fiction but it's so specific to my interests I don't know what you would like to read.


Nate said...

i dont read.