|Good booksPage 4 of 5 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)|
|i just finished lawrence scanlan's the horse god built. scanlan, a canadian writer, wanted to write a secretariat biography and discovered a rarely-mentioned character in the great horse's drama. eddie 'shorty' sweat, the horse's groom, spent more time with big red than any of the other connections. grooms work harder than any other track workers and get the least recognition. the book details sweat's devotion to the champion and secretariat's bond with the groom. scanlan creates a portrait of loyalty, race relations and the seldom-scene world of the backstretch worker.|
Posted: 11/6/2008 1:05:17 PM
|Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have written several excellent books together. These are fast-paced, intelligent thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Two of the best are Thunderhead and Mount Dragon.|
Posted: 11/7/2008 5:41:20 AM
|I sure think John Steinbeck got a bad rap over "Grapes of Wrath". It was meant to be sympathetic to Oklahomans and other poor people during the depression, but to this day some people, especially the elderly, seem to resent him. Would love to read 2 new biographies that have recently been published about him, but I do not have the titles, yet.|
Posted: 11/7/2008 6:00:20 PM
|If you liked the Kite Runner...you will LOVE A 1000 Spendid Suns also by Khaled Hosseini|
Posted: 11/8/2008 2:10:53 AM
|Try matthew reilly|
excellent fast paced books
lots of fun and dont have to think too much
Posted: 11/8/2008 9:11:46 PM
|The Way The Crow Flies by Anne Marie MacDonald|
Crow Lake by Mary Larson
Fall On Your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Life of Pi by Jann Martel ?
Posted: 11/9/2008 2:14:16 PM
|"Kiss My Tiara: How to rule the world as a smart-mouthed goddess" |
...but the one I'd recommend to most POFers..
"He's just not that into you"
Posted: 11/9/2008 5:06:28 PM
|i just started the audacity of hope by barack obama. a thought-provoking read and very insightful. but i think the secretariat bio i mentioned earlier is more riveting.|
Posted: 12/30/2008 6:09:51 PM
|Just finishedThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It was uplifting, a quick read. All that positive thinking/law of attraction stuff applied in a story. |
Is there a website that is good for book reviews and has forum threads by individual book?
Posted: 2/5/2009 10:07:21 PM
|A Dream Of Eagles series by Jack Whyte, its called The Camulod Chronicles in the U.S.|
It is a great take on the King Arthur story.
State Of Fear by Michael Crichton is a great read aso........
Posted: 2/5/2009 10:20:50 PM
|Nine Hours to Rama, by Stanley Wolpert. A novel about a day in the life of an assassin in 1948 Delhi, India. Published in 1962. I found it at a thrift store for fifty cents. My favorite novel.|
Posted: 2/6/2009 1:11:31 AM
|i usually read books by the author|
i read like 25 books from V.C. andrews, if you are a first timer i recommend heaven and then follow the series, gotta love flowers in the attic
in middle school i was a huge R.L.stine fear street fan , read dozens of his stuff
i also read alot of lurlene mcdaniels, most of her books are about cancer patients or deadly illness like crystic fibrosis and leukemia
HUGE fan of anne rice, she really writes beautifully
i also like ann rule, her books are pretty much a summary of true crimes of the west coast
defit a jane austen fan , i havent read all of her books but i love fanny price in mansfield park
i am defit a sucker for romance but im picky on the story line , its gotta be capturing
the first romance romance novel i read was Candle in the window i loved it
i use to read the fearless series by francine prascal even though its a little far fetched it is an interesting and very fast read and appeals to the "bad ass " side of us women
i like alot of self help books as well , i have read "hes just not that into you " and i'd recommend to any female esp the "nice " girls
i also recommend LOVE SHOCK to those with a broken heart , reading about what your going through can defit help
i also liked TOXIC people by lillian glass
The Heart of the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
i like any books that have to do with understanding people
recently been reading the J.R. ward black daggerwood series, its not for everyone but i like it because you like the characters
HUGe fan of charlain harris, and the sookie stack house series, they recently made a HBO tv series on her books called TRUE blood
im in the middle of the crimson petal and the white, by michael faber, i have not finished but so far so good,if you love history i recommend this book, he reminds me of anne rice, he writes beautifuly with lots of details
Posted: 2/6/2009 12:03:23 PM
|Anything by Kurt Vonnegut or Douglas Coupland is great!!|
Posted: 2/6/2009 1:09:55 PM
|There's a great new book coming out in the Spring, Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie, she's a new writer, well newly published novel anyway. Look for it! |
To Kill a Mockingbird, is a book I've been reading since childhood and never get tired of.
For fun reads I like the Jennifer Weiner books.
Rising Tide and The Great Influenza by John H. Barry were extremely interesting reads. The first is about the Mississippi River and the great floods, and the latter is about how the flu spread and killed so many during WWI, they are both a history lesson and a warning to those who don't learn from history. I had no idea that the flu effected even the out come of Germany after the war that lead to Hitler coming to power. Amazing stuff, but can be a slow read.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, one of my all-time favorites.
Posted: 2/6/2009 2:26:41 PM
|Change of Heart by Jodi Piccolut was absolutely incredible... don't be scared of by the talk of religion and spirituality in the reviews!|
Posted: 2/6/2009 6:30:28 PM
|It's Only A Mountain by D ick and Rick Hoyt. |
I openly cried and laughed on my bus rides to work in the morning. If you EVER feel like giving up, read and re-read this book!
Posted: 2/6/2009 10:42:45 PM
|I've just started Small Wonder, a collection of essays by Barbara Kingsolver. Really beautiful stuff. Everything I've read of hers has moved me.|
Posted: 2/7/2009 10:32:53 AM
|I'm a HUGE Neil Gaiman fan. HUGE. Just finished his latest, "The Graveyard Book", and loved it. Dying to go see "Coraline" because the book was so good. I like his more adult works the best though. "American Gods" was excellent. I highly recommend it.|
Posted: 2/7/2009 10:47:40 AM
|The Shack. I love how it was written.|
Posted: 2/7/2009 11:42:43 AM
|Anything by any of these authors:|
Erica ? (damn her last name escapes me at this moment! lol)
Posted: 2/7/2009 2:01:25 PM
|My favorites include:|
Anything by Dostoevsky...one of the greatest IMO
Henry Miller.. read everything he wrote, liked Nin by association, but didn't find her to be in the same league as Miller.
Margaurite Duras... The Lover was incredible
The Marquis de Sade.. read Juliette if you have an afternoon or a few (!)...it is hard to develop an "ear" for it at first, due to the stilted 1700's style of language, but well worth it! Somewhat "amatuerish" style (as if I am in any postion to criticize) but brilliant--you have to consider the circumstances under which it was written...it forever colored my world.
Anything by Steinbeck: To a God Unknown was "spooky"
Tennessee William's short stories are Great
Baltasar Gracian: The Art of Worldly Wisdom-- an easy, but profound read
Baudelaire: Paris Spleen---you Won't be disappointed!
There are so many more...much of what was posted before, I have to agree with. To read a great book is to slake a deep thirst... Nothing else will do.
I tend to read books in spits and spats. I suddenly get in the mood and read a half dozen or more, then go for months without reading any kind of literature.
I am hearing quite a bit about Gaiman, here and elsewhere. I will have to investigate this author.
Posted: 2/7/2009 7:13:16 PM
|The Tent Peg Aritha van Herk. Recommending reading esp. for fishes.|
Posted: 2/8/2009 8:10:17 AM
|Two Cups of Tea by Gregg Mortinson, nonfiction. About his travels in arabic countries, and how he started raising money to build schools in some of the most remote parts of them. Excellent book. Look him up on the net.|
The Known World by Edward P. Jones. fiction. About a slave who obtained freedom, started a business, and was a slave owner himself. Very interesting book.
And of course, The Bible, read it almost daily.
Posted: 2/11/2009 7:49:08 PM
|Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis|
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera (far, far better than the film)
The Hours, by Michael Cunningham (even better than the film, which was pretty darn good)
Notes From Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Overcoat; The Nose; by Nikolai Gogol
The Human Stain; Deception; Portnoy's Complaint; by Phillip Roth (loved his description of it as "putting the id back into Yid!")
Love In The Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
When the Women Come Out to Dance, by Elmore Leonard (first book of his I've ever read, will not be the last)
*anything* by Charles Bukowski but particularly: Women; Post Office; Ham On Rye
Nausea, by Jean Paul Sartre
Posted: 2/12/2009 9:23:27 PM
|I recently got into some awesome non-fiction military books.|
House to House-SSG David Bellavia. Awesome look into what things are like in Iraq when it was bad.
The Rescue of River City- Maj Drew Dix (Ret) Medal of Honor recipient. Reading this one is like reading Rambo, the only difference is its true.
Twice Armed- Col Alan King. Easily the most influential book on Middle east culture I have read.
General Patton's Principles: For Life and Leadership-Porter B. Williamson. Offers an amazing look into one of the best military tacticians and leaders of the 20th century.
And any good translation of Sun Tzu's Art of War needs to be on everyone's bookshelf.