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Hello! I'm just new here and I realized that it was a right decision to join this community. There are so many book readers and lovers here. Now I'm going to post a question to every one who'll bother to answer. Can you recommend some really good books for me to read? It can be classic novels or contemporary but no sci-fi for me. So any suggestion... please? Thanks!

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disreprivalize
Sep. 13th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hop on Pop - Dr. Seuss, PhD
A gripping tale of family, triumph over adversity and gravity.
thelotusqueen
Sep. 13th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
:D You rock
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flamycakes
Sep. 13th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. Highly interesting novel about breeding your own freaks.

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. Hard to follow, but so damn funny. Pretty existensial too.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Really, really hard to read (the footnotes have footnotes) but I didn't want to leave my house after I read it. Because it's scary.

1984 by George Orwell. If anyone hasn't read it, they need to. It's a staple.



Anything by Faulkner. He's awesome.

mocassie
Sep. 13th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
I agree with catch 22. i loved it so much.
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jjinde
Sep. 13th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Alexander McCall Smith has several great series out. I really love the Scotland street series (44 Scotland Street is the first I thnk), and his series The NO. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (set in Botswana)is wonderful. He also has another one about Isabel Dalhousie that I enjoy. The Isabel series can get a little wordy in my opinion. The main character is a philosopher and can sometimes go on a bit but they are still worth the read. There are enough books in those 3 series to keep you busy on a deserted island for a while!
Good luck in your quest and I hope that you try them.
leota
Sep. 13th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
I also read the first Ladies' Dectective Agency book, I enjoyed it!
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leota
Sep. 13th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
My favorite books I've read so far this year...

Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl
Little Children - Tom Perrota
Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay (also read the other two in the series, they're all good!)
Absurdistan - Gary Shteyngart
No One Belongs Here More Than You - Miranda July
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz (the main character is a sci-fi geek, but the book is not sci-fi -- it's wonderful!)
diguiii
Sep. 13th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Read them both this year and I really really loved them.
xgreen_bananax
Sep. 13th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
I second Memoirs of a Geisha! That was a truly awesome book.
Also,

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

And The Lord of the Rings triology by J.R.R. Tolkien, if you're into fantasy. It is a bit difficult to get through at times, but I'm on The Two Tower at the moment, and I'm finding it to be really great.
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marypendarvis
Sep. 13th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
Follow the river is an awesome story...based on truth,one of my top 5 favorites.Then 2nd is Mutant message from down under..a great story!
turnupthestatic
Sep. 13th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
i love Always Running by Luis Rodriguez and Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins. Probably the best two books I've read in a couple of years.
dellasera
Sep. 13th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace-- huge, but I read it in a week because I couldn't put it down

Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins (or anything by him, see turnupthestatic's recommendation). Regular novel length, also a page-turner and I recommend it to everyone.
thelotusqueen
Sep. 13th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Have to second Geek Love-- absolutely amazing though not for the easily squicked.

Have you read The Book Thief? I adored that book but most people seem to have read it already.

What are your tastes like? What are some of your favorite books? It'll be easier to rec stuff if we have an idea of what you've already read and enjoyed :)
flamycakes
Sep. 14th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
ooooh. Yeah, The Book Thief(by Markus Zusak) is really good. I'm reading it right now, the descriptions of everything are really beautiful. Set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death.
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comments_first
Sep. 13th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Hmm I would have to say that you should read,
The Queen's Fool by Phillippa Gregory
Firebringer by David Clement Davis

and my favorite,
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradly.
irnan
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Jeffrey Eugenides: The Virgin Suicides. Bit older by now, but oh boy. Creepy and funny and thoughtful.
lucy_k_p
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
The five people you meet in heaven - Mitch Albom

Hardboiled wonderland and the end of the world - Haruki Murakamie

The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue

The woman in white - Wilkie Colins

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

All books I have read and loved. A bit of a fantasy theme (Except for Woman in white.)
lucy_k_p
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Bah, Haruki Murakami, with no e, and you'll need to find an English translation, although that shouldn't be difficult, most stores stock them.
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newwaytowrite
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
A book that
was a pleasure to read and one that the writer so artfully rendered the aged and the youthful was

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.
mocassie
Sep. 14th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
I loved it so much.
wonderspacedog
Sep. 14th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Recently I've been reading a lot of Haruki Murakami. He's a great author.
His novels are great (dance dance dance was my favorite so far...)

but I actually prefer his short stories, he has a great collection of them in a book called Blind Willow, Sleeping Women.
blissery
Sep. 14th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
don't forget after the quake. :D
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