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Any ideas on a really good book I can read?

Asked by BeccaBoo (2715 points ) May 7th, 2011

I want to read something not too heavy but that will keep me hooked. Not fussed on what it’s about fact or fiction, am an avid reader (of trash mainly) so best place to open my mind is a book. Any suggestions please. Am off on holiday on Friday and want to take a good couple of weeks reading material. I will read ANYTHING (as long as its not about fishing please)

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incendiary_dan's avatar

Any of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

BeccaBoo's avatar

Love Terry Pratchett, but am lazy watched a few of his writings on sky one….Brilliant.

@noelleptc who wote A Great and Terrible Beauty?

tigerlilly2's avatar

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski amazing story, interesting set up. This book actally crawls into your mind and becomes a part of your every day life.

Blondesjon's avatar

Spalding Gray – Impossible Vacation

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BeccaBoo's avatar

@noelleptc Thank you…am on amazon buying right now :-)

dabbler's avatar

Best fiction I read recently was William Gibson “Pattern Recognition” You’ll find it in the science fiction section but my wife who nearly never reads science fiction liked it.

BeccaBoo's avatar

@tigerlilly2 that looks good too, have bought it…oh am loving this!

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BeccaBoo's avatar

@noelleptc I will…..after my hol’s of course :-)

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tedibear's avatar

Anything by Maeve Binchy. Though I do like her older things more than the newer. Anything from “Scarlet Feather” on back is great. Anything after that is just very good. Currently I’m re-reading “Good Grief” by Lolly Winston. It’s good, but don’t know if it’s available in the U.K. Also recommend “We Were the Mulvaneys” by Joyce Carol Oates.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Moving and well written: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Barrows and Shaffer
More intense: Testimony by Anita Shreve
Women at home during WWII, gently but very well written: Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg.
All are good vacation reading.

marinelife's avatar

Almost anything by Bill Bryson.

drdoombot's avatar

I’m almost through A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin, and surprisingly, it’s just as good as everyone says it is (I was skeptical after hating The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a book everyone else seemed to love).

As beautiful as the HBO show is… the book is still better. But that’s usually the case for any book adaptation.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@marinelife : A Walk in the Woods had me almost peeing my pants! I love that guy! I have the house one, haven’t read it yet.

Faze44's avatar

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho its not what you expect from the title, excellent story,it held me,found it riveting and resonating, check out his website and facebook page I would love to meet him one day he looks so wise, handsome and cool.:)

ragingloli's avatar

The Elegant Universe by Dr. Brian Greene.
The God Delusion by Dr. Richard Dawkins.
The Selfish Gene by Dr. Richard Dawkins.
The greatest show on Earth by Dr. Richard Dawkins.

Ladymia69's avatar

@Blondesjon That’s a hell of a mother’s day book choice.

Anything by Tom Robbins is great fun.

Blondesjon's avatar

@ladymia69 . . . she did say she wanted to read something trashy on holiday . . .

jaytkay's avatar

Water for Elephants is a quick, fun read and au courant with the movie and all.

Kardamom's avatar

We’ve had a lot of these favorite book questions lately, so forgive me, all you other Fluthers that already saw these answers, but because @BeccaBoo has not seen them, I’ll re-post my favorites.

The Help by Katharine Stockett. An excellent period piece, described in different voices, about African-American housekeepers/nannies in the south during the 1960’s. It’s a very poignant, and sometimes very funny and sometimes heartbreaking. Many different perspectives are given by the housekeepers, and the employers. Amazing dialogue and strong women characters.

The Persian Pickle Club or Alice’s Tulips by Sandra Dallas. Two different period pieces, the first set in the depression and the second one set during the civil war. Both have the theme of quilting running through them. Both are about groups of women and how they live their day to day lives and survive their difficult situations. But there is lots of great dialogue, and a lot of it is very funny. Each book also has a mystery each with its own twists and turns. Great imagery and dialogue from each of the time periods.

Any books in the Lumby series by Gail Fraser (but it’s best to read them in order) About a 30 something power couple that decides to leave the rat race, back East, to move to a quirky small town in Colorado that they discovered on their honeymoon. They decide to buy a plot of land and restore an old burned out Abbey and turn it into a bed and breakfast. The locals are kind of suspicious of them at first, but they all become devoted friends in a matter of time. The monks, who lived in the Abbey, also become very good friends and tell them about the mysterious past of the Abbey and the couple end up helping the monks to start a small business by using the “fruits of land.” You will love all of the townsfolk and the monks and the couple.

Any books in the Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross (but read them in order) About a repressed, but dignified older woman who has recently become widowed and found out that her husband was worth millions and had been hiding it from her. She has very different ideas about how to handle money than her dead husband did. He also has another “little secret” that shows up on Miss Julia’s door. Miss Julia, still reeling from all of the secrets, and realizing what a bad guy her husband was, starts to change her mind about all sorts of things, from love to friendship, to religious tolerance, and whilst doing so, she falls in love with a wonderful man, although she keeps him at arms length in the beginning, and finds herself wrapped up in the middle of an unlikely adventure with a young boy. Miss Julia’s maid, Lillian is both the voice of reason, and the spreader of gossip, and Miss Julia’s confidante and partner in crime. Really funny dialogue and great situations that you might not expect from a woman of her stature and age. This is an ensemble cast too. Everybody fits in so perfectly.

Any books in the Hot Flash series by Nancy Thayer (read them in order and don’t be put off by the silly sounding title, it’s about a group of unlikely middle aged women that meet at a friend’s wedding and become instant friends. It’s about their lives together and with their lovers, husbands and children, and there’s always a mystery to be solved by the group or a project to be attacked) You will laugh and cry and root for them all.

And anything at all by Fannie Flagg, but especially Standing in the Rainbow which is simply an extraordinary story about a seemingly ordinary family and all the ordinary people in their small town during the early 1950’s. Mostly you will smile, and about 2 thirds of the way into the book is a part where you will bawl like a baby. But the book has a happy, if extraordinarily happy ending. You will feel so refreshed, but longing for a simpler life. There is a really good sequel to this book, that is a completely different story and is written through the eyes of another character from Standing in the Rainbow book called Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven which was also marvelous. Flagg’s other books that come to mind are Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe and Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. Anything this woman touches is a priceless gem.

I read a lot of books, but the ones on this list were extremely good and I couldn’t put them down and I still wanted more. I would share these with everyone if I could. I think men would like them OK, but most women will love them. One of my best friends is a gay man and he is completely enamored by the Miss Julia books. So as soon as I’m done, I immediately pass it on to him and then he shares it with a senior lady, who’s one of his best friends.

klutzaroo's avatar

Start with “One for the Money” and go all the way to… 16, I think, if the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. Plus the between the numbers ones, one for almost every major holiday. :)

gondwanalon's avatar

How about “The Memoirs of Richard Nixon”......OK now that you have stopped laughing, this is seriously a very readable, enlightening, informative, explicit an even suspense-ridden book. It is well over 1000 pages and I just could not put it down. I think that it is also important presidential history that includes Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson and many presidential candidates as well as many many eventful moments in Nixon’s vary volatile career include his many failed political campaigns, his trips to South America, USSR and China and much much more. He gives special attention of course the Watergate mess where he admits that a reasonable person would conclude that there was a cover up. We’ve all heard many different sources tell what a terrible man and President Nixon was. Why not get the story right from Nixon himself? Nixon presents what appears to be an honest presentation of his life. However you view Richard Nixon, this book is definitely a very good read.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@BeccaBoo What did you end up reading?

zenvelo's avatar

I just started Hunger Games and am loving it!

starsofeight's avatar

Try the short stories of Kieth Laumer.

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