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Can anyone recommend some good fiction novels?

Asked by ChocolateCoveredStarfish (222 points ) June 18th, 2011

I like reading to kill time but I seem to have read all the books in my house. I think a trip to the library is in order. I’m not too picky on genres and I am 18 and female.

Oh, and I really like books that make you laugh, or cry.

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tom_g's avatar

Rather pedestrian, but how about The Road ?

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

I just reread ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. So awesome now that it is not assigned reading.

sarahtalkpretty's avatar

As a female of your age some of my best reads were Perfume (it has since become a movie I think), The Painted Bird, The Master and Margarita, Bright Lights Big City.. more recently, Love in the Time of Cholera, Me Talk Pretty One Day…and a crime/thriller series that is totally out of character for me; the most recently read one is “The Glass Rainbow.”

incendiary_dan's avatar

Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.

Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess
The Doctor is Sick by Anthony Burgess
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

fundevogel's avatar

Good Omens is a worthy read. And this is coming from someone that is neither a Gaiman nor Pratchett fan. It’s a humorous book about the coming apocalypse.

For more serious reading I recommend Catch-22 or Sharp Teeth. Or, if you really have time to kill, Cancer Ward. But that’s the sort of book I’d only attempt on a holiday where I knew I’d be traveling a lot. At least that’s how I managed to read the whole thing.

squirbel's avatar

Darkborn, try it :)

Kardamom's avatar

There’s a bunch of great books on This Other Thread, including my own list, if you scroll down and look for my yellow squash avatar. I didn’t want to re-post them here, because a lot of folks have already seen my list umpteen times. I think you will enjoy any and all of them though. : )

But I will add to that list: Winter Solstice and The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.

Bellatrix's avatar

I always find these questions difficult, because there are so many fabulous books. Many of my favourites have already been mentioned. However, I also really like John Steinbeck’s books.

For instance:-

Of Mice and Men
The Grapes of Wrath
East of Eden
Cannery Row.

Thomas Harris, Silence of the Lambs.

I haven’t read them for ages and ages but Stephen Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, were a good yarn if you like fantasy.

Henri Charrierre’s Papillon.

Works by Charles Dickens. Great Expectations is one of my all time favourites.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

TexasDude's avatar

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
John Dies at the End by David Wong

AshLeigh's avatar

Anything by Ellen Hopkins.
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder.
The Uglies series.
The House Of Night Novels. (If you like Vampires)
The Adoration Of Jenna Fox. (I foget who it’s by…)
North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley.
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER by Dan Wells. (Sound weird, but it’s SO good)

beckk's avatar

Looking for Alaska by John Green

SavoirFaire's avatar

Damn it! I can’t believe I forgot to mention Good Omens! Well, if you want something else that’s funny, I highly recommend the Pirates! series by Gideon Defoe. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is a good place to start. Also, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Returning to the non-comedic side:

The Innocence of the Devil by Nawal El Saadawi
The Stone of Laughter by Hoda Barakat
Disciples of Passion by Hoda Barakat
Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai
Touba and the Meaning of Night by Shahrnush Parsipur
The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist by Emile Habiby
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov (as translated by Dmitri Nabokov)

fundevogel's avatar

@SavoirFaire ha! My friend gave me that Pirates! book for my birthday a few years back. It is a quick silly read. And Aardman is animating it! The Doctor will be Charles Darwin.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@fundevogel That is amazing. I am unreasonably excited about this.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

A Song of Ice and Fire is really big right now, although it’s a bit rough for my tastes.

lillycoyote's avatar

I hate to be pedantic, I really do… I just can’t help myself sometimes… but novels, by definition, are fiction. There is no such thing as a non-fiction novel and no such thing as a novel that is not a work of fiction. God, I make even myself cringe sometimes. Forgive me.

fundevogel's avatar

@lillycoyote No worries, personally I was wondering where all the pettifogging pedants had got off to. I can’t abide all the taciturn hairsplitters.

incendiary_dan's avatar

Nineteen Eighty-Four

gravity's avatar

The Hunger Games trilogy! awesoooome
Suzanne Collins

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