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Time for summer reading suggestions?

Asked by gailcalled (54575points) July 6th, 2008

Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Novel about Nigerian and Biafrian civil war in the 1960s. Wonderful.

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delirium's avatar

house of the spirits by Isabel Allende

Lightlyseared's avatar

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller

East of the Sun by Julia Gregson

mirza's avatar

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tim Robbins

beast's avatar

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer.

beast's avatar

@gail

Faulty link?

eambos's avatar

Its’s a few years old, but still a great read:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. by Mark Haddon.

skfinkel's avatar

Just picked up an interesting book I’m enjoying: Kokoro by Soseki Natsume.

And I highly recommend by Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao—This is a great book. I realized after I began that I had read a chapter of it in the New Yorker—you may have too.

Kay's avatar

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett is amazing.

Kafka on the Shore is also another favorite that I read last summer by Haruki Murakami.

shockvalue's avatar

If you want some light reading, I recommend “The Brothers Karamazov” By Fyodor Dostoevsky.

shockvalue's avatar

Also, “No One Belongs Here More Than You” is a great set of short stories written by Miranda July

martinez00anita's avatar

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
Pretty much the whole Ender series.
The Catcher and the Rye, Candy by Luke Davies.

trudacia's avatar

Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk

trudacia's avatar

@eambos, love that book. Good, quick read.

eambos's avatar

Me too! The way it was written was so different, it made the book so much better.

I also have to recommend a book that Fluther has told me about: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Many had recommended it to me, I loved it, so now I recommend it to others.

shockvalue's avatar

El beso de la mujer araƱa (Kiss of the Spider Woman) by Manuel Puig.

gailcalled's avatar

“A Long Way Down” by Nick Hornby
“Run” by Anne Patchett
“The Patron Saint of Liars” by Anne Patchett
“Truth and Beauty” a memoir by Anne Patchett
“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

@Martinez: wonderful book but it is “Catcher in the Rye”

@Beast; Sorry; link is
http://tinyurl.com/5k2ono

nikipedia's avatar

I recently finished March (Geraldine Brooks), which was heartbreakingly lovely. And to continue on the Ann Patchett kick, started Bel Canto the other day, but am not quite ready to recommend it yet…

gailcalled's avatar

@Niki; keep on keeping on. Pay particular attention to the Japanese translator who seems to speak all the known languages.

gailcalled's avatar

“The Winter Queen” by Boris Akunin (the first of a good mystery series, translated from Russian.)

susanc's avatar

Disgrace, JM Coetzee
Sunday Afternoon by the Pool in Kigali, Gil Courtemanche
Women in Love, DH Lawrence
A Passage to India, EM Forster
Birds Without Wings, Louis de Bernieres
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Louise
Erdrich
Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
Middlemarch, ditto
and absolutely read Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

skfinkel's avatar

Here’s another vote for Bel Canto as well.

shrubbery's avatar

Anything Terry Pratchett, try Good Omens by Pratchett and Neil Gaimon, awesome book.

delirium's avatar

*gaiman. Actually that’s my favorite book, shrubbery. I don’t know if I’ve told you that yet.

shrubbery's avatar

Oops, it’s sitting right next to me, along with American Gods which I have just started, silly me. Yes, I thought of you when I said it, you told us when we were quoting it on some other thread :)

delirium's avatar

American Gods is also Excellent. Mindblowing.

shrubbery's avatar

I’m finding it hard to get into. Does it pick up?

delirium's avatar

It does, I think. It depends where you are. ;)

gailcalled's avatar

The Night Watch,
by Sarah Waters. A novel placed during and just after WWII in London…about Lesbians and several other misfits in that era, and how terrifying it was for them to both hide and live their lives.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Good Omens is excellent I can quote most of it from memory. Neverwhere by Gaiman is worth reading but it helps if your familiar with the London underground.

Anything by Iain M Banks is also pretty enjoyable.

Kay's avatar

Jeanette Winterson is also another amazing author if you like highly descriptive, evocative prose. Books by her that I recommend are:
The Passion
Written on the Body
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

shrubbery's avatar

I also recommend Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson.
And Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.

Knotmyday's avatar

Any book by Alistair Maclean or Dick Francis. Three solid months worth of reading.

Yesican's avatar

anything by “kahlill gibran ” or ‘DR,WHANE DYER”
“Walking a sacred path” by Dr.LaurenArtress
“Earthwalks by James Endreddy

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