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Books you've gotten lost in?

Asked by Judi (39870points) January 21st, 2016 from iPhone

I admit it. Since having kids (who are now in their 30’s) I have neglected my passion for reading. I have a bunch of audible credits and want to find some books with story lines that will suck me in and I will get lost in. Suggestions? Be gentle, it’s been a while since I’ve read anything besides self help and business related books.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Sacajawea and Seabiscuit, hands down.

janbb's avatar

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
The Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny; I’m now up to the 11th one in the series. First one in the series is called Still Life.
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (quick read)

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

The Drow Elf trilogy and every other book from R.A. Salvatore.

Seek's avatar

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – it actually took the audiobook to get me into this story, which is why I thought of it immediately. It starts off fairly slow, but by about page 150 it gets really really good and I had to switch to the book so I could read it faster. After it sucked me in I practically stopped sleeping until I finished it (about three days). There were tears. So many tears. Happy ones, sad ones. Great story.

DominicY's avatar

If I don’t get lost in a book, I don’t consider it to be a very good one. I got completely lost in “Never Let Me Go” by Ishiguro, as well as “The Magus” by John Fowles. Both of those books had me sad that I was done with the world they had created at the end.

Stinley's avatar

An easy read is the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child. Jack is a very likeable hero and the stories crack along at a good pace

filmfann's avatar

Alice In Wonderland, the Harry Potter books, and Unbroken.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I actually find it harder to ‘lose myself’ in an audio book than I do in a book I read. I’ve got an Audible account, but I don’t use it anywhere near as much as I should because this is not my natural way of consuming fiction. I did listen to 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall. I quite enjoyed that. I think it’s important to look at who is narrating the story too.

Judi's avatar

@filmfann, I was thinking of doing Harry Potter since I have grandkids that I could talk to about them

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I think Harry Potter would be great books to listen to. I really enjoyed them. Perhaps Lord of the Rings too. Long books, but fabulous stories. Let us know how you go @Judi.

Soubresaut's avatar

Harry Potter would be a lot of fun, and the books are infinitely better than the movies… And if you’re looking for books to lose yourself in, JK Rowling is fantastic at creating such a vivid world and intense, intricate story.—While you’re at it, you could listen to her newer books too! I read the Casual Vacancy and quite enjoyed it.
Connie Willis’s To Say Nothing of the Dog was great. It should read aloud well—clear story line, with many tiny details piecing together by the end. For whatever reason I thought the first few pages were a little difficult to get into, but details matter even then, and the story’s plot begins to accelerate and accelerate through the end (so get ready!).
Re-reading Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day (for a project)—her prose is absolutely gorgeous. This book in particular was her first novel, and (as has been described to me) her most “accessible,” which is a good thing when you’re listening to the words (you wouldn’t want to keep going back and re-listening to parts).
I’ve yet to finish the book (I will soon, I tried when I was quite young and realized some of the stuff was going over my head)—Carl Sagan’s Contact should be a good one. I grew up on the movie (which he also wrote, adapting the novel—it is a great movie too), and what I remember of the novel was quite immersible.
LIfe of Pi Yann Martel—the first part is fascinating, the second part fascinating and fantastical, the third part a stunning close
This Boy’s Life Tobias Wolff—memoir that is fiction, a little more serious
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien—fiction that is memoir, if you want something even more serious
This one might be a little out there, but if you can find it on audiobook (and in translation to English), Silence by Heldris of Cornwall would be fun: it’s a medieval story, but it’s so entertaining. There’s a girl who was raised as a boy, allegorical Nature fighting Nurture, and Merlin makes an appearance, etc. (I may have recently been in a medieval lit seminar…!)
If you want something absurdly entertaining and easy to listen to, Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—again, book so much better than the movie. And the movie just gets certain things wrong. It’s a peculiar humor, but hilariously so.
... And that’s all I can think of right now

janbb's avatar

^^ Reminded me Doomesday Book by Connie Willis – a thrilling time travel book.

Soubresaut's avatar

@janbb Ooh, I haven’t actually read her other books—a friend just happened upon the one, and then got me into it; the one I mentioned is time-travel too… I’d been meaning to read her other ones!

Seek's avatar

Stephen Fry did one of the two versions of the Harry Potter audiobooks. They’re an enjoyable listen.

Seek's avatar

@janbb Doomsday Book is one of my all-time favourites.

canidmajor's avatar

Anything by Amy Tan and Lisa See.
For very lightweight fun, English village in the 1930s, try the Queen Lucia series by EF Benson.

Pachy's avatar

The Silence of the Lambs. I couldn’t put it down.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

^ That’s one of my favourite books @Pachy. Wonder who narrates that in Audible?

Judi's avatar

Thanks so much guys! I remember my kids talking about Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy when they were in school. All I remember is that they loved it.
My son also was hooked on Enders Game. I wonder if I would like that one as much?
Keep the ideas coming!
When I did read I really liked books like Brave New World and Animal Farm. As far as Movies go I love time travel and post apocalyptic stuff. I think many of you have suggested things that would fit that bill.
I have downloaded the first Harry Potter book and I have a lonely 9 hour drive on Monday so It might get listened to then. I was thinking about starting it tonight but I have a busy day tomorrow and it might keep me awake all night.

Pachy's avatar

@Earthbound_Misfit, I recall reading it on a long plane ride and being engrossed by the writing and sooo freaked out by the story. I’d never been, nor am now, a fan of such gruesome crime fiction, but THAT book really got to me.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Dante Alighieri ‘s The Devine Comedy Paridiso
Especially like the notes in the back of the book explaining the Cantos meanings.
Enlightening!

Another Book:
Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner ( How to learn ANY language FAST and never forget it.
( just received it from Amazon order).

The Knight Templar Revealed by Alan Butler & Stephen Dafoe
as it relates somewhat to an ancestor ( in process of verifying).

canidmajor's avatar

@Inspired_2write: You have an interesting interpretation of “gentle”! :-)

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