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from Vicky - Saturday, July 10, 2004
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from Mrs.S
Monday, August 15, 2005 - 09:20


Can you tell me what you have read that you like and, more specifically why you liked them? There is a better change of finding the perfect book for you to enjoy that way. Also, do you prefer buying books firsthand or secondhand?

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from smashingrrl
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 16:26


The best book I've read since leaving is actually a book I swiped from a home long ago. The family had rented this house furnished and the owner had a huge library, in which a few books were in English. I still feel a little bad about snagging it. It challenged everything I've ever thought to be true. It's called "Of Human Bondage" by Sommerset Maugham. Read that and anything Hemmingway or Chuck Pahlaniuk have written.

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from moon beam
Friday, July 23, 2004 - 09:14


Some more;

"Portrait of an artist" by James Joyce

"Hard Times" by Charles Dickens

"Fight Club" by Jack Palanuik

"Moby Dick" by Herman Melvile

"Lady Chatterley's Lover" by D.H.Laurence

"Catch 22" by Joseph Heller

"Science and Sanity" by Alfred Korzybski

"Dice man" by Luke rhineheart

"Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad

"Crime and punishment" and "War and Peace" and "The story of Pie"

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from dan
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - 20:53


"I lucifer" by glen duncan is very funny if you wanta different point of view.

big spender

the count of monte cristo. this is a book looked over by many as it is long. one of the greatest and nothing like any of the movies
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From Fish
Monday, September 13, 2004, 06:52

Ill second that. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the best.(reply to this comment
from moon beam
Friday, July 16, 2004 - 07:13


A little of topic, but I thought I'd recomend a series of books that my son and I have enjoyed reading together recently. One major plus about them is they don't have "Fairytale" endings. You may already have heard about/read them.

"A series of Unfortunate Events" ( 9 in all) by Lemony Snicket; HarperCollins

From the author...

"I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapfull of horror and woe."
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from Elle
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 12:47

For easy reading, try Bridget Jones' Diary... Then go see the movie. Now that would be a blonde thing to do.
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from Random acts of bookishness
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 15:05


Since the topic of alcoholism has come up here lately, I'll mention two interesting but very different (in style and conclusion) memoirs on addiction and recovery: "Alcohol, a Love Story" by Caroline Knapp and "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey. I understand the late Caroline Knapp's last book, "Appetites: Why Women Want" is on her eating disorder as well as alcoholism and I will read it when it's back in stock at my local store. Right now I am reading "Dry" by Augusten Burroughs.

David Sedaris' books have also been recommended to me.

However, while they may be gripping, these books are not quite "fun," like a good novel can be. A good one I read recently is "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett, though the friend who gave it to me was crazier about it than me. If you go for introspective fiction, "Embers" by Sandor Marai is something else I read recently. I am now working on Jonathan Safran Foer's "Everything is Illuminated."

If you're in a brainy mood, "The Evolution of Desire" by scholar David Buss was very enlightening for this disoriented sex-cult refugee.

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From Vicky
Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 15:08

Thank you. Sounds good.(reply to this comment
From Bookish
Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 18:12

Correction: I think Knapp's book first mentioned might actually be "Drinking: a Love Story."(reply to this comment
From Bookish
Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 08:47

And a clarification: "Dry" actually is fun. The author finds humor even in abjection. His background is also something those of us who were abused can identify with, as is his professional success though coming from nowhere.(reply to this comment
from tdemp
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 05:06

Some books that I quite enjoy are as follows:

The acid house-irving welsh. he writes in alot of british slang but once you get the hang of it theyre amazing stories, though rather twisted.
Marabou stork nightmares- irving welsh
filth- irving welsh
lord of the rings- Fiction. elfs and shit, but all three books are way better than the movie
manufacturing consent- noam chomsky. political but interesting.
On the road- Jack kerouack
A heart breaking work of staggering genius- david eggars. good story
perfume- forgot the author, I think he`s french
vice`s guide to sex drugs and rock and roll- this book I highly recomend, Its a good read and youll get quite a kick out of It.

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from porceleindoll
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 05:02


Would need to know more what your tastes are--romantic, mystery, conspiracy, historical fiction, fantasy, mystical...

I am currently into Dan Brown (Davinci Code and Angels and Demons). I went through an Anne Rice Stage (Vampire Chronicles). The Harry Potters were a ton of fun. I like most of Judith McKnaught and Jude Deveraux for romance (mostly historical--but two of Jude D's that I really like is Knight in Shining Armor and Remeberance--both dealing with time travel and reincarnation).

As for Shackled's idea about the classics, that is a great place to start! My Mom sent me a big box of classics, I've enjoyed the ones I've read so far:

East of Eden (steinback), Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, Cry-the Beloved Country, and am starting on Gone with the Wind.

I recently read The Alchemist, which is a short and quick read, but is more spiritual, although it doesn't have to do with Christianity and religion, more about following your destiny put into a fictional form. You could also read "The Boy Called It" but it's quite heartbreaking as it's a true story of severe child abuse. Memoirs of a Geisha was fascinating as well.

As for non-fiction, I have mostly been reading study-related stuff on health, maths, history, stocks and investing, herbs, but I have a book on the opinions and theories of Einstein which is one of my favorites, though I have yet to finish it.
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From cheekstwo
Sunday, February 06, 2005, 09:32


If you need a good laugh read Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. It starts with one for the money. Trust me you will be laughing the whole time. I also like J.D Robb. Jonathan Kellerman is very good as well. He was a child psycologist and now writes with that angle. So if you like psycology you will like his books. I read everything but stick with fiction when I am on lunch break and have now read hundreds of books. I can easily read three or four a week. (reply to this comment

From Vicky
Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 07:52


I've read "The Boy Called It" (Dave Pelzer) and his next two books - "A Man Named Dave" and "The Lost Boy". They are heartbreaking and were quite difficult to read but I found them interesting and absorbing.

I can't say I have a particular taste, I guess it changes from time to time. (reply to this comment

From porceleindoll
Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 05:04


oops, mistake there, thought it was Shackled who recommended the classics, but actually it was big sister.(reply to this comment

From Shackled
Monday, September 13, 2004, 07:19


I thought that was odd since I don't know a thing about books. In the last year I've read more books, just 3, then I did my whole life, excluding TF stuff. Here's what I've read and thoroughly enjoyed them.

River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll; all by Wilbur Smith.

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From Shackled
Monday, September 13, 2004, 07:18


I thought that was odd since I don't know a thing about books. In the last year I've read more books, just 3, then I did my whole life, excluding TF stuff. Here's what I've read and thoroughly enjoyed them.

River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll; all by Wilbur Smith.

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From tdemp
Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 05:15

tina I think youd like anaias nin`s diaries theres alot of them, good read(reply to this comment
from Honeybaby
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 05:01


A good book I'd say would be one that you can Identify yourself with. are you a romantic, stick with the novels, me...I like the subject of history, modern history, perhaps WWII was the finest hour in our modern history, it seperated people and things were seen in Black and white, not just on the screen, but in political views as well.

I find Andy MacNabb an exelent writer,although somewhat controversal, was in my opinion the among Englands finest true life, and later fictional writers. Look up Bravo two zero, that is, if you fancy the covert operations, and true accounts of the British 22 regiment.

"He who dares wins" Lovey Honeybaby.
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from Big Sister
Monday, July 12, 2004 - 23:47

First a question: do you want a list of favorite English language classics; the sort that people might have read in high school? Perhaps you missed those and sometimes it helps to have read a few of those so you know some references made to them. I'm thinking of books like Huckleberry Finn, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye that are standard American high school fare. For the UK I'm not as sure but having a bit of Shakespeare under you belt has got to be a good thing. That guy is great with words! How about, Dubliners by James Joyce.

Or are you thinking more of more current, non-fiction? I have
a list for you there too.....
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From Vicky
Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 07:58


Free free to recommend classic lit; I'm just trying to avoid getting huge, long lists of books, still not knowing which ones I should focus on first, so perhaps just the ones that you think are particularly good. I will be doing English GCSE from Sept. so I will get a fair amount of reading of the Classics done through that.

Current non-fiction would be my preferred genre I think.(reply to this comment

From xolox
Saturday, February 05, 2005, 21:55


May I suggest a book?

Walden and civil disobedience. By Henry David Thoreau.

It's non-fiction 1845-1847, an american classic.(reply to this comment

From Big Sister
Saturday, February 05, 2005, 22:29

Along those same lines, Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "Nothing at last is sacred but the integrity of your own mind."
And if you like Walden, Civil Disobedience and One Hundred Years of Solitude like I do then you may also like what I am currently reading: by Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Another fiction book on my recommended shelf is The Giver by
Lois Lowry. I would like to hear comments from anyone who has read this book because of its mind control theme.
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From xolox
Saturday, February 05, 2005, 22:36


I'll check them out thanks!

On another plane, I also loved Plato's The Republic. Especially books IV and V.(reply to this comment

From Vicky
Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 10:47

*feel free : )(reply to this comment
From Ophelia
Sunday, July 18, 2004, 16:45


In that case I'd recommend Love in a Time of Cholera - amazing and not what you'd expect.

Oph(reply to this comment

From BenKill
Saturday, February 05, 2005, 21:41

I agree, one of the most beautiful books I have ever read - Marquez is brilliant(reply to this comment
From xolox
Saturday, February 05, 2005, 21:47


I have not yet had the pleasure.

But I loved One Hundred years of solitude.

I agree brilliant.(reply to this comment

Saturday, February 05, 2005, 23:29

Glad to hear you liked them. I am getting used to the solitude after thirty some years. I hope I can take 100.(reply to this comment

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