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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Does anyone have any good summer reading recommendations?

I generally like historical fiction (Sarah Waters, Sarah Dunant, Tracy Chevalier) and contemporary literary fiction (Lorrie Moore, Jonathan Lethem, David Foster Wallace, Joyce Carol Oates, Nick Hornby, Melissa Bank, David Sedaris, Francine Prose, etc.)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well I like those sorts of novels too, I have set myself a goal to read all the classic novels, but I highly recommend Gone with the Wind, Scarlett (the sequel to Gone With the Wind), To Kill a Mockingbird, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Memoirs of a Geisha, I love reading and I loved those novels oh also Little Women was a great book

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Since you like historical fiction,I am recommending

    Count of Montecristo by Alexander Dumas.Its about a young French sailor who was unjustly imprisoned for 14 years before he escapes and ultimately takes revenge on his enemies.The author did a great job describing the emotions of the prisoner.Disbelief,denial,self pity,madness,apathy and finally hope.

    Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini.When his best friend, a young clergyman, is killed in a mockery of a duel by an arrogant noble, just to quiet his eloquent expressions of democratic ideals, Andre-Louis Moreau vows revenge. From that point, through meteoric careers as a consummate actor and scenario writer, then as a fencing master, and finally a politician, the brilliant Moreau keeps thwarting the aims of the aristocratic Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr. However, the nobleman causes pain to Moreau as well, and the time must come when the two will meet to settle their enmity once and for all. You are not likely to guess how their confrontation finally turns out. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, this swashbuckling novel is exciting throughout, and it presents one of the most dashing heroes in fiction, a man who can fight equally well with his mind, his mouth, his pen, and his sword, a man who stirs up events wherever he goes.

  • 1 decade ago

    Great Summer reading should be something wonderful that you've perhaps never tried before. I suggest a ten-book series by David Eddings - the first five books are known as "The Belgariad" and the second five are "The Mallorean."

    While these books would technically fall under the category of "fantasy," there are no talking dragons or any of that nonsense. It's a truly wonderful and addicting story. Try it, and I'll wager that one hundred pages into the first book, you'll be hooked and need to read them all. I've never enjoyed any book series more.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    John Grishm The Client

  • 1 decade ago

    Well,a great read is The Da Vinci Code, and it's prequel Angels and Demons. Two great historical fics are Fever 1793 and Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. Enjoy.

  • 1 decade ago

    anything by V.C. Andrews is great. Oo! Try "Forever" by Pete Hamill, especially if you like historical fiction. It's awesome! It's hard to explain, but basically, this guy becomes immortal and lives in NYC from it's colonial days until around Sept.11. There's a really goos story line and plot, but it's too complicated to explain and I don't want to ruin it for you if you decide to read it!

  • aj1908
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    1 decade ago

    Then you should read Elizabeth Adler novels, many are in paperback and they are good - Peach, Leonie, The Secrets of the Villa Mimosa, etc. I also recommend Harlan Coben's "Tell No One." I finsihed the book in two days and that was only b/c I was working full time. All of his books are good, but this one will hook you into reading his novels.

  • 1 decade ago

    How about Animal Farm by George Orwell. I have to read that for the summer for school. I watched the movie and it was pretty good. it talks about how our society would run if people in charge were taken out of charge and we were left to fend for ourselves. only it talks about this thru animals so if a little kid saw the movie or read the book they wouldn't see the underline message and just think they are watching another movie with talking animals.

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