Book Recommendations?

I need new books to read. What are some good book titles (whether its fantasy,science, history, fiction, autobiographies,etc) you recommend?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Here are some that we've read in my book club that I've really liked:

    anything by Jodi Picoult (most focus on ethical dilemmas in law and/or medicine) -- might start with My Sister's Keeper

    anything by Anita Shreve, especially The Pilot's Wife, The Weight of Water, and The Last Time They Met (the last two are sort of connected, I'd read Weight first)

    The Life of Pi (sort of a fantasy), by Yan Martel

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Hadden

    Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

    A Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks (historical fiction, about the Plague) -- also look at her nonfiction work on the Middle East, Nine Parts of Desire

    The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, by Brady Udall

    Stolen Lives, by Malika Oufkir (autobiographical)

    almost anything by John Irving, especially A Prayer for Owen Meany

    That should keep you reading for a while... :-)

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  • Puff
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Little Women

    The Joy Luck Club

    The Unexpected Mrs. Polifax

    Marley and Me

    Tuesdays With Morrie

    A Quiet Strength:the autobiography of Rosa Parks

    Island of the Blue Dolphins

    A Special Kind of Hero:bio of actor Chris Burke

    Warriors Don't Cry

    Joshua and the Children

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. There is the boxed set of 5 (paperback) you can get on Amazon for about 18 dollars. The Books include

    Over Sea, Under Stone

    The Dark is Rising


    The Grey King

    Silver on a Tree

    There is always Eragon/Eldest, also available on Amazon for about $12 each.

    Then there is always Harry Potter

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (not yet released)

    ^^ all of the above are good books ( i like Harry Potter best)

    Also The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton was good.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Giver by Lois Lowry, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. These are all books I've really enjoyed in the past few years.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dresden file book series by Jim Butcher.There are 8 books in the series beginning with stormfront.It narrates the story of Harry Dresden,chicago's only professional wizard who works as a detective.He stands between the general population who is ignorant about the supernatural world and the monsters - vampires,werewolves,fallen angels,fey.He is aided by Bob,a talking skull.Karrin Murphy-a police officer and Thomas-a white court vampire.

    Dragonjousters series(joust,alta,sanctuary,Aerie) by Mercedes Lackey.The setting is ancient Egypt.Hunger, anger, and hatred are constants for young Vetch, rendered a brutally mistreated and overworked serf by the Tian conquest of his homeland. But everything improves when a Tian jouster requisitions Vetch to become the first serf ever to be a dragon boy. His training is intense, and his duty clear-cut: to tend his jouster, Ari, and his dragon, Kashet. That is only the beginning.The rest of the books are about his escape to Alta,how the war between the two kingdoms is stopped etc.

    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.

    Landslide by Desmond Bagley.Bob Boyd wakes up in a hospital with no memory,the only surviver of an accident.He was burned badly all over and needed extensive plastic surgery which was payed by a mysterious sponser.He is told that he's a geology student with a bad history.However Bob recovers and gets on with his life.Hired by the powerful Matterson Corporation to survey land before they build a great new dam, he begins to uncover the shaky foundations of the Matterson family and becomes a fly in their ointment.His accident and the Matterson family have more in common than he thought.

    Count of Montecristo by Alexander Dumas.The hero is Edmond Dantés, a young French sailor who, falsely accused of treason, is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of Château d'If. After staging a dramatic escape he sets out to discover the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies. A novel of enormous tension and excitement, Monte Cristo is also a tale of obsession and revenge, with Dantés, believing himself to be an `Angel of Providence', pursuing his vengeance to the bitter end before realizing that he himself is a victim of fate.The author did a great job describing the emotions of the prisoner.Disbelief,denial,self pity,madness,apathy and finally hope.For God's sake don't see any of the movies based on the book.They don't do justice to the book.

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  • 1 decade ago

    well the classic books would be a good place to start if you've already read those then i would recommend going to a book store or library and asking the people who work there or just randomly getting a book off the shelf if that helps any

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  • 1 decade ago

    Edith Wharton's House of Mirth

    Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray

    H.G. Wells' In the Days of the Comet

    Also, if you can stomach reading books on your computer, head over to Project Gutenberg, where you can find all of these books for free. I absolutely love reading on the computer, because I can highlight and format the document to my liking for future reference. It's been me, my coffeemaker, a great chihuahua and Project Gutenberg since Thanksgiving. Don't forget to click on the link for the Top 100, it's a great place to start.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i am just a ten year old so i don't know every many good books you would like but here are little that you met like

    the orchid thief

    little woman

    black beauty

    Aladdin And The Magic Lamp

    Ghost Fever

    the Gift Of The Magi

    Little Lord Fauntleroy

    most are kid books is that ok?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Historian, they finally have it out in paperback! It's an awesome twist on the classic Dracula...very moving story.

    Also The Time Traveller's Wife. Amazing plot, good writing.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would read Marley and Me by John Grogan or East of Eden by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck who also wrote the classic Grapes of Wrath.

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