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Book recs, anyone?
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Does anyone have some book recs for me?  No restrictions on genre, author, or POV -- except please don't rec Breaking Dawn.  (No offense to anyone who likes the Twilight series; I read the first book, and it just didn't do it for me.)

Help a fellow reader out, friends.  Pretty please?

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Though I tend to read more fiction, I am absolutely open to non-fic recs. Thanks for mentioning 1776. I'll add it to the list. :)

If you haven't read it, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. MASTER scene painter as well as storyteller. It's a thoroughly gripping book set in Barcelona that was translated from its original Spanish, but it's so beautiful that I can't imagine it lost anything in the process. :-)

Honey, this is SO WEIRD, but that's literally the last book I read. I just mentioned it to tempertemper a few days ago. I LOVED it. Absolutely loved it. ♥ I saw the twist with Julian & Penelope coming, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book at all. It really was a great read. :)

Thank you for the rec.

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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman (essays)
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (non-fiction/science)
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (Fiction)
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Fiction)
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (non-fiction/travel/essays)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (fiction)
The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (fiction)

Every one of these books has changed my life in some way, big or small. I hope you enjoy any that you may choose to read.

Wasn't The Book Thief wonderful?

For non fiction, Flapper is excellent, about the role of women in the 20s using some famous examples and it is fascinating.

The Journal of Dora Damage by Belinda Starling- about a Victorian era woman who gets caught in the world of pornography via her book binding business.

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland- the history of a painting is traced through short stories about its previous owners.

Thanks for the multiple recs!

Various books that have stayed with me, for one reason or another.

The Alienest by Caleb Carr - historical murder mystery that is fascinating in it's depiction of NYC 100 years ago.

Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg - Smilla is seemingly as cold as the ice she studies. When a young boy she has befriended dies under odd circumstances, she decides to investigate.

The Time Traveler's Wife - by Audrey Niffenegger - I pretty much cried the last fifty pages. Highly original, highly romantic, incredibly angsty.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - possibly the greatest book I've ever read.

Oh my gosh. I loved The Alienist. Did you ever read Cloudsplitter? It's the fictional biography of John Brown, the abolitionist. It's just amazing.

I loved Smilla's Sense of Snow, too.

Alas, Babylon. by Pat Frank
Having Our Say The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. by Emily Mann, Annie Elizabeth Delany, Sarah Louise Delany, and Amy Hill Hearth
Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey. by Jane Goodall
In Spite of All Terror. by Hester Burton
Emma and I. by Sheila Hocken

Just a few that I've read repeatedly.

Thanks for your many recs; haven't read any of these. :)

I thoroughly enjoyed Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series a number of years ago (and have been considering rereading them).

Also, if you're looking for just plain fun books, I'd suggest the Harry Dresden series. I always have a stupid grin on my face every time I read them--I even got my mom hooked!

Thanks for the recs; I haven't read the City books, and I believe I read the first of the Dresden Files a while back, but none of the later books.

If you're not opposed to vampire books on general principles, and have some significant time on your hands, I'd recommend The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova.

I just finished reading Watchmen, which I enjoyed, but I disagree with those who might put it in the pantheon of great modern literature. It will make a great movie, though.

Loved the Historian. Very well written

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. One of the craziest, most beautiful books I've ever read.

I would rec Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, or Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. Though the latter ends a bit abruptly/oddly, I quite enjoyed the rest of the book. If you enjoy the occasional thriller, Traveler by John Twelve Hawks is worth checking out.

Zachary had to read The Bee Season this summer for AP English and hated it. He kept grousing to me that it was a "chick book".

There's a link to my shelfari. I read a lot of Young Adult because I teach middle school, but I do read adult books. One of my favorite authors is Thomas H. Cook. Another is Margaret Drabble. The best book I've read in a long time is on my shelfari, and it's called Between Two Seas. Another book I really loved and I love to tell people about is History of Love.

Don't really go by the stars on the book. I'm often too lazy to rate a book after I've read it. I'm mostly using this site to keep track of what I've read.

Oh, Sunrise over Fallujah, by Walter Dean Myers was another recent favorite, and so was Dreamhunter.

If you're in the mood to laugh hysterically, if you've never read it, The Confederacy of Dunces, is the funniest book I've ever read in my life. I laughed until my sides hurt. It's fantastic.

If you like epic historical romance/fiction: Through a Glass Darkly, by Karleen Koen is wonderful.

I tend to read a ton of murder mystery and horror, but a few of my Shelfari books are more high brow. If you've never read "Beach Music" by Conroy or "A Prayer for Owen Meanie" by Irving then you must. Both are outstanding.

Here's my shelf if you're interested.

I am a bit of a book buff. Like pretty much every genre, have a overflowing bookshelf.

What has completely taken me over is the 'Black Dagger Brotherhood' series. Seriously read all 5 books in 2 weeks. Absolutely fantastic. Was recommended by another book buff friend. And there is another book coming out soon.

So if you like a sexy vampires, with great action and romance. Defiantly recommend them. Was reading till the wee hrs of the morning with these ones, and it takes a good book for that to happen to me.

You know I'm searching for books too - *mems this thread!*

I just read Deja Dead - have you read Kathy Reich's stuff? I wasn't sure if I'd like it because I've not read much in the way of thrillers, but it was unputdownable! Totally able to separate it from the show too, and the case stuff was really interesting.

Hubby is reading a different George P. Pelecanos now - we're hooked on him!

I actually loved the kathy reichs books, and I agree, deja dead...totally the whole damn thing in one night...and then proceeded to fall asleep in lectures in next morning. *facepalm*


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