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01-01-2009, 11:07 PM
I don't mean knitting books, but fiction (and non-fiction). I particularly enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, other fiction and biographies. About the only types I don't like are romance novels. So if any of you can recommend a book or want to tell me about your favorites, I'd love to hear your suggestions! I'm making my list of books to read this year.
01-02-2009, 12:05 AM
The Life of Pi is a great book if you haven't already read it.
Jan in CA
01-02-2009, 12:17 AM
Oh boy... I love reading. Do you like mysteries? Funny? Here's my favorite authors -
Janet Evanovich - Stephanie Plum novels (very, very funny)
Patricia Cornwell - Kay Scarpetta novels (mystery)
Sue Grafton - Kinsey Millhone novels (mystery)
James Patterson - Women's Murder Club (mysteries)
Christopher Moore - just insanely funny novels!
Robert Crais - Elvis Cole novels (mystery and often funny))
Knitting mysteries/novels authors
Debbie Macomber - Blossom Street novels
Random other books I enjoyed
The Secret Life of Bees
The Dogs of Babel
Snowflower and the Secret Fan
The Kite Runner
Water for Elephants
Three Cups of Tea
Seeing Me Naked
The Life of Pi
01-02-2009, 12:19 AM
The Life of Pi is a great book if you haven't already read it.
Thanks Ingrid! I have read that one and absolutely loved it.
Jan--I haven't really read many mysteries, but I have been wanting to. Thanks for the recommendations!
01-02-2009, 04:12 AM
actually, we had a thread about a similar topic just recently. You can find it here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=85800) and see what everybody responded.
01-02-2009, 08:27 AM
"Nineteen Minutes" and "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult. After reading these, I definitely want to read more of her books.
Alice Hoffman is another writer I like - her novels are a bit quirky (and to me they seem to get "quirkier" the more she writes - her early ones were more straightforward, IMHO) but might be something you'd like.
Nora Roberts tends to lean toward the romance side, but she does have some that have more plot to them. She's also done some trilogy books that wander into the sci-fi realm (not anything like Dune or books like that) like the series that had the book "Morrigan's Cross" in it, and the one that had "The Hollow" in it (both of those trilogies have been completed, so you could read all three in a row instead of having to wait months for the followup installments to be published. I hate it when I have to wait.:teehee: )
01-02-2009, 09:51 AM
Nora Roberts also writes a futuristic police series under the name J D Robb. There are about 15 or so in that series. I have read most of those and thoroughly enjoyed them.
01-02-2009, 09:58 AM
Hi, Marria! :waving:
I'm such a book nut I could probably list a gazillion but there are a couple that come to mind immediately that I've read over and over.
Nora Roberts is my all-time favorite author and her 3-book series, "Morrigan's Cross, Dance of the Gods, and Valley of Silence" are among my favorite books. Fantasy, romance, thrills....it's all in there, plus they're among the most beautifully written of her works, IMO. I've read the trilogy several times and have enjoyed it each time.
Also, Nora writes a futuristic series as J.D.Robb and all the titles are ".....in Death". The first in the series (of about 25 or so books) is "Naked in Death". Her characters in this series are absolutely incredible and even though it's futuristic in nature, they're believable! I found myself so caught up, rooting for the heroes and heroines and booing and hissing the bad guys. It's really an amazing body of work, likely to get you hooked in no time!
Another favorite author of mine is David Baldacci, especially his "Camel Club" novels. They're all a very good read, beautifully plotted and characterized.
Vince Flynn writes political thrillers and the first one is "Term Limits", probably my favorite of his although the following books in the series certainly kept me interested!
Hope this helps you compile your list! You're in for a very good year with all the great suggestions in this thread!
01-02-2009, 10:03 AM
my book stash is growing at about the same rate as my yarn stash. school leaves no time for reading:cry:
-Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
-Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
-Dry by Augusten Burroughs
-Eyre Affair (Thursday Next Novel, this is the first in the series) by Jasper Fforde
-Whores on the Hill by Colleen Curran
-How the Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland
01-02-2009, 10:25 AM
I enjoy a couple of different series:
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Shannara by Terry Brooks
I don't read as much as I'd like to. Most of my reading is done online, actually.
01-02-2009, 03:14 PM
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
If you like biography, William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill.
William Schirer's autobiography.
01-03-2009, 04:15 PM
Thank you everyone for all the recommendations! I'll definitely have to print out this thread and take it to the library with me. :)
01-04-2009, 01:22 PM
I always read alot but when i started knitting i stopped reading.
01-04-2009, 11:36 PM
I was told to read the Twilight series. I'm not one for fantasy or vampires and books geared to the teenager. But, my dd had the first book and I read it. I was hooked. Excellent series I do say.:aww:
01-05-2009, 03:33 AM
I really enjoyed the Twilight series also and it actually got my daughter to read (not easy to do)!
01-05-2009, 05:59 AM
There is a series of books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child that are mysteries with serious creep factor. Haven't read the first one, Still Life With Crows, but The Cabinet of Curiosities and Brimstone are good. I'm about to start Dance of Death, which has some lots of potential, from the looks of it.
I think Nora Roberts has a doppelganger, no one can write so many books so fast. :p
01-05-2009, 06:29 AM
Thanks again for all the recommendations! This is awesome!
@ Shawna--I see you live in Athol. Are you completely snowed in so that all you can do is sit and knit all day long? :)
01-05-2009, 07:57 AM
Iris Johansen is another of my favorite authors. I got started on her Eve Duncan series and couldn't put them down. Ditto on Twighlight and Nora Robert's vampire trilogy, Key trilogy and Signs of Seven trilogy!
01-05-2009, 10:30 AM
I love the JD Robb (nora roberts) "in death" books. I don't like romance at all but these are great detective stories.
Harlen Coben is wonderful, especially his "Myron Bolitar" series.
I also love the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Childs books. Their FBI character is awesome. "Still Life with Crows" is great!
Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series is really good too.
Nelson Demille is also a favorit of mine, I have read all of his.
David Baldacci: The Camel Club, The Collectors and Stone Cold are all GREAT!
Last but not least I just finished "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" and I am still reeling from it. Very powerful book.
01-09-2009, 05:42 PM
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
01-11-2009, 09:04 PM
The Shack by William P. Young
There is even a web page that allows you to read the first chapter