Thursday, June 20, 2013

Your Turn

The last book you read and would you recommend it?

101 comments:

SKOR said...

Party Monster. I know it's a bit late, but still an interesting read.
I recommend it.

Ashley O'Connor said...

Gone Girls. Amazing. Plus my boss's niece wrote it :)

VIPblonde said...

I recommend it

Ashley O'Connor said...

Gone Girl*. Only one girl was gone.

SKOR said...

I <3 U VIPBlonde

Alicia said...

I'm in the middle of A Song of Ice and Fire novels .. Book 5 ( my second time reading them ) - highly recommend

I also just finished The Wolves of the Calla - book 5 of The Dark Tower Series - highly recommend

Also just finished ( yes I read three books simultaneously ) Generation of Swine - Gonzo Paper Vol 2 by Hunter S Thompson - another recommend

Kristin said...

Dammit, VIP!! A little warning?

Alicia said...

@VIP - I'm in love with The Big Butt Book - sooooo many amazing booties!!!

Gretchen Kocinsky said...

That is in my top five.

greenmountaingal said...

I re-read Blubber, one of my favorite books when I was a child. My niece had a copy so I re-read it. It still cracks me up! Yes, I would recommend it.

Nina Roux said...

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Basically, if you're single and dating, read it so you know whether or not you should run for the hills.

Gretchen Kocinsky said...

That is in my top five.

MadamChef said...

VIP, it's not fair to link to something like that blurs out the good stuff. -pout-

Alicia, wasn't "Wolves of the Calla" great? That shit Andy had it coming! Book 6 is a shocker, too.

I'm starting on Book 2 of the GoT series and also downloading Neil Gaiman's "The Ocean at the End of the Lane".

luvgossip said...

Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips. A bit stream of consciousness to the writing but I like it!

Merlin D. Bear said...

I'm currently in the middle of the Game of Thrones books, and also reading the L. Frank Baum "OZ" series (all 12 book...I love my tablet) for bedtime reading (the dreams are infinitely better)
I recommend both.

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DCDowney said...

Typos.

Anyhow, I just finished re-reading The Great Gatsby. I forgot how great it was. Highly recommended next up, re-reading some of the GOT series.

Tillie said...

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

Comma Chaser said...

A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Part of an ongoing catching-up-on-essential-reads thing. Slowest 200 p. in recent memory. If you read Catcher in the Rye and saw Dead Poets Society, then you can skip this one.

Wifey is reading Game of Thrones series, which I'll probably go through next. Everyone says they're fun. I need a fun read.

Nutty_Flavor said...

David Lee Roth's autobiography, "Crazy from the Heat." It's a very interesting study in what happens after your star falls. Justin Bieber and Rhianna will be writing similar books around 2027.

Roth actually handled it pretty well. He became a paramedic working in the South Bronx for a few years. Now he does a video podcast which is pretty good, tours much smaller venues with Van Halen and, if you believe CDAN blind items, sleeps with men instead of women.

Peggy Too said...

His Good Opinion
This is Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's side of the story.
I did enjoy it very much.

Jason Blue Eyes said...

@Nutty - Bieber will be writing his long before that.

I just read "I Fellini" which is 14 years worth of Fellini interviews in his own words. Now I'm reading "Torn Music" which is a chronicle of all the film scores composers have had rejected by directors or studios. Next up is William Friedkin's new memoir.

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Elly said...

Rereading World War Z. I would recommend it. I'm not looking forward to the movie. It sounds like they changed a lot.

NapAssasin said...

Going Clear, and yes.
For fun, Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. It's so fucking funny.

Sherry said...

"The Orientalist" If you love political history this is the book for you..Sadly I don't but I read the whole damn thing anyway. And no I won't read a book all the way through if I don't want to. Have put down a few that I just never connected with the characters. (I'm looking at you Jonathan Franzen.)

Redd said...

Just finished Dead Ever After, final installment of the Southern Vampire Sookie Stackhouse novels, near the end of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Redd said...

And I would recommend both, but if you are into Sookie, prepare to be disappointed.

Sherry said...

Currently reading "We killed" A history of women comics. Loving this one.

lazyday603 said...

"Who I Am" by Pete Townshend and no I wouldn't recommend it. He is as insufferable on the page as he has been in interviews for the last 50 years. I understand why Roger Daltry was always beating him up.

Renoblondee said...

Just re-read Beaches by Iris Ranier Dart on a weird whim. Highly recommend. It's nothing like the movie. Totally different, more deep and real. Funny too.

Mary Jones said...

War and Peace. I recommend it if you have nine months to spare.

It certainly explains Communism in The Soviet Union.

1600 pages of fun.

Kitten Caboodle said...

'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak. A gorgeous and heartbreaking read. Narrated by the grim reaper who becomes fascinated with a little girl growing up in WWII-era Germany. One of the best books I've read in a while.

SusanB said...

Just finished "9/11 Ordinary People, Extraordinary Heros" by William Merritt. It's about some of the first responders on 9/11 - firefighters, NYPD and PAPD. Very well written.

LL said...

This Is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper
Yes, I definitely recommend.

nichole said...

Gone Girl and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi

and I'm in the middle of re-reading Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher for the 90th time

Clanger said...

The Doctor is Sick by Anthony Burgess (also wrote A Clockwork Orange but I found this one a lot easier). Quite bizarre, but I enjoyed it

Hanwi said...

The Kings Depart by Richard Watt. About the end of the World War I and the treaty of Versailles, which was nothing but a clusterfuck. Highly recommended to anyone interested in history, this is one of the best books regardless of subject I've ever read.

car54 said...

Wool by Hugh Howey.

I'm not usually a science fiction reader, but this series is fantastic.

pegd said...

Ethereal - was pretty good a lot like Eden by Jamie McGuire

Currently reading Mirror Image - also pretty good

Read Gone Girl too, guess I'm one of the few that thought it was awful. Doesn't compare to other suspense/thrillers like Gone for Good.

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kelly said...

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, it's an old series but I really love it

Mama Abroad said...

Divergent and then Insurgent. Am desperate for the third book to come out!

Tempestuous Grape said...

Mary Ann in Autumn by Armistead Maupin

I'd recommend it if you like that sort of fluff. I absolutely adored the first 6 books in the series, and waited a long time for the last 2, but he could never capture that original feeling.

SusanB said...

@Hanwi - just looked that book up on Amazon - it's not on Kindle yet but when it is, I'm going to get it. Looks really interesting (and its size is huge - my arthritis won't let me hold books that heavy for any period of time so I have to wait).

As far as War and Peace - I tried it once years ago - have it on Kindle now but haven't gotten up the energy to read it yet.

justducky said...

The Prospector by JMG Le Clezio. The man is an incredible writer. I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett is one of the best, funniest reads ever.

I cannot recommend either of these authors highly enough.

bethany said...

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. YA Novel about two kids with cancer falling in love. It is lovely, funny and of course, heartbreaking.

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HannahBanana said...

Dry. By Augusten Burroughs. He also wrote Running With Scissors, I highly recommend both. Especially if you have ever struggled with or are struggling with alcohol addiction or any other substance.

justducky said...

Europa editions is a wonderful publisher that has introduced me to writers from across the world. Just started Mosquito by Roma Tearne a Sri Lanka writer. This is her first novel from 2007. Am loving it so far.

NYer said...

I have three:

"Bad Monkey," Carl Hiaasen.

"A Delicate Truth," John Le Carre;

"Berlin Noir," PHillip Kerr;

Liked them all.

a non a miss said...

Dry is fantastic.

Munch said...

Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch. Very entertaining trilogy - Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho then Whispers Under Ground. About a police officer who is part of a department that deals with the weird bits. River spirits, jazz vampires, vagina dentata, that sort of thing.

NapAssasin said...

I adore Hiassen. Such fun reads. Particularly Skink.

Del Riser said...

Just finished "Inferno" by Dan Brown, gives you something to think about. I'm re-reading " The Gift Of Fear" by Gavin De Becker before sending it off to my daughter. All women should read this book.
I'd recommend them both.

Gypsy said...

The Time Travellers Wife. It was awesome.

sylmarillion said...

Not much to spend right now, so I'm mostly re-reading. Among them are the Thomas Lynley series by Elizabeth George, the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters, anything by Dennis Lehane, the Harry Potter series, the Benjamin January series by Barbara Hambly (I am an escapist, I admit...). Love them all.

Victoria said...

Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo.

Sherry said...

Grape: I too loved all those Armisted Maupin books but as they progressed they were never as thrilling as when you first meet the characters.

I definitely need to check out "Dry".

Diana said...

All of the Sarah Jio books were fun to read - light with a little bit of crime, history, a love story - all rolled into one. Life at the Marmont was a fun read. Five Chimneys was heartbreaking, sad, and sick, but nonetheless a book that everyone needs to read. The Real Life Downton Abbey was great, and a good read for anyone who likes the show. All of the Vince Flynn books (RIP). I read a LOT - cannot function without my books or Kindle. A long red light is an excuse to read a few words :)
(But NOT while driving LOL!!!)

Snapdragon said...

Fiction: Homeland by Cory Doctorow. Sequel to Little Brother. Prepare to be freaked out, because while the story is fictional, the tech stuff (think: PRISM/surveillance) is very real.

Non-Fiction: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: a collection of widely divergent true stories, from the strange death of one of the foremost Sherlock Holmes experts, to a man unjustly executed in Texas, to the system of water tunnels beneath NYC. Well written!

Right now, I'm not reading a book so much as collection of columns :)

Snapdragon said...

(Forgot to add that David Grann is the author of the non-fiction book.)

julie has opinions said...

Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes. Chick lit at its most intelligent.

Sadie said...

Gone Girl - the book was awesome but the ending sucked balls. Go ahead and read it but be forwarned you will not walk away happy!

lollydarling said...

"Killer Heels" by Rebecca Chance - like a cross between Devil Wears Prada and 50 Shades, but really well-written, and sex scenes hot as hell! Am getting all her other books now.

msgirl said...

People War and Peace is not a hard book at all it's like a literary soap opera! Except when Tolstoy goes off on the nature of history and how Russia beat Napoleon fair and square and the winter had nothing to do with it. I skipped those segments first read, found them interesting the 2nd time. It's actually my fave and an easy read.

I also read Life After Life by Atkinson - great,

I'm also rereading The Malazan Book of the Fallen with a group, truly the best fantasy series ever, so much better than GoT. Not an easy read.

Seamus O'Pine said...

Lay Death at Her Door, by Elizabeth Buhmann. Twisty tale, perfect for a summer read.

msgirl said...

I also didn't care for Gone Girl

Tempestuous Grape said...

@Sherry They were so fabulous! I even loved all the mini-series tv shows they came out with back then.

annanaannnaaaa said...

I'm reading Taking Chances because it takes place where I live. However, not finding it to be the most intellectual read. Love triangle at college, big studly men fighting.over a thin big-breasted girl who was totally innocent pre-college.

auntliddy said...

Whiskey beach, nora roberts. Totally reccomend as a break from insane world, lol

Patricia said...

I just started the first book and I'm hooked!!!

Liz Jaxe said...

Mick Foley's - Foley is Good. Not sure I would recommend it. He is so full of himself and comes of kinda creeping when talking about the Divas. I was a fan before reading his books not really a fan now.

Emma F said...

God Save the Queen by Kate Locke- brilliant and just about to start on the sequel. So enjoyable in a fantasy way.

Every Dead Thing by John Connolly- re-reading for the gazillionth time. One of the best thrillers (and start to the best series of books) ever. If you love thrillers and want a load of books you will not want to put down, the Charlie Parker series is a must.

Hits123 said...

The Art of Racing in the Rain - great read.

Terrier Pines said...

Aloha, Lady Blue - loved it.

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Turkish Taffy said...

I just finished "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood. Beautiful, lyrical writing, some very moving poetry references. The ending, however, falls short.

I'm now reading "Patriot Hearts" by Barbara Wembley. Meh, it's OK.

Last book that made me go "Wow!" was "419" by Will Ferguson.

Betsy said...

read the Lost Wife now, last book was “The Borrower” by Rebecca Makkai. I also disliked Gone Girl -aside from main characters being over the top the plot holes were too big.

Nichole said...

Just finished the old classic scifi Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, yes I would recommend.

HannahBanana said...

I'm glad Enty started this thread, I have a whole new list of books to check out! Yayyyyyy!

Henriette said...

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding. She's does beautiful descriptions, and it's a fascinating story. I also just finished Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. It was alright, but I didn't see what all the fuss was about. I liked A Visit from the Goon Squad better.

Henriette said...

If you want to be thrown back into the 1920's and Art Deco period, read Amor Towles Rules of Civility. It would be a great chaser to The Great Gatsby because Fitzgerald lived it and Towles is only imagining it. It's a very interesting comparison and Towles is obviously a F. Scott Fitzerald fan.

I loved Max Brooks'World War Z! The movie looks nothing like it. I hope it's made into a TV miniseries on a cable network like FX or A&E, not AMC who keep screwing over their zombies.

Kaye said...

A Sea of Troubles by Donna Leon - great read!

csproat said...

Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World

Really interesting, but a bit tedious after the halfway mark...

Alicia said...

I just picked up book six today yeeee!

On a side note I can't ever say or read the name Andy without thinking of the lumberjack in Pee Wees Big Adventure and hearing Pee Wee yell " Andy!!???!!! "

Lol - it still cracks me up to this day:)

nickyk729 said...

I just finished Church Folk. It was a pretty good book. Not a page turner, but it's a good read.

Mary Stallworth said...

Finished "Killing Down the Roman Line" and would definitely recommend. It's inspired by the murder of the "Black Donnelly" family in rural Canada back in the 1800s.

Amy said...

I'm reading The Teleportation Accident right now, and will have to get back on whether I'd recommend it.

Cari G said...

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. An easy, fast read that I would have never picked up if my Book Club hadn't selected it.

Jenn said...

Fever Dream by Preston&Childs--the Pendergast series
The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
Horns by Joe Hill
The Walker Papers by CE Murphy
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

I read a bit

Stacey Charter said...

I finished The Beach House by James Patterson and have been floundering around for something else to read for a while. The beach House was that damn good. I could not put it down. Just started Whodunit by Anthony Zuiker and so far so good. It's a book tie in with the new Whodunit reality show that starts on Sunday

Andy said...

"Happy Happy Happy" by Phil Robertson: recommended if you like the show.

"An Atheist in a FOXhole" by Joe Muto: mildly amusing.

VeeBee said...

This is my favorite question! I'm a librarian and I LOVE reading all your responses. (Plus it's so great to hear that so many people are still reading for fun!) I don't read much fiction aside from our book club titles so most of my recommendations are history or biography or economics. However I did enjoy The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones (she wrote Lost in Translation.) The FDR bio by Jean Edward Smith is excellent as is Cleopatra by Schiff. Another fascinating book is Rabid by Bill Wasik which is a cultural history of rabies. Fun Home and Are You My mother, both by Alison Bechdel, are also excellent.

Don't forget your public library has thousands of FREE eBooks and downloadable audiobooks available. If you don't have an eReader you can still get the apps for your smartphone. This is especially useful for audiobooks- just load them on your phone and your commute is a million times better!

Me said...

Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander, MD
Really thought provoking. My kids read it and all enjoyed it as well. The author claims its the true story if his journey I to the afterlife. He's a neurosurgeon, so he sort of gives both sides of his experience; patient/scientist.

k.mama.sexy said...

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. An amazing book that I have read more than once. Full of hope and despair. I recommend it to anyone who will listen.

Sherry said...

Mary Jones then The Orientalist is right up your alley! I actually thought about War and Peace. Somehow I'm glad I chose something "lighter".

Susan said...

Surviving Raine by Shay Savage - brilliant book

Goodnight said...

I just finished re-reading A Storm of Swords from the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Absolutely recommend it, but only if you've read the first two novels. It's definitely my favourite in the series.

Henriette said...

@Cari G
I love Sherman Alexie! I love his short stories, especially Blasphemy and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

April Walsh said...

Just did a reread of all the Song of Ice and Fire books. And I never stop recommending them. :)

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