(Closed) Good books? What's everyone reading?

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Without knowing what genres you like, I can recommend Ready Player One – it was engaging and interesting, if a little silly at times, but if you are a child of the 80’s you will probably love all the references.  It’s kind of cyberpunk, not truly sci fi.  I’m a big advocate of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (the Game of Thrones books) as well, if you haven’t read those yet!  They are fantasy and amazing.

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Bumble bee

Oooh I’m reading A Game of Thrones! Really good!

Time Traveller’s Wife – absolute favourite. The Northern Lights books are really good.

I’m also looking for some series books as I love them so I’ll be keeping an eye on this too!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Anything by Kristin Hannah!

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I’m reading Second Glance by Jodi Picoult. It’s definitely interesting, weaving together everything from ghosts to the eugenics movement in Virginia. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m right at the climax and I can’t wait to finish!

And if you want something to keep your interest, I can’t reccomend Lisa Gardner enough! Especially her novels Hide or The Neighbor. She is excellent at crafting a good mystery and having something new pop up in every chapter to keep you guessing! Even The Perfect Husband, where you knew the entire time who the villian was, was amazing! (Plus there was an extra hint of romance tossed in to keep things spicy!) I do have to say, though, that she is twisted- she doesn’t go into completely gorey detail, but some of the situations she dreams up are twisted and creepy. She has reoccuring characters and plot lines, but every novel is easily understood as a stand-alone.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What have you read recently you have enjoyed?

I like Ken Follet’ts Pillars and Earth and sequal World without End LOVED!

I also like his Fall of Giants series (3 of them) even though its the same author its a very different kind of book. LOVED!

I am now reading his Key To Rebecca which won a ton of awards. Its still different yet from his other books.  Good so far, but not “Cant put it down” great.

Another interesting series (good and entertaining, but not the best ever) is the All Soulds Trilogy. Great.

I am also a fan of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan LOVE!

Anything Nora Roberts is usually an easy and fun read.

EDIT: Also The Princess Trilogy by Jean Sasson. Its an older series about the life of an Arabian princess as told through a reporter. Its at true story that reads like fiction. A fascinating look into an different culture. I couldnt but them down. It is a bit disturbing though.

 

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher (currently 14 books)
Codex Alera (series) by Jim Butcher (6 books, series finished)
Kingkiller Chronicles (series) by Patrick Rothfuss (currently 2 books, one more anticipated…who knows when)
Wheel of Time (series) by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson (14 books, series finished)
The Parasol Protectorate (series) by Gail Carriger (5 books, series finished)

Anything by Lisa See and Amy Tan, Jen Lancaster, and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lookingglass:  I’m reading Game of Thrones too and it’s AMAZING! I’m on the third book and it just keeps getting better.

 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@jmaze:  What do you typically like to read?  I have A LOT of recommendations!

For fiction: (I will second some previous recommendations)

A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones): This is a fantastic fantasy series, but it takes some serious commitment.  There are 5 books out right now and all are 700 pages+  I think they are worth it.  Martin makes sure that you NEVER know what is coming and the characters are extremely well developed – everyone is flawed and it can be hard to figure out exactly who the good and bad guys are.

A Time Traveler’s Wife: It’s a romance piece, but done very, very, very well.  It’s probably one of the best/most consistent time traveling books out there.

Anna Karenina: A classic by Tolstoy and it is my favorite book of all time.  It’s long, but well-written and delves into a lot of political and social issues facing Russia in the mid-late 19th century.  I believe it’s considered realistic fiction.

American Gods (by Neil Gaiman): More of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book.  It’s very well-written and very unique.  Definitely a good pick if you’re looking for something different.

World War Z: This is about the world post-zombie apocolypse.  Different survivors, from all over the world, share their experiences.

House of Leaves; F***ing creepiest book I have ever read and is sooo good.  It’s about a guy, who finds a manuscript written by a different guy and the manuscript is about a video (shot by a different guy) that was taken of a super strange house.  You have to get a paper version (electronic version won’t work) because word placement on the page means a lot.  And there are a lot of important footnotes and, well, you should just pick it up in a bookstore or library and you’ll see what I mean. 

 

For Non-Fiction:

A Walk in the Woods (or anything by Bill Bryson): FREAKING HILARIOUS and legitimately laugh out loud.  A Walk in the Woods covers Byrson’s adventures as he attempts to hike the AT.  Definitely one of my favorite books.

Band of Brothers: This is about the men of Easy Company (in WWII) and follows their journey from training to D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge, to the occupation of Germany.  There is an HBO series about it.

Six Wives of Henry VIII (by Alison Weir): The title is pretty much a self-description.  Weir does a wonderful job making history interesting and you rarely get bogged down in too many uninteresting facts.

Into the Wild: Short book about a well-educated, well-to do young man who decides to give up his life and live off the land.  It’s about his self-discovery and pursuit of happiness.

Into Thin Air:  Personal account of the 1996 Everest disaster where numberous climbers died.  It’s very sad, but gives you a great inside to the world of mountaineering – if that’s your thing.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
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@RunsWithBears:  I could NOT get into House of Leaves. I tried. I was SO confused for the first 100 pages that eventually I gave up. I’m an avid reader, but usually like to read before bed, so it might be best that I never got into it.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@ForeverBirds:  Jodi Picoult i smy absolute favorite.. If you havent already, read The Pact, My Sister’s Keeper, House Rules, and Nineteen Minutes.. Those are some of my favorite books by her! 
I havent read Second Glance yet.. She also has a book coming out in Febuary called The Storyteller about a old German Nazi that asks a jewish woman to kill him because he’s living too long with his guilt and he just won’t die.. I can’t wait for it to come out!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, along with historical fiction so my recommendations lean that way, but I’ll try to suggest some variety:

– Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind

– Enders Game series by Orson Scott Card

– Women of Old Testament by Orson Scott Card (historical/biblical fiction)

– The Red Tent (historical/biblical fiction)

– Time Traveller’s Wife

– The Hunger Games

– Parable of the Sower

– Anything by Neil Gaiman

– Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey (more young adult, but good)

– The Help

– The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (non-fiction)

– The Other Boleyn Girl (and really most books by Phillipa Gregory if you like the Tudor period of history)

– The Historian

 

Right now, I’m reading The 19th Wife.

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I love James Rollins’ Sigma Force series, or any of his books really. I’m re-reading them for about the 6th time right now actually. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@phillybride61513:  Yeah, it can get bogged down in uninteresting details occasionally and sometimes I have to just give up on trying to figure out what the narrator is saying and just assume I’m really not supposed to understand it.  But the parts about the house and the video are so good, I thought it worth while.

And it is a good thing you didn’t read it before you fell asleep – definitely has potential to give one nightmares.  I was so glad I read it on a sunny beach and not in a dark room.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The Wool series by Hugh Howey is def a great read

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