good books

Jul 02

good books

Posted by brittany on

im always looking for good books to read but i never know which ones. feel free to post any of your favorite books/authors.

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i didn't really like Mockingbird either. we had to read it for school too. my friend really REALLY loved it and when i told her i didn't like it, she looked like she was ready to slap me.
it just didn't appeal to me.
but part of the reason, i think, is because of school. they make you analyze to dust. so much that you don't have time to actually enjoy the book. maybe if i had read it on my own first, i would have looked at it different.

[quote="tika_b"]to crazy dragon:

you know thats exactly how i felt with to kill a mockinbird, i would've loved it if i hadn't've been forced into reading it so quickly, and take notes on every chapter :evil:
my teacher was a bitch[/quote]

i didnt like to kill a mocking bird either, mostly because scout didnt do anything to change the town's perception of boo after she figured out that he wasnt really as scary as he seemed. (at least that's how i remember it, i think this was freshman year reading) and that guy got shot as he was tring to climb the fence with one hand. my senior english teacher agreed with me on this one. "that book was a bunch of shit!" were her words which were strange, coming from an old lady.. she then proceded on a long rant as to exactly why it was a bunch of shit. still, she was the best teacher i ever had.

to crazy dragon:

you know thats exactly how i felt with to kill a mockinbird, i would've loved it if i hadn't've been forced into reading it so quickly, and take notes on every chapter :evil:
my teacher was a bitch

perfect from now on - john sellers

anything by nick hornby

king dork - frank portman

memory of running - ron mclarty

a heartbreaking work of staggering genius - dave eggars (one of my favourite books)

a curious incident of the dog in the night time - mark haddon

love is a mixtape - rob sheffield

[quote="Crazy Dragon"][quote="katiekat"][quote="Crazy Dragon"]oh yes, and A Separate Peace- John Knowles.
i think it is in the same vein as Catcher in the Rye.. although i didnt like Catcher at all.[/quote]

really?! you didn't like Catcher?!
i loved it.[/quote]

i dunno why, i just didnt. i should have though.. that's what perplexed me about it.[/quote]

i guess it just didn't appeal to you. there's a lot of hype surrounding it, so....
but you're not the only person i've met who doesn't like it. i've met two other people who didn't like it.

[quote="tika_b"][quote="Crazy Dragon"][quote="Holliday"]I know what you mean about On the Road. Its one of my favourites but my school would never have given us something like that to read! I remember telling my high school teacher than I was thinking of writing about Trainspotting for my disertation. She looked at me like I'd just shit on her desk.[/quote]

what books were you required to read?
both my junior and senior English teachers said On the Road were on the "national reading list" which i take to mean the list that all English teachers in the U.S. choose their reading curriculum from..
but i could be wrong.. i read great gatsby, cry the beloved country, 1984, catcher in the rye, and On the Road.
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i dunno man, at my school they have us read things like 1984, to kill a mockingbird, and lord of the flies.[/quote]

ah yes, i had forgotten about those last two.. i would have loved Lord of the Flies if i hadnt been forced to read it twice in one school year.. ruined it for me.

[quote="katiekat"][quote="Crazy Dragon"]oh yes, and A Separate Peace- John Knowles.
i think it is in the same vein as Catcher in the Rye.. although i didnt like Catcher at all.[/quote]

really?! you didn't like Catcher?!
i loved it.[/quote]

i dunno why, i just didnt. i should have though.. that's what perplexed me about it.

[quote="Crazy Dragon"][quote="Holliday"]I know what you mean about On the Road. Its one of my favourites but my school would never have given us something like that to read! I remember telling my high school teacher than I was thinking of writing about Trainspotting for my disertation. She looked at me like I'd just shit on her desk.[/quote]

what books were you required to read?
both my junior and senior English teachers said On the Road were on the "national reading list" which i take to mean the list that all English teachers in the U.S. choose their reading curriculum from..
but i could be wrong.. i read great gatsby, cry the beloved country, 1984, catcher in the rye, and On the Road.
[/quote]

i dunno man, at my school they have us read things like 1984, to kill a mockingbird, and lord of the flies.

[quote="strokesjunkie"]I love how us Strokes fans talk about intelligent things like books...
[/quote]

haha. yeah, me too.

[quote="Crazy Dragon"]oh yes, and A Separate Peace- John Knowles.
i think it is in the same vein as Catcher in the Rye.. although i didnt like Catcher at all.[/quote]

really?! you didn't like Catcher?!
i loved it.

[quote="tika_b"]oh your'e not one of those superfans who constantly exclaim "oh i reaad it before it was popular! i can't believe thats what the movies gonna be like! thats not even edward at all!" are you?
:o[/quote]

nooooooooo. i am NOT a superfan. i just felt the need to point out that i'm not one of those people who read it just because there's a movie coming out.
edward is edward. the superfans need to calm down.
tbh i don't think i'm even going to see the movie because i like imagining books on my own. it took so much convincing for me to see the harry potter movies.

I love how us Strokes fans talk about intelligent things like books...

anyhow, a lot of people said Brave New World, loved it. I was meaning to read it for a while and was inspired by "Soma".

personally, my favourite author is Chuck Palahniuk(he wrote Fight Club). all his work is gold, my favourite is Invisible Monsters, though

other top books: Cannery Row by Steinbeck
The Fountainhead by Rand
The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
Lies my Teacher Told Me
and anything by Oscar Wilde, but if you want a novel, read Picture of Dorian Gray

oh, and, of course, 1984 by Orwell

'In dreams begin responsibilities' by Delmore Schwartz

[quote="Holliday"]I know what you mean about On the Road. Its one of my favourites but my school would never have given us something like that to read! I remember telling my high school teacher than I was thinking of writing about Trainspotting for my disertation. She looked at me like I'd just shit on her desk.[/quote]

what books were you required to read?
both my junior and senior English teachers said On the Road were on the "national reading list" which i take to mean the list that all English teachers in the U.S. choose their reading curriculum from..
but i could be wrong.. i read great gatsby, cry the beloved country, 1984, catcher in the rye, and On the Road.

oh, yes, and there is also The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie, and it's quite good.
(same Laurie that is known here as Dr. House)

oh yes, and A Separate Peace- John Knowles.
i think it is in the same vein as Catcher in the Rye.. although i didnt like Catcher at all.

oh your'e not one of those superfans who constantly exclaim "oh i reaad it before it was popular! i can't believe thats what the movies gonna be like! thats not even edward at all!" are you?
:o

i guess it's just my school......
well, i started reading it today. i haven't really gotten anywhere important yet but i already like it.

anyways..........

the Twilight series-- Stephenie Meyer
it's super popular right now because they're making it into a movie. i started reading it way back when it was a select group of people who read it, though. it's really good.

the Blue Bloods series-- Melissa de la Cruz
it's really intense and the plot is really predictable but it's also EXTREMELY addicting.

Pride and Prejudice-- Jane Austin
classic.

The Catcher in the Rye-- J.D. Salinger
really really good. it's just so......
i love it.

Anybody Out There?-- Marian Keyes
nice story. i'm glad i read it.

Kerouac typed the manuscript to On the Road on what he called "the scroll":[3] a continuous, one hundred twenty-foot scroll of tracing paper sheets that he cut to size and taped together.[4] The roll was typed single-spaced, without margins or paragraph breaks.

"The scroll" still exists — it was bought in 2001, by Jim Irsay (Indianapolis Colts football team owner), for $2.4 million, and is available for public viewing.

Great, great book. It was my hammock reading one summer when I was in New Hampshire.

I haven't been reading much lately but Brave New World and Prozac Nation are my 2 fav books
and there's one called "Dead Friends' Agenda" or something like that by a spanish author called Raquel Heredia and its really good too...
I've heard good reviews about Don DeLillo's stuff so you could check some of his books out....

I know what you mean about On the Road. Its one of my favourites but my school would never have given us something like that to read! I remember telling my high school teacher than I was thinking of writing about Trainspotting for my disertation. She looked at me like I'd just shit on her desk.

oh. haha.
i'm in high school.
i'm guessing it's going to have something to do with what we're learning next year.
but i dunno.
maybe it's just a good book and no one gives a shit.

ah ok
sorry if that sounded wierd asking
i was just wondering if it was like high school or college or what
cause i know at my school they'd never have us read that
cause of the drug and sexual content
and language
but whatevs, i gues in the big apple no one gives a shit

that's good to know. my english teacher told me she thinks i'll like it so hopefully i will.

i feel weird saying the name of my school but i live in new york.

what school do you go to where you'd be required to read that?

yeah its really good.
I like the language he uses, its just really cool
good book
:)

[quote="tika_b"]

On The Road - Jack Kerouac
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is that good? i'm required to read that over the summer.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

Chronicles: Volume 1 - Bob Dylan

Rhinoseros- a french play, but i forgot who its by.. took forever to read 'cause its in french but well worth it.
i say get the translated version.

A Girl Named Disaster- Nancy Farmer, pretty good, its about a shona girl who escapes from her village in mozambique to try and find her father who happens to be a murderer, she gets lost on a lake and sees all kinds of weird things..

anything by Brian Jaques
books you read when you're 13 but they're good anyway.

Naomi Novik's temeraire series.. puts a strange spin on the Napoleanic wars. her new book Victory of Eagles is out.. in the words of Homer "Whoohoo!"

The Awakening- Kate chopin.. loved it..

Communion a True Story - Whitley Strieber .story of how the author was allegedly captured by aliens.. belivable and creepy..

<3 Glad to see you're an American fan, too.

-Viv(Not that I feel anything special about Americans, but the British people I know's complete inability to not spoil things for me is why I'm downloading this week's episode NOW and not watching it when it airs in the states a month from now~)

[quote] by Azure on Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:43 pm

lebarat wrote:IS THAT DR. WHO!?!???!?!

Why wouldn't it be?[/quote]

be still my little heart.

Crime & Punishment

love marakumi too.

Special lessons in calamity physics by Marissa Pessl.

Islands in the stream by Ernesto Hemingway.

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
a lovely companion to Cry the Beloved Country.

as of now i have read it 15 times, i love it so much.

[quote="adan_sand"]Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,
Brave New World,
We...
The Stranger, anything of Albert Camus
pretty much any dystopian post apocolyptic setting makes for real good reads...The only American writer i enjoy is Ernest Hemmingway and Walt Whitman[/quote]

Oh my god, you CLEARLY took IB Higher Level English, am I right or am I right?

Anything by Haruki Murakami, though "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles" and "Norwegian Wood" are two of my favourites by him.

BTW Azure, niiice photo : D

[quote="lebarat"]IS THAT DR. WHO!?!???!?![/quote]

Why wouldn't it be?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,
Brave New World,
We...
The Stranger, anything of Albert Camus
pretty much any dystopian post apocolyptic setting makes for real good reads...The only American writer i enjoy is Ernest Hemmingway and Walt Whitman

IS THAT DR. WHO!?!???!?!

uh, i'm reading creation by gore vidal. if you get a boner from the history channel you should read it.

the unbearable lightness of being- milan kundera
everything is illuminated- jonathan safran foer

If you want a good cry over potential wasted to personal hangups, try anything by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens that isn't explicitly about being a Capital-A-Atheist. Seriously what the fuck.

Nonfiction authors (mostly bilology):

Richard Fortey
Lynn Margulis
Oliver Sacks
Stephen Jay Gould (I actually like his more serious books than the "general science" work he's done. It's all pretty accessible)
Peter Mcwilliams

Fiction (mostly scifi/fantasy. I'm not all that fond of fiction so let's all be happy I'm not recommending comic books):

The Song of Fire and Ice series
Anything by Vonnegut, but especially Cat's Cradle. If you're over 14 and haven't read it go back in time and tell your 14 year old self to read it.
Demian by Hermann Hesse
Dhalgren by Samuel R Delaney
Evolution by Stephen Baxter
Anything by Phillip K. Dick. A Scanner Darkly is a good place to start.
Diamond Age - Neil Stephenson
Seconding the "anything by Gaiman" notion and breaking my comic book promise at the same time.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

-Viv(But my taste in books is notoriously shitty so just assume I recommended something starring Drizzt Do'Urden.)

'Desolation Angels' by Jack Kerouac

[quote="sadpanda"]
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood[/quote]

yes....any Margaret Atwood is worth giving a try...this and [i]Oryx & Crake[/i] would be my favourites of hers

There's a series of books by louise rennison, the diaries of georgia nicholson, they're halirious, I've read nine

If you like to be scared:

The Ruins by Scott Smith
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
Pandemic by Daniel Kalla
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Glamourama- Bret Easton Ellis
Les Enfants Terribles- Jean Cocteau
Kitchen Confidential-Anthony Bourdain (its a fun book but I guess some interest in food/chefness is a plus)
Cheese MOnkeys-Chip Kidd
Catch 22-Joseph Heller
The Dharma Bums-Jack Kerouac
and I still love The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky
I Am America and So Can You-Stephen Colbert

[quote="Hoo-lee-ah"]Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
Requiem For A Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.
and if you like [i]that[/i] then you will be prepared for Last Exit To Brooklyn (by same author) which I love even more
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
(If you're up for some poetry) Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (get ready to cry your eyes out)
Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I just listed my favourites since I don't really know your taste.[/quote]

oh man my dad got me glass castle to prove some sort of point... it put me in a weird mood all day after I read it but I loved it.

Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
Requiem For A Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.
and if you like [i]that[/i] then you will be prepared for Last Exit To Brooklyn (by same author) which I love even more
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
(If you're up for some poetry) Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (get ready to cry your eyes out)
Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I just listed my favourites since I don't really know your taste.

bret easton ellis- less than zero
nick hornby- high fidelity (the movie adaptation was good!)
anything by neil gaiman.

anything really, im just looking for suggestions because i feel like i should read more than i should. thanks