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chasingpavements posted 8/7/2009 12:40 PM

Hey all, I realized over the past few months I've been so focused on the state of the marriage that I haven't been doing anything for myself. So now I'm going to reverse that and the first thing I need is to pick up some books from the library because I haven't read anything in AGES! So I'm looking for some good fiction recommendations... nothing marriage, relationship, or affair related. Preferably nothing that is a series, unless you can read one book as a standalone because I'm not patient enough to wait for the next book to come out. Young Adult fiction is fine too cause I like being able to share new books with my oldest son who is 13.


survivor girl posted 8/7/2009 14:08 PM

I really enjoyed "The Secret Life of Bees"---it had the flavor of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

lingerdog posted 8/13/2009 21:54 PM

I really dug The Shack, but one of my favorite from a while ago is Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz, I would recommend The Time Travelers Wife, but you said no relationship stuff. The Odd Thomas Books by Dean Koontz, yes they are a series, but I think they work as stand alone books. You might not like the first one, it has a pretty strong relationship at it's center. Any of the John Sandford Prey series, they work as stand alones.

teach5 posted 8/16/2009 12:35 PM

The Power of One- best book ever!

cd103 posted 8/17/2009 05:33 AM

Prayers for Sale

Farm City, The Education of an Urban Farmer

blessings, cd

icbtih8 posted 8/17/2009 08:33 AM

does it have to be fiction?

I really loved Outliers. it's an easy and interesting non-fiction read.

If you want fiction, how about Life of Pi?

broken11 posted 8/17/2009 08:48 AM

I just finished reading

The Help by Kathryn Stockett and LOVED it. It was one of those can't put down and can't stop thinking about it reads. It also was one of the few books that didn't cause me to trigger, so I think it meets your non affair related material.

CluelessBlonde posted 8/21/2009 09:34 AM

What type of books do you like, chasingpavements? What have you read in the past that you really enjoyed?

If you like historical fiction, I'm just finishing I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles. It's a GREAT book if you enjoy historical fiction.

I also really enjoyed The Meaning of Night, A Confession by Michael Cox. It's a mystery/suspense type book. Very well written.

There are a ton of books that I could recommend, if you give me an idea of the types of books that you enjoy.

RedheadTX posted 8/21/2009 16:02 PM

Any of the John Sandford Prey series, they work as stand alones.

I'll second this! Love that series!

I also enjoy Catherine Coulter and Patricia Cornwell in the detective/mystery genre.

sad&scared posted 8/21/2009 16:38 PM

It is long and historical fiction but amazing!!
The Pillars of the Earth and the sequel World Without End by Ken Follett... quite an undertaking but a great story

broken11 posted 8/21/2009 18:24 PM

Ditto to the Follett books.

CluelessB, please share your top picks. I read everything and am always looking for new recommendations.

If anyone has a Goodreads list and would like to share feel free to pm me.

neverendinghurt posted 8/21/2009 19:27 PM

I recently read The Cellist of Sarajevo and thought it very good. My DD read too and also thought it good.

Do you like comedy? The Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovitch are a light read but sometimes laugh out loud funny.

I like mysteries/thrillers

Greg Illes
Karen Slaughter
Lisa Gardner

other authors I enjoy (contemporary fiction)

Jodi Picoult
Chris Bohjalian (sp)

Scanda posted 9/7/2009 23:39 PM

ADDICTIVE WARNING: Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. If you like sci fi, detective novels, adult Harry Potter, with wry humor and wiseass and FUN stuff, please start your new addiction. There are 13 books currently, I started and kept going and I am now reading them over again. I read them so fast I missed stuff. Seriously, they just keep getting better. Vampires, werewolfs, sickos, Chicago, faeries, gangsters and so much more. If I could get any new book it would be one of these. Like comic books for grownups without the comics.

One of my BS best friends brought them to my house, gave me the first three and then like an addict I got the rest. She knew I needed to escape - which these totally helped me do. I never had to leave my room. And yes they stand alone, and your 13 year old, well, maybe. You read them first. THEY ARE SO GOOD!!!

[This message edited by Scanda at 11:41 PM, September 7th (Monday)]

damagedkitty posted 9/20/2009 18:28 PM

I read Life of Pi recently and really enjoyed it. But that was before all of this so I don't know- it can be sad but really more philisophical in a fiction type of way.

Might be alot since it is three books but you can read them as one- But 'his dark materials' is really good. It is young adult fiction and the movie The golden Compass was based on the first book. Something maybe you can share with your son.

looking forward posted 10/6/2009 20:10 PM

Do you like spy/espionage?
If so, anything by Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett.

Outlandish adventure?
Try Clive Cussler books.
They're always fun to read.

Historical fiction that intertwines with modern day through characters?
Try the book, Lady of Hay.

Fiction that chronicles the history of places/countries?
Author: Edward Rutherfurd
Novels include Sarum, London, Russka, Ireland.

Medical thrillers?
Try books by Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen.

....from a retired librarian

not_a_martyr posted 10/7/2009 05:05 AM

I absolutely second the Stephanie Plum novels, but there is some lightly addressed cheating in them. Depending on where you are in your healing, you can pass over it or it may have a greater impact.

I've just finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. It's REALLY good.

Let us know what you choose.

ricardoarjona posted 10/7/2009 06:36 AM

"the analyst" by JOHN KATZENBACH

ricardoarjona posted 10/7/2009 06:36 AM

"the analyst" by JOHN KATZENBACH

ninebark posted 10/7/2009 12:14 PM

I read a lot of these reccomendations and agree.

I really enjoyed The Book of Negros. There are a lot of local connections for me as part of it involves the Black Loyalists in NS. They are currently working on turning it into a movie. (there is some relationship in it but nothing that made me trigger)

ricardoarjona posted 10/8/2009 07:41 AM

"Sebastians Pride" by Susan Wilkinson

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