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tennispro4 posted 7/16/2010 15:14 PM

I read a lot. In trying to avoid books with any lovey-dovey crap in them, I've been reading mainly crime/murder mystery books. But I'm starting to get a little sick of reading about murder all the time. So I need some recommendations for some new books. I'd really like to avoid anything with any kind of romance in it entirely, or at least keep it as limited as possible. Any ideas? Thanks.

icbtih8 posted 7/16/2010 15:30 PM

The Outliers. It's non-fiction.

GabyBaby posted 7/16/2010 16:04 PM

If you like fantasy, you might enjoy Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy (which includes Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest).

DownNotOut posted 7/16/2010 16:06 PM

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Technically it's YA, but I thought it was an amazing book full of hope and redemption. There's a lot of love in it, but not romantic or sexual love.

manAscending posted 7/16/2010 16:55 PM

If you're willing to try sci-fi, I recommend Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. No romance there, either.

layla22 posted 7/25/2010 22:00 PM

I haven't read Enders' Game yet, though it is on our rising freshman reading list, but I did read Card's books, Enchantment and Lanik the Mueller and I liked them alot.

I also picked up The Help yesterday and am more than halfway through (it's a very big book). Of course, a 6 hr day at the town pool with my youngest gave me time to read. It's an excellent book and not lovey dovey. It's the story of women in the beginning of the Civil Rights era in the South. There are three narrators - 2 black maids and a young white woman. As a native NY'er who grew up in an integrated neighborhood during the Civil Rights era, I am finding the book fascinating.

I'm also reading The Zookeeper's Wife, a true story of the Holocaust in poland. Reading about what people, Jews and non-Jews, endured at that time truly puts my own struggles into perspective AND there's no lovey dovey in the story either.

RiotGrrrl posted 7/26/2010 10:15 AM

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Anything by David Sedaris.


afraidshesgone posted 7/26/2010 10:53 AM

ditto RG... A Walk In The Woods... it's one of my favorites...If you go to the bookstore to get it, it will be located int he travel section (at least it is here in PA)

Edie posted 7/26/2010 15:23 PM

Maybe try some non-fiction, like some biographies, or essays, or travel books?

island_girl posted 7/27/2010 16:34 PM

Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima by Stephen Walker is really good. It's nonfiction, but reads like a novel and was an interesting personal perspective on the events that led up to Hiroshima.

A Perfect Red by Amy Greenfield is also really interesting. It's about the historical search for a bright and colorfast red dye. It gets into all the intrigue and espionage involved in textiles back in the day.

I really liked A Stranger Beside Me but it's true crime and about Ted Bundy so there's a shit ton of murder in it.

I just finished Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski and there's not much romance in it. It's about someone living in Thailand trying to recreate the life story of someone he has heard about - an anthropologist who lived in a small village for years and years and ends up staying until she dies. I thought it was really well-written and loved the way the characters were developed.

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson is also a really good read - about a group of guys who discover a wreck and spend years and lives trying to definitively identify it as a specific German U Boat. The wreck was fairly deep (past safe scuba diving limits for technology at the time) so they were really pushing the limits of oxygen diving for years, which led to some unfortunate accidents along the way.

Sex Lives of Cannibals is a hilarious look at life on an isolated island in the middle of the pacific. I like it mostly because it's so much like my life.

looking forward posted 7/28/2010 21:31 PM

Discover the books of Clive Cussler!

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