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7yrsbetrayed posted 11/17/2010 00:06 AM

I really want to start reading for enjoyment again but I can't seem to find anything that strikes my fancy or holds my interest. I checked several books out from the library and couldn't get through any of them and frankly, I can't remember the titles now, that's how unimpressed I was.

I'm not into the whole vampire thing or teen angst which seems to be what many of my acquaintances are reading... which frankly, kinda freaks me out. I'm 43, why would I want to read about teen angst??

The last fiction books I read for enjoyment that I liked were:

Harry Potter series (and no this does not qualify as teen angst! I really wish I could find something similar that are as well written.)

The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses both by Jeannette Walls (So I've tapped that out, she hasn't written anything else and though I enjoyed them both, Half Broke Horses was not nearly as well written as Glass Castle)

I've read some bios but I can find more bios on my own, I want good fiction. Get lost in another world fiction.

Any suggestions?

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7yrsbetrayed posted 11/17/2010 17:03 PM

Nothing? No suggestions?

GabyBaby posted 11/17/2010 20:13 PM

Ooops...double post

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 8:13 PM, November 17th (Wednesday)]

GabyBaby posted 11/17/2010 20:13 PM

I recently read the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. If you enjoy 'other worlds', this series really drew me in.

The books in the series are:
1. Assassin's Apprentice
2. Royal Assassin
3. Assassin's Quest

The Tawny Man series by the same author is also really good.

Grace Under Fire posted 11/17/2010 20:46 PM

Are you looking for science fiction that's not teenage-oriented? Or...what genre do you typically read?

7yrsbetrayed posted 11/17/2010 21:41 PM

GabyBaby,
Thanks! I'll research and see if I can get them from the library.

Grace,
Sci-fi that's not all technical stuff is fine, I'm not looking for books that are a lot of work. :) Fantasy might be more up my alley. I don't mind if it's teens as long is it's not all the teenage angst like the vampire books everyone is reading.

I love things that are funny but rarely find funny books.

It's been so long since I've really read for pleasure that I don't really have a genre. I don't do romance novels, or murder mysteries, hard-core sci-fi. That doesn't leave much does it? Perhaps now we know why I can't find anything I want to read.

GabyBaby posted 11/17/2010 21:53 PM

Another absolutely FANTASTIC series is the Fire and Ice series by George Martin.

Intrigue, plotting, planning, and lots of action, but not the usual 'its all happy in the end'.

The books in the series are:
1. A Game of Thrones
2. A Clash of Kings
3. A Storm of Swords
4. A Feast for Crows

I ran through all four books in less than 3 weeks. They're real page-turners!

aesir posted 11/18/2010 03:32 AM

Might I suggest "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_31?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=pride+and+prejudice+and+zombies&sprefix=pride+and+prejudice+and+zombies

Okay, I have never actually read it, I suspect I would skim through the Jane Austen parts if I tried.

Aren't most of the current crop of vampire books basically thinly veiled teen angst anyway?

Skye posted 11/18/2010 07:46 AM

Carl Hiaasen is a great author--lots of humor in his books and no vampires.

Christopher Moore writes very funny books. He does have one about vampires, but most without. You will laugh out loud.

Grace Under Fire posted 11/18/2010 08:24 AM

Have you read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins?

Belgrade posted 11/18/2010 08:57 AM

A few suggestions - some of this is older stuff so forgive me if you've read them already:

The Thomas Covenant series. I really enjoyed these and he is writing another trilogy currently.

The Wheel of Time series. Some people will groan at this one, the original author got so caught up in the details that he wrote maybe 4 books that could have been edited into 1. I wouldn't recommend these if the last two hadn't really picked up the pace. The original author died before completing the work but left copious notes and a new guy is finishing them off at a rapid pace.

Just about anything by Ken Follet. Pillars of the Earth in particular is good if you haven't read it.

7yrsbetrayed posted 11/18/2010 15:00 PM

Thanks everyone!


Might I suggest "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

My hub has read that and some of the others. He found them enjoyable I guess but said I probably wouldn't like them and he knows me pretty well. Just the cover art freaked me out!

aesir posted 11/19/2010 02:06 AM

I never read the wheel of time series, it came out when I was in University I believe, and it was just too big to consider while studying, but I really enjoyed Robert Jordans work on the Conan books for ACE. He was probably the best writer the series had, and the only truly worthy successor to Robert E Howard.

A good historical fiction book you will only find in the used section is "The Last Englishman" by Hebe Weenolsen. It is loosely based on the legend of Hereward the Wake, a Saxon mercenary and Earl who returns to England after the battle of Hastings to fight against the invading Normans.

refuz2bavictim posted 11/19/2010 10:14 AM

Forever
by Pete Hamill

hill posted 11/19/2010 18:49 PM

I just finished Outlander... I was a little skeptical of a romance novel involving time travel, but it's an action story too. It can be very graphic at times, but I found it to be a page-turner. I just started reading the second book in the series. You will certainly get lost in another world!!

I also read all three of the Millenium Series by Steig Larsson (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.). These too were page-turners but EXTREMELY graphic.

[This message edited by hill at 6:49 PM, November 19th (Friday)]

7yrsbetrayed posted 11/19/2010 21:28 PM

I just finished Outlander.

I've read almost the entire series! Duh, I'm pretty sure she's written one or two more books since the last one I read. Perhaps I'll re-read...

Belgrade posted 11/22/2010 08:22 AM

I also read all three of the Millenium Series by Steig Larsson (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.). These too were page-turners but EXTREMELY graphic.

I've read one of these. Extremely graphic may be an understatement. I'd like to watch the movie but I know my wife won't sit through that.

Crossbow posted 11/22/2010 14:02 PM

I'll second the Carl Hiaasen books. I read "Skinny Dip" because the title caught my eye and I have seen his books everywhere.

It was delightful. The characters were interesting & well-developed, the plot was pretty gripping, actually, and it was hilarious.

I do like mysteries - especially good historical ones - so can't really help you there.

If you can *stand* vampire stories, some of them have a lot of humor in them. My wife likes supernatural romance, and in desperation for something to read I've perused a couple of them. A few are really quite funny.

"Teen angst" stuff I'd rather throw across the room than open, so I'm with you on that one.

Good luck!

[This message edited by Crossbow at 2:03 PM, November 22nd (Monday)]

punky posted 11/26/2010 18:07 PM

Outlander spoilerish stuff below:

Outlander (the first book) was offered free recently on Kindle and I haven't read the books, so have started on that. REALLY interesting. However, I like the descriptions of Highland politics, descriptions of her medical work, and the "mystery/supernatural" parts of the book more than the "romance" parts so far. A little too mushy-gushy...also pretty much an affair, although I have to say her circumstances are quite out of the ordinary (no mlc or other somesuch from the cheater's handbook).

bluelady posted 11/27/2010 00:25 AM

Have you read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins?

I was just going to suggest that

Outlander (the first book) was offered free recently on Kindle and I haven't read the books, so have started on that. REALLY interesting. However, I like the descriptions of Highland politics, descriptions of her medical work, and the "mystery/supernatural" parts of the book more than the "romance" parts so far. A little too mushy-gushy...also pretty much an affair, although I have to say her circumstances are quite out of the ordinary (no mlc or other somesuch from the cheater's handbook).

I LOVED the first three books in this series. Like, LOVED them. I actually burned a giant pot of homemade soup dry because I got into reading the first one and didn't realize how much time had passed. As I get further along in the series, though, I'm kinda falling out of love with it. I'll still read whatever new ones come out, but I won't be rushing out to buy them.

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