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Harriet posted 3/29/2014 23:34 PM

I'm taking the train across the states - I have had this on my bucket list, and I'm going alone. I'm very excited! I would like a great read...a vacation read that I can get lost in. Can anyone recommend a favorite? Thank you!

Skye posted 3/30/2014 07:30 AM

Harriet, give me an idea what you like to read and I'll be happy to make some suggestions.

Harriet posted 3/30/2014 22:05 PM

Favorite Book: The Game of Kings (not Thrones!) by Dorothy Dunnett. I enjoy historical fiction.

I recently read The Book Thief and really liked it.

I like almost all genres if they're well written: Enders Game (science fiction), mysteries, Bill Bryson.

I heard The Goldfinch was good, but I'm wondering if it's heavy or sad.

Skye posted 3/31/2014 08:19 AM

Well, I'm not familiar with the "Game of Thrones," but I did love "The Goldfinch" and wouldn't call it sad. Sad things happen, but I don't think it was a sad book.

Of course if you like mysteries, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is really a good read, as well as the two that follow it.

One of my recent favorites is "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson. It has a very interesting twist to it.

Some light reads I would offer are Aelxander McCall Smith's Ladies Detective Agency books.

I'm envious of your journey--wish I could make the time and energy.

Harriet posted 3/31/2014 09:31 AM

I will check out The Goldfinch and Life After Life. I've read the Ladies Detective Agancy and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and liked them both, so we must have similar taste!

Thank you!

norabird posted 4/1/2014 15:14 PM

I haven't read it though I want to, but Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is supposed to be great historical fiction about Thomas Cromwell.

If you like YA, maybe try any of the books by John Green or Andrew Smith?

mainlyinpain posted 4/1/2014 17:11 PM

Since you liked Stieg Larsson, the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo are great.

looking forward posted 4/2/2014 14:06 PM

My favourite Historical Fiction authors:

Steve Berry
Raymond Khoury
Edward Rutherfurd

Check out the Fantastic Fiction site for information on the authors & their books that all of us have suggested. It also provides links below each page (as in...if you like this author try....)

Enjoy your trip!

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/

Harriet posted 4/2/2014 22:18 PM

Thank you!!!! I'll look these up.

brooke4 posted 4/12/2014 08:36 AM

Not a get lost in book, but perfect for your trip - The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. It's a book about his several month train journey across Europe and Asia and back on the Trans Siberian Railway.

He's a really amazing writer.

Have a great time!

FightingBack posted 4/16/2014 23:17 PM

I just finished the Book Thief and loved it too.

Here are some of my favourites.

This Much I Know is True. - Wally Lamb

The Poisonwood Bible. - Barbara Kingsolver

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry. (You have to like westerns)

And for something lighter, but so enjoyable..........

The Outlander. - Diane Gabaldon. (Steamy historical/time -travelling fiction)

Enjoy!

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 13:28 PM

What a great opportunity! If I were ever so fortunate to take a trip like that, I think I'd like a book on each state I was passing through -- the history of the area, etc. Enjoy!

mainlyinpain posted 4/24/2014 14:53 PM

FightingBack---I liked Outlander by Gabaldon also, and all the rest of the series that came after. Jamie.....

Harriet posted 4/25/2014 22:57 PM

It was a great trip!!!! Better than I imagined!!!

I took The Goldfinch. Great book!

FightingBack: I loved Poisonwood Bible,and Lonesome Dove has been alongtime favorite! So based on that, I am defineitly chiecking out The Outlander and This Much I Know is True

Thanks!!!

Harriet posted 4/25/2014 22:58 PM

It was a great trip!!!! Better than I imagined!!!

I took The Goldfinch. Great book!

FightingBack: I loved Poisonwood Bible,and Lonesome Dove has been alongtime favorite! So based on that, I am defineitly chiecking out The Outlander and This Much I Know is True

Thanks!!!

Skye posted 4/26/2014 09:50 AM

So glad the trip and the book were successes.

childofcheater posted 4/27/2014 12:55 PM

Definitely check out the Outlander series! Love it. And for all Outlander fans you should try The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons.

PS after I chose my screen name, I was really wishing I'd chosen Sassenach instead lol.

[This message edited by childofcheater at 12:56 PM, April 27th (Sunday)]

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