SurvivingInfidelity.com Forums
The Book Club
User Topic: No vampires or teen angst...
7yrsbetrayed
Member
Member # 10198
Default  Posted: 12:06 AM, November 17th (Wednesday)

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?

7


Me(44)
Him(46) arthurdent (rSA)
Married 12 yrs, together 15
Renewed Vows 12/19/08
One DD(8)
You can avoid reality but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.~Ayn Rand

Posts: 2167 | Registered: Mar 2006 | From: Colorado
7yrsbetrayed
Member
Member # 10198
Shocked  Posted: 5:03 PM, November 17th (Wednesday)

Nothing? No suggestions?


Me(44)
Him(46) arthurdent (rSA)
Married 12 yrs, together 15
Renewed Vows 12/19/08
One DD(8)
You can avoid reality but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.~Ayn Rand

Posts: 2167 | Registered: Mar 2006 | From: Colorado
GabyBaby
Member
Member # 26928
Default  Posted: 8:13 PM, November 17th (Wednesday)

Ooops...double post

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


Me - 41
My Rockstar (Hubs #2) - 46, faithful, & an absolute doll!
DD(20) and DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids (4 Dogs and 2 Cats)

The Cheater:
WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW. Undiagnosed SA?)
Married 18yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


Posts: 5534 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: United States
GabyBaby
Member
Member # 26928
Default  Posted: 8:13 PM, November 17th (Wednesday)

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.


Me - 41
My Rockstar (Hubs #2) - 46, faithful, & an absolute doll!
DD(20) and DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids (4 Dogs and 2 Cats)

The Cheater:
WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW. Undiagnosed SA?)
Married 18yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


Posts: 5534 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: United States
Grace Under Fire
Member
Member # 21533
Default  Posted: 8:46 PM, November 17th (Wednesday)

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

Posts: 1216 | Registered: Nov 2008
7yrsbetrayed
Member
Member # 10198
Default  Posted: 9:41 PM, November 17th (Wednesday)

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.


Me(44)
Him(46) arthurdent (rSA)
Married 12 yrs, together 15
Renewed Vows 12/19/08
One DD(8)
You can avoid reality but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.~Ayn Rand

Posts: 2167 | Registered: Mar 2006 | From: Colorado
GabyBaby
Member
Member # 26928
Default  Posted: 9:53 PM, November 17th (Wednesday)

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!


Me - 41
My Rockstar (Hubs #2) - 46, faithful, & an absolute doll!
DD(20) and DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids (4 Dogs and 2 Cats)

The Cheater:
WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW. Undiagnosed SA?)
Married 18yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


Posts: 5534 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: United States
aesir
Member
Member # 17210
Default  Posted: 3:32 AM, November 18th (Thursday)

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?


Your mileage may vary... in accordance with the prophecy.

Do not back up. Severe tire damage.


Posts: 14924 | Registered: Nov 2007 | From: Winnipeg
Skye
Member
Member # 325
Default  Posted: 7:46 AM, November 18th (Thursday)

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.


Posts: 5589 | Registered: Jul 2002
Grace Under Fire
Member
Member # 21533
Default  Posted: 8:24 AM, November 18th (Thursday)

Have you read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins?


Posts: 1216 | Registered: Nov 2008
Belgrade
Member
Member # 29909
Default  Posted: 8:57 AM, November 18th (Thursday)

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.


Posts: 80 | Registered: Oct 2010
7yrsbetrayed
Member
Member # 10198
Default  Posted: 3:00 PM, November 18th (Thursday)

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!


Me(44)
Him(46) arthurdent (rSA)
Married 12 yrs, together 15
Renewed Vows 12/19/08
One DD(8)
You can avoid reality but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.~Ayn Rand

Posts: 2167 | Registered: Mar 2006 | From: Colorado
aesir
Member
Member # 17210
Default  Posted: 2:06 AM, November 19th (Friday)

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.


Your mileage may vary... in accordance with the prophecy.

Do not back up. Severe tire damage.


Posts: 14924 | Registered: Nov 2007 | From: Winnipeg
refuz2bavictim
Member
Member # 27176
Default  Posted: 10:14 AM, November 19th (Friday)

Forever
by Pete Hamill


BS:ME DDay: 7/18/09 Last of TT 7/11/10
MOW's EA/PA all were my "friends" but one


Posts: 2360 | Registered: Jan 2010
hill
Member
Member # 12166
Default  Posted: 6:49 PM, November 19th (Friday)

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)]


Posts: 3137 | Registered: Sep 2006
7yrsbetrayed
Member
Member # 10198
Default  Posted: 9:28 PM, November 19th (Friday)

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...


Me(44)
Him(46) arthurdent (rSA)
Married 12 yrs, together 15
Renewed Vows 12/19/08
One DD(8)
You can avoid reality but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.~Ayn Rand

Posts: 2167 | Registered: Mar 2006 | From: Colorado
Belgrade
Member
Member # 29909
Default  Posted: 8:22 AM, November 22nd (Monday)

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.


Posts: 80 | Registered: Oct 2010
Crossbow
Member
Member # 15224
Default  Posted: 2:02 PM, November 22nd (Monday)

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)]


DDay 7/4/07 found out about online/sexting EA with OM
DDay 7/25/07 found out about OW
In R

2 DSs, ages 8 and 6
DD, 1


Posts: 9376 | Registered: Jul 2007 | From: Utah
punky
Member
Member # 12233
Default  Posted: 6:07 PM, November 26th (Friday)

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).


Be a lion, not a mowess...
The Cowardly Lion

Posts: 11294 | Registered: Oct 2006 | From: A whole 'nother country
bluelady
Member
Member # 11061
Default  Posted: 12:25 AM, November 27th (Saturday)

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.


Me (BS): 33

Divorced


Posts: 1421 | Registered: Jun 2006 | From: a little bit of everywhere
ThatWasFun
Member
Member # 21110
Default  Posted: 12:33 AM, November 27th (Saturday)

George RR Martin's fantasy series starting with a "A Game Of Thrones" is awesome! There are three books out, and the fourth (tentatively) due sometime between now and the end of the universe.

The Terry Goodkind series starting with "Wizard's First Rule" is also a lot of fun, and the Colleen McCollough series of Roman history novels starting with "The First Man In Rome" is indescribably wonderful.


This, too, shall pass.

Posts: 568 | Registered: Oct 2008
NaiveAgain
Member
Member # 20849
Default  Posted: 7:46 PM, December 11th (Saturday)

Ok. An oldie but a goodie is the Jean Auel series of Clan of the Cave Bear---in fact, it has been years since I've read that series...might be time for a renewal.....


Original WS D-Day July 10, 2008. Kept lying, he is gone.
New WS (2 EA's, no PA) 12-3-13
If you don't like where you are, then change it. You are not a tree.

Posts: 14917 | Registered: Aug 2008 | From: Ohio
imagoodwitch
Member
Member # 23375
Default  Posted: 8:41 PM, December 11th (Saturday)

Zombies?!?!?!?!

DD13 just bought me "Dawn of the Dreadfuls", it is the prequel for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

The first few pages are hilarious!!!!


I am just your ordinary average everyday sane psycho supergoddess - Liz Phair

It's all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits.


Posts: 5137 | Registered: Mar 2009 | From: Munchkinland
schmoop
Member
Member # 29662
Default  Posted: 10:59 AM, December 12th (Sunday)

Some great novels that I go back to time and again are
The Green Mile - Stephen King
The Dome - Stephen King
The Dark Tower series - Stephen King
(notice a trend yet.. LOL)
But some others -
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
All Dan Brown books

I also love reading books that become movies --- If I see a commercial for a movie that says 'best selling novel blah blah blah..." and I like the way the movie seems.. I read the book then watch the movie. Right now starting "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" ... the movie is '127 Hours'


Me: BS
Him: WS
Together Since: Nov/98
Married: Sept/09
D-Day: Sept 18/10
Working @ R

Posts: 164 | Registered: Sep 2010 | From: SK, Canada
lingerdog
Member
Member # 24459
Default  Posted: 10:12 PM, December 12th (Sunday)

I'll suggest Dean Koontz, He's a bit of a genre jumper IMO.

Try these:
Intensity
Odd Thomas-I think there are four in the odd series now, but this the first one was the best IMO.
Seize the Night
From the corner of his eye
The door to December
Mr. Murder
Lightning
Watchers
Strangers
One Door away from heaven


What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Oliver Wendell Holmes -Stolen from Uni's page

Posts: 8921 | Registered: Jun 2009 | From: Awesomeville
hill
Member
Member # 12166
Default  Posted: 2:08 PM, December 13th (Monday)

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.

Uh oh... I'm about a third of the way through the third book in the Outlander series. I had to take a little break in between books 2 and 3 and read something else, but I keep getting drawn into this story. I'm a little disheartened you didn't like the other books as much... I guess I could see myself getting kind of sick of the whole thing.

[This message edited by hill at 2:08 PM, December 13th (Monday)]


Posts: 3137 | Registered: Sep 2006
Here.I.am
Member
Member # 29772
Default  Posted: 12:49 AM, December 27th (Monday)

I was not a fan of the twilight series but Stephanie Meyer also wrote "the host". That book gets no regonition and I really enjoyed it. Also If you wanna go the fantasy route The sword of truth series is pretty good, romance, politics, survival it has everything but the last few books get kinda dark.

Posts: 113 | Registered: Oct 2010
Clarrissa
Member
Member # 21886
Default  Posted: 9:24 PM, December 27th (Monday)

If you want the "whole other world" type fiction, I'd suggest the Talent series by Anne McCaffery.

The books in the series are:

To Ride Pegasus
Pegasus In Flight
Pegasus In Space
The Rowan
Damia
Damia's Children
Lyon's Pride
The Tower and the Hive

Another good series by her is the Dragonrider's series. You can usually find the first three books in one volume. There are others in the series after that along with peripheral books that tie into the originals somewhere along the timeline.


BH Cee64D - 48
WW (me) - 49


All affairs are variations on a theme. No one has 'Beethoven's 5th' to everyone else's 'Chopsticks'.


Posts: 5832 | Registered: Dec 2008 | From: A better place
bluelady
Member
Member # 11061
Default  Posted: 11:02 AM, December 29th (Wednesday)

Uh oh... I'm about a third of the way through the third book in the Outlander series. I had to take a little break in between books 2 and 3 and read something else, but I keep getting drawn into this story. I'm a little disheartened you didn't like the other books as much... I guess I could see myself getting kind of sick of the whole thing.

They aren't bad. They're actually quite good. I just really fell in love with Young Jamie and nothing really compares to him in my mind. However, there are other characters that have taken his place for me in that series. Gabaldon just doesn't focus on those characters as much.


Me (BS): 33

Divorced


Posts: 1421 | Registered: Jun 2006 | From: a little bit of everywhere
oncehappyred
Member
Member # 28941
Default  Posted: 3:56 PM, December 30th (Thursday)

I really enjoyed Gregory Macquires books.
The one most people are familiar with is Wicked.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is my favorite.
Neil Gaiman's books are a little dark but good escape for me.
Good books are like good friends!


Nobody has things just as he would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material I have. It is a sheer waste of time and soulpower to imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different.
Dr. Frank Crane

Posts: 196 | Registered: Jul 2010 | From: Missouri
notgoodenough1
Member
Member # 29122
Default  Posted: 6:14 PM, December 30th (Thursday)

i would like to suggest Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel like NA...As a sidenote the 7th(I think) and Last book in this series will be released in March of 2011. If you have never read them you have just enough time to read the whole series and be done by the time the new book comes out.

Posts: 85 | Registered: Jul 2010 | From: Southern California
GabyBaby
Member
Member # 26928
Default  Posted: 12:15 AM, January 3rd (Monday)

i would like to suggest Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel like NA...As a sidenote the 7th(I think) and Last book in this series will be released in March of 2011.

I would second this series of books. The first is my favorite, but there really arent any 'losers' in the bunch.

I didnt know that there was another coming out this year. Thanks for the heads up!


Me - 41
My Rockstar (Hubs #2) - 46, faithful, & an absolute doll!
DD(20) and DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids (4 Dogs and 2 Cats)

The Cheater:
WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW. Undiagnosed SA?)
Married 18yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


Posts: 5534 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: United States
StillGoing
Member
Member # 28571
Default  Posted: 1:44 PM, January 5th (Wednesday)

Another bump for Hunger Games.

I've always been a big Terry Pratchett fan. Very funny, witty, always a good read.

Glen Cook's Black Company series is awesome if you're looking for something grim. His Garret PI books are a fun mix of fantasy + detective books.

For straight up fantasy try the Riftwar Saga by Feist. It's an old one but still a great read.


“Fate is a fickle bitch who dotes on irony.”

Posts: 7119 | Registered: May 2010 | From: USA
Topic Posts: 33