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Book recommendations....

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Dan, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,736 /120
    Righto the cupboard is bare, I have read everything in there at least twice and am looking for something else to read, I don't particularly go in for things like Da vinci code, Stephen King etc none of that stuff really interests me.

    Though I want to branch out. I am thinking I may buy the BasketBall Diaries but it's not easy to come across in this 1 bookshop town.

    Any suggestions as to books, anything good you have read lately. A title and a little about it is enough. Sick of having nothing to sit and read through.

  2. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    The books i have enjoyed the most
    War and Peace - Tolstoy
    Rainbow Six - Clancy
    The Bear and the Dragon - Clancy
    Dracula - Stoker
    Pride and Prejudice - Austen
  3. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    Less than Zero - Brett Easton Ellis
  4. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Steve Menzies Biography
    The Sea Eagle Has Landed

    Seriously I would recommend a few:

    The Life of Pi
    The Lord of the Flies
    Brave New World
    Atonement is quite good, though very dense.
    Q and A is also excellent though it has probably been renamed Slumdog Millionaire (as in the Academy Award winning movie on which it is based.)

    Of kid's books, even as an adult, I am impartial to the Narnia Series and Harry Potter!!

    For trashy thrillers anything by David Baldacci is good as is John Grisham. Something like the Pelican Brief, Time to Kill, Runaway Jury etc is good by him, not too literary and fast moving.

    Dan you could try reading John's Gospel in the Bible too!!!! Good literature and the world's best seller of course.
  5. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,736 /120
    Matas I might put that on the list

    CW already been through 3 of your list

    Not at all a fan of Grisham, He writes by template, or framework just fills in the blanks in my opinion

    As for John's Gospel, I been there done that twice now.

    I went into the shop and first book I saw was Magician, by Raymond E Feist which was one of the best books I have read so I picked it up for $10.

    I also saw "My Bookie Wook" which is a biography of that weird english comedian that was on Rove last night, so picked that up. After that I have Twilight it looks to have some promise with some easy reading. I also picked up the Alchemist by Paulo, looks outstanding. But keep up a list here guys I am on the lookout for more always
  6. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Here is the list of Angus and Robertson's Top 100

    Recommended choices in bold:

    1 Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
    2 Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
    3 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    4 The Obernewtyn Chronicles - Isobelle Carmody
    5 My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
    6 To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    7 The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    8 Breath - Tim Winton
    9 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    10 Break No Bones - Kathy Reichs
    11 The Power Of One - Bryce Courtenay
    12 Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
    13 Magician - Raymond E. Feist
    14 The Bronze Horseman - Paullina Simons
    15 Mao's Last Dancer - Li Cunxin
    16 Memoirs Of A Geisha - Arthur Golden
    17 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
    18 Cross - James Patterson
    19 Persuasion - Jane Austen
    20 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
    21 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
    22 The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
    23 Marley and Me - John Grogan
    24 Antony and Cleopatra - Colleen McCullough
    25 April Fools Day - Bryce Courtney
    26 North & South - Elizabeth Gaskell
    27 In My Skin - Kate Holden
    28 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
    29 A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
    30 The Other Boleyn Girl - Phillipa Gregory
    31 Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult
    32 Atonement - Ian McEwan
    33 Shantaram Gregory - David Roberts
    34 Pillars Of The Earth - Ken Follett
    35 The Pact - Jodi Picoult
    36 Ice Station - Matthew Reilly
    37 Cloudstreet - Tim Winton
    38 Jessica - Bryce Courtenay
    39 A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
    40 The Princess Bride - William Goldman
    41 Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
    42 Anybody Out There? - Marian Keyes
    43 Life Of Pi - Yann Martel
    44 Seven Ancient Wonders - Matthew Reilly
    45 People Of The Book - Geraldine Brooks
    46 Six Sacred Stones - Matthew Reilly
    47 Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
    48 Brother Odd - Dean Koontz
    49 Tully - Paullina Simons
    50 Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
    51 The Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger
    52 Eragon - Christopher Paolini
    53 Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
    54 It's Not About The Bike - Lance Armstrong
    55 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
    56 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
    57 The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
    58 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
    59 A Fortunate Life - A.B. Facey
    60 The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
    61 The Notebook -Nicholas Sparks
    62 Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
    63 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
    64 The Host - Stephenie Meyer
    65 Dirt Music - Tim Winton
    66 Eldest - Christopher Paolini
    67 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    68 It - Stephen King
    69 World Without End - Ken Follett
    70 Emma - Jane Austen
    71 Temple - Matthew Reilly
    72 Little Women - Alcott Louisa May
    73 Lean Mean Thirteen - Janet Evanovich
    74 Scarecrow - Matthew Reilly
    75 American Gods - Neil Gaiman
    76 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    77 P.S, I Love You - Cecelia Ahern
    78 All That Remains - Patricia Cornwell
    79 The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
    80 Past Secrets - Cathy Kelly
    81 The Persimmon Tree - Bryce Courtenay
    82 Husband - Dean Koontz
    83 Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult
    84 Wicked - Gregory Maguire
    85 Spot Of Bother - Mark Haddon
    86 Always And Forever - Cathy Kelly
    87 The Road - Cormac McCarthy
    88 Cents & Sensibility - Maggie Alderson
    89 Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
    90 The Shifting Fog - Kate Morton
    91 We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
    92 Everyone Worth Knowing - Lauren Weisberger
    93 Hour Game - David Baldacci
    94 Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
    95 The Woods - Harlan Coben
    96 Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    97 Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
    98 Scar Tissue - Anthony Kiedis
    99 Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    100 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    +0 /0
    Sins of the brother about Ivan Milat is an interesting book. 
  8. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    OH Catch 22 is quite witty, dark and humourous.
  9. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

    +37 /0
    Yeah that's probably my favourite book - how it's not in that top 100 is beyond me. 
  10. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,736 /120
    Sounds like I am going to have to put it on my list
  11. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    Ecclesiasties is a good read.

    Dan if you get a taste for Ellis, then Rules of Attraction and Glamorama are worth reading too.  Of course there's also American Psycho but that's an acquired taste (pun intended).   
  12. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    "Don't tell my mother that I work on an oil rig, tell her that i am piano player in a whore house"

    Or something to the effect.
  13. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Gronk - top 100 sales at present rather than Top 100 books.. I have a list at home of the Top 100 novels of all time - will put a couple more suggestions up.
  14. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

    +37 /0
    really ? things like pride and prejudice are still at number 3 in current sales?
  15. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,736 /120
    Read American Psycho years ago
  16. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    really ? things like pride and prejudice are still at number 3 in current sales?

    this might sound like a pussy, but i really did enjoy P&P and read it quite regularly (once a year or two)
  17. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +4,847 /102
    If you like an alternate view on sports (not the stock standard autobiography's) some good ones are

    Andrew Jennings (anything about corruption in sport including FIFA and IOC...)

    Playground of the gods (http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/book-of-the-week-playground-of-the-gods--the-fulfillment-of-a-sporting-fantasy-1120653.html) is close to my dream - anything by Ian Stafford is worth a read

    How football explains the world is pretty good....http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Football-Explains-World-Globalization/dp/0099492261

    This is what I talk about.....http://www.amazon.com/What-Talk-About-When-Running/dp/0307269191 - i really enjoyed this one....

    If any of those tickle your fancy let me know as I can direct you to a heck of a lot more....
  18. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,736 /120
    this I think will be an interesting thread

    The Damage Done by Warren Fellows was an awesome book! (Biography of how he got caught smuggling heroin and his time in Ban Kwang prison
  19. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

    +844 /25
    Damage Done is great. I think I mentioned Marching Powder a while back Dan. 

    At the moment I am reading Kokoda, very good read so far. 
  20. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

    +109 /2
    Read the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay.

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