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Dan

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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.

Dan
 

Zep

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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
 

Canteen Worker

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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.
 

Dan

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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
 

Canteen Worker

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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
 
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Sins of the brother about Ivan Milat is an interesting book. 
 

Dan

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Sounds like I am going to have to put it on my list
 

Matabele

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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).   
 

Zep

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"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.
 

Canteen Worker

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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.
 

The Gronk

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Canteen Worker link said:
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.

really ? things like pride and prejudice are still at number 3 in current sales?
 

Dan

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Matabele link said:
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).   

Read American Psycho years ago
 

Zep

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The Gronk link said:
[quote author=Canteen Worker link=topic=179675.msg213297#msg213297 date=1237247388]
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.

really ? things like pride and prejudice are still at number 3 in current sales?
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this might sound like a pussy, but i really did enjoy P&P and read it quite regularly (once a year or two)
 

lsz

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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....
 

Dan

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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
 

Garts

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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. 
 

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