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My favorite is A Farewell To Arms
White Tiger - Aravind Adiga Set in India, a young man gets driving lessons to escape the poverty of the coal mine and becomes a driver for the mine owners which sets his life in motion.
I always heard great things about Ayn Rand's books, but never got around to reading any of them. Then last week I watched a documentary about her on Hulu, what an amazing and fascinating woman she was.
So a few days ago I started reading The Fountainhead, OMG it is incredible! I can't put it down. Brilliant writing, captivating, I see why people so love her writing. Once I'm done with Fountainhead I'll rent the movie starring Gary Cooper, then I'll start in on reading Atlas Shrugged.
As for OP reading the Hitchhiker Guide books, yep they are great too. Enjoy...
The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitzyn and Gold Warriors by Seagrave to make clear how despicably corrupt the world really is. And The Tenth Cycle series by JC Ryan for some fictional escapism. Also, the Uncle Eric series by Richard Maybury are wonderful easy to read general education books that I wish I had read when I was young.
Reading is a lifetime thing. Thanks for starting this thread: I've seen a few (more than a few) books I'd like to read, too.
after 2 years of graduate course work I haven't read a book for pleasure since 2013
--Service - Luttrell
(Much about his career, and combat tours).
--With The Old Breed - Sledge
(A must-read book for those thinking of joining the military, and especially WWII history buffs).
--Grunts - McManus
(Well written about U.S. military involved battles from WWII to more recent).
-- Peleliu Tragic Triumph - Ross
(Excellent retelling of this story from every angle without bogging the reader down with excess details, or research notes).
--Dead Wake - Larson
(One of the U.S. Navy WWII submarine books that's worth your time, and goes by very quickly).
Dead Wake is about the Sinking of the Lusitania 2 years before we entered WWI. You may thinking of another book.
Thanks for all the novel suggestions. I'm writing them down and keeping a list.
I really enjoyed Still Alice by Lisa Genova, it's the tale of a woman with Early Onset Alzheimer's and it's told from her perspective. Emotional stuff.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was fantastic - WWII novel that focuses on a blind French girl in occupied France and an orphaned German boy.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon was great, in a similar way to Lisa Genova - it tells the story of an Autistic boy, really helps the reader get an understanding of the condition.
My all-time favourite book, however, is One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. A masterpiece, pure and simple.
That happens to be what I'm reading right now.
That's another interesting book, some of you may want to check out Larson's book, Dead Wake.
Two more related to U.S. Navy submarines in WWII, non-fiction:
--War Beneath the Waves - Keith
--Escape from the Deep - Kershaw
Check those out!
Funny & humorous read, then more serious ones
How are you finding it? I absolutely loved that book!
I worked as a technical writer, towards the end of my real career. Then, I worked a a musician for 14 years. I am now, just getting back into reading novels. My favorites, have always been the Ian Fleming, Bond novels. I collect them, and tend to re-read them. I also read the newer James Bond books, written by various authors. I really like the novels written by Raymond Benson. They are a modernized version, that is more of a cross between the original Ian Fleming books, and the modern Bond movies. Like the original Ian Fleming novels, they contain a lot of historical facts. So that I feel like I learn about real world places, events and politics, as I'm reading an action thriller.
Some of my favorites when I was your age have been mentioned. Dune, Interview with Vampire, The Stand plus countless fantasy/Sci-fi. I second the recommendation for Catcher In the Rye and add The Alchemist and/or The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho. Great books to find one's way in the world.
Being the prolific reader that you are you most likely have read these, but if not...
Mikhail Bulgakov - Master and Margarita or Heart of a Dog
Herman Hesse - Demian
China Achebe - Things Fall Apart
Favorite books, like of all time? Outta thousands? Hard to pick but for NF:
Endurance (the Shackleton expedition)
Into Thin Air
In Cold Blood
The Worse Journey in the World
Stalingrad + The Fall of Berlin by Beevor (read in that sequence)
Truman by McCullough
For novels nearly impossible to pick favorites but some that pop up:
Killer Angels by Shaara
Marilyn by Oates (and nearly everything else she's written)
Legends of the Fall by Harrison
The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood
The Road and No Country for Old Men by McCarthy
I read a lot, don't have a good list and am leaving off scores of great books.
Right now I'm reading this per a recommendation and it's a good one.
I'm just getting into it. I usually hate and avoid any books dealing with war, with a few exceptions like The Tin Drum.