Friday, June 17, 2005

Book suggestions, please.

Since I'm spending so much time at the library with my kids, I'm on a mission to read a lot of contemporary classics that I somehow never got around to reading. (By "contemporary," I mean in the last 50 years or so--but not TOO modern, or else it's not a classic. You with me?) For example, I finally read Catcher in the Rye (pretty good). I'm working on Girl with a Peal Earring right now (I know it's not really a "classic," but the librarian recommended it).

So if any of you have a book that you love and consider a must read, please let me know.

(Yes, it's Friday night and I'm asking for book suggestions. I suck.)

32 comments:

ScaryCheri said...

I'm not much of a reader, and I don't think this falls into the 50 year category, but "The picture of Dorian Grey" is a great classic...my random out of nowhere .02 on books :)....oh, and ...hi! :)

SparkyDiva said...

"The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck and "Like Water for Chocolate"...but the movie of that one is better than the book.
~b

Nik said...

The Scarlet Letter, Gulliver's Travels, Tom and Huck (or whatever it's called), don't know if you're into fantasy type books but J.R.R Tolkien is awesome, and anything by Stephen King. I love to read just about anything. I'm currently reading Peter Pan, the original, not the Disney version to the boys and they love it, especially when Tink calls Peter a silly ass, go figure!! The Good Earth, as mentioned by Sparky is awesome. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is awesome too! I have an autographed copy!

Jen said...

Hi Cheri!

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm starting a list. (PS Nik, no, I'm not much of a "fantasy" person...no LOTR --or Harry Potter for that matter.)

Jen said...

Speaking of black female authors, I tried to read some of Toni Morrison's work but her books never really "grabbed" me. Anyone have any feedback on her?

Fred said...

One of my students was reading the Da Vinci Code and told me how good it was, so I gave it a try. It was a good read.

For a complete laugh, and quick read, try Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs.

Jen said...

I tried Da Vinci code, couldnt get into that one eihter. AS it turns out, art and history are two subjects that bore me. (Which makes it ironic that I'm tring Girl with a Pearl Earring.)

Anonymous said...

I love to read, but the classics are never on my list :-) The only one I was gonna suggest was Catcher in the Rye.

I'm nearing the end of Therapy by Jonathon Kellerman; if you haven't read that yet, it's a good one, and I know he's one of your favorite authors :-)
Renee

Rob said...

I think the last decent book I read was The Dante Club. Though not a classis per se, it does allude to the Inferno throughout, as the basis of the mystery. Thumbs up from me.

Jen said...

Is Dante's Inferno another recommended one? Cuz I haven't read that one either.

Nik said...

Are you insinuating that I read Harry Potter books? No offense to Mrs. Rowling, but ain't my type of hype there. I guess I'm just not as picky as you are when it comes to books. A book has to be totally horrible, matter of fact, I can't even think of a book I didn't like right now! Koontz has some pretty good mind benders.

Nik said...

Hey Jen-- is a pearl earring sorta like a pearl necklace?

Rob, disappointed that you didn't beat me to the comment, you're slippin...

Renee said...

I'm easily pleased with books, too. I can only think of two that I've started and haven't been able to finish. They were both kinda religious. Just can't get into it. But I tried, girls, I really did! Guess I'm just destined to be a heathen ;-)

Renee said...

OOH! Jen, I've got some "classics" for ya:

The Outsiders
Tex
Rumblefish
That Was Then, This is Now

Granted, they only take like a half hour to read anymore, but who doesn't love some good ol' S.E. Hinton? ;-)

And btw, I have all four of those books if you need to borrow one :-)

Jen said...

The Outsiders is still, and will always be, my #1 favorite book.

I hated the movie, though.

Renee said...

Yeah, the movie sucked. I'm gonna finish Therapy tonight after Brent goes to bed, and then I'm gonna read The Outsiders. I'm craving some Ponyboy Curtis right now :-)

Jen said...

"I'm gonna finish Therapy tonight after Brent goes to bed"---> LOL.

Renee said...

LOL. I have a way with words, don't I? The BOOK Therapy. It's REALLY good. Then again, as previously mentioned, every book I read is REALLY good :-) But you just can't go wrong with Kellerman.

LocuTus of Borg said...

The Good Earth is a definite must.
James Clavell "Shogun" - long but awesome reading.
Orson Scott Card - "Ender's Game" or the Ender's series. It is sci-fi, but really talks about children and how we make children grow up so fast.
For nice easy reading: David Adams "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" :D

Jen said...

Well I went to the library; they didn't have The Good Earth (it wasn't in, I mean), but they did have lots of other Peark Buck books if you want to suggest any of those.

So for now, I checked out Faulkners Sound and the Fury. That's supposed to be one of them there classics.

;)

Anna said...

I LOVE to talk books. :)
Like Water for Chocolate- I didn't know it was a movie, too! I have it as a book on tape read by the author. It's very good.
An autographed copy of Caged Bird?! That's so cool!
Hate Toni Morrison- I've tried and they've left me disturbed.
LOVED the DaVinci Code!
Also LOVE Harry Potter, Tolkien, CS Lewis & David Adam's Hitchhiker books.
What is The Good Earth about?

Anna said...

OK, so are we talking "Classic" classics? Like Jane Austen & the Brontes? Because you should give them a try if you haven't.

Or are we talking great new reads? Because then I suggest some of my latest favs this summer. VERY FUN!:
The Secret Life of Bees
Angy Housewives Eating Bonbons
The Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love
and Confessions of a Shopaholic

Jen said...

Well that's where contemporary classics comes in. Not stuff written in the 1800s or the turn of the century or anything, but, say, 1940s on up.

Rob said...

Nik... don't think I didn't think about the pearl necklace comment, and I would have beaten you, but I let it slide.

Anna said...

You could read Jack Kerouac's On the Road or Alan Ginsberg's Howl. Margret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale was interesting. I really liked Alice Walker's The Color Purple (but God, I LOVE that movie- I must watch everytime it's on, I don't know why).
Those are all from the last 50-60 years.

Jen said...

Rob and Nikki, you can turn even a conversation about literary classics into smut.

Renee said...

Yeah, you guys are hos :-)

Nik said...

I was just wondering, is all!
My all-time favorit book is "I Love You Forever". It's a kids book, but I absolutely love it. A MUST read. War and Peace will take ya a while. I liked The Old Man and the Sea too.

Nik said...

Ho's don't get paid honey!! You're talking to some high-class booty right here!

Anna said...

I'm going to go on the record and say I hated The Old Man and the Sea, The Pearl, and anything else I've read by Steinbeck or Hemingway. They're TOO DEPRESSING! Life isn't that bad, guys.
I've never tried War & Peace but Anna Karennina took a long time.

Renee said...

One of John's aunts got us Love You Forever for a shower gift. I've been reading it for four years and I STILL cry EVERY time I read it, without fail. Every parent should own this book!

Nik said...

Hey, I don't have kids and I own the book! I bawl everytime ya get to the part where the grown man goes and rocks his mom and then goes home to his own little one. Such an awesome story!