Jun 22, 2011

Help! I Need a New Book. Please Recommend (and Win Free Stuff!)

created at: 06/22/2011

I'm normally a pretty active reader, but for some reason, I'm voracious this summer. I regularly keep both a stack of to-be-reads and a ongoing list (Listography is awesome), and I'm gonna kill that tonight. Dead. All checked off. That's never happened before.

So, I need a new book, and I figured I might as well ask you fine people for suggestions. I tend to like contemporary, character-driven stuff. If forced to, I'd probably say that my favorite book is Middlesex, and when people ask to borrow stuff, I usually give them Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close , From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, or A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, depending. As of late, I just finished up Michael Chabon's entire catalog, and most of David Mitchell. Dennis Lehane is about as crime-y as I get, and I don't usually opt for sci-fi or fantasy, but I'm definitely open.

So, please. Post about your favorite books in the comments below, even if you're not sure I'd like 'em.

And, since you like books, I'll select five of the comments at random, and send you a copy of one of our books, Make It! Hardware Store Decor.

Deal? Deal.


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Anonymous on Sep 18, 2011:

On the Big White Oak by Corrine Coleman - if you're into dramatic, love stories...It is a poignant tale about marriage, unrequited love, single motherhood - and the three people intertwined together.  The characters came alive off the page.  You feel for all of them - and you think about them long after the story ends.  


Scott on Jul 07, 2011:

Blindness by Jose Saramago - it's amazing and he's a Nobel Prize winner for literature.

Isabel on Jun 29, 2011:

I'm currently on the seventh book of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. It's a crime-fantasy novel centered around wizard Harry Dresden who fights evil and investigates supernatural things in Chicago.

I used to read a lot as a child but then with uni I kinda got too busy. Well, turns out I just didn't have the right books to read. I've inhaled the six previous books in less than two months. And the best part is, they get better and better with each book! Start with Storm Front, that's the first.

Jac on Jun 28, 2011:

Anything by Haruki Murakami. He's best known for his magical realism, like 'Wild Sheep Chase' and 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,' but there are straight up realism novels like 'South of the Border, West of the Sun,' a few collections of short stories, full-on fantasy novels like 'Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World,' and a nonfiction narrative called Underground.


He's beloved by fans of authors like Camus and Hemingway, but I hate Hemingway, love Camus, and have read everything Murakami's written (once it's been translated into English).

Valerie on Jun 25, 2011:

Roughing It by Mark Twain is perfect summer reading.  You'll want to get out and explore.


Courtney on Jun 24, 2011:

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, it's the perfect book for summer.

Anonymous on Jun 24, 2011:

"The cat who walked through walls" by Robert HeinLein. My wife likes to point out that Heinlein was a sexist old bastard but he had some good ideas and this book is fun

Norah on Jun 23, 2011:

Pillars of the Earth.  It's about a thousand pages and way more awesome than the mini-series.  Also, on a completely different note, Water for Elephants was delightful.  Funny, heartbreaking and invigorating... you'll want to stand up and cheer at the end of it.

LIZ on Jun 23, 2011:

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.  EVERYONE should read at least once. 

Favorite Nephew on Jun 23, 2011:

Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood. The rest of my life came to a complete stop until I finished reading it.

Sandra on Jun 23, 2011:

Corrections by Johnathon Frantzen. An even more dysfunctional family than mine! Well written, or I wouldn't have spent the time.

Steve on Jun 23, 2011:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Hunger Games and two sequels by Suzanne Collins

Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011:

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

It's the fictional account of Jesus & Biff's time from age 12-33.  Very tongue-in-cheek, but very funny and entertaining.

Kendrah on Jun 23, 2011:

Not sure if it would be your speed, but have you ever read or heard of the V.C. Andrews Dollanganger series?  Flowers in the Attic and the books that go with it?  They're a bit of a train wreck, but you just can't put them down.  Modern (or at least, somewhat modern ish, given their age), no fantasy or sci fi, no detective or crime things.  It's kind of like a really intense soap opera in book form.

Jourdan Perla on Jun 23, 2011:

I have to second House of Leaves. Especially if you can manage to get one the Full Color editions that keeps all the crazy formatting intact.

mcc on Jun 23, 2011:

Game of Thrones series. It will keep you going for quite a while!

Andy on Jun 23, 2011:

A Study in Scarlet - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A classic if there every was one; I love the last line of the book (so funny :P ).



Zombie Dad on Jun 23, 2011:

"Edurance" all about Ernest Shackleton's failed attempt to reach the South Pole. Positively gripping story of survival and the talk of freezing temps helps cool you off during the summer.

Jasu Koponen on Jun 23, 2011:

The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera. Oh, it is good!

Kelly on Jun 23, 2011:

Drood by Dan Simmons - Fictional biography on Charles Dickens and his journey into madness. It's a hefty one (784 pages) but an intensive read making you want more from this author. Enjoy your journey for a good read! 

-Kelly x