Books to Read

Updated on May 22, 2012
C.D. asks from Louisville, KY
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I love to read. I have finished the Hunger Games Trilogy in a week. I just finished all three Fifty Shades book in a week.... I have read most of Jodi Piccoult, Greg Isles, James Patterson .... Anyone have any good series or authors that they can suggest. I would realy like something that has several books to the series. Something that will keep me busy for more than a week.

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I will be spending alot of time with my Kindle on the boat this summer while the hubby fishes. AH the sweet life at the lake. I will definately be looking in to some of these books/authors.

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answers from Redding on

I remember, when I was younger and had the love of reading, that the "Flowers in the Attic" series was good. I think the author was VC Andrews.

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answers from Dallas on

Try the Percy Jackson series. There are I think 7 books in that series and The Lost Hero series is a continuation of Percy Jackson and only the first 2 books are out so far with the 3rd to come in October i believe. I LOVE THEM cant put the down and have read each one at least twice.

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answers from Milwaukee on

Lol-you sound a little like me. I loved the Hunger Games and read them really fast too. I am on the last book for Fifty Shades now. My friend is a librarian and she is recommending a book called Shiver by Maggie Stievater-something like that. I believe it is a trilogy too so it may only be a week for you. If you like the supernatural-Charlaine Harris is very good. She is the writer for which they base the HBO show True Blood on and she also writes some mysteries-the Aurora Teagarden series.
We just saw the movie We bought a zoo and that was based on a book. I was thinking about reading that one. Otherwise, there is the other HBO series-Game of Thorns. I know that is a series too and looks pretty good.

Let me know if you run out and I can text my librarian friend for you :)

Oh and I agree with KP that I think the Percy Jackson books could be really good. I had no idea there were that many-may have to read them myself.

Wow to GrandmaT for a flasback on the Flowers in the Attic series.

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answers from Jacksonville on

The early books in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich made me laugh out loud. The newer ones not so much and I don't care for her other series.

The other authors that I like that have series are: Lisa Scottoline, Michael Connelly, Jeffrey Deaver, Harlan Coben and John Sandford.

I've recently started reading books by Nevada Barr. She used to be a national park ranger and her main character is a park ranger, so the series is set in different national parks. I enjoy learning a little bit about the parks while I'm reading them.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Try the Game of Thrones series. There are 5 books, each nearly 1000 pages. That should keep you busy for awhile. And they're really good!

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answers from Los Angeles on

Stephen King's Dark Tower series, or Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. That one has 9 or 10 books LOL

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answers from Fayetteville on

Hi! The big read in our house is a series from Christopher Paolini, beginning with Eragon. There are 4 huge books in all, so it's a good thing you have a Kindle! Happy reading!

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answers from Los Angeles on

For a book club I just read Rashi's Daughters by Maggie Anton a three book series that was historic fiction. Interesting and well written.

Have fun!



answers from Tampa on

The Charlaine Harris "Sookie Stackhouse" series is awesome! It's the book series that the show True blood is based off of, but the show is WAY different than the books. (the books are way better) I just read the latest book which was released this month. They are so great. There are 12 total now. I preorder them so I get them as soon as they are released. It's my only real vice. LOL! The only "problem" is that each book ony takes me a couple days to read since I love them so much. (and I can't read too long since I have other things to do, or I would finish in a day) I like most of the other suggestions too.
One last suggestion.. I read a series of books that my daughter had and actually enjoyed it a lot. If you liked the HUnger Games you may like it. There are 5 or 6 books I think. It's the Maximum Ride series. Oh wait, maybe you have read that already. Oops! Oh well. Happy reading!



answers from New York on

Try 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Its about 920 pages. I haven't finished it yet. Also, Peony in Love by Lisa See. She has others that I heard are good but haven't read them. Another is Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecular Children by Random Riggs, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (this one is old so you probably read it) but the sequel just came out last year. Also, I thought The Stand by Stephen King was the best book I ever read. Hope this helps.



answers from Pittsburgh on

Have you read the Stieg Larsson Millenium trilogy?



answers from Portland on

Isecond The Pillars of the Earth and the sequal!! Also, try Harry Potter, they'll be fast, but good. oh, and Dan Brown is great.


answers from Erie on

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Prepare to be sucked in for the whole summer. You will not regret a moment spent with Jamie Fraser :D Definitely start with the first one. Also her John Grey stories.
Terry Pratchett.
Neil Gaimon
Robert Rankin (I warn you, you will get hooked by the different stories with repeating characters and places)
Any of the classics like Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, etc...anything by Maya Angelou, Herman Hesse, Steinbeck, Pearl Buck, or Tom Robbins.

I really enjoyed the Harry Potter books on cd.


answers from Dover on

If you liked the 50 Shades series, which clearly you did if you read all 3 in a week, I'd try the Scanguards Vampire series by Tina Folsom. I, too read all 3 50 books in about a week & a half, then googled "what to read after the 50 Shades books" & came up with a list. After reading a bunch of reviews & getting through a few really rough books, I came across this series. I think right now there are 6 books in the series. I'm about 2/3 through the first one & really like it. It's not too hardcore as some of the other books I tried, but if you're not into the whole Vampire thing, you might want to skip it (although these guys don't glitter in the sunlight or anything like that, lol).

ETA--I did read all of the Hunger Games series, Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series, several of the Charlene Harris books, & The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. Those are all good suggestions as well.



answers from Eugene on

Alexander McCall Smith. I like the Ladies No. 1 detective series the best.



answers from Kansas City on

I tend to gravitate to one author at a time. Some of my favorites are Iris Johansen, Danielle Steele and James Rolllins.



answers from Chicago on

Nora Roberts (lots of series and also lots of stand alone)
chesapeak series (4 books)
morigans cross series (3 books)
blue dalia series (3 books)
blood brothers series (3 books)
dance apon the air witch series (3 books)
Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb futuristic series more than 20 books as of now

Iris Johansen lots of stand alones and also series
Eve Duncan series has about 10 books in it
misc books that have some tie ins

Jayne Ann Krentz lots of stand alones
Amanda Quick (Krentz writing historicals)
Jayne Castle (Krentz writing futuristics)
she does series that cross all 3 genres so look for the series names with all the names

Kay Hooper creepy paranormal series
bishop books
blood series
chill series

Elizabeth Lowell lots of stand alones and a bunch of series also
rarities unlimited series (bunch of books)
jewel series (amber beach, jade island, pearl cove, ruby bayou)

Lee Child the reacher series (there are a bunch of these)

Susan Elizabeth Phillips the chicago stars series plus some stand alones

John Grisham

David Baldacci

Diana Palmer some western series


answers from Austin on

Google the high school reading lest and catch up on classics that you may want to review or read those that you someone missed. That is what I am trying to do. It makes for a great foundation and conversation.

Modern fiction is just a time waster to me.



answers from Chicago on

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series is fantastic!


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series is fantastic!


answers from Tulsa on

I love Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton. Most of Michael Crichton's books are stand alone, but they are really good. Janet Evanovich's books are quick, funny reads. Dean Koontz's books are really good, too.



answers from Chicago on

I'm reading Fifty Shades now :) But when I'm done I think I'm going to read the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series (haven't seen the movies yet, I'm waiting to read the book first). I also have the new 11/22/63 by Stephen King - a single book, but a committment at almost 1000 pages. I'm also considering the Game of Thrones series. Happy reading!

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