Good Books to Read.. Suggestions?

Updated on August 15, 2010
M.R. asks from North Olmsted, OH
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I have been addicted to the Twilight Series and I find myself re-reading them when a new movie comes out. I've never been a big reader, I'm 29 and besides the Cosmo Magazine there's not much I've read inbetween now and back in high school. But now I find myself like 'craving' i have some Nicholas Sparks books. I like the idea that they're fiction but could happen and somewhat of a romance novel w/out all that 'throbbing member' sex talk that just makes me I did not however liked Nicholas Sparks '3 weeks w/ my Brother' i just couldnt' get into it. I've been reading Chelsea Handlers "chelsea chelsea bang bang' which is funny, but not roll on the floor funny like I thought it would be (or it could be that it's not real funny b/c I'm reading late at nite in bed ?!) So just wondering what some other moms may be reading out there that are fast, easy reads that keep your attention. Thanks so much ladies :)

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wow! thank you ladies :) i see alot about sookie stackhouse mentioned and anything by Jodi Picoult (sp?) so after I'm done w/ my Dear John and then I have Eat Love Pray I will go to the library and check out the books that all you guys have mentioned.. then maybe i'll fall into a catergory and find what type i really like! thank you so much again

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answers from Dallas on

If you liked the Twilight Series, you would probably like the "sookie stackhouse" series by Charlaine Harris. The books that Tru-Blood on HBO is based on. They are short, quick, entertaining and easy reads.

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answers from St. Louis on

"She's come undone" by Wally Lamb - somewhat lengthy but a fast and easy read. I will think of more as the day goes on!

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answers from Houston on

Everything by Jodi Picoult: deals with many real life situations, but always with a twist; easy to pick up where you left off; surprise endings

I also like "I Know This Much is True" by Wally Lamb...long, but worth it.

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answers from Phoenix on

I love all the Charlanie Harris books (sookie stackhouse). Also Christopher Moore is hilarious. Laurie Notaro and Jen Lancaster are so funny and write about there lives. There are soo many. If you join you can get lots of great ideas. If you join drop me a message and we can friend eachother on there, you can see about the 173 books I have 5 stared, there are just too many to list in honesty :)

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answers from Kansas City on

I am loving the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. She's a bounty hunter in Jersey and has wacky adventures. It starts with One for the Money and I think is on book 16 now.

If you like Supernatural Romance, the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong is great. It starts with "bitten" about a female werewolf named Elena and then starts to add other supers as well, witches, necromancers, vampires, etc. It's really, really good.

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answers from San Antonio on

I read "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein in 3 days. I couldn't put it down. GET IT! (The other Garth Stein books are NOT as great, nor are they really very good at all. Don't bother with his other two. They were his first two. Racing in the Rain is his 3rd book.)

But every time I go to the library, I check out a new Jodi Picoult book. Not everyone likes her style of writing (she jumps from past and present tense, as well as changing points of view per chapter- the sisters POV, then the mom's POV). She's the author of My Sisters Keeper. The book was 100 times better than the movie (as always).

10 years ago I loved the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I never knew what to read and read that one three times now. The main character has many different aliases (sp?) so it's interesting to read about how his life is intertwined with his former fiancee and her son. Not everyone would be interested in this one though. Very old book.

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answers from Grand Rapids on

I am a HUGE fan of the Twilight Saga. Some other books I've fallen in love with are Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, both Jessica's Guide to dating on the Dark Side and Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the House of Night series by Kristin and PC Cast, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, and Uglies by Scott Westerfield. These are all teen books.

Adult books I would recommend are the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Non-supernatural books would be The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by M. Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, and anything by Jennifer Weiner or Emily Giffin. Pillars of the Earth is one of my all time favorite books, but at over 1000 pages, it's definitely not a quick read. A fun non-fiction is Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen. And if you really want something that is roll on the floor funny, Sh*t My Dad Says is a must read. I had my coworkers laughing at me in the break room because I was laughing uncontrollably.

Oh! I forgot about The Millenium Trilogy! The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is #1. Disclaimer: It is a fantastic crime novel, but very, very violent.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Pillars of the Earth was awesome--try to read it before the movie comes out!
ANYTHING by Anita Shreve or Jodi Piccoult.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah was really good too.

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answers from Springfield on

I love Harry Potter. The books are so good, and the movies aren't bad.

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answers from Dayton on

I LOVE to read novels and then watch the movies made from them. The books are always better. If you like to do this too, I recommend Jennifer Weiner's books. She wrote the book that In Her Shoes was based on. Also Sue Monk Kidd, who wrote The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. A couple of Mitch Albom's have been made into movies as well, and they are great. The Wicked series of books, as well as other Macguire books, are also really good and hard to put down.

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answers from Kokomo on

I just read the harry potter books....though they are for kids they were really good. My absolute favorite books are all the first(20 or so) Anne Rice(not her recent ones). They are much more adult than the twilight ones and some are better than others, but I love the reacurring charaters, and amazing details and elaborate lives in other times, the are very mezmorizing with lots of suspense and just about everything else. Start at the beginning and find which charaters you like the best. Good luck! It is so hardn to find really good books

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answers from Davenport on

I actually liked The Host better then the Twilight Series. I also liked the Harry Potter books better then Twilight too. You might like the series by PC Cast (I haven't read them). You will like Night World by LJ Smith. I think there are 3 books out (1 more coming out soon). I read these after Twilight and thought she stole alot of Stephanie Meyers ideas (even some of the character names are the same). But, she actually wrote her books first and Meyers even acknowledges her in her books. My favorite books, but they are not romance: The Shack, Water for Elephants, The Secret Life of Bees, The Lovely Bones, Confessions of a Shopaholic (I read all of them).

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answers from Salt Lake City on

'Marley & Me' is one of the best books I've ever read....LOVED IT!

I also just read 'The Kite Runner' and 'Thousand Splendid Suns'...but those are pretty intense stories. I loved them and couldn't put either book down...they both are incredibly written with well thought-out plots. But they are heavy stories, so it might not be what you want.

Thanks for asking this, I'll be checking back to get ideas too!

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answers from Fayetteville on

I, too, LOVED the Twilight series and have read them a few times. But I've found some other really amazing books.

The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers.
The Daughters of Boston series by Julie Lessman.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

They're better than the Twilight series. Try reading Redeeming Love or The Daughters of Boston series first. The first book to Daughters of Boston called, A Passion Most Pure, was REALLY good! I loved it!!

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answers from Boston on

"The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom is an awesome book and an easy read. I'll think of some more but that's the first that popped in my head.

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answers from New York on

I am really into novel's. A few other M.'s mentioned some of these, but these are my personal fav's.
Kite Runner(this is intense, but the most amazing book), A thousand splendid sun's, Running with Scissors, The Glass Castle, My sister's keeper
I also love the Twilight and Harry Potter. The HP books are so much better than the movies.

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answers from Detroit on

Another vampire series that I'm reading right now is the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead. I read the entire Twilight series in 10 days and have tried reading a few other vampire books. The Vampire Academy books are the first ones that I've stuck with. (I read the first two books in 4 days.) There are currently 5 books in the series with the 6th and final book coming out in December.

If you are looking for something other than vampire books, Jodi Piccoult has a lot of good books. I also enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I've also read a number of books by Sarah Dessen. They are aimed at young adults, but I've enjoyed reading them and they are quick reads. I would say my favorite book of hers is Just Listen.

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answers from Austin on

Our daughter is 20 and home for the summer, we have been devouring books..

Our favorite book the spring and summer has been
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
We read it and then listened to ir on CD..

We also really enjoyed "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" by Katherine Howe.

I have been enjoying "Under the Dome" by Stephen King, but I never seem to have enough time to finish it..



answers from Dallas on

"The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival" by Ken Wheaton. I promise you won't hear of it anywhere else... Ken is a friend-- we went to grad school together. He lives in NY, but he is from South Louisiana. The book is hilarious-- gives a great picture of what it is like in conservative, Catholic, S. Louisiana. If you think a plot about a bored Priest in a backwoods town who befriends a gay Priest and who falls in love with the daughter of another Priest is funny... then pick it up! :)



answers from San Francisco on

Nick Hornby books are pretty easy reads, and humorous (lots of movies from his books---like About A Boy and High Fidelity, for example)
Dick Francis was a great writer of mysteries, all have horses in them in some way (he was a former jockey).
The Ladies Number One Detective Agency books are simple reads also (I forget the author of that series)
The Diana Gabaldon "Outlander" series of books is awesome--time travel/ romantic, set in Scotland (she is a serious writer and they are filed under Historical Fiction, although they are fairly sexy, funny and action packed. Outlander is the first book of the series)
I just recently read something called Half Broke Horses, written in memoir style, but it was written by the woman's granddaughter actually. True story, very entertaining, about an unusual and independent woman.

My recent faves are Stiegg Larsson's books (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo etc.) but they are probably too "heavy" for you, in terms of thinking.


answers from South Bend on

I fell in love with Twilight also, my local librarian recommend this author to me that is along the lines of Twilight. I have now read every book she has published and I can't put them down either!

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