Thursday, 18 March 2010

What should I read next??

I'm always on the hunt for the next great read. I love to walk around libraries and Chapters hoping I'll find something wonderful that I can rave about on here. But for the last couple of weeks I've been kind of at a loss for what to read. I feel like I'm stuck in "Meh" book purgatory! So .... I thought I'd pick all of your brains to give me some ideas of what to read next!

I've been focusing lately on supernatural and Young Adult books but I'm open to any genre. I love historical fiction, biographies, modern fiction, mysteries .... I figure I'll randomly pick one of the books suggested. There's a good chance that I may have already read the book that is suggested. In that case, I'll let you pick another suggestion. This request may be harder than you think ... I've read a lot of books! Once I pick a book to read I'll read it then I'll post my review and let you all know what I thought about it.

So, will you help me?? What do you think I should read next?? I'd love to see lots and lots of suggestions!!!

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thirteenth Tale?

I just finished "The Help" wonderful book!

Mags said...

I'm going to be following these comments closely as I am also in need of a new author or something. I feel lost that I don't have ANYTHING on my "must read" list!

Anonymous said...

I'm a 30ish year old friend of Jillian's and I would have to say that I like most of the books that you blog about, so here is my suggestion: The books are called "Graceling" and "Fire" by Kristin Cashore. I'm pretty sure they are the best books I have read all year. The other books I recommend are: "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins. Both are supposed to be series for young adults, but unless you are a very mature 16 year old, some of the content is pretty mature, so they are good for adults too. Happy reading!

Laurie said...

Wow! What great recommendations ... and so soon after I posted! Not that I sit around waiting for you all to respond ... well, not much anyway. ;)

I've heard of "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setter--something and "The Help" has been on my radar for a bit but I just haven't gotten around to it.

It's funny that "Graceling" was recommended because I actually have that book out from the library. I'm not sure where I heard about it (probably from todaysparent.com) but it sounds right up my alley.

Keep them coming everyone! All the books you've come up with so far I haven't read!!

I was thinking of doing this each month. That way all of you can share some good reads that you've found and get some new ideas from other posters. What do you think? Good idea? I always feel that 'word of mouth' great reads are much better than 'critics choices' books.

Laurie

Anonymous said...

I recommend The Book of Negroes - historical fiction about the Black Loyalists in Canada. It's written from the perspective of a young girl and follows her life for about 50 years. It's excellent

Laurie said...

So many anonymous posters today! :)
I have read "Book of Negroes" and LOVED it!! I highly recommend it (as well as "Roots" by Alex Haley). Any other suggestions Anonymous Poster #3?? :)

nicole said...

try Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson.

Laurie said...

Thanks Nicole. I've heard of that book too but haven't read it. Lots of great suggestions!

Anonymous said...

I have a few ideas for you.One book l read and loved was The Guernsey Literary and potato peel pie society.Takes place just after WW2.I also love historical mysteries and someone you might like is Rhys Bowen she has two series out Molly Murphy and Lady Georgiana strong females and it has some romance and humor tossed in.Also Laurie R king has her Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell mysteries very well done and in her books Mary becomes his wife.Like you l love history and mysteries so historical mysteries are my books of choice also check Anne Perry she also has two series out and all her books can be fond in amy library.Hope this helps and gives you some new leads on things to read.

Laurie said...

Thanks. I've heard a lot of great reviews of the "Guernsey ... Pie Society". I have been hesitant to read it because I wasn't sure I'd like the fact that it's written in only letters from the characters to each other. But, since it's received such high acclaim it's up there on my 'to read' list. :)

I've never heard of Laurie. R King but she does have an awesome first name! :)

Lots of good suggestions! Keep 'em coming! I figure I'll pick a book randomly from the list of hopefuls by Friday March 26th so I can start the book in early April. How does that sound?

Mommydoodle said...

Well, you said you were doing this with an open mind, so here are 2 suggestions I'm quite certain you have not read (and probably haven't heard of either).

1. Francine Rivers, "A Voice in the Wind" is the 1st in a trilogy about a young Christian woman who is captured by the Roman army and becomes a slave for a wealthy Roman family. Took me about 50 pages or so before I got into this book and it was well worth it.

2. Bodie and Brock Thoene, "Only the River Runs Free" tells the story of an Irish tenant family and their struggle against their English landlords. This is the 1st book in a 4 book series. I was hooked on this series from the 1st paragraph of the prologue.

Both series are Christian based stories BUT not overwhelmingly so. The stories are amazing and I could not put them down. They are both available at the regional library (I checked!)

So if you truly have a open mind, give these a shot - you may surprise yourself. I was resistant to reading them myself but started them because my Grandma asked me to. I'm so glad I did!!!

Laurie said...

Thanks Mommydoodle. :) I do try to keep an open mind and I'm glad that I do. I never would have thought that I'd love supernatural books but luckily I gave Twilight and Kelley Armstrong a try because now it's one of my favourite genres. You just never know what books will grip you, right? I'll put them on the list of contenders ... and you're right - I hadn't read those books. :)

Anonymous said...

As Anonymous # 3, I would totally recommend Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie, it was the kind of book that I wanted all the charcters to continue in and was so sad to hear that the author passed away because it was soooo good! hmmm, another recommendation... I am reading Jubilee right now, it's about a slave in during the 1860's-70's America. City of Bones, city of ashes and city of glass is a really good series that is supposed to be young adult, but again mature. Fade, wake and gone is another great series for young adults that was kinda creepy - it's about a girl who can go into other people's dreams, the last book was a little wanting, but good overall. The Summoning and the Awakening by Kelley Armstrong is fantastic. I tend to read a lot of yound adult for 2 reasons: quick reads and cheaper than adult books at chapters. Darkly Dreaming Dexter and the Sookie Stackhouse series are the 2 latest adult books that I have read, also very good

Laurie said...

Wow, Anonymous #3 thanks for all those suggestions. I have read City of Bones and liked it but didn't love it enough to continue on with the series. It felt really dark to me and I didn't connect with the main characters. Not sure why ... I've heard that many people have loved that series.

I've also read all of Kelley Armstrong's book and love them. One of my favourite authors.

I'll put Fade, Wake and Gone on the list. Thanks! :)

Laurie said...

Oh, I forgot! I'll also add Jubilee (that one sounds amazing and right up my alley).

Anonymous said...

Then Cane River and Red River would also be up your alley. Don't let Oprah's recommendation of Cane River put you off, it's fantastic and Red River is her follow up. It follows her own family's history of being slaves in America as well. I'm sad about City of Bones, I thought it was a much better written Twilight series, flawed characters with actual resons to be flawed, not just moody and brooding.

Laurie said...

I'm actually surprised that I didn't love City of Bones too. It seemed right up my alley but I just didn't get into it. I actually forced myself to finish it. It just felt too dark for my tastes and I didn't like the main characters. I think it's a hit and miss book for many. Either you love it or hate it. It got very mixed reviews on amazon.ca.

Anonymous said...

Meg Cabot's Size 14 is not fat is a great book too, in the chick lit genre. It's a trilogy that I have read like, 3 times and loved every single time. Don't forget about Cane River, it really is fantastic

Laurie said...

I've read "Size 14 is Not Fat" by Meg Cabot last year and liked it. That's another suggestion for Cane River too.

Farmer Giesen said...

I have the book "A Voice in the Wind" by Francine Rivers if you want to borrow it.

Farmer Giesen said...

I have "A Voice in the Wind" by Francine Rivers if you want to borrow it.

Laurie said...

Thanks Farmer G! I'll add it to the ever growing list of suggestions.

mvandooren said...

I'm reading Alex's Percy Jackson books -- a little juvenile, but a quick read. Pretty good stories. Off his bookshelf I also loved the Eragon books. Those are worth reading. (E would probably love them!)

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the Sookie Stackhouse series either, they are a fun, quirky take on vampires and so much more fun than Twilight. Sookie is a strong butt kicker and she's fun to read. Not too taxing, fun and campy

Laurie said...

I've read the first Sookie Stackhouse book awhile ago. It was good but then I got watching the TV show (which I didn't love). I wanted to put some distance between what I saw on TV (really graphic and violent at times) and the book. I remember the books being, like you said, campy and fun but the tv show didn't, in my opinion, pull of the same feel.

These books definitely have a different vibe than the Twilight series! Thanks for the suggestion.

Anonymous said...

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!!

Laurie said...

The "Captain Underpants" suggestion was posted by my oldest son who was on his PSP as I was blogging. Um, while I do take some book suggestions from my kids (like Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Wave Runners) I don't think I'll include that recommendation for April. With 2 boys in the house I think I have enough Captain Underpants!

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