Name a book you couldn't put down

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I recently read Prodigal Summer and Homeland both by Barbara Kingsolver. Prodigal summer was great. Homeland is a collection of short stories, which I generally will pass up for full length novels, but I really enjoyed it too.

I loved The River Why by David James Duncan--it's alway on my recommended list.
The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer : about a little boy growing up in New York without a father and living with is weird family and "adopting" his uncle as a father-figure. The bar in the story becomes a central topic..sounds not that interesting but I suck at summaries..a good book.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield : about a woman hired to write the life story of a famous author who has always told a different version of her life story to other interviewers. It's a bit of a ghost story of sorts, read it a while ago and hard to remember exactly what happens

Gone With the Wind and the follow-up Scarlett
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The most recent one that comes to mind is "What is the What" by Dave Eggers. It's an epic novel / fictional autobiography about one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys" who spends years fleeing one catastrophe after another (pillaging militiamen, man-eating lions and crocodiles, days in the desert without food/water, squalid camp conditions) before finally gaining refugee status and coming to the US, where he faces a whole host of other problems. Very engrossing read.
The Kite Runner - totally engrossing. Also Pat Conroys newest book, South of Broad - that was an engulf and devour book.
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I've been reading your recs

I read The Last Child, by John Hart - it was really good! It was a little sad, and not the ending I was expecting, but it was a good book. I've read a lot of mysteries, and it's nice when the ending is not what I was expecting. I've read so much of some mystery authors that they hold no surprise for me anymore.

I also read Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson (mentioned in the Books that Changed Your Life thread), and while I have not be a high school freshmen in awhile, it certainly left an impression. If I ever have kids, I think I'll have them read it.

I wanted to read Nightwanderer, by Marianne Fredriksson (also mentioned in Books that Changed Your Life thread), but it was not available at my library - not even to put on hold! so instead I read her book called Two Women, and liked it - it was sometimes painfully obvious that I was reading a translation (I hope the original Swedish dialogue flows better) but I still liked the book.
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The Rabbi's Daughter: Sex, Drugs, and Orthodoxy by Reva Mann (book was absolutley hard to put down.. I read this book to my husband when he was on vacation from work. We both loved it.)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (I still think one of the best books written)


Lo's Diary by Pia Pera (great book from Lolita's perspective)


The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward (one of the best paranormal romance series I have ever read..every single book is so hard to put down.)

The Alex Cross Series by James Patterson (I can't get enough of this series and when a new Alex Cross novel comes out.. I HAVE to have it the day it comes out or darn near close to it.)
Genghis: Birth of an Empire byConn Iggulden.
This book is about the early life of one of the greatest conquerors in the world history, Gengis Khan. Temujin is born the second son of the Khan of Wolves, a Mongolian tribe living in the plains. During a visit to another tribe, the Khan is ambushed, wounded and died some days later. Temujin's family is then evicted from the tribe and left alone in the plains. However, Temujin survives. He learns to fight against natural and human threats. He unites the Mongolian wanderers under his banner, and step by step, he unites the Mongolian tribes and is becoming one of the strongest Khans of Mongolian plains.
This book is the first one of the new Conqueror series written by Conn Iggulden, who is the author of the Emperor series about Julius Caesar. Wolf of the plains is a really good read.
The Rabbi's Daughter: Sex, Drugs, and Orthodoxy by Reva Mann (book was absolutley hard to put down.. I read this book to my husband when he was on vacation from work. We both loved it.)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (I still think one of the best books written)


Lo's Diary by Pia Pera (great book from Lolita's perspective)


The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward (one of the best paranormal romance series I have ever read..every single book is so hard to put down.)

The Alex Cross Series by James Patterson (I can't get enough of this series and when a new Alex Cross novel comes out.. I HAVE to have it the day it comes out or darn near close to it.)
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Agree with the last 2! (haven't read the others but they'll go on my list now!)

I'll also add the Dark Hunter series by Sherilynn Kenyon and the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. The former paranormal but absorbing for trade fic and the latter pee in your pants funny--I did not want to put either of these down!

If you like suspense put this one on your calendar for Feb 2010: They Never Die Quietly by D.M. Annechino. It's not yet released (amazon encore edition so you might be able to find a copy somewhere since it was published at one time). I am not kidding this book gave me heart palpitations! Seriously. Serial killer novel--it's kind of gruesome but I literally could not put it down. Amazing book!
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Little late to this party lol

I have MANY MANY books that were good read and I wasn't able to put down, here are a few:

-Meg Cabot- now I know she is a teenage writer, but her books are brilliant, fun reads- DONT bother with the princess diaries, but any of the others are great. Honestly. Well written chick flick romance- The Mediator series one of my favourites- about girl who can see ghosts and kicks their butts lol

-Philip Pullman- His Dark materials or Ruby in the smoke series- both very very good, but more intense, detailed stories. Dark Materials complete fantasy and some of the best fantasy books out there- follow Lyra and her demon through different worlds.

-The Book thief- great book took me a while to get going but totally worth it- very moving. Told in voice of the grim reaper, it follows the life of a german girl throughout the second world war.

-A series of unfortunate events- fun read, quite dark with great sense of humour- follow 3 orphans trying to escape the clutches of Count Olaf who is after their inheritance.

-Malorie Blackman- Naughts and Crosses- this is a really good book about racism, it is the story of a black girl and white boy best friends since they were young, trying to retain that friendship when everyone else is against them- what makes it so interesting is that Blackman has switched the concept of racism around- so black people are the higher society, rich and 'normal', whereas white people are the worthless 'race'.

-Garath Nix- Sabriel series- like Pullman this is really gripping intelligent fantasy series about magic and the control of the dead (makes it sound like zombie book but it isn't lol)

-Victoria Hanley- The seer and the sword- read this in a day, great fun adventure about kings/queens/romance/sword fighting/magic etc. Not a taxing read, just easy and enjoyable.

-Melissa Nathan- The Nanny- another good chick flick- one I read over and over and doesn't feel dry- like read it all before either (which I find many chick flicks do) - also check out her other books

-Sherryl Jordan-The Raging Quiet- set in medieval times, this is sort of like light reading chick flick but with something bit more I feel- about woman who befriends a deaf boy

-Michelle Magorian- Goodnight Mr Tom- wonderful classic book, but her others are also very good and easy reads. All set around 1940s- A Little Love song, is a romance, A cuckoo in a nest/spoonful of jam are set around the theatre (and made me want to work there!) and Back home is about an evacuee trying to adjust being back at home with family she barely knows.

Think Ill leave it there lol- I could go on. Not sure what kind of books you like so gave a mixture of genres Dont be out of by fact some are geared towards 'teenage' readers (if you are older) they are well written and gripping stories. I often find teenage fiction is some of the best out there.
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I was totally engrossed in the Sookie Stackhouse series....until I started the Twilight saga.

I'm still reading the Sookie Stackhouse series, but now it's like mainly just to get through it.

I've only read the first 2 Twilight books and I feel like I could read them over and over and over again. Love.
I was totally engrossed in the Sookie Stackhouse series....until I started the Twilight saga.

I'm still reading the Sookie Stackhouse series, but now it's like mainly just to get through it.

I've only read the first 2 Twilight books and I feel like I could read them over and over and over again. Love.
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I read Twilight first, then discovered the Sookie Stackhouse series. I really liked both, but I think the Sookie books are a little more fun. You should take a break from Sookie and finish Twilight, then continue on with Sookie. I hate to think of anyone reading them just to get through them! Plus Twilight is over and Sookie has a new one that still hasn't come out yet!
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Fern Michael's Sisterhood series
anything by Edgar Allan Poe
Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
The Secret Books of Paradys books by Tanith Lee
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief
Not just a book but a series;

the Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom

Dark Fire
Dissolution
Sovereign
Revelation

they can be read individually but once I'd read one I had to get the rest
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What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci. It's my favorite book! And right now I'm reading Anna Karenina. It's intriguing, hard to put down. =)
One of my favorite books to read is still a bestseller and is called The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. I could not stop reading this book and had the chance to meet her when I attended UB. Maybe in the future this movie will become a motion picture like the novel Push.
Fern Michael's Sisterhood series
anything by Edgar Allan Poe
Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
The Secret Books of Paradys books by Tanith Lee
Originally Posted by angelicjean
I'm not familiar with the Tanith Lee books, but the others are an interesting contrast! Opposite ends of the spectrum.

Those Sisterhood books just keep a-coming. They're good, quick, escapist reading, though a little redundant. Some of her other books, especially those with a good bit about dogs, often make me laugh aloud.
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