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Magoo 06-20-2009 06:38 AM

Name a book you couldn't put down
I'm going through some tough times and have been reading anything I can get my hands on. It's very therapeutic for me and gives me a way to "escape" for a bit. I struggled through my last book but read it anyway because it kept my mind busy and off other things. I'd like something I won't be able to put down.

Any suggestions?

ninja dog 06-20-2009 08:08 AM

Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman

Closing Time by Joe Queenan

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Lotsawaves 06-27-2009 01:52 PM

Flowers In The Attic plus the other 2 books after that.

Curlyminx 06-27-2009 02:18 PM

All of the dark tower series by Stephen King. It's more fantasy than anything. I loved them. When a new book came out, I would re-read every book every time. It's the best.

Magoo 06-27-2009 03:39 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I will check them out at the library.

curlypearl 06-29-2009 08:58 AM

Me too - I need distraction. More suggestions? A very short description would be helpful. TIA!

FlyAwayPhoenix 06-29-2009 12:23 PM

The Last Child by John Hart. It's like a really, REALLY good episode of Law and Order: SVU--about the search for a young girl gone missing, centering around her family, in particular her twin brother, and Detective Hunt...who is probably a little too involved in the case than your ordinary detective.

It's AMAZING. My description really doesn't do it justice.

papayahed 06-29-2009 06:18 PM

The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
The Eight by Katherine Neville
Size 12 is not fat by Meg Cabot
Tales of the city by Armistead Maupin

Notty 07-04-2009 05:05 PM

Oh my many to mention so here goes:

Water for Elephants by (I have no clue)

Ken Follets - World without End and Pillars of the Earth, as well as any of his older books 'Hornet Flight' I could not put down, most of his books are great!

I also loved, loved, loved The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Society

Also Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The Shanghai Girls both by Lisa Lee.....

I also love anything by James Patterson - a quick read which will keep you up all night reading..

How's that for a you can tell I have a very, varied reading.

Speckla 07-04-2009 08:57 PM

GWTW! All time fav.:love8:

janeyliz 07-05-2009 12:32 PM

Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy - you'll probably be familiar with the first one as it was made into the film The Golden Compass with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig (the film was nowhere near as good as the book). They're technically kids books but they are fantastic, well-written and descriptive.

Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home is very good, don't know if you get her books your side of the pond.

hauptaj 07-07-2009 08:59 AM


Originally Posted by Curlyminx (Post 1009910)
All of the dark tower series by Stephen King. It's more fantasy than anything. I loved them. When a new book came out, I would re-read every book every time. It's the best.

LOVED these books! I did the same thing, re-read the previous book when the next one came out. Then there was like a 20 year span between 4 & 5, that was tough!

hauptaj 07-07-2009 09:23 AM

I also loved Water for Elephants. Everyone I suggested it to has loved it. Also liked Pillars of the Earth.

Even though they're for teens, the Twilight series is an easy fun read. And if you like vampires all the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris are good. It's what HBO's True Blood is based on, although the books are a little less dark than the TV show, in my opinion.

The Other Bolyne Girl is good. My sister who has never read a book in her life couldn't put it down.

The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini are also very good.

burgundy_locks 07-07-2009 12:29 PM

Im bad at summaries, but i will tru!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho- a mystical story about a boy who sets out if his home and what he knows to go find his personal legend with the help of the universe. the universe puts things in his way to help him achieve what he is REALLY looking for (which goes beyond the treasures of the world).

11 Minutes, also by Paulo Coelho- a young Brazilian girl, Maria, destraught and disinterested in love moves to Switzerland to initially dance, but quickly after falls into prostitution (by choice), starts making good money, then needs to choose between the love she never thought could exist for her, or making more money to ultimately go back to Brazil and better her life. who will win? sex or love? (<- awweessommee book by the way).

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (talk about a tear jerker!!!!!! and i am NOT a crier AT ALL!). Mitch, now all grown up and a sports reporter learns that his mentor/professor in college (morrie) is dying from ALS. Morrie was an influential person to Mitch, and to many other people which gained the interest of America while being interviewed by Ted Koppel on Nightline. Mitch, who promised to keep in touch and never did, now goes to visit his professor for one last lesson in life. they're Tuesday's people.

these books i could not put down. i'm not a big reader. but i do read books that are recommended to me by those i trust. i read the last few pages of Tuesdays with Morrie during my lunch hour and was crying in our breakroom. great book!

kellygreen49 07-07-2009 12:56 PM

I'm a YA/Teen reader so these are lighter reads.

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

KookyCurl 07-07-2009 01:11 PM


Originally Posted by Speckla (Post 1016903)
GWTW! All time fav.:love8:

Me too!!! I have a collection of different editions (I think I have 5 or six now including 2 from 1939). I think I read it once a year at least. :love4:

aislin 07-07-2009 05:39 PM

Dune by Frank Herbert, the entire series, because it all really is one book. 'Nuff said.

roseannadana 07-07-2009 08:09 PM

Begin with Outlander by Galbadon and proceed through the series.

Jamie Fraser.

MichelleBFT 07-11-2009 10:27 AM

I've read it three or four times, but every time I pick up the Time Travelers Wife, I can't put it down and devour it by staying up way to late on weeknights. IMO, the best modern love story out there.

oddityofwings 07-12-2009 04:55 AM

I find just about anything by Kurt Vonnegut impossible to put down... some of Samuel R. Delany's lesser novels from the 70s are also quite quick, absorbing reads as well.

Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggans is quite absorbing, as is The Time Traveler's Wife. I also found Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murikami quite hard to put down (in fact, I love all of his fiction).

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