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Old 07-02-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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I'm always looking for new things to read, new authors to discover. I know we have a "What are you reading?" thread, this one is different. I'm wondering who your favorite authors are, what are your favorite books?

Here's my list:

The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini
Angelas Ashes by Frank McCourt
My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
World War Z:An oral history of the zombie war by Max Brooks
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb

The Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn
The Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor
The Camel Club Series by David Baldacci

I know I'll think of more......
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I used to be an avid reader in my younger days. Now it just puts me to sleep.
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Love this book so much i got a tattoo representing it on my arm.

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Love this book so much i got a tattoo representing it on my arm.

I absolutely loved this book. So original! I read it in 2 days -- just all consuming. Where's a pic of the tatt??
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I absolutely loved this book. So original! I read it in 2 days -- just all consuming. Where's a pic of the tatt??


just part of it.
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just part of it.
Thats awesome. I am a big fan of body art. I think of the chapter with the Japanese kid who climbs down the balconeys when I see that tatt -- is it a specific chapter or just the book in general?
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Me too -- thats why I read every night before I go to bed!
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My favourite books are quite often what I've just read, and they are all tied to particular times. I like a lot of American authors:

Sinclair Lewis Main Street, Babbitt
John Dos Passos USA
Joseph Heller Something Happened!
Phillip Roth American Pastoral
John Updike Rabbit series esp. Rabbit is Rich
Herman Melville Moby-Dick
Tom Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities

I also like the 19th and 20th century humourists and commentators:

George Orwell Coming up for air
Keith Waterhouse Billy Liar
HG Wells A History of Mr Polly, Tono-Bungay

And I'm a sucker for historical and fantasy fiction and magical realism:

Robert Graves Count Belisarius
T.H. White The Once and Future King
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Age of Cholera

But my very favourite - weirdly enough - is Augustan and Romantic-era fiction:

Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
Jane Austen Emma, Mansfield Park
Charlotte Bronte Shirley
Henry Fielding Tom Jones

Certainly a lot of these are not everyone's cup of tea. Something Happened!, for example, is an incredibly boring, offensive book (but also a work of genius). There are dozens more, but that's enough.
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Wow, I don't know any of those writers. Dutch? Afrikaans?
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