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  1. #46
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    Sep 2012
    I like to read wintry books in the summertime.

    Arctic Dreams - Barry Lopez
    This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland - Gretel Ehrlich
    Kristin Lavranssdattar - Sigrid Undset (Tina Nunnally translation)
    Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata
    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing
    The Kalevala - compiled by Elias Lonnrot
    Moominland Midwinter - Tove Jansson

    Regeneration series - Pat Barker
    The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brian
    Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
    A Fine Balance = Rohinton Mistry
    Arthur Conan Doyle, John LeCarre, Rex Stout, etc etc.
    On tape: Essential Welty - Eudora Welty reads her own short stories.

  2. #48
    Join Date
    May 2012
    east of the sun, west of the moon
    Quote Originally Posted by roseymaam View Post
    I love to recommend Jasper Fford to anyone who likes to read. The Thursday Next novels are a lot of fun- very clever and full of literary references.

    Christopher Moore is also brilliant for summer reading. My favorites are Lamb and Fluke both of which are funny and touching, genre-defying one-offs.

    @Redwoodfey, have you read the Moribito series by Nahoko Uehashi? They're technically YA, but I enjoyed the first one. I think they're considered high fantasy. They take place in a fantastic medieval Japan. The heroine is a 30 something body guard for hire.

    I was really into fantasy when I was in high school and my favorites were the Belgariad books by David Eddings. It's typical high fantasy, but I thought they were clever and fun. The first one is called The Pawn of the Prophecy.
    I didn't know Moribito was based on a book series. I don't typically watch anime (except for Miyazaki) but one of my close friends told me to watch Moribito and I really enjoyed the story. I'll have to hunt the books down. I'm interested in the Thursday Next novels as well. They've been hovering in my peripheral vision for awhile now, guess it's time to go check them out. And I'll second Christopher Moore for summer reading lists. His books are hilarious.

    I love the Belgariad series! My brother and I had many an adventure pretending to live in Garion's world. For any lovers of high/epic/quest fantasy series, I also recommend:

    A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (which has been posted numerous times already, but still... it's good!)
    Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series by Tad Williams
    The Belgariad and The Malloreon by David Eddings (also children's novels)
    The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander (these are children's novels)
    The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
    The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
    Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass
    any of Robin Hobb's series (my personal favorite is The Liveship Traders which I previously recommended)
    and any Brandon Sanderson (who completed The Wheel of Time when Robert Jordan died)

    If you like some humor in your fantasy, or are in the mood for very light reading, Piers Anthony is a classic, and Jim C. Hines Princess series and his Goblin series are a ton of fun.

    On my list is The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson, which I've heard from almost all lovers of fantasy to be the best there is, I just haven't had time to dive in yet. Plus, everyone tells me the first book is a chore because it's all set up.
    Cordelia Eilonwy Snow | Evadne Snow | Felicity Astra Wildrose | Gwenna Moon | Lorelei Ondine | Octavia Eowyn Sol
    Pandora Willow Isolde | Petra Leocadia Silver | Sunniva Adar Rhiannon | Thisbe Wildrose

    Caspian Wilder | Damian Sparrow | Evander Thorn | Everett Lyle Ward
    Ezra Balthasar | Gwydion Alaric Hart | Konrad Peregrine Llyr | Malachi Tristan Bjorn | Phineas Robin Blaise | Theodore Winter

  3. #50
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    May 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by aster View Post
    Tess of the D'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy- A great classic!
    If you like Tess, you should try Jude the Obscure. I liked it far more than Tess (possibly because someone ruined the ending for me, but still) Jude is fabulous!

    Quote Originally Posted by aj_bear View Post
    Ooh, books! My favorite thing in the world (also, a great distraction from a paper I'm supposed to be writing.) Most of the books I read are classics, I suppose I"m a snob, but I've liked a lot of them! A few of my faves:

    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Wine of Solitude by Irene Nemirovsky
    Jezebel by Irene Nemirovsky
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (though it takes so. flipping. long to get through.)
    I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith
    A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
    Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
    I second @bre with the Angus, Throngs and Full Frontal Snogging (the entire series is hysterical!)
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (literally one of my favorite books- I've read it five times)
    Dracula by Bram Stoker
    Tons of good suggestions here, every one that I've read I liked. I'll definitely put the Fitzgerald and Forester books on my list.

    I've never heard of Irene Nemirovsky, maybe I'll read up on her.

    Also, I agree with the suggestion of Jasper Fforde. All of his stuff is fun and great for summer reading.

    Some of my favorites:

    Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas
    Brideshead Revisited - Waugh
    The Chosen - Potok
    The Complete Fairy Tales - George MacDonald
    Ladies of Grace Adieu - Clarke
    Bartimaeus Trilogy (YA Series) - Stroud
    Octavian Nothing (YA Series) - M.T. Anderson
    Top Names: Benedict Calvin & Noelle Geneva
    Olivia/Livy : Darah/Bethel : Eve/Verity
    Eli/Solomon : Luke/Zane: Levi/Phineas
    Due in January!

  4. #52
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    Oct 2012
    Somewhere along the banks of the mighty Columbia
    Quote Originally Posted by redwoodfey View Post

    I love the Belgariad series! My brother and I had many an adventure pretending to live in Garion's world.
    I can't tell you how glad I am that I'm not the only one who totally dorked out over these books! I read both series twice! The second time was during a road trip through Canada- 20+ years later and still I don't think my mom has forgiven me for not giving the scenery my full attention.

    And yes!! Go find the Thursday Next books. They really are perfect summer reading!
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  5. #54
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    Jul 2012
    I thought of some more good reads that haven't been mentioned!

    YA (middle school- high school):
    A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin
    Daniel's Story by Carol Matas
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (is this still required reading in high school?)
    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


    A Frozen Hell by William R. Trotter
    The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
    Old Man's War by John Scalzi
    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
    The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
    World War Z by Max Brooks

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