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1. Posted by KitCat (Full Member 65 posts) 12y

Anybody with recommendations to a good read? Let me know. The books that I have read recently that I would like to recommend to you all are the trilogy from Philip Pullman, first one is Northern Lights and the other book I would like to recommend is The Life of Pi, all excellent reads.

2. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Are they fictions? I used to like reading a lot when I was very young but that hobby began to disappear... now I read again, but not heavy readings.

There was a very impressive book I read but unfortunately it's only available in Indonesian, "Supernova - knight, princess, and shooting star". I hope someday they will find a very good translater to translate it into English.

Lately I've been reading Scott Adams' Dilbert books. I found them very amusing and funny. Anyone like Dilbert books/cartoon strips?

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

Well, since it's almost summer (here in Canada, anyways ;)) I'd like to recommend the Shopaholic series for a summer beach read. Also Sophie Kinsella's other book, "Can You Keep a Secret?". If you're more into non-fiction and interested in the US-Canada social connection, I recommend, Fire and Ice by Michael Adams. It's a textbook style read, so if you're looking to kick your feet back it's not for you, but it's really interesting!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

Oh! And just to replay to Zags, Dilbert is okay, but I really enjoy Get Fuzzy. A friend of mine bought a Get Fuzzy book for me for my birthday and it was great :)

K ;)

5. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 12y

I just finished reading Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I'm sure a lot of people have heard of and/or read this one, it having had such amazing success. The story just about roped me in from the beginning, and wouldn't let me forget about it, even though I was basking in the Cuban sun! Although Asian culture interesting, I am not obssessed with all things asian, so the story was new to me. I had heard of geishas and like most westerners, had grossly misunderstood their role as entertainers. It was enlightening. Must read absolutely!

6. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

mtlchica, oh the new travel guru : I haven't heard of Get Fuzzy - what is it about?

Travelover: I guess lots of people here have also read Memoirs of a Geisha. I haven't. I presume it's a heavy reading, so serious and need a lot of thinking... isn't it? Maybe later I'll read it though.

Hey I just remember... Does anyone know about "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories"? I found it very amusing and funny! If I'm not mistaken, the author's name is John Garner. He really "messed up" with those stories/fairy tales! Cinderella, 3 Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and so on...

7. Posted by KitCat (Full Member 65 posts) 12y

Zags, yes both of the books are fiction, and I think you will enjoy them, like yourself I am not into heavy reading, but those books has kept me up late at night for many nights, ones that you refuse to put down until you fall asleep with them in your face in bed. The Philip Pullman books are about parallel dimensions with witches, zombies, amour bears and all sorts. The Life of Pi is about this boy who grew up in a zoo (his dad ran the zoo) who end up on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger and his survival for over a year in the ocean.

Katie, I have read the first two of the shopaholic series I think, shopacholic tide the knot and the one before that. I did like them just because I see myself in some of the situation, but I both of them one after the other and find it abit too much. Do you think 'Can you keep a secret is better? Is it part of the shopaholic series? One book I would like to recommend you is Desert Flower by Waris Derie. I don't know if you have heard of her, (I haven't before I read the book but I recognise her face) she is a super model. It is about her life from a nomad who lived in Somali to being a model. It is extraordinary what she had been through but I don't think it is one for the boyz;)

Travelover, I have to agree with Zags, I have seem the book in the book shop and the size of it. And it does seem quite full on. Although with a good story it could be tempting.

8. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

lol Zags, let me impart some of my travel guru knowledge to you on Get Fuzzy (lol, that sounds so odd! ;)) It's a basic Garfield set up: Single guy, cat and dog, but it's a heck of a lot funnier. It's edgier than Garfield is. The cat is snippy and well, not nice, the dog is lovable and naive and the owner is just trying to keep a balance in their home. Ahhhh, the intricacies of comics, lol :)

KITKAT, the three book in the Shopaholic series are, in order, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan and Shopaholic Ties the Knot. I actually found out about those books when I had the flu, so I read them all within a week while in bed. I found the main character was a little scatter-brained, but they were enjoyable. I prefer "Can You Keep a Secret?" because, although the main character is remeniscent of the Shopaholic girl, she's not quite as "out there." (And no, it's not a part of the Shopaholic series). I could relate to her more (although I will admit I have a little bit of the Shopaholic in me as well! ) I have never heard of the book you suggested, but I think I'm going to check it out, it sounds very interesting!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Zags - yup, i'm a huge Dilbert fan. Got most of the books, and get the daily cartoon sent to me etc. Not sure why, but so many of them strike a chord with me.

Good books to suggest - Bill Bryson (travel related) are always great, and if you haven't read any Douglas Adams, you really should!
I've also been reading some of Michael Moore's stuff, which are certainly interesting/though provoking, even if they tend to be only sided arguments.

10. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 12y

Memoirs of a Geisha is definitely a heftier read than most but it's well worth it. The story is not a lighthearted story by any means but it's so wonderfully written that it would be a shame not to read it.

Another favorite of mine is Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. It's much shorter (about 100 pages, large font) than Memoirs, but is as deep and meaningful. I actually read it about 5 years ago but it remains one of my favorites.

As for comics... I love Calvin and Hobbes and the Far Side! They are both absolutely brilliant! The Far Side does not appeal to a lot of people because it can be a bit out there with the humour but it's so funny! And Calving and Hobbes.. I wouldn't understand if anyone didn't like it! But that's my humour!