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I am leaving for vacation on Saturday and I need a few book suggestions. I know I will bring Dr. Feelgood by Richard Lertzman. But I don't have any other ideas. Here is what I have read most recently (a completely random list): Girl with a Pearl Earring, Bad Monkey by Carl Hiassen, And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini, Gone Girl/ Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn.

I read mostly fictions but would love any suggestions you have. Thanks!!

 

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    I'm a sucker for Jane Austen in the summer, particularly on vacation. I read Northanger Abbey on my honeymoon, and I'm reading Sense and Sensibility during my lunch breaks this summer.

    If you're into Young Adult fiction, I've recently enjoyed City of Bones, Cinder, and The Farm.

    For Sci-Fi/Fantasy, I enjoyed The Diamond Age and Ready Player One.

    Around the same time I read Gone Girl, I read The Killer's Wife (Bill Floyd - found it on the same shelf lol). It's about a woman realizing that her husband is a serial killer - pretty creepy.

    Non-fiction - Secret Lives of the First Ladies. The first ladies are my dorky obsession, and this book is juicy and hysterical. Made me love them even more :)

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    Thanks @krizzo17 Honestly, I have never read anything by Jane Austen. So I think its time.

    I LOVED Gone Girl, so I will add The Killers Wife to my list.

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    I recently read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand which I thought was fantastic. I couldn't put it down.  

    Before that I read The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling which I thought was just ok. 

    If you haven't already read Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth I highly recommend those (especially before Allegiant comes out in October). 



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    If you liked Gone Girl, I would recommend Reconstructing Amelia.  I can't think of the author offhand.  It's written in a similar style - told back and forth between different points of view.  It's about a woman trying to find the truth about her daughter's death (ruled a suicide, but the mother won't believe it).  It was an excallent read.
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    edited August 2013
    I love Steve Berry's works, especially the Cotton Malone series. That starts with The Templar Legacy, and he's published 8 of them so far. If you're in the mood for something more standalone, The Third Secret is excellent, as is The Amber Room.

    ETA: I guess if I had to categorize these books, they'd be historical fiction. What's nice is he does have an appendix where he states exactly what is and is not fiction.
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    @krizzo17 said....."If you're into Young Adult fiction, I've recently enjoyed City of Bones, Cinder, and The Farm."

    And if you are, I would recommend The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  
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    If you liked Gone Girl, I recommend Reconstructuring Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. I loved both. ... eta, Well, after reading all of the thread above, I second Reconstructing Amelia. So now I need to read The Killers Wife, apparently. Thank you.
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    I wish I could help.  I just finished Gone Girl and hated the ending.  I was so disappointed.  I just started A Thousand Splendid Suns, so I'm looking forward to that, since I loved the Kite Runner.  Along a similar vein (I think) to those was The Book of Negros by Lawrence Hill.  It follows the life of a girl stolen from Africa by the slave ships and follows her through her life.  

    I also loved Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett, but he's one of my favourite authors.  All of his books are pretty good for fiction/suspense.  And I'll recommend the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon if you haven't read them.  Most people I know have though.   

    Maybe that did help a little.  I'm hoping some good suggestions come up for me too!!

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    @winstonsgirl I loved Pillars of the Earth, I heard its also a movie? I will add The book of Negros to my list.

    @swazzle, Unborken was pretty good, although I thought it was slow at times. I think that is another one being turned into a movie? I have heard divergent is good but I dont know that I am up for another series after reading Hunger Games and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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    @KatWAG - both books were made it miniseries.  DH and I enjoyed them both

    ETA - Both of the Ken Follett books to clarify

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    I finished Defending Jacob a couple of weeks ago and loved it. 

    I'm reading Gone Girl now.  Got to the big "plot twist" today and was so disappointed that's all it was because it seemed so obvious to me.   But I'm loving it anyway.
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    @KatWAG - Yep, it's being made into a movie and Angelina Jolie is directing it. 



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    I just finished reading this weekend Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson aka the blogess. It was a fast, fun read and it was absolutely hysterical.  I was laughing so hard I was crying several times. 

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    One of my favorite books of all time is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  Delightful and touching and suspenseful and exciting, like all good books should be. 

    I agree with The Pillars of the Earth, too, though if you're traveling, it's a huge book and a little bulky. 

     

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    i just read these 2 and was blown away by both. 

    fiction: the round house by louise erdrich
    non-fiction: just kids by patti smith
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    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver  ****Must Read!***** I could read this book over and over and over again I love it so much.

    I also really enjoyed:
    A Thousand Splendid Suns also by Khaled Hosseini
    The Things they Carried by Tim O'Brien
    Island Beneath the Sea by Isabelle Allende
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    Thanks for all the recommendations!
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    @ven&radio I am reading Reconstructing Amelia right now and really enjoying it! 

    The Bronze Horseman trilogy is awesome! Defs a great read! 

    Enjoy your vacay!! 
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    I just finished The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. It was very good but sad. I trying not to cry on the subway as I went home yesterday.
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