Books other than classics?Could you suggest some interesting books other than classics? Books that are not much into literature, but touching?
Many good books have been suggested already. I would add:
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie where a young Native American boy is the only Indian in the entire school besides the school mascot. I was interested because I have relatives facing modern Native American issues revolving around racial attitudes in this country.
2.The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow where a young girl is forced to live in the United States and face racial attitudes toward mixed-race children. I just finished reading this and had to contrast the racial attitudes of the U.S. versus Denmark, or in my own case, in several countries in South America.
3. Graceling by Kristin Cashores is a fantasy book about a girl who is born with eyes which don't match which in her country is supposed to give her magical powers. This book would depend on whether you enjoy fantasy books or not.
4. Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwar Wolff which deals with the effects of teen pregnancy in realistic terms without preaching.
5. A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards by Ann Bauer, House Rules by Jodi Picoult, and the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon all which deal with autism in both serious and funny ways. These books deal not only with the person with the diagnosis, but the incredible effects on the families. Having been one of those families, the books portray true emotions.
6. If you like non-fiction, I would recommend a heavier read--The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot which is about a black woman whose cells were used without her consent to make important medical discoveries and millions of dollars for the researchers who used her cells while she was given no say and no money. The injustice is stunning.
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Here are a few suggestions -- all are books that are thought-provoking and engaging, but very suitable for pleasure reading:
The Hunger Games (series) -- Suzanne Collins
The Namesmake -- Jhumpa Lahiri
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan -- Lisa See
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close -- Jonathan Safron Foer
The Kite Runner -- K. Hoisseni
My Sister's Keeper -- Jodi Picoult (many of her novels would work for you)
I am a firm believer that anything you read is good for you and that you should read what you like when you are reading for pleasure!
If you are interested in novels with a fictional history, I would recommend either The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien or The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. Both of these books are part of a series. They both create a believable history. Of course, The Three Musketeers is actually based on real history while Lord of the Rings is not. If you would rather have something that is shorter, I just finished reading The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. It's short, but a very interesting book. The Colorado Kid is a mystery novel and is a very easy read.
What is the interest? Is it for an assignment? Are you just asking for good books to read? Different books serve different purposes.
That said, here are some of my favorites:
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.
Armor, by John Steakley.
Mirror Dance, by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Prayers for Rain, by Dennis Lehane.
The Ice Limit, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett.
Some of my favorites, for just curling up with, are:
1. Monster- Walter Dean Myers
2. Speak and Twisted- Laurie Halse Anderson
3. The Hunger Games trilogy- Suzanne Collins
4. Books by Ted Dekker
5. Books by Frank Peretti
6. The House of Night series- P. C. Cast
Charlotte's Web is the first book that leaps to mind. Beyond that you might enjoy Naked by David Sedaris. That's a book of comical and insightful short stories that manage to also have an emotional impact.
Some of my favorite books that give off an emotional vibe would be...
The Last Book in the Universe in which the setting is in a post-apocalyptic era that makes you see a world that is divided by those who have ability to live in privilege while those around them suffer from addiction of the allusion to live in privilege.
Speak by Laurie Anderson opens your eyes to assault victims and damaging it is to the psych.
The Ship Breaker is also another intriguing novel that shows you someone who is just trying to survive in a cruel world.