I'm glad to see someone posting books that might be considered merely on the basis of enjoyment. Stephen King has some good works, but I've not read much of his more contemporary writing. If you're up for a good murder mystery, James Patterson or Patricia Cornwell are enjoyable options. Janet Evanovich is pure, pleasureable escape with her numbered themed murder mystery novels--One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and etc. Sue Grafton also has a good murder mystery series. I read so much material for graduate classes and my professional development that I love the escape that these novels offer.
I love to read and once I find a writer I like, I tend to read everything I can lay my hands on. So, here it goes....
1. Rohinton Mistry---Swimming Lessons, Such a Long Journey, A Fine Balance
2. Nikos Kazantzakis---The Last Temptation of Christ, The Greek Passon
3. Tom Robbins---Jitterbug Perfume, Fierce Invalids Home form Hot Climates, Skinny Legs and All
4. Jennifer Lee Carrell---Interred with Their Bones, Haunt Me Still
5. Edward Rutherford---Sarum, London, The Dublin Saga
6. F. Scott Fitzgerald---Tales of the Jazz Age, Tender is the Night
7. Yann Martel---Life of Pi
8. Dougles Adams---begin his six book "trilogy" with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (Be sure you have a Pangalactic Gaggleblaster in your hand.)
9. Peter Millar---1989 The Berlin Wall, My Part in its Downfall
10. William Shakespeare---any play
This is only a partial list of some of my favorites.
It's summertime, and I like to mix my reading list between fiction and non-fiction, educational and "brain candy". Here's some from these past two months:
1) Last Call
2) Blue-Eyed Devil (Robert B. Parker)
3) Long Way Gone (Ismael Baeh)
4) When You Are Engulfed in Flames (David Sedaris)
5) Different Seasons (Stephen King)
6) The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan)
7) Secrets of the Kingdom (Gerald Posner)
8) 1776 (David McCullough)
9) Hammer of the Gods (Stephen Davis)
10) The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)
If you're anything like me, you never had to read all of the classics in school, but here is a list of my favorite books, classics or not.
1. I second Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
2. Jitterbug Perfume (Tom Robbins)
3. Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
4. Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
5. The Professor and the Madman (Simon Winchester)
6. When I Lived in Modern Times (Linda Grant)
7. The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)
8. Cry, The Beloved Country (Alan Paton)
Edited to add:
9. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) I read this in less than two days last week. An amazing book!
Wow. As a college senior, I presume you're read most of the classics. Here are a few which may not have made it to your bedside table:
Blue Hole Back Home - Joy Jordan-Lake
Peace Like a River - Leif Enger
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
The Prince - Machiavelli
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
That's a start. Below is a website for the College Board's recommended reading list. If you're looking for that kind of reading, it's a great list--and I have to believe there are at least a few works on it you haven't read yet. Happy reading!
Here are my personal non-required reading favorites (in no particular order):
- The Brothers K (David James Duncan)
- Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
- A Prayer for Owen Meanie (John Irving)
- The World According to Garp (John Irving)
- The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
- Einstein's Dreams (Alan Lightman)
- Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)
- The Glass Castle (Jeanette Walls)
- Operating Instructions: a Journal of My Son's First Year (Anne Lamott)
- Traveling Mercies (Anne Lamott)
Those are all my 5 star non-classics. Enjoy. Every single one is worth your time.