What's a good book that you recommend reading? I honestly don't read, but lately I've been having so much free time that I end up doing bad things. Reading helps pass the time. Please, leave a...

What's a good book that you recommend reading? I honestly don't read, but lately I've been having so much free time that I end up doing bad things. Reading helps pass the time. Please, leave a title or authors that you recommend. I'm looking for something that leaves me like "whoa,  didn't expect that..."


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Michael Ugulini eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A very good book that I recommend reading is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. This book will definitely leave you saying and thinking "whoa,  didn't expect that..." This is an extremely powerful treatise on post-apocalyptic America and man's quest for survival and meaning in life. I enjoyed the unique narrative and sparse writing style of Cormac McCarthy in this particular work of his. I believe that you will find this novel very thought-provoking and also very disturbing, while at the same time being a very enlightening novel.

Another novel that you may enjoy is "Our Kind of Traitor" by John Le Carre. I classify this work as a literary spy thriller. John Le Carre's writing is beyond the typical spy novel style. His is writing of depth, multiple layers of meaning, and understatement as he examines the machinations of geopolitics and the behind-the-scenes operations of governments and those not affiliated with governments as well. This novel conveys how the average citizen does not really know what is going on behind-the-scenes by governments and their intelligence agencies. I think you will find the taut plot and the finale of the novel enjoyable and surprising.

StephanieRR | Student

don't know what genres you prefer, but here are a few series and books I would recommend:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- This book is beautifully written and has a unique choice of narrator that adds so much to how the characters are perceived and the overall emotional effect.

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson- Honestly, I would recommend most of what I have read of Winterson, but this book is the one that got me started and still remains my favorite of her works. She does a brilliant job of putting pain into words, and there is even some interesting gender commentary thrown in there, as well. If you end up reading this one and enjoy it, go read Gut Symmetries and The Passion, too. Those are a couple other favorites from this author.

The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss- I don't know if you're into fantasy novels at all, but these ones are wonderful. The third book isn't out yet, so you would have time to go out there and read the first two! The first one is called The Name of the Wind and the second one is called Wise Man's Fear.

While on the subject of fantasy, read anything by Robin McKinley. A couple of my favorites are Deerskin and The Blue Sword, but honestly, I have never read a book by her that I didn't like.

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok- Another book that I would recommend based on the writing style alone. Luckily, it has even more going for it. Potok specializes in writing stories involving Judaism and the way a Jew might struggle with unorthodox dreams and ambitions that don't coincide with tradition. This particular book involves a boy who wants to become an artist while his father believes such a career is a waste of time and in many ways a sin against God. If you like it, I would also recommend The Chosen by the same author.

I should probably stop there, or else I will be listing books all day. I hope at least one of these books appeals to you!

Wiggin42 | Student

Ender's Game by Orson S. Card is an absolute must! Its military sci-fi and is a great introduction to science fiction novels for young readers. It has a heavy plot that appeals to children and adults alike.

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a future dystopian sci-fi that is also good. Its a bit simpler (more 6th grade than 8th grade) but very poignantly written. The Shadow Children series continues with several books that follow different protagonists to a thrilling conclusion!

City of Ember is another future dystopian sci-fi that is simple but enjoyable. This is also a series.

Both of these novels focus on children as the protagonists which is an added bonus.

zumba96 | Student

Reading is a great way to pass time and I love to read. The Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, The Hardy Boys, The Song of the Lioness, I have many more but I would recommend checking those out first. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and definitely worth your time. 

parama9000 | Student

Well, it also depends on your level... Maybe the Hunger Games trilogy?

Personally, I like novels set in a dystopic setting such 1984, Brave New World, the Chrysalids, or Animal Farm.