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MelancholyofChase wrote:

I was thinking of buying some new books, the other day I bought a book called Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks since lately I've been taking a liking to learning about the brain thanks to the Ghost Hound Anime. I found it interesting how this one guy had "musical seizures".

Anyone have any books they can recommend? Usually I pick up the classics I've heard about all the time like "Catcher in the Rye" so I haven't picked up anything too new.


If you are into the brains I'd recommend "The Female Brain" by Louann Brizendine M.D. It's non-fiction and it's never too early to learn about women

If you are into adventure, I'd recommend Alexandre Dumas Three Musketeers and Count of Monte Cristo.

Dicken's The Great Expectation and any of Shakespeare work are good. They usually assign these in high school language arts classes so I'd read them before the teachers make you hate them. (personal experience).

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MelancholyofChase wrote:

I was thinking of buying some new books, the other day I bought a book called Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks since lately I've been taking a liking to learning about the brain thanks to the Ghost Hound Anime. I found it interesting how this one guy had "musical seizures".

Anyone have any books they can recommend? Usually I pick up the classics I've heard about all the time like "Catcher in the Rye" so I haven't picked up anything too new.


If you are into the brains I'd recommend "The Female Brain" by Louann Brizendine M.D. It's non-fiction and it's never too early to learn about women

If you are into adventure, I'd recommend Alexandre Dumas Three Musketeers and Count of Monte Cristo.

Dicken's The Great Expectation and any of Shakespeare work are good. They usually assign these in high school language arts classes so I'd read them before the teachers make you hate them. (personal experience).



The Three Musketeers and Great Expectations are <3. I really want to get my hands on a copy of Dumas' Man in the Iron Mask. I remember watching the movie a year after Titanic, and a lot of my friends then said, "Well, Leo was cute but I really couldn't get into it...it's like there was a back story you needed to know before hand."


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Eragon and Eldest.
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The twilight trilogy. I love any original vampire romance. It is been overused by several authors, but nobody has ever surpassed Stephanie Meyer. The fourth book is soon to be released, and

If it is about horror there is nothing close to literature better than Dracula by Bram Stoker. Though if you don't mind fiction tendencies, any Stephen King novel would fit your tastes.

Another good choice is the Women of the other world series, by Kelly Armstrong. "Bitten," and "Dim store magic" are specially good.

There is also a vast collection of Dean Koontz books, and short stories that are exquisite pieces of fiction.

We won't forget H.P. Lovecraft. Origin of a big cult of followers. Whoever haven't read The call of cthulhu is still missing one of the greatest pieces in history.

I will limit myself with those books at the moment. I see several people had named a good selection of my personal favorites as well.
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If it is about horror there is nothing close to literature better than Dracula by Bram Stoker.


As much as I love vampires, I simply cannot get into Dracula. I'll read it every Halloween to put me into a festive mood, but I tend to have to devote a good week and a half (at least) to that novel while I slog my way through it.

I suppose it has less to do with the actual story itself than it does with my feelings toward epistolary novels. I simply do not like them one bit.

I guess that's why I still haven't managed to finish Frankenstein (as much as I would absolutely love to).
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I've yet to attempt to read anything by John Steinbeck that didn't make me want to shoot myself. I pondered East of Eden, but then when I saw how big that books was, I decided against it. If I couldn't take his 110 page novellas, then there is no way I'm going through that, Oprah Book Club be damned.


Thank you!!! I detest Steinbeck as well. I've yet to read anything as depressing as his books. You just feel so "blegh!" after reading them. It's "classics" like his that put me off reading the classics. I tend to go for non-fiction anyway. Mostly I read World War II history, women's issues, social policy, forensics, and cultural books.
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I don't have a specific genre preference. Although, fiction thrills me more than non-fiction (death to all biographies, encyclopedias and textbooks).

...I can't choose! Picking my favorite author and book is like picking my favorite pair of shoes... simply impossible.

ALTHOUGH, this month I re-read The Book Thief. I friggin' cried myself senseless. Pride and Prejudice and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I recommend these three a) because they were the last books I read and b) they are being re-read for a reason! These books are amazzzzzzzzing. You get so caught up in the story, so captured by the plot that reality seems so blah and all you ever want to do is snuggle up on your favorite couch and never stop reading.

Tamora Pierce owns my bookshelves. I love her to bits! All her stories are so well-crafted and so believable. I want to be a knight in Tortall times, dammit! No brainer, J.K Rowling. Hank green. Looking for Alaska has forever changed me. Jane Austen, Anne Rice (vampires!) etc.

Yay for books! :D

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I love romance with some drama, always a good read for me.
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nta2005 wrote:


MelancholyofChase wrote:

I was thinking of buying some new books, the other day I bought a book called Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks since lately I've been taking a liking to learning about the brain thanks to the Ghost Hound Anime. I found it interesting how this one guy had "musical seizures".

Anyone have any books they can recommend? Usually I pick up the classics I've heard about all the time like "Catcher in the Rye" so I haven't picked up anything too new.


If you are into the brains I'd recommend "The Female Brain" by Louann Brizendine M.D. It's non-fiction and it's never too early to learn about women

If you are into adventure, I'd recommend Alexandre Dumas Three Musketeers and Count of Monte Cristo.

Dicken's The Great Expectation and any of Shakespeare work are good. They usually assign these in high school language arts classes so I'd read them before the teachers make you hate them. (personal experience).



I agree Count of Monte Cristo is brilliant!
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Lolita by vladimir nabokov..
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Yay! A book thread!
I'm extremely addicted to books. Well except the pure romance and erotica ones. I've read all of Sidney Sheldon's novels, and if there was a god, Sheldon's the god. My favorite novels by him would probably be, 'If Tomorrow Comes', 'The Stars Shine Down', and 'Doomsday Conspiracy (if you're into Sci-Fi/Politics, then this is the book to read.).' I know by heart all the titles of his novels, RIP Mr. Sheldon, you are by far the greatest novelist for me. These are his works, and I highly recommend every single one of them because there's never a page that's dull: Windmills of the Gods, The Other Side of Midnight (series: Memories of Midnight), Rage of Angels, Bloodline, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Master of the Game, The Best Laid Plans (YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!), A Stranger in the Mirror (breathtaking...TOBY and JILL), The Sands of Time, The Sky is Falling, Tell me your Dreams, Morning, Noon, and Night, the Naked Face (his 1st bestselling novel), and Nothing Lasts Forever.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, cause it's truly fucked up, that's why I love it.

Dan Brown's 'The Deception Point'; it's so much better than The da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and Digital Fortress.

I love all the works done by Alexandre Dumas. The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite among all of his works. Then, Ali Pachi, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Three Musketeers, The Companions of Jehu, and the rest that I can't remember. (T.T")

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes. It's pretty hilarious how Don Quixote is so obsessed with the chivalry shown in books. Pathetic old fart.

I love Sherlock Holmes (all volumes) by Sir Conan Doyle. Although a lot of the stories seem predictable already.

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. It gave me very very interesting ideas for my future plans.

Oh, I'm getting all tingly just by talking about books.

Mario Puzo's books are...*drools* I have every single one of his books.The Godfather (my most favorite), The Fortunate Pilgrim (boo hoo! So sad!), Omerta, The Last Don, The Family, The Dark Arena, Fools Die, The Fourth K, I don't have The Runaway Summer of Davie Shaw since it's a children's book. I didn't appreciate the sequel of The Godfather (The Godfather's Revenge) that was authored by Mark Winegardner. I was so excited that there was a sequel, but when I read it, I was truly disappointed. Why did you have to die Mario Puzo? Why? (because you're old, that's why.)

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. I like it. Awesome and truly creepy. Read it if you're curious why Hitler went haywire.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu. People who are interested in conquering the world should read that.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It's really hilarious, especially if you buy the version where movie images are included.

The only novel that I really liked that's mostly romance was Christopher Castellani's 'A Kiss from Maddalena.' It was so, so...passionate.

Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Great classic book, if you want to read about hateful/obsessive love. Yup. Heathcliff!

With Arrow, Sword, and Spear: A History of Warfare in the Ancient World written by Alfred S. Bradford and Pamela M. Bradford. I recommend anyone who is interested in ancient warfare to read this. It's very elaborate and interesting.

I almost forgot, THE one book that has made me cry so hard, it was Dave Pelzer's 'A Child Called "It." It was one of those heart-clenching and tear-flooding books... *sniffles* Read it if you want to cry.

I have much more I want to type.....
I dislike John Grisham, his books aren't carefully proofread. And he's drawling. (T.T")

Paulo Coelho, meh, the only book I liked from him was 'Veronika Decides to Die.' I don't get why people are so crazy about The Alchemist. Pft. Most of his books contain religious bla blas, so I guess that's why I don't like it.

Yes, the books listed above could be considered recommendations, trust me, they're all bloody awesome.
I haven't even gotten to the Encyclopedias I've read... (T.T") Bummer.

You could ask me for more recommendations.
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You should read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

It's like the best book ever made . . .

After reading that, you will want to read the sequel of it . . .

Anyways, it's about a girl named Bella who moved into Forks, Washington from Pheonix (I think it's in Arizona or whatever).

Edward Cullen was a vampire.

On further sequels, Bella wanted to be like Edward (to be a vampire I mean) so they could be together forever.

One of the sequels - New Moon

Edward left Bella after a party accident. Edward and the Cullens moved to Los Angeles, California.

She made a promise to him that she will never do anything reckless and stupid.
And Edward made a promise to Bella that in the forest will be the last time they would see each other.

Bella didn't want to keep her promise because she won't accept the fact that they would never see each other again . . . SO she is currently doing things recklessly like riding bikes (motorcycles) and joining some dangerous group of people.

Etc, etc.

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I'm still reading the book New Moon but I'm almost finish. I will be finish by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow so I'm going to move on to Eclipse. :)

After reading Eclipse, I will wait for Breaking Dawd, the 4th sequel. XD (which will be on sale August 2008)
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It's a romance book actually.
Posted 5/12/08
ok...the books i read or more like it the genre i really am interested in is the mystery genre....i love how agatha christie writes....she has a way of keeping you like on the edge and its not like all creepy or gory....ok i reccomend

Ten Little Indians or its also called And Then There Was One


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Posted 5/12/08
god stfu about twilight... it is the most overrated and cliche thing i have ever read.. anywayyyyy has anyone read angelas ashes? its quite a depressing one.... But it also has its extremely funny moments!! It's moving, honest, inspiring, and very painful to read on in places. Probably the best book ive ever read.
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