Good books to read this summer?

<p>I know there's a thread in College Life about this, but I thought I'd start one here too. I don't have much time to read for fun during the school year, but I do in the summer. I'm wondering what books YOU liked, and maybe why you liked them.</p>

<p>I just started The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown. I'm going to be reading it in school this week since all my classes are pretty much done and it's just hanging around time.</p>

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<p>Maybe read the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum</p>

<p>I just read Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, which was very beautifully written and enjoyable</p>

<p>The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth.</p>

<p>Well it depends on what type of books you like, personally I enjoy military books.</p>

<p>Absolutely American (tells about the West Point experience)</p>

<p>The Unforgiving Minute (The author is telling his story about his experience at West Point and in Iraq)</p>

<p>The Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson (memior about a 19 yr old's experience in Iraq, I highly recommend it even if you aren't in to the whole army thing)</p>

<p>War Child by Emanuele Jal (memior about a Sudanese child who was forced to fight for the SPLA, beautifully written)</p>

<p>The Godfather by Mario Puzo</p>

<p>13 Reasons Why (great read)</p>

<p>The Burn Journals</p>

<p>I am America (and so can you!) by Stephen Colbert (fast read, hilarious. read it.)</p>

<p>Flags of our Fathers</p>

<p>Night by Ellie Weisel (this man is fantastic)</p>

<p>Hope that helps!</p>

<p>Twilight bahahaha Jk
Read David sedaris (naked) he's funny</p>

<p>Some of the best books ever (in my opinion) are Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (if you like history and/or romance), The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (if you like classic fantasy), The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni (it's hard to describe but a really, REALLY good read if you have kind of a twisted sense of humor), and Dracula by Bram Stoker (an absolute classic-- it IS vampire literature; Twilight can suck an egg)!</p>

<p>I second cocacolaceo's suggestions for Thirteen Reasons Why and The Burn Journals... they're both amazing. :)</p>

<p>Finding Nouf</p>

<p>Moby Dick and Scarlet letter!</p>

<p>jk. don't read them they're epically boring.</p>

<p>The Stepmother by Diana Diamond</p>

<p>How I Live Now- Meg Rosoff [Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. It seems like the perfect summer. Falling in love is just the start of it but their lives are about to explode. War breaks out and lands on their doorstep.-amazon] Better than it sounds read the reviews</p>

<p>John Dies at the End, it's a horror/comedy and freakin' awesome, just read it </p>

<p>anything by Terry Pratchett, especially Good Omens, absolutely hilarious and he writes a kind of fantasy satire but it's still amazing and there are good lessons (I suggest you start off with THUD! but it doesn't matter where you start, it's a variety of discworld series and not always connected or sequential)</p>

<p>Sherlock Holmes series because they're awesome and not enough people read them</p>

Some of the best books ever (in my opinion) are Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (if you like history and/or romance)...


<p>you made me cry because I hate this book and even the memory of it. It's terrible and boring and I'm going to ruin it so no one ever reads it: Heathcliff dies a byronic jerk and there is no happy ending for Catherine since she dies before him. Jane Eyre is a slightly better book (at least the ending is happier, and it's less whiny and kinda more realistic) by another Bronte sister. If you must read something historic and romance read Middlemarch or Shakespeares' Midsummer Nights' Dream (which is kinda freaky and full of Shakespeare sex jokes).</p>

<p>I like reading plays and stories like plays so if you want some good ones to read are The Rules of Comedy, Cabaret, Les Mis., and anything else that involves prostitutes are usually good.</p>

<p>I really like Dean Koontz books and the Odd series is really good. But I think his best is The Taking because it actually freaked me out at times and it's easy to get absorbed into. From the Corner of His Eyes is another one I really like because it deals with quantum physics and murder and the 1st chapter just threw me off which hardly happens to me in a book, I read that chapter a few times and I still don't get the psychopath. I don't know that I want to get his Frankenstein since I've already read the original one and I guess that monster just never really got me. Stephan King is also good but I feel like he's too into himself and his books kinda got predictable at The Dark Tower deal. I think some of his best books were IT, Insomnia, Rose Madder (I really like this book because it was the first book I had ever read, brother read King to me for bed time a lot), Desperation, The Shining.</p>

<p>I would suggest you read horror and humor books because those are always the fastest to get through, I mean, you'll finish +500 page books in a week and everyone will be impressed and think you're smart when really you're just having fun.</p>

<p>13 Reasons Why was alright. The only thing good about it was the cool plot. Easy read and not very thought provoking. </p>

<p>-Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Intense book. I'm reading part II now.
-The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang. Very graphic. Not for the faint hearted. But it's still very informational.
-The Shining by Stephen King</p>

<p>call me ishmael..</p>

<p>Alright, Ishmael, what books do you recommend?</p>


<p>not the Moby Dick guy, the book by Daniel Quinn</p>

<p>David Hume's The History of England<br>
(quite outdated, but it's very David Hume. and it's highly readable indeed. )
J. S. Mill's Autobiography. (a very inspirational book)
Christopher Isherwood's Lost Years A Memoir 1945-1951
Patrick White's The Tree of Man (this is the best Australian literary work I ever read) </p>

<p>I am not for light novels.</p>