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Initial post: Jun 19, 2012 6:26:17 PM PDT
Hi! I'm eighteen and have read a LOT of books. I was in AP lit this past year so classics have been covered throughly. I read a lot of Nora Roberts (Have read bride quartet novels and am working on the inn trilogy) I have read most of Nicholas Sparks novels along with James Patterson. I have read the usuals (i.e twilight, house of night) and frankly, am tired of the vampire novels. I want something fresh and new. I am halfway through book 2 of G.O.T and have read the outlander series.

Did I mention I read a lot?

So suggest something and I'll see what I think and if I have read it.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2012 9:50:44 AM PDT
Plum80 says:
authors Stieg Larson, Elizabeth George, and at your age you might love
Anita Shreve books...i love them & have read almost every one.....

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 9:55:14 AM PDT
Plum80 says:
AMAZON.COM has a wonderful supply of books - some used for .01 + $3.99 shipping.....some
almost like new...i buy all my books this way AND hope i live long enuff to read all of them...one
does tend to get carried away.....excerpts contain alot of information about the story so you kno
if it's something you're interested in............

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 11:17:16 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 23, 2012 6:15:48 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 23, 2012 7:29:07 PM PDT
I know you said you're not looking for vampire books, BUT The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is really good. It has vampires in it but the book should be classified more towards the historical fiction genre. It's the perfect mix of history and fantasy without being over the top on either end.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 8:13:13 AM PDT
TMV says:
Off the top of my head....For horror check out The Ruins - Scott Smith | it's a light read, great for by the pool or beach. For something completely different try House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski. Great war book is Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, and if you're looking for a book that could have a impact on how you see yourself in this world I highly recommend Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankel.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 7:16:42 PM PDT
Here's a small list of books that I enjoyed both as an 18 year old and currently! I've tried to throw in a few lighter reads as well as some more difficult ones. It sounds like you're an advanced reader, but I think it's always nice to change it up!

"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
"Pirate Therapy and Other Cures" by Mark A. Rayner
"Marvellous Hairy" also by Mark A. Rayner
"A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess
"Time's Arrow" by Martin Amis
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 8:17:44 PM PDT
Have you ever read Gone with the Wind? How about The Stand by Stephen King. The best book King ever wrote.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 8:29:02 PM PDT
Sigmania says:
My book, 'The Divine Plan, Order of the Universe', is a good summer read, since it starts taking place winter 2012, even though it is written involving 3 days in 2018, although it is actually written in 2022. Good luck and be prepared.
Being 18, this story will open you eyes to the inevitable.The Divine Plan: The Order of the Universe

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 7:22:43 AM PDT
Plum80 says:
Lord of the Flies was very very good...movie too........

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 7:24:18 AM PDT
Plum80 says:
The best book Stephen King ever wrote was CUGO

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 9:46:39 PM PDT
Hi,I realy liked books by Lauren Oliver- 1.delirium 2.pandemonium.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 10:06:05 PM PDT
K. Revier says:
I am also having the same problem, but absolutely LOVE these books and have read them over and over.
Divergent-Veronica Roth FAVORITE.
Shatter Me-Tahereh Mafi
Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. Like werewolves in Twilight, but I couldn't put these books down.
The Fault in our Stars-John Green--seriously one of the best books I've ever read, a good summer read.
Charlie St. Cloud-kinda an old one, but I love it.
I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore. Another favorite, only 2 books are out right now, one due out in August of 2012.
I can't think of anymore at the moment..but these were great and like I said, I've read them over and over! Good luck on your search for good books :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 7:30:24 AM PDT
For something light and a fast read I choose Debbie Macomber...no murders just everyday life in a small town in Washington....Her books fit in so nicely after reading J D Robb/Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben. (I'm in the process of reading Lost Love and am not sure I like his style.) Incidentally, you said you were 18; I have few years on you..I'm eighteen with 61 years experience. I read a lot also from the library, ebooks and used book stores...eml

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 9:43:57 AM PDT
Tfam says:
Two of the best books I have read are Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover. (Slammed is the first book.) I couldn't put them down!! The characters are around your age and seem so real. I recommended to my friend who read both in one day...stayed up until 5 am reading!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 9:52:07 AM PDT
Try Kate Mortenson...Australian writer, written only three books. Her books are Family sagas
extrodanaire!
Louise Penny, Canadian author, Mysteries with some Canadian history to go...but interesting and entertaining.
Peter Robinson, British mystery writer, stories take place in Yorkshire, England.
Abraham Verghase, Cutting for Stone. excellent, excellent book . Story primarily based in Ethiopa, stars with nun getting pregnant by physician....
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Julia Spencer Fleming..a series of books featuring an policeman and female minister. good mysteries, fun read. Best read in order...do not remember name of first book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 12:36:03 PM PDT
Plum80 says:
Gone Girl is on my to read list but i try not to spend that much money on a book swhen i buy them used for .01 plus 3.99 shipping/handling...most are
like new....great mystery writer Elizabeth George....stories based in England but
great reads.........thanx for the info.....

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 12:40:34 PM PDT
Plum80 says:
Emma, try Amazon used books .01 plus $3.99 shipping for a lot of the books...
i just bought Defending Jacob...not a .01 book BUT well worth what i paid for it...possibly THE best book i ever read ~~~~~~~

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 12:44:40 PM PDT
Plum80 says:
i think i just watched the movie The Ruins.....hmmmm i belong to Netflix and
have seen so many good movies can't remember The Ruins but i think i liked
it.........

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 12:45:56 PM PDT
Marilyn McF. says:
Have you read Karen Marie Monings' Highlander series as well as the Fever series? One actually leads into another. Another suggestion is the Body Movers series by Stephanie Bond. They all feature tough and ballsy female characters.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 12:53:27 PM PDT
Amy Rodgers says:
Did you really just recommend that series to an 18 year old?!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 3:48:56 PM PDT
Plum80 says:
exactly who are you talking too may i ask?

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 7:22:59 PM PDT
Tattoo and fate by jennifer lynn barnes here is the product links, Tattoo Fate

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 11:43:48 PM PDT
K. Murphy says:
my all time favorite summer read author is Elin Hilderbrand. I started with her around age 17-18. My favorite of hers is Barefoot as well as The Beach Club. She has a new one out called Summerland too. All books take place on Nantucket in the summer. I love her books.
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