First off, I´d like to introduce myself as I am a new member to this community. My name is Leonardo, I am called Leonard or Leo by friends and family, doesnt matter to me. I am twenty years old and working to help my dad support our family.
I love reading books. Growing up, however, I was the type of kid that preferred to go outside and play or explore the neighborhood picking up a good book was he last thing on my mind. I had this mindframe up until my late high school years when I started getting a little curious as to why lots of people enjoyed reading. But it was not until this year that i made a new years resolution to read atleast fifty books throughout the year. I was not going to school in the spring and I didn´t have a job at the time so I had nothing better to do than to spend my days going to the library which, fortunately, are always near or at a park. So I would find a nice shady tree to go sit under and enjoy reading. I´m proud to let you all know I successfully accomplished my new years resolution within the first two months of the year! Anyways, I have been stuck in a rut these past few months with no books calling my attention. This year I read a book series that I accidentally came across and yet came to be my absolute favorite series of all time! It is called "The Walk" series. It consists of three books "The Walk", "Miles to go", and "The Road to Grace" by Richard Paul Evans.
What is your favorite book? I´m hoping you guys can help me out of this rut!
I'm a big fan of historical fiction. One of my favorite authors is Bernard Cornwell, who has a ton of books. There is no end to great authors though. My biggest problem is finding the time to read the various books that have made it onto my bookshelf and to read list.
The Patrick Bowers Files series by Steven James seems to be great. It's a crime thriller series and though I could only get my hands on the first one, I couldn't put it down at all (and I don't even enjoy reading much.)
Colleen McCulloughs books about Caesar are brilliant. And you can't go wrong with George RR Martin and his series A Song of Ice and Fire
For any Jim Butcher fans out there I highly recommend "The Codex Alera" series. Great fantasy by Mr. Butcher. Couldn't get enough.
First post. I really enjoy reading for historical aspects or philisophical interests, due to my lack of insight i will read a book and then read other peoples analysis of the book, real interesting.
Frankensein, great philisophical scenarios.
Grapes of Wrath, Fantastic representation of life during that time, gritty and honest.
Gone with the Wint, Great for the socio-economic aspects of life in the south prior to, during, and after the Civil War.
Moby Dick was a great historical narrative on the whaling industry and processes. It was based an the USS Essex and how it was actually attacked and sunk by a whale.
Dark Tower series and all related other books. Nothing to be learned but hell of a ride.
Jules Verne - Pretty much anything by him is regarded as a classic but will be easy to understand.
I love Gulliver's travels too by Jonathan Swift - it was a satire on institutions at the time.
If you are into tales of adventure then She or King Solomon's Mines by H Rider Haggard are both good reads.
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First, if you are 20 and helping support the family, then props to you. True mark of manliness. Been there, done that (24 now).
As to books...besides the Bible...hmm. Not an easy choice, as I more like nonfiction. So if I were to choose fiction...maybe Starship Troopers? Not sure.
Generally, i like classics. Moby Dick, anything Hemingway wrote, The Divine Comedy (although the Paradiso put me to sleep), and H.P Lovercraft's works being my favorites. I'm Just now digging into Paradise Lost, and loving it. For modern authors, my all-time favorite is Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Each have novels published singularly, but they do their best work in concert). I especially like their Pendergast series. As a bonus, Special Agent Pendergast is a good model to learn the lost art of gentility from (once you filter out the Bond-esque attributes).
One of the most inspiring books I have ever read was a suggestion by this site: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. It chronicles the early life and upbringing of the American president; how he overcame illness and laid the foundation to become, in my opinion, one of the most inspiring personalities of the 19th and 20th century.
Another personal favorite is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.
If you like to read, here is a great resource: www.gutenberg.org