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!
'The Time Machine', 'The Invisible man' and 'War of the worlds' by H. G. Wells are all great reads for some classic sci-fi. I'd also recommend some of the Sherlock Holmes stories. As for American literature, you can't go wrong The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird.
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey
The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas
Best fantasy I've read since Tolkien, The name of the wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned already. +1 on Tolkien. Anything by: C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton (both have philosophy, essays, and fiction, read what you prefer), P.G. Wodehouse (English humor, I cannot praise him enough, easiest read in the world, hilarious, and considered by many the best English stylist of the 20th century, so he'll improve your mind too), James Thurber (american humorist, start with 'my life and hard times, his autobiography, shortest one you will ever read), also don't forget AOM's official booklist, under the favorite articles on the right.
Personally I enjoy a lot of Sci-Fi and fantasy. If you want a funny book, try anything by Terry Pratchett for fantasy, and Douglass Adams for Sci-Fi. I will warn you, The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy Series is great, but the last book ruins it. I would recommend stopping after the first book. It leaves you with a much happier feel. Other great books are Les Miserables, by Victor Hug, although it is really long, and a hard read, or anything by Ray Bradbury, although he is not and easy read either, and most people don't care for his writing style.
I loved the book when he is back on earth and finds love with the girl who can fly.
It was good, but in my opinion it did not match the first book. Really it was just the last chapter or two that killed the series for me. I never could get back into it after I finished.