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Hi Catydid I believe that Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale is in fact a non-fiction book as it is written by/about a real person :). I agree that it is a great book though, I found it fascinating to read about how he thought about what he was doing and seeing how he planed everything.

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My List would be...

 

Favourite Fiction:

 

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson (entire series)

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C Clarke

No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy

The Messenger - Markus Zuzak

Raw Shark Texts - Steven Hall

Picnic At Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

Nightwork - Thomas Glavinic

Paranoid Park - Blake Nelson

The Dumas Club - Arturo Perez-Reverte

 

 

Favourite True Crime:

 

Green River Running Red - Ann Rule

Stranger Beside Me - Ann Rule

Murder in Italy: Amanda Knox - Candace Dempsey

Zodiac - Robert Graysmith

The Killing of Caroline Byrne - Robert Wainright

Helter Skelter - Vincent Bugliosi

Australia's Serial Killers - Paul B Kidd

Midnight in the Garden of Evil and Good - John Berendt

The Nightstalker - Philip Carlo

 

 

Favourite Auto/Bio/Misc

 

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson

Little Girl Lost - Drew Barrymore

 

 

Reference: 

 

Sweet Poison - David Gillespie

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Vimes, you are right about that.  The Abagnale book was non-fiction but it reads like fiction!  I listened to it on audio and remember walking down the street chuckling out lout.  An amazing tale!

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Yes it did, what I wanted to know after reading it is if he could do what he did as easily as did it today?

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Yes it did, what I wanted to know after reading it is if he could do what he did as easily as did it today?

 

I'm pretty sure in interviews he said he couldn't, due to increases in security etc. Especially in airports. However he still could of done scams of some sort, he doesn't mention it very much in the book but he did do other small scams. I believe he works in security now, making it harder for con-men to beat the system. 

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Yes I he mentioned that after he got out of prison in the us he took a job teaching people in banks about scams and who to spot them.

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I've been reading through the new lists on this page that I haven't had time to get into before, it's been great to see how similar/different lists you/we have. Keep them coming! :D

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Frankie and Poppyshake, you might be happy to know that Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov will shortly be winging its way to me from England. :)

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Frankie and Poppyshake, you might be happy to know that Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov will shortly be winging its way to me from England. :)

 

Oh, we are very happy to know it! I really really hope you enjoy the book :friends3:

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I have to say that I have a new favorite series the Riyria Revelations (AKA Riyira Chronicles). Great great books the characters are full of life and the story had be on the edge of my seat until the very last page.

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Fantasy

L.J. Smith forbidden game,the mortal instrument series by Cassandra Clare

Fiction

Lisa Jackson,Lisa Gardner,Heather Graham,Lisa Scottoline,Amanda Hocking,Nora Roberts,James Patterson,C.J. Box

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The Riyria series by Michael J. Sullivan are great and I would recommend them to everyone who reads fantasy.

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Frankie is the grandfather of reading lol, it will take me a lifetime to catch up with him but luckily i'm young :)

Frankie you have such an amazing list of recommended books.. I loved alot of the books on your list and a lot of others which i plan to read. I will make a simple list which i recommend.

 

Stephen King works: The Dead Zone - Misery - It - Salems Lot - The Mist - (*Talisman* & *Black House* <(Favorites) - Eyes of the Dragon - The Stand - 

 

Other authors books: "Lincoln Rhyme Series" by Jeffrey Deaver.

"Night Terror" by Chandler McGrew

"A Simple Plan" by Scott Smith

"Angel Time" by Anne Rice

"Dark Hollow" by Brian Keene

"The Wolfs Hour" by Robert R McCammon

"The Midnight Road" by Tom Piccirilli

"Endless Night" by Richard Laymon

 

I could go on and on of course but these are just some of my latest favorites!

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By the way, Dark Hollow by Brian Keene was really really good but i do not recommend you reading the 2nd book. At least not while the characters from Dark Hollow are still fresh in your head. I didn't like being introduced to new characters. 

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Ok this is officially the best thread ever :) So many recommendations that I want to buy and read!!  :doowapstart:  :doowapstart:

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Frankie is the grandfather of reading lol, it will take me a lifetime to catch up with him but luckily i'm young :)

Frankie you have such an amazing list of recommended books.. I loved alot of the books on your list and a lot of others which i plan to read. I will make a simple list which i recommend.

 

Never before have I been called a grandfather... :lol: Not even a grandmother. An aunt, a few times. :) But there's a first time for everything so cheers! :D 

 

 

Other authors books: "Lincoln Rhyme Series" by Jeffrey Deaver.

 

That's a great one, I heartily agree :)

 

Ok this is officially the best thread ever :) So many recommendations that I want to buy and read!!  :doowapstart:  :doowapstart:

 

It would make quite a big TBR pile if one bought all those books..! :D

 

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Some books that I would recommend that I don't think I mentioned before but just thought of include:

 

The Last Lecture

Marley & Me

Paper Towns

The Host

 

Thats all I can think of at the moment, but there are so many books that I have read and absolutely loved. 

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Never before have I been called a grandfather... :lol: Not even a grandmother. An aunt, a few times. :) But there's a first time for everything so cheers! :D

That's a great one, I heartily agree :)

 

 

Hahaa, No Frankie, I meant it as in the phrase, you've heard the phrase before right? Well, In case you haven't, here in the U.S. when someone is the founder of or the most superior at something, we call them the grandfather of that subject. Lol never mind :P .. Anyways yeah i really loved Lincoln Rhyme series. How far did you get Frankie? I only read the first two books but they were really solid, can't wait to read book 3; "The Empty Chair". 

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Oh and Frankie, that of which reminds me, aside from Lincoln Rhymes, have you tryed "The Blue Nowhere" by Deaver? It's on my To-Read-List, it looks really good in my opinion. Hoping to get a recommendation from somebody if they've read it. 

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Hahaa, No Frankie, I meant it as in the phrase, you've heard the phrase before right? Well, In case you haven't, here in the U.S. when someone is the founder of or the most superior at something, we call them the grandfather of that subject. Lol never mind :P

 

Okay, my bad, I wasn't familiar with the phrase :D  No worries, I found it funny, and now I've learnt something new :D

 

.. Anyways yeah i really loved Lincoln Rhyme series. How far did you get Frankie? I only read the first two books but they were really solid, can't wait to read book 3; "The Empty Chair". 

 

Coincidentally I've gotten as far as you have, meaning I've only read the first two books. But they were bloody awesome :smile2: I have collected quite a few of the following books, I just need to get to reading them .... :blush:

 

 

Oh and Frankie, that of which reminds me, aside from Lincoln Rhymes, have you tryed "The Blue Nowhere" by Deaver? It's on my To-Read-List, it looks really good in my opinion. Hoping to get a recommendation from somebody if they've read it. 

 

I have The Blue Nowhere on my TBR as well, and some members on here have actually read it and recommended it... That's why I got the book :) I think Charm was the one who recommended it to me, but unfortunately she hasn't been around for a while... I can't remember if Chrissy has read the book as well...?

 

Edit: There's a thread for Jeffery Deaver, us fans used to call ourselves the Deaverettes... One of us (Ceinwenn) actually went to hear him speak and got his autograph... Hella cool :D

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Favourite reads

 

Last edited: 01-03-2015.

 

Fantasy

David B. Coe - The Lontobyn Chronicles series

James Clemens - The Banned and the Banished series

Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson - The Wheel of Time series

Peter V. Brett - The Demon Cycle series

Terry Pratchett

Ursula K. Le Guin - Earthsea Cycle 1-4: The Earthsea Quartet

Joanne Harris - Runemarks 1: Runemarks

Karen Miller

Trudi Canavan

Yahtzee Croshaw

George R. R. Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire series

Blake Charlton - Spellwright 1: Spellwright

Anne McCaffrey - The Dragonriders of Pern series

Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth 1: Wizard's First Rule

Maria V. Snyder - Study series and Glass series

Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games series

Veronica Roth - The Divergent series (including the Four stories)

J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter series

Geronimo Stilton (and others)

 

Science-fiction

Tad Williams - Otherland series

Ernest Cline - Ready Player One

Scott Meyer - Magic 2.0 series

Douglas Adams - The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

Dan Simmons - Hyperion 1-2: The Hyperion Omnibus

Peter F. Hamilton, in particular The Night's Dawn series

Elizabeth Moon - The Speed of Dark

Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon

Matt Haig - The Humans

Arthur C. Clarke - The Other Side of the Sky

Iain M. Banks

Thea Beckman - De Toekomsttrilogie series

Isabel Hoving - De Gevleugelde Kat

Joe Haldeman

 

Contemporary Fiction

Jostein Gaarder - Sophie's World

Jodi Picoult

Diane Chamberlain

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Kristin Hannah - Home Front

Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife

Guillaume Musso - Het Grote Gemis (Seras-tu là?)

Giselle Green - Little Miracles

Erica James - It's the Little Things

Erica James - Promises, Promises

Jane Green - The Patchwork Marriage

Lesley Pearse - Father Unknown

Lesley Pearse - Till We Meet Again

Kaui Hart Hemmings - The Descendants

Laura Elliott - Stolen Child

Nathan Filer - The Shock of the Fall

Garth Stein - The Art of Racing in the Rain

Graeme Simsion - Don Tillman 1: The Rosie Project

Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Thea Beckman - Wonderkinderen

Carry Slee

Cynthia Voigt - Tillerman Cycle 1-4: De Tillermans

Gabrielle Zevin - Memoirs of Teenage Amnesiac

Rainbow Rowell

A. S. King

Ruth Thomas - De Weglopers (The Runaways)

Jacques Vriens, in particular: Een Bende in de Bovenbouw and Het Raadsel Van De Regenboog

Roald Dahl's children's books, in particular: The Witches and Matilda

Lieneke Dijkzeul - Een Muis Met Klauwen

Annie M.G. Schmidt

Dirk Verroen and Jet Boeke - De Liefste Poes Van De Wereld

 

Historical Fiction

Thea Beckman

Jean M. Auel - Earth's Children series

Paul Gallico - Jennie

Clive Woodall - One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

Penny Vincenzi

Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

 

Literature

Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre

Anna Blaman - Op Leven en Dood

George Orwell - Animal Farm

 

Chick-lit

Sophie Kinsella

Melanie Rose - Could It Be Magic?

Melanie Rose - Down to Earth

Melissa Nathan - The Nanny

Julie Cohen - Girl from Mars

Sinéad Moriarty - Emma Huntington series

Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones series

Chris Manby - Getting Personal

Sarah Webb - Take a Chance

Nicholas Sparks - The Notebook 1: The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks - The Notebook 2: The Wedding

Ann M. Martin - The BabySitter's Club series and related books

Virginia Andrews

Dorothy Koomson - My Best Friend's Girl

Holly Smale - Geek Girl series

 

Horror

Stephen King, in particular IT and Carrie

R. L. Stein, particularly the various Fear Street series

 

Detectives

A. C. Baantjer

A. C. Baantjer and Simon de Waal - De Waal & Baantjer series

Agatha Christie

 

Manga

Masami Tsuda - Kare Kano series

Ken Akamatsu - Love Hina series

Natsuki Takaya - Fruits Basket series

Keiko Tobe - With the Light series

Kouji Seo - Suzuka series

 

Biographies

Gunilla Gerland - A Real Person

John Grogan - Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

 

Information

Martine Delfos - Een Vreemde Wereld

Stan Spencer - The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin

Elisabeth Wilson - Stress Proof Your Life: 52 Brilliant Ideas

Ian Ford - A Field Guide to Earthlings: An Autistic/Asperger View of Neurotypical Behavior

Thea Beckman and Others - Het Schrijversboek

Paul Arnoldussen - Die Van Hiernaast En Van De Overkant: Over Engelse Drop, Straf En Beesten In Europa

Various Authors - Waanzinnig om te Weten series (Horrible Histories, Horrible Science...)

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Keeping mine pretty short, focusing on a bit of a "unversal list" that I'd recommend to just about anyone regardless of gender, age (within reason), cultural background, and interests.

 

  1. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
  3. Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
  4. Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (with the disclaimer to stay with it to get past the first 150 pages or so)
  5. Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay (with the disclaimer that it's very sad in parts)
  6. The Fault in our Stars - John Green

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Here are my favorite and most recommended reads in no particular order:

 

Contemporary/Classic Fiction

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Hick by Andrea Portes

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Bloodroot by Amy Greene

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Room by Emma Donoghue

Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Farenheight 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

 

YA/ Children's Fiction

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

The Giver by Lois Lowry

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace

 

 

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

 

Sophie's Choice by William Styron

 

All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

 

The Road Back by Erich Maria Remarque

 

Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker

 

The Missing by Tim Gautreaux

 

Replay by Ken Grimwood

 

Peace Like A River by Leif Enger

 

Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy

 

The Well And The Mine by Gin Phillips

 

Part 2 to follow... :smile:

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Room by Emma Donaghue

 

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

 

Skallagrigg by William Horwood

 

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

 

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

 

City Of Thieves by David Benioff

 

Quest For The Faradawn by Richard Ford

 

Fatherland by Robert Harris

 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

 

A Long,Long Way by Sebastian Barry

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