So I've been taking literature classes and we've read a variety of books this term, most very good. One terrible but hey 4 out of 6 with one push isn't bad. So I want suggestions from others. What are some good books that you have read. They can be classics or contemporary, mass produced or hard to find. I'll start with what I've read this quarter and other recommendations.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A good book, a bit wordy in parts but a very good story that flows well.
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway: One of my favorite books. A great story with very in depth characters.
- Written On the Body by Jeanette Winterson: Not worth the paper it's printed on. It is a love story featuring nameless genderless characters. Basically it's well written high class smut.
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell: GREAT story. I highly recommend this book. It has a very good plot and tells two stories simultaneously. It begins a bit slowly because there are so many characters that you meet simultaneously, but once you meet them all the plot moves very quickly.
- SlaughterHouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: I hated the first eight chapters, tolerated the ninth and enjoyed the tenth. It is a short read but a VERY difficult story to follow. Based on Vonneguts experience of surviving the bombing of Dresden.
- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: I'm still reading it. It does not appear to be a terrible but but I am not prepared to endorse it.
Here's some books that I've finished recently.
- Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. GREAT story about operation Red Wing.
- Alaska by James A Michener, if you like historical fiction this is a great book. It tells the story of the state of Alaska from the Ice Age to the mid 1970's.
- The Shack by William P. Young, if you are a Christian then this is a pretty good read. It starts out very fast and finishes fast as well. The middle bogs down quite a bit and becomes more of a theological illustration than a story.
- Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, I know it's not a fiction but the story is very captivating. It's a different kind of story from his previous two (Into Thin Air and Into the Wild) but it still had Krakauer's signature writing style.
So what other recommendations do you guys have? I need a summer reading list. . .