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Since you seem to like the Clarks who I believe write mysteries/thrillers, you could try an author who writes similar material such as Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, J.D. Robb, Harlan Coben, or John Sandford. If you want a little less mystery and a little more horror, try Dean Koontz or Stephen King.
You also seem to enjoy fantasy and young adult fiction, so I would personally recommend one of my favorites, the Gentlemen Bastards Sequence by Scott Lynch. The first book is The Lies of Locke Lamora and there are only two out at the moment (the third one will hopefully be coming out soon and it's supposed to be a series of I believe seven books). It's not a traditional fantasy and it's more on the adult end of young adult fiction, but it's fantastic.
I hope I helped just a little bit! :P
Gone With The Wind - my all-time favorite.
Mistborn - this is a fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. He's a genius. Read anything by him.
The Hunger Games - young adult fiction. Probably the very best thing I read last year.
Outlander - a huge epic historical romance series. I love 'em.
The Tea Rose - another epic romantic tale. So good.
I don't know if our tastes are similar, but these are what I'm always recommending to customers at the bookstore where I work.
Gentlemen Bastards Sequence by Scott Lynch
Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Alex Cross Series by James Patterson
Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
Those are the top books that I've read recently and really stand out in my mind.
Those are my favorite books!
My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Anyone Out There by Marian Keyes
The Strain by Guilermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
The last one is a mystery, The Strain is about vampires/zombies. The other 3 I guess would be considered chick lit.
1) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - a witty, flamboyant, yet darkly gothic tale of excess... the movie's coming out soon too so if you'll be seeing it, read it first!
2) The Secret History by Donna Tartt - a group of brilliant misfits let their obsessions get out of hand until they end up guilty of murder.
3) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Books and Barcelona and literary mystery all rolled into one delicious novel.
4) The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman - a magical book about an icy woman who has been struck by lightning, who meets with another lightning victim, a burning man, and how they reawaken each other.
5) A Book Addict's Treasury by Lynda Murphy and Julie Rugg - a delicious little anthology or commonplace book of well chosen paragraphs and quotes and book extracts, all on the joys of books and reading.
Other books I would recommend would be Honeymoon by James Patterson, The Eight by Katherine Neville, Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice, and Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz. All either great thriller, mystery, or supernatural reads. Good Luck!
Timeline by Michael Crichton is a great read. I don't know if that will fit your tastes though, I'm an Archaeology major and find the book fascinating as well as extremely suspenseful.
I know it's already been mentioned but I also picked up Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris and recommend that series as well.
I'm guessing most people have but, if you haven't ever read The Count of Monte Cristo in school or otherwise I would suggest picking that up as well. It's one of my all time favorites, it doesn't quite match your description of what you like, but I feel we similar tastes.
Lastly, if you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is highly amusing and a puts a nice twist on a beloved classic.
and to recap:
1. The China Garden by Liz Berry
2. Timeline by Michael Crichton
3. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen
5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
ETA: OK, that made it sound like a forgettable book, so I should add, that was about eight years ago!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
I know this much is true by Wally Lamb
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Im also 3/4 of the way through Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen & really enjoying it!
Hope that helps :)
-Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin---A severely underrated book. The NYTimes reviewer wrote that this book made him feel nervous, in a way he'd never felt before, of inadequately displaying the brilliance of this story. Me too, so I'll leave it at that.
-Suttree by Cormac McCarthy---Maybe my favorite McCarthy novel. It's suitably bleak, but not depressing. Nor is it nearly as violent as most of his other stuff. It's a truly fascinating portrait of dirt-poor Knoxville, TN
-Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges---There's really nothing else quite like Borges. Some of the best short fiction anybody has ever written.
-At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien---This one's probably the least accessible of the 5. It's about an author whose characters rebel against him, among other things.
-As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner---Maybe my favorite Faulkner. I will note that some people find this novel really hard, but I found it remarkably easy for Faulkner. In place of chapter numbers, each chapter begins with one of the characters' names and is told entirely in that character's 'brain voice.'
These aren't my absolute favorite books necessarily, although I do love them all.
The little mermaid. The original version, not the disneyfied one. The ending is so beautiful in the original.
The will of the empress. My favourite of all the books by Tamora Pierce
Where rainbows end by Cecelia Ahern. My favourite chicklit book. Love her book, because they are never just straight romance. There are always something that sets them apart in that genre.
Watchmen. Best comic book ever
The reader, because it really got me thinking.
1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
5. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The House of Paper by Carlos Dominguez
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Poetry of Robert Frost by Robert Frost
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (funny travel writing about australia)
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (gothic, beautiful, haunting, book lover type of story.. i dont really know how to describe it)
City of Theives by David Benioff (story about two boys who are surviving the war in russia by finding eggs for a general's daughters' wedding)
As for five books I really like, in no particular order:
Maria McCann's As Meat Loves Salt
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin
George R.R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
Sarah Monette's Melusine & its sequels\
To honeydew: if you liked Twilight, you might like Wicked Lovely. I haven't read it but I've heard a lot of good things about it from people who enjoyed Twilight.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (an all-time fave)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Going after Cacciato and as a side The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien was also a good read, too.
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (The Foundation series are just as amazing, but if I had to choose between the two, I would go for the former)
Too many favorites to choose from, really... Tch.
London is the Best City in America by Laura Dave - Little book but I fell in love with it. I feel that this book would make an amazing independent film.
Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris - Vampires that don't sparkle...need I say more?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Historical fiction I was forced to read by my mom who is in love with this series. Turns out to be a truly amazing book. It's a series but I have only read the first book as of yet.
Edgar Allan Poe in general. Anything by him.
2.) History of My Life by Giacomo Casanova (it's 12 volumes, so good luck! lol)
3.) The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
4.) Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
5.) Candide & Other Short Stories by Voltaire (or anything by this man)
The Princess Bride - William Goldman - Way better than the movie, and that's saying something
The Abandoned - Paul Gallico - Boy gets hit by car and wakes up as a cat
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - No comment needed here, I think
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Again, the book puts a great movie to shame
Good Night, Mr Tom - Michelle Magorian - YA/children's book about kids being moved from London to the countryside during WWII
I'd recommend all of these except The Abandoned. I loved it, and it's by a great author, but it could also be one of those books that hits you at a certain point in your life and stays with you, no matter the quality.
2666 by Roberto Bolaño
Personae or Hugh Selwyn Mauberley by Ezra Pound
V. by Thomas Pynchon
The Chelsea Whistle by Michelle Tea
The first is an adventure novel set in the 16th century peasant wars that retells the history of 20th century radicalism. It rules. The second is an immense and terrifying book. The thirds are probably the greatest poetic works of the 20th century. The fourth is my favorite first novel, ever. The final is a memoir that does better at talking about gender and class in America than any other book I've ever read.
2. John Irving - The Hotel New Hampshire
3. Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
4. Thomas Bernhard - Extinction (although I don't know how good the translation is)
5. Albert Camus - The Plague
1. Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris
2. Women of the Underworld series by Kelley Armstrong
3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. (This also happens to be one of my favourite series of all time!)
4. The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs
Most of these are series, but I guarantee that you'll want more than just one book after reading any of these!
2. Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran -- historical fiction about princess Selene and her life in Rome
3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen -- a fun parody of the classic book..of course the original is still the best
4. Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd -- I had got this as part of ER and like #3 it is a mystery novel with Austen characters...very interesting plot twists
5. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan -- okay, yes this is a YA series, but since you mentioned Twilight (which I have also read), I thought you might throughly enjoy this series based on Greek mythology and young heroes.
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - Still my favorite, I think. I love things with a Gothic sensibility that aren't bloodless or wooden. This is neither. There's also a sensual thread of...something curious and indescribable...that weaves through this, and tinted though it is with doom, it's really quite something to experience (and later, explore). Languid and lovely, and always ready for a reread.
2. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin - Another great all-time favorite, this is a Gothic novel that departs from the norms of the genre, like Dorian Gray, but is ultimately a distillation of everything the genre epitomizes: the decadent, the paranoid, the vicious, the venomous, the ironic, the cruel; it's also remarkably profound, mystical even, and its Faustian theme is original and pithy and spiritual in the most potent and bizarre of ways.
3. H.P. Lovecraft: Tales - No conversation of American supernaturalism is complete without even just a passing nod of this man, and his stories are testaments to an overwhelming cosmic terror that is unnerving and stupefying in equal measure. Required reading, from the more obscure to popular fare like 'The Call of Cthulhu.' My favorites in this volume are probably 'The Haunter of the Dark' and 'The Rats in the Walls.'
4. Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood - My favorite writer. His own supernatural stories are esoteric and impossible to classify; they have this otherworldly beauty about them that disturbs as much as it enraptures. Gorgeous and menacing stuff. Favorites are 'The Listener,' 'The Wendigo,' and 'Accessory Before the Fact.'
5. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - Although deeply dividing, of course, and ultimately a testament to the undying natures of hatred and insanity, this book is too good to throw away off hand. The racism here is thick and upsetting, but the narrative's beauty and subtle, haunting codas of horror are impossible to forget, and linger in the fleshier parts of the brain a long, long time after reading. If you can get through it, there is much to ponder, revile, and adore here. This is desert-island fare, as far as I'm concerned.
Honorary Mention: Plato's Symposium - What can I say about this that hasn’t been said already? This is the concept of love abstracted in the warmest and most effervescent of ways, and something that inspires constantly, no matter your opinion on love, your own sexuality, or the way in which you choose to look at the world.
I'm not sure if I really hit the nail on the head as far as a solid recommendation goes, but I thought I'd post here anyway. Some of the best things I've ever read have been stumbled upon simply because I thought the title sounded pleasant or I liked the look of a cover or someone I barely know or overheard in a coffee shop mentioned them in passing...
Lord of the Rings/Chronicles of Narnia: I know I'm cheating here, but Tolkien basically created the fantasy genre. Nearly the entire genre is derivative of him in some way shape or form. Chronicles is, IMHO, one of the best kid's series ever written, and well worth reading for adults. There's so much in both these works that both a kid and adult should be able to enjoy reading them.
Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East Purported to be the record of a trip into the Indian highlands taken by a group of scientists and seekers around the turn of the last century (beginning of the 20th) Life and Teaching is a mind-bending wild ride for anyone with an open mind.
I'll come back later for the last three, and may well give another list at some point.
Current Top Five:
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Unbroken by Jessie Haas
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (first read The Glass Castle)
Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett (just read it for the second time)
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