What book can't you put down?
August 7, 2005 12:16 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a really good story--I feel like I'm drowning in books but there's nothing I really want to read. I'm tired of all these 'literary' novels where nothing really happens, or the big best-sellers that are all action and no substance.
I don't really care what genre, fiction, nonfiction, anything is fine as long as it really sucks you in.
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Ones I've liked: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, Positively 5th Street by James McManus, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl, Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon, Word Freaks by Stefan Fatsis, My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki, The Brothers K by David James Duncan, Bee Season by Myla Goldberg, The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis, anything by Neal Stephenson, Barbara Kingsolver, Malcolm Gladwell, Ursula LeGuin, or Robertson Davies.
Did not like: Da Vinci Code, The Eyre Affair, anything by Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Crusie, Ayn Rand, or Piers Anthony; depressing 'women's fiction' in general.