I want to read a good book.
I proffer non-fiction, but anything goes.
Well as far as nonfiction goes I'd recommend Empires of Trust: How Rome built - and America is building - a New World by Thomas F. Madden, Entanglement by Amir D. Aczel, or Dreams of a Final Theory by Steven Weinberg (I've been reading a lot of science history lately so that's what I have in front of me). Basically my advice is go into the section for your favorite subject and read the titles. Ignore the cover art, your prejudices about the topic and just think about what could be meant by the title. Read the introduction, not the meat, and then decide whether to read it or not. To me this gives the writer the opportunity to "write on a blank slate" to really make his/her case.
Now, I'll give you the advice that I give everyone when it comes to books. If you haven't read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card read it, if you have read it again. But baring that I'd recommend Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern, starting with Dragonflight.
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Most of my fiends have read Ender's Game, and they talk about it all the time. I think I might read it.
"Basically my advice is go into the section for your favorite subject and read the titles. Ignore the cover art, your prejudices about the topic and just think about what could be meant by the title. Read the introduction, not the meat, and then decide whether to read it or not. To me this gives the writer the opportunity to "write on a blank slate" to really make his/her case."
I agree, it is good to have an opened mind when searching for a book.
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Go down to the local college and see if you can't get your hands on history book, if not, try some historical fiction or the good ol' classic, the Diary of Anne Frank. It's a gripping tale. Really. Though, to be honest my tastes are half retarded. I read comic books and what not.
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I would have to say the series Phillip Pullman put out ' His Dark Materials ' I got it for Christmas 2 years ago and I was thinking I'm 16 why would I want to read a series for young adults ( not exactly my taste ) and it turned out that they were all fantastic reads that I finished in a matter of 2 days.
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Do you read Stephen King or John Grisham? They are my personal favorite authors. I have read all of their books and I must say that by King Bag of Bones & The Stand were amazing and by Grisham you have A Painted House ( a little off his usual law books ) and the Pelican Brief were great books.
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I am currently reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. It is the prequel to The Da Vinci Code and so far is very good. I am only about 60 pages through, but it looks like it is going to get very interesting.
It is an action book about the battles between Religion and Science. It is a about the murder of a scientist that was trying to fairly mix the two together.
I like books with these kinds of story plots. It looks like it will be very good.
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Fahrenheit 451, Hamlet, or maybe A Midsummer Night's Dream. All great books. If you're looking for non fiction however, I would go with What is the What, by Dave Eggers. There are some fictionalized parts, but it's mostly real, and is inspired by a true story.
Side: What is the What and Shakespeare