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11 FANTASTIC NOVELS I'VE READ RECENTLY
I love fiction. I'm always looking for great books. I've read some really fantastic fiction books recently, so I thought I'd share. These are all amazing.

Please share your fantastic recommendations below!


1 City of Thieves, by David Benioff
2 Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
3 Chronic City, by Jonathan Lethem
4 The World to Come, by Dara Horn
5 The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender
6 The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
7 Tokyo Fiancee, by Amelie Nothomb
8 Zero History, by William Gibson
9 Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
10 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
11 Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby
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I'll be honest... I'm shocked you don't have 300 comments already.

Whatever. Best grown-up book I've read recently is by a fellow Canadian - David Bergen's "The Matter With Morris." Not sure if it's published in the States, though.

Thing is, my wife and I just had a new baby about 12 weeks ago, and I've been finding I can't concentrate on anything except YA novels.

Lucky me: my sleep-deprived ADHD led me to the Hunger Games trilogy, which is far, far better than it has any right to be. Truly gripping. Can't recommend it highly enough. (And this from a lit major who, until the baby, was plowing through the complete William Faulkner.)

Read it before the movie ruins it.

EDIT - The Matter with Morris is available for pre-order on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Matter-Morris-David-Bergen/dp/1582437599/ (not an affiliate link)
 
I have recently discovered Jasper Fforde. His Thursday Next series is absolutely wonderful and inventive storytelling, and his Shades of Grey is the single most original thing I've read in years.
 
I want to agree with the comment above: where the heck are all of the readers here???
 
My favorite reading recently: Rework.
Thanks for the list Leo.
 
What types of books are these? I'm looking for something in the new age spirituality genre. Maybe a new author who's similar to Neale Donald Walsch or Eckhart Tolle. Any recommendations?
 
These are all novels, fiction, no spirituality except for the spirituality that comes from reading beautiful writing.
 
I've recently enjoyed The Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne Valente. Amazing prose.
 
Book recommendations, yes! These are some very good recent reads of mine.

1. Blindness, Jose Saramago
2. Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
3. Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
4. Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
5. The Master Butchers Signing Club, Louise Erdrich
6. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
7. Lolita, Nabakov
And, yes, I devoured The Hunger Games trilogy. :)
 
Ooh, Ishiguro and Nabakov, two of my favorites! And those are two of their best.
 
David Benioff is a fantastic writer.

I'm a big fan of Game of Thrones which he's producing and writing/adapting along with D.B. Weiss. I'm tempted to read the Game of Thrones books but now that I'm hooked on the tv series I don't want any spoilers. But I have a copy of Everything is Illuminated so maybe I'll start there.

Also have heard The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series is good.
 
i highly recommend The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi.
 
Oh, and one of my favorite books is The Kin of Ata are Waiting for You - unlike anything else, although it could have been an influence on James Cameron when he was cooking up certain themes for Avatar. (Don't let the first chapter throw you off.)
 
Yes, I was going to ask about the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series. Anyone read all the books?
 
+Nea Joy Raymond Charles Barker's "The Power of Decision" is dense but rewarding. Also can't go wrong with any of the Success Classics series published by Tarcher.
 
I'd check out The Child Theif by Brom. Awesome dark retelling of Peter Pan. Really great.
 
Invitation to a Beheading is sitting on my unread book pile. :)

If you like Ishiguro, it goes without saying you'd love anything written by Margaret Atwood.
 
I've got to throw a strong second on the Hunger Games trilogy.

I was also quite surprised to find myself sucked into Water For Elephants (Sara Gruen).

If you're into that sort of thing, the Lord of the Rings trilogy is always worth a read (or, in my case, a rerere....reread).
 
Love Atwood. Read anything good by her lately?
 
Seconded for Shades of Grey; I'm eagerly awaiting the following books in the series.
 
Water for Elephants was fantastic, but another great book murdered by Hollywood. Did you read Room by Emma Donoghue? Anything by Douglas Kennedy is awesome, I'm looking forward to his latest book The Moment (when I can find a moment to read all the books on my list!).
 
Not recently. I own The Blind Assassin, Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake (these are my favorites of hers), Cat's Eye and Alias Grace. :)

I think you'd enjoy Super Sad True Love Story. Also, I think everyone tapped into social media should read it.
 
I really loved The Blind Assassin. I've been meaning to read Oryx and Crake.
 
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is one of the best titles I've ever seen. I'm currently enjoying Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates, which is in fact making me reconsider my longtime feelings regarding the Massachusetts Bay colonists. Satan: A Biography is next in my bedside heap.
 
I really enjoyed Daemon and Freedom (TM) by Daniel Suarez, good techno-thrillers if you are into that kind of thing.
Re-reading On The Road lazily this summer, always good.
Been thiking about re-reading White Noise by Don Delillo, a very good read, and still timely.
 
When I come out to California, let's get lunch and do a book exchange.
 
I've just started reading Game of Thrones, and it's great so far. It's been a while since I read anything fantasy. However, I just finished Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - and it was brilliant on so many levels! Beautiful historic fiction, amazing characters, crazy politics... I can't wait for the sequel. Oh, and it had some very funny passages too, which is so rare in historic fiction.
 
I definitely recommend The Hunger Games trilogy. I read the whole trilogy over the course of about three days, and the ending was so heavy that it still sticks with me.
 
I've heard that the Year of the Flood is amazing (by Atwood) and I really enjoyed State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

Also, for something different (and Japanese) The Lake, by Banana Yoshimoto is stunning in a very quiet and peaceful way.
 
City of Thieves was awesome...loved it.
 
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
 
I'm reading State of Wonder (by Patchett) right now! It's excellent -- she's another of my favorite current authors.
 
I am on book 4 of Ice and Fire , with book 5 lined up and ready to go . Started reading before the TV series came out but that is quite true to the books .
Just finished reading The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett . It is really YA but as he wrote it when he was 17 it should be , although , as with all his books , it does handle adult themes in an entertaining way .
I have also just finished the unabridged audio book of William Gibson's Spook Country which is one of his more contemporary novels .
Finally , Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels are pretty good thrillers , with the ultimate minimalist as a protagonist .
 
Atwood, Gruen, Donoghue... Canada reprazent!

Funny story for those who like Atwood. Up here in Toronto we're facing a budget crisis. The new king mayor, Rob Ford, and his prince councillor brother, Doug, have been throwing their weight around in an overly populist, TV-dinner kind of way.

On the fiscal chopping block? Libraries. Because who uses those?

Margaret Atwood, that's who. And when one of Toronto's most famous citizens rushed to the defence of libraries, esteemed councillor Doug Ford said this: "I don't even know her."

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1030746--doug-ford-blasts-margaret-atwood-over-libraries-i-don-t-even-know-her
 
Hi Leo, I loved reading City of Thieves.

I'd recommend:
1. My Name is Red, by Orhan Pamuk
2. The Moor's Last Sigh, by Salman Rushdie
3. Atonement, by Ian McEwan
4. The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime, by Mark Haddon

I know you asked for novels, but if you like creative short story collections:
* "Stories", by Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio [lots of creative fantasy in there - quite a unique collection]

Nick
 
Mostly recently: The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan -- a bit dated, but still a fun, fast read.
 
That's a great list, Leo. Some I have read. Others I have not. I like the sound of 'chronic city', and have been meaning to read 'everything is illuminated'.

If I may: Which one did you enjoy the most and why?
 
Matt, mostly hard copies, sometimes ebooks (Google books).

Gianpaolo ... it's too hard to choose my favorite. :) I especially liked the top 6 -- they were beautiful books, and the authors did things that were strikingly creative and true.
 
Loved Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time!
 
For "the spirituality that comes from reading beautiful writing," try Knowledge of Angels by Jill Paton Walsh. A smooth, thought-provoking novel about the nature of faith and knowledge. 
 
The next novel on my list is Kraken by China Miéville. Looking forward to it...
 
Swapping book recommendations is one of my favorite things to do. Here are some books I've loved:
1. The Golden Gate, an oldie but goodie by Vikram Seth

2. Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese3. Life of Pi, by Jan Martel
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon

5. There Is No Me Without You, by Melissa Faye Green
6. A Happy Marriage, by Rafael Yglesias
 
Thanks for the list, bringing to next book club mtg.
Suggest Lamb, the Gospel accd to Biff. By Christopher Moore. Hilarious.
 
Who has time to read 11 books? I want your life! ;)
 
1. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
2. The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson
3. Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
5. Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshoa Foer
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S Thomson

A mad venture of drugs, drink and sleaze that perfectly captures the whole ethos of Las Vegas
 
I just read The Passage by Justin Cronin. I could not put it down. Incredible story, exquisite writing.
 
I'm currently reading The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason. It's a collection of short stories based on The Odyssey. I like it so far.
 
Some great reads up above, here's a few to add to the list:

Remainder - Tom McCarthy
The Wind-up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Dissolution - CJ Sansom ( definitely worth a read if you enjoy Wolf Hall)
+ generally anything by David Mitchell think Cloud Atlas maybe my favourite
 
+1 for Alex Buckley's (above) Kafka and Cloud Atlas recco's. Best thing I have read in ages (and am still reading) is Constance Garnett's translation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Just the most amazing observation and description of what goes on inside of all of us and between all of us every day. Can't recommend it enough.
 
6 The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. This is a good one. They made a movie already. :D
 
now i really like you!!! 9. Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
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