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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hello wonderful people of thesite!

I have decided that if i want to reach the target i have been set for english, i am going to have to read more!
I used to read loads and loads but lately i haven't have the time, but i am going to make some, so i was wondering if anyone has some really good books to suggest. (Thats not Jodi Picoult please lol i have only been able to read two of her books.)

At the minute i have to read lewis carrol and charles dickens for english anyway, and have loads in my room but you can't have too many books ;)

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Can they be plays :p ?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I suppose! :p but not shakespeare plays they make my head hurt! even though i like his sonnets
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Lisa Gardener- very very good writer. I am currently reading Gone. But the best one I've read is Alone.

    If you haven't read A clockwork orange, you should! It's amazing.

    The bloody chamber is very good. And I hear catch 22 is great, but I couldn't get into it at all.
    The spike miligan verious of frankenstine (spelling?) is very very very funny. But my fave book ever is a silent graphic novel (I know, it doesn't really count as reading) called The arrival.
    Xx
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I've been meaning to read clockwork orange! thanks for reminding me :D

    I'll check the others out. thanks

    My favourite book of all time is A Thousand Splendid Suns, i can read it over and over.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Oh and NAUN- sorry about the other thread.

    OOOHHHHHHHHH THOUGHT OF ANOTHER BOOK. It's called Mr. Topsy-Turvy. And I do know it all off by heart.
    "Mr. Topsy-Turvy was a funny sort of fellow... everything he did was either upside down, inside out or back to front." Call me what you may- I love Mr. Men.

    On a serious note though, Benjamin Zephaniah is a great poet and I love his poems. I read poems more than books, but dunno if you want a list... it would be pretty long.
    Xx
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah i'm sorry for that thread too. :)

    I love Keats! he is the best poet ever! I actually love him lol
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The best poems ever though is:

    In A Bath Teashop by John Betjeman
    "Let us not speak, for the love we bear one another—
    Let us hold hands and look."
    She such a very ordinary little woman;
    He such a thumping crook;
    But both, for a moment, little lower than the angels
    In the teashop's ingle-nook.


    Well, I think so.
    Xx
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I like this one:

    Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art--
    Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
    And watching, with eternal lids apart,
    Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
    The moving waters at their priestlike task
    Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
    Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
    Of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
    No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
    Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
    To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
    Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
    Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
    And so live ever--or else swoon to death.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    There are two plays which I love...

    The Crucible - Arthur Miller
    The House of Bernarda Alba - Federico Garcia Lorca

    Although being plays they are quite short... so I'll try and think of some more. :chin:

    ....

    I'm reading a lot of sciency books at the moment, so don't really think they'll cut it for English... A random selection of what i've enjoyed in the past... (haha still not sure if they fit into what you're after):

    Chinese Cinderella - Adeline Yen Mah
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chinese-Cinderella-Unwanted-Daughter-Teenage/dp/0141304871/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259351545&sr=8-1

    Utopia - Licoln Child
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Utopia-Lincoln-Child/dp/0099462230

    Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Gatsby-Penguin-Modern-Classics/dp/0141182636/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259351896&sr=1-3
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I have read most books by Richard Laymon, some are really odd and most are very gruesome but I have enjoyed most of them. I'm into horror books though!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    *cracks fingers*:

    Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary
    Emile Zola - Therese Raquin
    Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
    Andrea Ashworth - Once in a House on Fire (this is my favourite book right now, I don't even have my own copy because I keep giving it away for people to read)
    Orwell - 1984 and Animal Farm
    Richard Adams - Watership Down
    James Joyce - Dubliners
    Federico Garcia Lorca - Blood Wedding
    Seconding The Bloody Chamber
    Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice
    Alan Warner - Morvern Callar
    Everything Stephen King has ever written (in particular The Stand and Christine)
    Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials trilogy.
    THIS, which I suggest you buy right away because it is immense (the lovely Thunderstruck bought it for my birthday a while ago and I loved it).

    Ummmmmmm if I think of any more I will add them.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    They look good. I love The Great Gatsby, its a book worth reading. have you seen the film? its quite funny.

    Edit: wow Franki lol I've read a few of those but will check out the rest!

    now i need to find i site with cheap books haha!

    Friut loop - i love horrors as well :D

    Has anyone read Notes from an exhibition? i have it somewhere but i haven't started it yet.
    Thank you guys
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    my favourite book of all time is Gone with the wind.

    Amazing bit of writing. I just loved it from start to finish
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Night by Elie Wiesel and a Child of Hitler by Alfons Heck are good reads.

    If you like Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories is good. Same type of writing and story telling and just very odd, and a bit depressing.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    my favourite book of all time is Gone with the wind.

    Amazing bit of writing. I just loved it from start to finish

    My mum aaalllwwwaaayyyysss talks about that. If she didn't go on so much I'd probaly read it ;)
    Xx
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    2 words
    Terry Pratchet...

    He's a fucking gienus (so clever that i can't spell that word)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    How the Irish Became White is good too. But that is on American immigration, you might not be interested in that.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    some of my favourites that i can really reccomend:

    catcher in the rye and also franny and zooey by JD Salinger
    life of pi by yann martzel
    the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky
    the time traveller's wife by audrey niffenegger
    a staggering work of heartbreaking genius by dave eggers.. <- really into this but keep having to stop to read others for my course
    rules of attraction by brett easton ellis
    kitchen by banana yoshimoto
    maus by art spieglman
    andd egg story by marc schmidt - about an egg that wants to become a ninja :shocking:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i thought life of pi was alright. I didnt like the first bit, but got into it for the 2nd bit.
    Ive started trying to read the time travellers wife but cant get into it
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My mum aaalllwwwaaayyyysss talks about that. If she didn't go on so much I'd probaly read it ;)
    Xx

    you should
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I love reading, I just haven't read much and I tend to re-read. So at the moment I'm re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird

    My list of books:

    Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr - Christopher Paolini (if you like fantasy - don't judge if you've seen the movie. Urgh).
    The Diaries of Georgia Nicholson - Louise Rennison. Hahahaha. Brill. Prob not great for English class though.
    Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice
    Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Watermelon - Marion Keys
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