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  • This is how acquainted I am with love story books: I didn't know The Princess Bride was a novel. And I love the movie!

    I'm getting some good suggestions here. They better bloody be on Ebay.

    To Kill A Mockingbird is probably #1 on my all time favourite list. I always forget about Fried Green Tomatoes and Midnight's Children even though they're up near top of my list. I overdosed on John Irving and had to give him, his bears, gynos and incest away for a while. Came back with The Cider House Rules.

    Must get me The R&A Rules of Golf for when I want a raunchy sex romp story though.

    I forgot about another criteria style I like for lurve stories. He detests Ms X and she detests Mr X as well. Much Ado About Nothing style.

    I found Sophie's World (Jostein Gaarder) in the back of a drawer this morning. It looks unread but the blurb on the back cover isn't grabbing my current mood. Anyone read it?


    • I'm reading A Girl Becomes A Comma Like That and it's pretentious and annoying and not at all romantic but that's not why it's annoying. I am in too far to stop now but just think the characters are contrived and tedious. I am sick of women who have sex for all the wrong reasons. Get over yourselves, tedious bitches.

      Fanny Flaps! BWAH.

      As for lurve stories? I can't think of a single one I haven't pimped already in this thread.
      Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


      • I finished Talk About Kevin.

        My. How very disturbing.


        • The two love stories that I read over and over are The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton and My Antonia by Willa Cather. I read them both for the first time back in 7th grade and sobbed and sobbed my way through. So whenever I'm feeling the need for junior high angst, I read them both.


          • You bitches are so smartypants! When I feel the need for junior high angst I skim a little V.C. Andrews at the book store. Hee!
            Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


            • Why skim at tbe bookstore? Don't you have them all?



              • Hee! I had to read V.C. Andrews on the sly at my friends' houses. My mom was all, "Incest is not best! Stop reading that trash!"


                • I don't have them all anymore.
                  Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.


                  • Well, the Dodie Smith book and anything by Sayers would definitely top my list of faves. I think I've pimped my other faves in this thread already, including Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of The Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome. I'm also a fan of C.S. Lewis' Til We Have Faces.

                    If you like auto-biographies at all, you should read the diaries of Alma Mahler-Werfel. She was like, the Paris Hilton of her day in turn-of-the-century Vienna. She flirted/dated/married everybody! Klimt, Zemlinsky, Mahler, Gropius, Kokoschka! The copy of the diaries that I have only really covers her teenage years up til she meets and marries Mahler.

                    Right now I'm reading Terry Pratchett (like always), as well as Wodehouse and Chesterton, and I just got the Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials. No idea if I'm going to like them - anyone here read them before?


                    • ok, with 2 small children I hardly remember what reading is anymore, but here are my favorites:

                      My absolute favorite "quick-read" love stories are absolutely anything by Maeve Binchy. I love them all, but my favorites are The Glass Lake, Evening Class and Tara Road.

                      My favorite Popular, Book Club Type Books: I Know This Much Is True and Memoirs of a Geisha.

                      My favorite books of all Time: To Kill a Mockingird, The Razor's Edge, Brideshead Revisted,Marjorie Morningstar.

                      I'm currently reading Middlesex, which I'm enjoying very much. It's just taking me forever because of the aforementioned small children. So when I pick it up I always need to backtrack a bit to remember where I was, and it drives me CRAZY because I used to read novels in a day or so.

                      I also love biographies of people you've never heard of.


                      • Ophy: I read the first of the Pullmans. I had it for *ages* before I finally read it, and the chick in the bookstore told me to suffer through it to page 80, and I kind of agree.

                        I've started the second one, and it's kinda creepy.

                        They are good though - just a lot harder to read than HP, which is kinda what I was expecting.

                        I did however just finish reading Artemis Fowl, which RULES. My god, it's awesome!


                        • Yeah, I had heard somewhere that the Pullman books got progressively more difficult to read (and not in a good way), which is why I have been so hesitant to start them. But hey, I have two weeks of honeymoon coming up (starting like, uh, soon, I think), so I'm stocking up on things to read. 'Cuz you can't have sex, like, 24/7 you know.

                          Hey, deux- if you want something lighter and just, you know, fun, I have some old school Regency authors to rec. My mom and I were HUGE Regency fans back in the day- I think that's actually how I learned to read.

                          Anything by Georgette Heyer is good- inspired by Jane Austen, she basically created the Regency genre back in the '30s, I believe. Very prolific, lots of good books. Highly recommend The Unknown Ajax and Faro's Daughter.

                          Also, I used to read anything by Clare Darcy. I think she was writing in the '70s, but she's still popular enough that you can find her books pretty easily.


                          • And 'Forever' that Isadora sent me.
                            Is that the Judy Blume one where the girl names her boyfriend's penis "Ralph"? Because I remember reading that when I was, like, ten and I'm still traumatized.

                            I read Driving Mr. Albert on vacation and found it moderately enjoyable. It did make me want to know more about Evelyn Einstein - she seems pretty cool.

                            I just started A Confederacy of Dunces and I'm not sure what I think of it. It seems a little too...I don't know what. Has anybody else read it?


                            • For fun I've started on Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum books and read a Dick Francis or two.

                              Not a love story and it starts kind of slow but if you stick with it Pilgrim by Timothy Findlay is quite good. A man who claims he's lived forever, Jung and his depressed wife.

                              Also read some Hornsby and a bunch of stuff I got at a yard sale. And something about the building of the city of London.

                              And I've broken down and bought the Alice Munro stuff I didn't already have. Short stories that are so beautifully written that they are as detailed as novels.


                              • Currently reading The Time Traveller's Wife, and it's messing with my head. I love it thus far.