Book suggestions.?
2008-04-16 21:13:04 UTC
Can anyone direct me to a book that is
- Feel-great sort of genre
- Comedy or Rom-Com is always good (Could be anything actually but comedy won't hurt :)
- Something that is true to life
- Great book that should be written by a great author
- Nothing very deep in the mind that it would actually not let you understand the whole thing but I like something with wit and twists.
- Dan in Real Life (Movie) sort of story.
- Good reviews
- Would make one smile.
Eight answers:
2008-04-16 21:23:47 UTC
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich covers all of that. Begins with 'One for the Money.' The whole series has been highly praised and constantly reaches the number one spot.
2008-04-17 06:02:33 UTC
I love Dan in Real Life! A book like that would be great.

I really enjoy Nick Hornby books, I don't know if you have read any of his stuff, but my favorite is High Fidelity. It's a lot like the movie, but different too (as with a lot of books!).

I'm trying to think of some other things, I know there are books like this out there, but I can't think of them.

I'm thinking about reading "Chocolat" by Joanne Harris next. It sounds pretty good.
2008-04-17 05:22:20 UTC
These are the funniest, yet true to live fictional stories.

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Curse of the Spellmans by LIsa Lutz.

[ Lookly at what others have recommended, I also would recommend for you Donald Westlake's comic caper novels, and Nick Hornby's novels, which are not mysteries at all. Start with High Fidelity. And Dan in Real Life is loosely reminiscent of Dave Barry's columns.]
Kevin k
2008-04-17 05:35:32 UTC

"Big Trouble" by Dave Barry

"Florida Roadkill" or "Cadillac Beach" by Tim Dorsey (definitely not for kids-lots of violence, drug use, profanity and sex).

"Drowned Hopes" by Donald Westlake

"Skinny Dip" by Carl Hiassen- the most realistic book of the ones I mentioned but also a bit on the mature side.

Feel-great books:

"A Salty Piece Of Land" by Jimmy Buffett is an easy-to-follow story of metaphysical enlightenment. Not very deep but the effect on your spirit may be surprising. Our hero, a ranch hand goes crazy when the new owner tranforms the ranch into a poodle breeding operation. Ending up in the Gulf of Mexico, our hero tries to sort out his worries and find his place in life.
2008-04-17 04:55:11 UTC
I would recommend any of the Carol Higgins Clark Mysteries.

They are entertaining and read like a movie. There's a lot of comedy mixed in the action and not a lot of people get hurt in the novels so it's pretty light.

I beleive the first book in the series is Decked.
2008-04-17 12:35:39 UTC
Mitch Albom:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven; Tuesdays With Morrie; and For One More Day.

J. D. Salinger: Catcher in the Rye

John Knowles: A Separate Peace

John Gunther:

Death Be Not Proud (A memoir about the death of his son)

Lois Lowry:

The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger

Richard Peck:

Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder

Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner

Sarah Dessen:

The Truth About Forever

Just Listen

Dreamland - Caitlin is the younger and she feels second-rate sister to Cass who is perfect in every way. Now Caitlin is 16 and rather than starting at Yale, Cass has run off with a guy. This year for Caitlin is about school, cheerleading, parties, her boyfriend, and so much much more.

Keeping the Moon - Colie and her mother used to be fat. They moved frequently and were homeless for a time. Then Colie's mother went on a "let's get healthy" kick and they both lost weight. Now mom has a good job and they live in a nice house. Unfortunately, because of a really mean girl at school, Colie has acquired a reputation she did not deserve. Mom is going to Europe to work for the summer and Colie is going to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt.

That Summer - Summers hold special memories for many of us: vacations, beaches, picnics, summer jobs, summer loves, maybe even a wedding or two. Haven, younger sister to Ashley, is fondly remembering a summer five years ago because in this current summer her world is falling apart.

Someone Like You - Halley and Scarlet, both 16 and juniors in high school, have been best friends forever. Scarlet was always the strong one, but now she needs Halley to be there for her. Meanwhile Halley has problems of her own.

This Lullaby - Remy, Jess, Chloe, and Lissa are friends (sort of) and now it is the summer between high school and college. This is a time of transition for each of them, but the story concentrates on Remy who because her mother has had a series of husbands and Remy never even met her father, she is very cynical about love.

Ann Brashares:

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - A wonderful story about Tibby, Carmen, Lena, and Bridget, four very different friends who are spending their first summer apart from one another. Each of the girls faces her own crisis and, in the end, they are there for each other. It's a great story of friendship.

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

Meg Cabot:

All American Girl

Ready or Not

Teen Idol

Nicola and the Viscount

Victoria and the Rogue

Pants on Fire


Avalon High

Avalon High 2: Coronation

Mediator Series (Fantasy) - Shadowland; Ninth Key; Reunion; Darkest Hour; Haunted; and Twilight

Princess Series - Princess Diaries; Princess in the Spotlight; Princess in Love; Princess in Waiting; Project Princess; Princess in Pink; Princess in Training; The Princess Present; Party Princess; Sweet Sixteen Princess; Valentine Princess; Princess on the Brink; Princess Mia; Princess Lessons; Perfect Princess; and Holiday Princess

Robin Jones Gunn:

Christy Miller Series - Summer Promise; A Whisper and a Wish; Yours Forever; Surprise Endings; Island Dreamer; A Heart Full of Hope; True Friends; Starry Night; Seventeen Wishes; A Time to Cherish; Sweet Dreams; and A Promise is Forever.

Sierra Jensen Series - Only You, Sierra; In Your Dreams; Don't You Wish; Close Your Eyes; Without a Doubt; With This Ring; Open Your Heart; Time Will Tell; Now Picture This; Hold on Tight; Closer Than Ever; and Take My Hand.

Katie Weldon Series - Peculiar Treasures

Sophie Kinsella (aka Madeleine Wickham):

Shopaholic Series - The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also titled Confessions of a Shopaholic); Shopaholic Abroad (also titled Shopaholic Takes Manhattan); Shopaholic Ties the Knot; Shopaholic and Sister; and Shopaholic and Baby.

The Tennis Party; A Desirable Residence; Swimming Pool Sunday; The Gatecrasher; The Wedding Girl; Cocktails for Three; Sleeping Arrangements; Can You Keep a Secret?; The Undomestic Goddess; and Remember Me?

Cecily von Ziegesar:

It Girl Series - The IT Girl; Notorious; Reckless; The Unforgettable; and The Lucky.
2008-04-17 11:06:56 UTC
Try the Adrian Mole series by Sue Townshend.

Light, diary-like style with wit and sparkle.
2008-04-17 04:38:00 UTC
well theres a great book Frankel Mouse by Odo Hirsch but it might not appeal to you. Harry Potter or The CHronicles or Narnia are always good.

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