"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray
Okay. I primarily read kind of fluffy stuff. Reading, for me, is like watching TV in my head, so it doesn't have to be amazing quality, it just has to be entertaining.
If you want gritty, combatty stuff, Stephen Hunter. Maybe Hot Springs or Dirty White Boys.
If you want Brit Lit classicy stuff, Jayne Eyre is a fave of mine.
If you want some classicy adventure stuff, Kidnapped is pretty good.
If you want satirical fantasy, you can't beat Terry Pratchett. His stuff is pretty funny. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents might not be a bad place to start.
Legal thrillers: Lisa Scottoline. Everywhere That Mary Went is, I think, chronologically first.
Mystery: Anything by Agatha Christie or any Nero Wolfe novel by Rex Stout.
If you want something that feels a bit like Buffy the Vampire slayer: Julie Kenner - Carpe Demon.
If you want unapologetic, page-turning fantasy, complete with embarrassingly campy covers: Mercedes Lackey. I just read By the Sword and it is as good a place as any to start.
I have read several of the Dune novels. They are good, but kind of heavy. Not light reading.
If you haven't already read the Chronicles of Narnia, forget all the other suggestions and read that.
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers
You know what I read and enjoyed recently? Treasure Island. I never read it as a kid and I picked it up for my kids. (they get points for reading certain books) It started me on a classics kick! I actually have catch-22 to read but haven't started it yet.
I would read Saint, Showdown, and Sinner by Ted Dekker [those are three separate books part of a series.]
That series gets your adrenaline pumping and its such an awesome story. Actually, each book is different than the other, but there's something that connects them together. You can read them in any order too. They're amazing!
Originally Posted by MacGuffin
ayoitsStepho is becoming someone else. Actually her true self, a rite of passage.