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Good Reads (Fiction)

I know Tinyliny has a thread on books as well but it looks like most of the people in that thread are into history and real events. I'm looking for fiction. I have read almost all of the Chee and Leaphorn books, I like good mysteries, I'm ok with scary stuff too, I read tons of Steven King, I like romance but light - I am not into heavy sex scenes (I can skip it if it's a good story though). When I was a teen I loved the Roswell books, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. I feel like I've read everything on the barnes and noble site! (I think I just don't know what to search for at this point).

I will take any recommendations. I never read historical type books until someone one here... I forget who told me to read this one about dragons. It was really good! Help?

Oh and this thread isn't just for me - anyone that likes to read please jump in.

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I know Tinyliny has a thread on books as well but it looks like most of the people in that thread are into history and real events. I'm looking for fiction. I have read almost all of the Chee and Leaphorn books, I like good mysteries, I'm ok with scary stuff too, I read tons of Steven King, I like romance but light - I am not into heavy sex scenes (I can skip it if it's a good story though). When I was a teen I loved the Roswell books, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. I feel like I've read everything on the barnes and noble site! (I think I just don't know what to search for at this point).

I will take any recommendations. I never read historical type books until someone one here... I forget who told me to read this one about dragons. It was really good! Help?

Oh and this thread isn't just for me - anyone that likes to read please jump in.

You don't have to keep to fiction and you don't have to keep to my likes. Just keep it on books please :)
You should check out Project Gutenberg:- https://www.gutenberg.org/

You have over 60,000 ebooks to choose from and all of them are free! They're mostly older books whose copyrights have expired, thus releasing them into the public domain. Project Gutenberg is all about digitizing these books, so as to allow the general public access to them.

My personal recommendation would be The Call of the Wild by Jack London. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/215/215-h/215-h.htm
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OK, just throwing out some things at random.

Anything by Charles Dickens. Remember when you were in high school and they made you read Dickens and it was so boring? Well, guess what, it's a lot better when you're an adult. Most of his books are nice and long with plenty of plot action, and happy endings. Nice for the current times. I also liked them for their detailed description of life in Victorian times.

I went through a Michael Crighton phase, and now my daughter (14) is reading him. A lot of his books sort of seem the same (a group of competent, steely scientists, comprising of several men and one or two women, face a scientific problem, using science, LOL) but they are still engaging books.

Jonathon Stroud: Bartemeus (triology) and Lockwood and Co (a series, I forget how many). These are young adult books, but they are extremely well written. Bartemeus is laugh-out-loud funny (although I do hope you like the occasional fart joke) and Lockwood and Co is moody and occasionally quite scary.

Tad Williams: Tailchaser's Song. A great fantasy book written from the POV of a cat. Don't dismiss it, it's a really good book! Not as good as LOTR, but in a similar spirit. Also, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, followed about 20 years later by the Witchwood crown trilogy (still in progress). Fantasy. The hero of the first series is annoying, and it takes a good 100 pages to really get started, but it's a great read after that.

Philip Kerr, Prussian Blue. A hardboiled detective book set in Nazi Germany. An engaging and fast read.

Donna Tartt, the Goldfinch. I'm not usually one for "contemporary fiction," but this one was really good. Not preachy, not too much adult content, just a well-crafted and compelling story.
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@Rainbow_Butterfly I love Jack London! I have read Call of the Wild more than once! Can I download books from that site to my iPad?

@ACinATX I like scientist type stories. I am willing to look at those...Not sure I'm in a Charles Dickens mood but maybe I'll try one or two of them. I think those are free downloads. My mom loves the Tailchasers song. She has tried to get me to read it. I may look up some of the ones you listed. Thanks!

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@Rainbow_Butterfly I love Jack London! I have read Call of the Wild more than once! Can I download books from that site to my iPad?
Yes, you can download as many books as you want. As far as I know, it's a desktop, mobile and tablet friendly site, so you shouldn't have any problems. Most of the books even have multiple options for downloads! Like say, if the book comes with illustrations you can choose to download a version with or without illustrations if you wish to do so.

White Fang is another favorite of mine from Jack London, I've always been fascinated by how it's effectively the same story as "Call of the Wild" but told in reverse. Buck is a dog who becomes a wolf, while White Fang is a wolf who becomes a dog!

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