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1dancingstarfish
Redigeret: apr 17, 2010, 11:07am

Hello! I am going on a trip to guatemala next week to volunteer for a couple weeks and need to stock up my kindle.

Any great kindle books anyone can suggest?

I am reading a couple series but they aren't out on kindle, so I'm looking for some new ones! (note, not looking for cheap books .. I am looking for great reads!)

2auntmarge64
apr 17, 2010, 7:32pm

Hi Kat,

I see you have the first 2 of the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson but haven't rated them. If you haven't read them yet, they're available for Kindle, and the trilogy is superb (the third comes out on Kindle next month, I think). They should be read in order.

Here are a couple of others I read on my Kindle which I especially loved and gave 5 stars:

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Last Child by John Hart
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (1st of a series)
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain (1st of a series)
O Pioneers by Willa Cather (I got this from Gutenberg, but Amazon has it for free too)
The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Also, Michael Gruber's Jimmy Paz trilogy: Tropic of Night, Valley of Bones, and Night of the Jaguar. You gave his Book of Air and Shadows 3 stars but it definitely wasn't his best, so it might be worth it to try Tropic of Night and see what you think.

3dancingstarfish
apr 17, 2010, 7:41pm

I have read those actually! And I'm waiting on the girl who kicked the hornets nest lol Kind of strange books but they definitely draw you in and keep you hooked.

Thanks for your other suggestions! I've read a couple (Middlesex, The Egyptologist) but I'll definitely look up the others.

4garrybuck
apr 18, 2010, 2:13am

I guess it depends on what you're into. Click on my username, then on reviews to see the books I've reviewed. Off the top of my head I'd say anything by Jonathan Tropper or April L. Hamilton. If you liked the movie Chocolat you'll love the book. If you're more into psychology or sociology, Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back… by Norah Vincent is fascinating, I've read it several times. Also Weekends at Bellevue by Julie Holland. If you're into classical music, Molto Agitato: The Mayhem Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera… by Johanna Fiedler is fascinating. If you're interested in some back story about modern medicine, Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer… by Tracy Kidder is good, also Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors are very good. Given that you will be travelling, A Trip to Manitoba by Mary Fitzgibbon is fun, it is about a trip across Canada in 1876, it will make you appreciate how easy travel is these days compared to the past. I hope this helps.

5LouisBranning
apr 18, 2010, 4:40pm

The best novel I've read on my K2 this year is James Hynes' Next: a Novel. It's not only compulsively readable, but the last 50-60 pages will tear your heart out, a complete stunner of a book.

6Trai
maj 26, 2010, 11:01am

I mostly read classics, and prefer scifi, fantasy. Further, I've been buying trilogy/series compilations on my kindle as it tends to be cheaper than buying each book.

So far, it's been mostly fantasy though I tend to prefer scifi authors:

The Night Angel Trilogy - fantasy, assassin in training
In His Magesty's Service - Napoleanic war with dragons as aerial armed service, think Master and Commander
Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set - vampires in Lousianna (HBO's True Blood is based off this series)
Lord of the Rings

Some awesome single books:

We (classic) - this was the basis for 1984
Shards of Honor - scifi, amazing characters
Curse of Chalion - fantasy, amazing character
WWW:Wake - scifi, exploration of consciousness and intelligence
Calculating God - scifi, aliens on a mission to prove/find god, land on earth
The Hobbit

7IronMike
jul 1, 2010, 9:31pm

The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri is the first in a series of wonderful police/mystery books which take place in the small town of Vigata in Sicily. Camilleri was so admired because of these books that the town in which Camilleri was born changed its name to Vigata in his honor. I have read all eleven of his books which have been translated into English, and I can't wait for the next book which is due to come out in October. Each book is quite good, and the next one is always somehow better. He's an old dude. I hope he lives forever.

8dancingstarfish
jul 3, 2010, 8:47pm

haha IronMike I always feel that way too. I wish they'd live forever, or at least finish all their series before they go so I dont suddenly have a favorite book with no ending on my hands!

9IronMike
Redigeret: jul 5, 2010, 10:46pm

Dancingstarfish: Each of Camilleri's books is pretty much stand-alone; but many of the same characters appear in subsequent books. His books were turned into a hit tv show in Italy. The lead character is Inspector Montalbano, who drops everything for the possibility of a good meal. Mafia families may be killing each other all around him, but Montalbano will become obsessed with some small crime which develops into a classic story. The inspector also reads mysteries when he gets a chance, is romantically involved with a woman who lives on the mainland, but is mostly a good cop who loves good food. I think the books are true literature, not just mysteries. I think the author thinks so too.

10dancingstarfish
jul 11, 2010, 11:18pm

I'll definitely reserve it at the library! :)

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