Any good books to read??

I'd like to get back into reading more, I used to be an avid reader but nowadays not as much. So any reccomendations?

I'm into the more dark books, perhaps horror but not corny ones like Pet Cemetary (no offense), I also like true stories. I love cute romances, anything really that will capture my attention and soar me away to another place! I don't like kiddy/immature books, btw.

Mature, dark, compelling = keywords LOL.

But really, just tell me any book that you think is good no matter what genre and give me a brief description if POSSIBLE. =)

14 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Try some of these *horror ones, Joe Hill one is great!

    Children/Young Adult

    Last Chance by Sarah Dessen

    Before I Die by Jenny Downham

    Inkheart and Inkspell by Cornelia Funkt

    Ingo series by Helen Dunmore

    Whistling for the Elephants by Sandi Toksvic

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

    All the Harry Potter books

    Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

    The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

    The Railway Children - E Nesbit

    Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carol

    Treasure Island and Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Chronicles of Narnia


    No! I don’t want to join a Book Club by Virgina Ironside

    Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

    Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir......and her other books

    The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Neffenigger

    Best of Fathers by Anne Baker

    The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood

    Cell by Stephen King*

    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

    Swimming with the Fishes and Swimming without a net by MaryJanice Davidson

    Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill*

    Mr Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

    My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle and his others

    Mr McGreggor, The Last Lighthouse Keeper, Animal Instincts, Only Dad, Rosie, Love and Dr Devon all by Alan Titchmarsh

    Pillars of the Earth and the sequel World Without End by Ken Follett

    Anything by Stephen King*, John Saul*, John Connolly*, Alexander McCall Smith, Terry Pratchett, James Herbert*


    Lord of the Flies and The Inheritors by William Golding

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift

    Sons and Lovers - D H Lawrence

    Great Gatsby - Scot Fitzgerald

    1984 and Animal Farm - GeorgeOorwell

    Mrs Dalloway - Virgina Wolfe

    I Claudius - Robert Graves

    Rebecca - Daphne de Maurier

    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

    Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh

    Women in Love - D H Lawrence

    Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad

    A Portrait of an Artist as a Young man - James Joyce

    Goodbye to all That - Robert Graves

    Shirley - Charlotte Bronte

    Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

    Brave New World - Aldais Huxley

    Anna Karnina - Tolstoy

    The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

    Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

    Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

    Lolita - Vladimer Naborkov

    Tarka the Otter - Henry Williamson

    Burning Bright - John Steinbeck

    Travels with my Aunt - Graham Greene

    The Pearl - John Steinbeck

    A Room With a View - E M Forster

    Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo

    Les Miseriables - Victor Hugo

    Lorna Doon - R D Blackmore

    Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe

    Brideshead Revisted - Evelyn Waugh

    War and Peace - Tolstoy

    Anything by Jane Austin


    Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz*

    The Arthur Trilogy by Bernard Cornwall starts with Winter King

    The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind starts with Wizards First Rule

    The Dark Tower series by Stephen King starts with The Gunslinger

    The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon starts with Cross Stitch

    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Try some of these:

    Neil Gaiman is an amazing author! Any of his books are good. Try Neverwhere, Stardust, or Coraline.

    Edgar Allen Poe is a really good author. Check out his poems and short stories.

    William Shakespeare is good too.

    Any books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes are amazing! There is In The Forest of The Night, Demon In My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator. And then there is the The Kiesha'ra series: Hawksong, Snakecharm, Falcondance, Wolfcry and Wyverhail.

    A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

    How To Kill A Rock Star by Tiffanie Debartolo

    The Princess Bride by William Goldman

    13 Little Blue Envelopes and Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson

    The Abhorsen Trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen) by Garth Nix

    His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman

    A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels and The Far Sweet Thing by Libba Bray

    The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

    Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

    The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton

    Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

    The Sight and Fell by David Clement-Davies

    Looking For Alaska by John Green

    Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

    The Earthsea series (starting with A Wizard of Earthsea) by Ursula K. Le Guin

    Source(s): Enjoy!
  • Try "A Child Called It", "The Lost Boy", and "A Man Named Dave" by Dave Pelzer. True stories... The first one is about his life as a young child up to the age of 11 or 12. The second is about his life after the first book ends, the time he spent as a foster child. The third is more of a grown up aspect.

    The books are about extreme child abuse, and how he dealt and IS still dealing with being abused. Probably not the best read if you're trying to forget reality for awhile, but really well written. An excellent lesson to learn from how he's managed to overcome most of his childhood trauma.

    Source(s): Just finished reading the last book, so they're on the top of my mind.
  • 1 decade ago

    The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield - kinda dark and gothic. Has some great twists. One of my favorite books.

    The TIme Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - this is my favorite book ever.

    The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - told in the narrative by the teenager who is brutally murdered. I also loved her memoir - Lucky - its the author's true story about how she was raped in college.

    The Mist - Stephen King - it's more like a novella, about 150 pages, it's in one of his short story collections. It still scares the crap out of me.

    I also loved Wicked and Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire, and I enjoyed his other fairytale novels - Mirror, Mirror (Snow White), and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (based on Cinderella).

    If you haven't read the Twilight series of books by Stephenie Meyer - they are "young adult" but definitely not immature. Very good, very fast paced. Each one is about 500+ pages, but you can literally rip through one in about a day and a half. But these are really great to fall into the story. Just reading a few words, and I was sucked into their world. However, I've just recently finished all 4 of them in the last week, and the characters are haunting me, I need to start another book this weekend so I can get all those characters out of my head.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Unseen by Richie Tankersly Cusick

    It's about a Undead vampire whos after the blood of a girl that just moved to town. But she has a magical power that he doesn't know about that was given to her by a girl that she found dying in a graveyard. The Unead person being the one who killed her. I know the summery sucks but it is an awesome book. There's 4 in the series.

    The Wereling

    It's about a guy who gets turned into werewolf a by the parents of a werewolf family because the daughter needs a 'mate' but she helps hime escape and theyre chased across the country by the werewolves of the world. Another bad summery but totally amazing book

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I hope you would enjoy Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson.

    It is a mature book, it is not in any way YA, and it is not horror, but it definitely has a dark, bleak sort of way about it. It is honestly my favourite novel to date, and it is SO well written. It's about a young girl who lives on the coast in a small town called Kitimat, which is a mainly aboriginal community, and it is sort of a memoir of her childhood in sequence from a very young age to present date, when she is... 19 maybe?

    It illustrates the problems that have been passed onto her family through the generations.. it is incredible. I just had to keep reading.

    I hope someone will finally listen to me and read this amazing book!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I just finished reading a book called Dora's Room which I found I couldn't put down. I don't read too often as I find a lot of books hard to get into to and I really don't have much spare time so when I find a good one I find it hard to put it down. It was about a woman who had been removed from the family when she was a child and inherited a castle from her grandfather about 15 years later. She then tried to find out the mystery of what happened in the past.

  • 1 decade ago

    Read the twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. It's horror mixed with romance. They are really good books and will keep you reading for a while.

    It's become the 'new harry potter' addiction. (not at all like harry potter because twilight is way better).

    If your into horror+romance then These are the books for you.

  • 1 decade ago

    You have to read the twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.

    She is by far the best author I have ever read.

    I usually don't like reading,

    but her books kept me interested.

    It's a series.

    Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

    It will keep you on your toes && you will stay interested.

    Check it out online.

    It'll tell you more.

    (This is also becoming a movie on December 12th.)

  • 1 decade ago

    As far as romances, Marian Keyes is pretty good. They are funny too, Watermelon was a great one by her.

    Harlan Coben is a good crime/suspense writer. There is a series where the main character is this guy Myron and he and his lunatic buddy solve crimes.

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