Monday, March 16, 2009

A Fiction Treat?

I'm working on the sequel to the Flux book that's heavy on conspiracy, mythology, and ancient science. To get back to that world and mindset, my bedside table is stacked high with nonfiction: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Codebreaker: The History of Codes and Ciphers, and Science and The Akashic Field, to name a few.

I'm going on a trip soon and need a great book, either YA or adult fiction, to take with me. So, if you could break a nonfiction fast with one book of fiction, what would it be?

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm reading Jellicoe Road and loving it! Two thumbs up. cdg

Anonymous said...

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Unforgettable!

dgbowe

Barbara Slaton said...

I loved Water for Elephants
Suzanne has the entire Twilight Series for your reading enjoyment (?)

Anonymous said...

I can completely support two of the recommendations above--A Fine Balance and Like Water for Elephants. The two others that I would recommend are both John Irving--and you've probably read them, but just in case: Prayer for Owen Meany and A Widow for One Year.
Sarah Alexander

Christy Raedeke said...

Oooh, what an excellent list so far! Thanks everyone!

Steve Brezenoff said...

Just finished and loved Blake Nelson's latest, Destroy All Cars.

Christy Raedeke said...

Ooh, good recommendation Steve - Just looked it up on Amazon and saw that he's an Oregon author. Will definitely check it out! Thanks!

Kimberly Derting said...

Adult: I have to go with Water for Elephants, or for a lustier read The Other Boleyn Girl. YA: The Hunger Games.

PurpleClover said...
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PurpleClover said...

Okay my bad I deleted my post because I thought you said YA only but you did say adult. So I have to say I LOVED James Rollins Map of Bones! It was sooo good and I felt it rivaled the Davinci Code and Angels & Demons with a little more guns and badassness. ;)

Tyler said...

I'm going to have to whole-heartedly agree with Kimberly. The Hunger Games was AMAZING.

Also either Well Witched or Fly by Night, by Francis Hardinge. She's a great new-ish author whose books are full of sentences that just make you smile.

PurpleClover said...

We've gotta find you another follower because "49" has been bothering me for a few days now! lol

Christy Raedeke said...

PC: That is so funny - it's been annoying me too! I was hanging out at 48 and perfectly happy, but 49 is just...well, one short of 50!

PurpleClover said...

I know and Kim is getting close. The 47 and 48 are no prob...but the 49...oh my goodness it's so hard to look at!

Are your children following you?? You need to add them...at least one of them. lol.

Maggie said...

Breakfast with Buddha, by Roland Merullo. I read it a couple of months ago and it stuck in my mind so much, I read it again to try to figure out why. (I didn't figure it out, just enjoyed it all over again.) I give it 5 stars.

Maggie said...

Okay, this is not either a YA or adult fiction. It's a baby book. I bought it for my newborn grand-daughter, knowing I'd have to wait a year to give it to her. It's one of those board books...Christy, your children have outgrown them and you are light-years from grandchildren but this is just so great, I have to tell you about it.

It's called Sheep in a Jeep and is by Nancy Shaw. It contains possibly my favorite line of the year:

"Sheep weep."

If you know any children under two years old, find it and buy it for them. Their parents will thank you.

Deb M said...

Okay Christy, I'll be 50. I've been following your blog via Jacketflap & am hooked on Flashy Fiction so... Have you read the YA book Looking For Alaska by John Green? Very good.

Paul Äertker said...

The Road.

Christy Raedeke said...

Oh, Deb, HOORAY! What a peach you are to roll the number to 50! Thank you! Do you have a blog I can read/join?

And Looking for Alaska is one of my all-time favorite YA Books - if I hadn't already read it twice I'd bring it along!

Maggie - Sheep in Jeep is hilarious, isn't it? Try Sheep in a Shop too - it's just as good. I'll definitely get Buddha for Breakfast, I do LOVE a good road trip book.

Thanks for the great list of books, everyone!

PurpleClover said...

Okay thanks Deb. I can go to bed now. 50. Ahhhh.

Anna Claire said...

I just started The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks and love it so far. Looks like fun and it won some big award in YA, can't remember which one.

Christy Raedeke said...

Paul - I tried The Road - loved his writing but found the story too bleak to continue. Maybe I'll pick it up again and try.

AC- You will LOVE Disreputable History! It's one of my favorites.

uninvoked said...

Hmm. Through the Eyes of the Dragon. It covers pretty much all my moods/loves book wise.

Deb M said...

Christy & PC, glad to oblige by turning you 50. haha. Gosh,no I don't have a blog but it's been on my list of things to do. You all have inspired me to get my butt in gear! Thanks!

Maggie said...

Christy, I should have known you'd already know about the sheep. Great book, I will look for the other one.

Hope you enjoy Breakfast with Buddha. It's one of the best things I've read in a while.

In case I haven't mentioned it, I really enjoy your blog, and it has inspired me to keep writing. Whether I will ever finish this book remains to be seen, but I keep plugging away....

tonya said...

Sheep In A Ship. I'm dying to read Cutting To Stone. And friends are raving about The Book Thief