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My wife is looking for something new to read. Sounds like a good opportunity for a stocking stuffer, but I'm at a loss for what to get her. Here's what I know:


Liked
The Hunger Games (though she felt the third book was a bit of a slog)
Jane Eyre (loved it)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Bell Jar
Her Fearful Symmetry
Tina Fey's autobiography

Didn't Like
Harry Potter (couldn't get through the first one)
Prodigal Summer (was "meh")
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

No Interest
50 Shades of anything


If I don't come up with something she's going to read the Twilight Saga. Help me, Chit Chat. You're my only hope!
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Two questions.

1. Is she a child of the 80's?

2. Is she a nerd?

If you say yes to both, might I recommend, "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

I am considering giving it out as a Christmas gift to all of my board gaming friends.
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Haven't read Ready Player One, but have heard good things.

If she liked Jane Eyre, she's likely to enjoy Pride and Prejudice.

If Tina Fey was a hit, perhaps other funny women? Margaret Cho has some funny autobiographical books. Or she's interested in a more academic take on funny women, Gina Barreca has some good stuff, like "They used to call me Snow White, but I Drifted".

And you live in Connecticut, which means that being right next door to Rhode Island, she might appreciate one of these fascinating books about Rhode Island. whistle
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I really enjoyed Steve Martin's autobiography, Born Standing Up. Might interest her since she enjoyed Tina Fey's.

The Truth Will Out is a book about who Shakespeare was (and who he wasn't).

The Dance of Time: A Miscellany of History and Myth, Religion and Astronomy, Festivals and Feast Days (The Origins of the Calendar) seems thematic for the new year. I found it interesting enough that I bought a copy for my brother a few years ago. I like books about how things came to be.


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If you can't think of anything contemporary, then go with a classic: The Three Musketeers, The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, Droll Stories by Balzac, or The Red and the Black by Stendhal.
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How about:

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My wife says:

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


And I'll add

City of Thieves by David Benioff
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That's a pretty diverse list, but if she likes The Hunger Games, I am reading an entertaining supernatural book with a resourceful female protagonist: The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. It's sort of like a mash up of X-Men/James Bond/Harry Potter/X Files, about a secret organization of paranormal agents protecting England from various unnatural threats.
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Put a bookstore gift card in the stocking, leaving more room for candy.

More candy + she gets to pick out what she wants = Christmas Joy!

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MWChapel wrote:
My wife says:

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


And I'll add

City of Thieves by David Benioff


I like Uglies (and then Pretties and Specials).

How about:

The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper (fantasy/mystery/magic)
Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
Greenwitch
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

Personally, I LOVED the 1st 3 and was meh on the 4th book. I read the last book to complete the series and it was better than the 4th. But to me, the first 3 books are really good, with The Dark is Rising being especially good.

or

Old Man's War series by John Scalzi (Sci-Fi)
Old Man's War
The Ghost Brigades
The Last Colony

or

City of Ember books by Jeanne DuPrau (pre-teen fiction)
City of Ember
People of Sparks
Diamond of Darkhold

or

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages (realistic fiction about creating the atomic bomb--from POV of an 11-year old girl)
Sequel is White Sands, Red Menace

or

Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld (Steampunk)
Leviathan
Behemoth
Goliath

or

Blue Balliett books (Pre-teen mystery books)
Chasing Vermeer
The Wright 3
The Calder Game (these 3 are a series)
The Danger Box (standalone)

Rules by Cynthia Lord (realistic fiction about a pre-teen whose little brother is autistic)

or

Spindle's End by Robin McKinley (excellent retelling of Sleeping Beauty)

or

Shannon Hale books (fantasy fiction)
Especially:
The Goose Girl
Emma Burning
Austenland (realistic fiction)

or

Last but not least: Ursula K. LeGuin books (fantasy)
Lavinia
The Tombs of Atuan (although part of a series, it is an excellent stand-alone and well-written book)
Gifts (Annals of the Western shore series)
Voices (Annals of the Western shore series)
Powers (Annals of the Western shore series)

I guess I should add my new obsession: Sheri S. Tepper (sci-fi author)
I have read and loved:
The Margarets
The Gate to Women's Country
(I'm currently reading Grass and am fascinated by it!)

OK, I'll stop now!
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Try to find her a copy of Marjorie Morningstar, any of the William Kennedy novels of the '80s (Ironweed springs to mind), Player Piano or Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut, and if you do decide to go with speculative fiction of some sort, Sheri Tepper is, as MMB suggests, a really good choice, but go with something classic, like the Mavin Manyshaped books.

I think you should stick with the depressing stuff, though, so she'll look at you in a more positive light after she reads it. She must be getting a little tired of all your XBOXing by now.
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I'm going to suggest The Mother Dance by Harriet Lerner

Harriet Lerner is a psychologist, she's more well known for writing Dance of Anger. But this book is about becoming a mother and how that changes you.

It is hilarious and touching and insightful. It's mostly personal stories, but it touches on all the difficulties, joys and just plain chaos that parenting can bring. I used to give this book to my friends when they were pregnant but I ran out of people to give it to.

I think it would be perfect for your wife.
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EgorjLileli wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
My wife says:

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


And I'll add

City of Thieves by David Benioff


I like Uglies (and then Pretties and Specials).

How about:

The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper (fantasy/mystery/magic)
Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
Greenwitch
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

Personally, I LOVED the 1st 3 and was meh on the 4th book. I read the last book to complete the series and it was better than the 4th. But to me, the first 3 books are really good, with The Dark is Rising being especially good.

or

Old Man's War series by John Scalzi (Sci-Fi)
Old Man's War
The Ghost Brigades
The Last Colony

or

City of Ember books by Jeanne DuPrau (pre-teen fiction)
City of Ember
People of Sparks
Diamond of Darkhold

or

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages (realistic fiction about creating the atomic bomb--from POV of an 11-year old girl)
Sequel is White Sands, Red Menace

or

Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld (Steampunk)
Leviathan
Behemoth
Goliath

or

Blue Balliett books (Pre-teen mystery books)
Chasing Vermeer
The Wright 3
The Calder Game (these 3 are a series)
The Danger Box (standalone)

Rules by Cynthia Lord (realistic fiction about a pre-teen whose little brother is autistic)

or

Spindle's End by Robin McKinley (excellent retelling of Sleeping Beauty)

or

Shannon Hale books (fantasy fiction)
Especially:
The Goose Girl
Emma Burning
Austenland (realistic fiction)

or

Last but not least: Ursula K. LeGuin books (fantasy)
Lavinia
The Tombs of Atuan (although part of a series, it is an excellent stand-alone and well-written book)
Gifts (Annals of the Western shore series)
Voices (Annals of the Western shore series)
Powers (Annals of the Western shore series)

I guess I should add my new obsession: Sheri S. Tepper (sci-fi author)
I have read and loved:
The Margarets
The Gate to Women's Country
(I'm currently reading Grass and am fascinated by it!)

OK, I'll stop now!


OK, 1 more:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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My wife reads mostly mysteries, but she did enjoy the last book by Chelsea handler and also, the twilight series which was recommended by a sister in law. She liked them. She got me to rent the first movie and we both never saw any of the others. UGH! awful awful movie. I told her if she wanted vampire/werewolf/romance to watch underworld.
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Wool by Hugh Howey. Best book I've read in years.
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Seconding the recommendation for Pride and Prejudice.

Also how about Sabriel by Garth Nix. Strong female lead whose a Necromancer and a heroine at the same time.
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I assume that she has read the Time Traveler's Wife? (by same author as Her Fearful Symmetry) If not, that. I would argue that it's directly superior.
Also, it is written in alternating chapters between the Time Traveler and his wife. This makes it ideal to read to *each other*.

Taking Jane Eyre as a starting point and going off in two different directions:

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - A fantastic farce in which Ms Eyre is kidnapped out of her own book. As Douglas Adams is to Sci-fi, So Mr Fforde is to literary matters.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke - Edwardian England is the backdrop for the reawakening of "English Magic". Takes a while to get going, but is worth the effort. I am personally ecstatic to hear that the BBC are planning an adaption.

Good luck with that stocking!

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If she liked Jane Eyre, I suggest novels by Elizabeth Gaskell.
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Might I suggest a head-snapping hard left turn?


It's a dodgy carnival ride through the heady bizarro-world of esoteric "wisdom". As my friend George says, "It's the closest thing to the Necronomicon any of us will ever get to read." I realize this may not be in her wheelhouse (and I recommend shooting anyone who says it is in theirs) so I offer it for no other reason than to shake things up a bit, akin to slapping a blindfolded Initiate.

Or just so you can experience "The Look" on Xmas morn.
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That's not too far from the sorts of books that grace my bookshelf:





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If she likes Jane Eyre she will probably like:
Wuthering Heights as the more gloomy option
Pride and Prejudice as the more lightly option

Instead of reading Twilight I would suggest The Southern Vampire Mysteries (True Blood). It's funnier and less boohoo than Twilight and has the same atmosphere as the TV series. Well at least it's comparable with seasons 1, I couldn't stand seasons 2 and further because the characters were totally wrong in comparison to the books. It's a really light read by the way

And I will always suggest Discworld, although I wouldn't start with the first book
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened HILARIOUS
(http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12868761-let-s-pretend-th...)
(http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Pretend-This-Never-Happened/dp/03...)

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A Monster Calls
(http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8621462-a-monster-calls)
(http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Calls-Inspired-idea-Siobhan/dp...)
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Sounds like she needs some strong women on her shelf! As a fan of Sylvia Plath myself, your wife may also like something from Virgina Woolf like Mrs. Dalloway. Granted the narration can be dizzying at times because it is stream of conscience. It is sort of like a game of tag down the streets of London. Mrs. Dalloway starts the narration, and after describing her neighbor, the neighbor takes over the narration. When I taught this novel last spring, I ended up giving my freshman class guided notes on who was narrating. It's a really creative novel.

There are lots of really wonderful short stories written by strong women as well. You might want to check out Kate Chopin who wrote The Awakening, A Story of an Hour, and A Pair of Silk Stockings. My personal favorite short story is The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

I also really enjoyed The Hunger Games. Based on that series, she may also enjoy The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Coming of Age in Mississippi, and Secret Life of Bees. And, as others have suggested, if she hasn't read Austen, she will like it especially Pride and Prejudice or Mansfield Park.
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fFish wrote:
I assume that she has read the Time Traveler's Wife? (by same author as Her Fearful Symmetry) If not, that. I would argue that it's directly superior.
Also, it is written in alternating chapters between the Time Traveler and his wife. This makes it ideal to read to *each other*.


I also agree Time Traveler's Wife is a pretty phenomenal book.
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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke - Edwardian England is the backdrop for the reawakening of "English Magic". Takes a while to get going, but is worth the effort. I am personally ecstatic to hear that the BBC are planning an adaption.





They are going to make a movie out of this Fabulous, perfect book? W00t!

I wonder how will they handle the footnotes?

(I quite liked the Time Traveler's Wife too)
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