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Old 01-02-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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Well written, easy books to read?

Hi all, I just got back into reading and want to begin with something easy to read.

Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:54 PM   #2
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What genres? What interests you?

What you consider easy to read might not be the same as someone else's idea of easy to read. So, that's going to be difficult to gauge.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:13 PM   #3
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What Susan said. Seriously, without some idea of what your interest are, and what level you read at, what's easy is difficult to decide. What I find easy to read would be fairly challenging for my brother, who isn't much of a reader. But what I find easy to read would be equally easy for my wife, but might well not be particularly interesting to her. I like science fiction, especially space opera like Balance of Trade, and she finds them completely uninteresting, no matter how well written. OTOH, sometimes I can "catch" her with one that's completely different and she likes it a lot (1632, for example.
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What Susan said. Seriously, without some idea of what your interest are, and what level you read at, what's easy is difficult to decide. What I find easy to read would be fairly challenging for my brother, who isn't much of a reader. But what I find easy to read would be equally easy for my wife, but might well not be particularly interesting to her. I like science fiction, especially space opera like Balance of Trade, and she finds them completely uninteresting, no matter how well written. OTOH, sometimes I can "catch" her with one that's completely different and she likes it a lot (1632, for example.
Next e-book fight: Flint vs Lee & Miller

Wait, I like both of them
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:09 PM   #5
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Hi all, I just got back into reading and want to begin with something easy to read.

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War and Peace by Tolstoy, or Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, if you want a short story. Ulysses, by James Joyce, if you like weird stuff.

Sorry; couldn't resist But indeed, we do need a bit more information.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:09 PM   #6
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Next e-book fight: Flint vs Lee & Miller

Wait, I like both of them
As do I! And what I like about both is that they're quite well written (to keep the thread drift from getting too horrible.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:35 PM   #7
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Well written, 'easy' to read: Hemingway.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:00 PM   #8
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This one might suit:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
I find it difficult to say much about it without revealing the plot. The vocabulary and story are quite easy to understand but it also works on a more sophisticated level. You can get it from Amazon or I think it's free as a PDF file online.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:07 PM   #9
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Most Steinbeck books are easy to read (and they're all well written). I'd suggest Cannery Row as a starting point.
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:36 AM   #10
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Easy to read and well written are not independent of each other. Some of the 'difficult books' cited as a joke above are actually fairly easy to read because they are well written. A book like War and Peace to me was an easy read. It's very well written. I've read some books that should have been simple, but had to scratch my head in places because they were poorly written.
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As has been said, it depends on your individual tastes and reading level.

Sometimes easy to read is not terribly well written, but still amusing if you can overlook the problems in grammar and such...

I think the current favorite, the Hunger Games trilogy, are well-written and easy to read.

I agree with Bilbo that Steinbeck is a good author-- Of Mice and Men is a personal favorite-- short and well written.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:42 AM   #12
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Just finished 'Ready Player One' by a guy called Cline. Very easy read and very original. Easily as good as 'The Hunger Games' (which I thought was very well written). They're going to make a movie of it.
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:52 PM   #13
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"Easy to read" is relative. Children and YA fiction aside, I'd say ... anything by Matt Brown for western, David Eddings for fantasy, Steve Berry for suspense/thriller, the Eagles series by Simon Scarrow for historical adventure fiction. None of these are "entry level" reading, but the language is easy to digest and the stories are entertaining. Nothing very demanding, just entertainment.
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:22 PM   #14
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Anything by Richard Yates. Try his complete stories. Amazing.
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Take a look at Pearl Buck's The Good Earth. Must have read that one 4 or 5 times as a kid (starting at about age 10 or 11). Recently re-read it - and then recommended it to our Book Talk group here in France, where several of our non-native speaker members are looking for English language books that would be fairly easy to read for them.
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