Jun 09

Best Fiction for Story Book Readers

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Here are the best of my fiction book list reviews:

For Fiction  Storybook Readers looking for the best story book, I recommend:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (5/5)

This was my first audio book purchase and I absolutely loved it. The Help was not only Audible.com’s the highest-rated audiobook of 2009, but it is also its highest-rated audiobook of all time. It’s also been on the New York Times bestseller list for 51 weeks and is presently at No.1. So I started with quality….click here to read the full book review.

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson (5/5)

This is why I started this site – to find and share books just like this one. I walked into a used book shop and bought this novel for $2. It did say ‘International Bestseller’, but I had never heard of it before. What a find!….click here to read the full book review.

The Hours by Michael Cunningham (5/5)

Immediately upon finishing this book, I was so moved that I made the firm decision that I needed to visit my elderly grandparents in England – and I’m so glad I did. I guess it’s because the novel deals with death, making me want to seize the moment, carpe diem and all that. It’s not all about death though….click here to read the full book review.

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz (5/5)

It’s been a long time since I’ve been so hooked on a novel, and I’m pretty sure this is the fastest I’ve ever read a book….click here to read the full book review.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (5/5)

Over five years on the New York Times bestseller list, and published in 42 different languages. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul….Click here to read the full book review.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (5/5)

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul….click here to read the full book review.

The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani (4/5)

I really enjoyed reading The Blood of Flowers, which brought me deep into 17th Century Persia, and into the difficult lives of two women struggling to make their way with no real male protector. Through the eyes and experience of the ambititous young female protagonist.click here to read the full book review.

Extremely Loud and Incredible Close by Jonathan Safran Foer


I had heard wonderful things about Extremely Loud and Incredible Close. Friends of mine had said it was one of their top 10 books of the year, so I was really looking forward to reading it.click here to read the full book review.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (4/5)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an extremely readable novel. It is also surprisingly gentle. The political and religious seem to take a backseat to the life story of the Pakistani protagonist….click here to read the full book review.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (3.5/5)

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer…Click here to read the full book review

Inspirational Storybook Reading:

Jonathan Livingston Seagull – a story. By Richard Bach (5/5)

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a beautiful and inspiring story. After reading it, I feel like I can do anything. IF I choose to. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut in your mind, but when you read Jonathan’s story you want to join the race to learn and to shed all your limitations. Bach writes, ‘Break the chains of your thought and you break the chains of your body too’.…Click here to read the full book review.

Fiction Short Stories:

The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (4/5)

Won the reading awards : The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2000, the Hemmingway Foundation / PEN Award 2000

Jhumpa Lahiri’s elegant stories tell the lives of Indians in exile, of people navigating between the strict traditions they’ve inherited, and the baffling new world they must encounter everyday.…Click here to read the full book review.

Funny Reading and Fun Light Reading:

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (5/5)

I rarely read books twice over, but I have read Bridget Jones at least three times. I read it when I want to feel better and have laugh. I do love Bridget...Click here to read the full book review.

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  1. Book Review The storyline is good, but the last third of the book feels rushed. Harper Readers

  2. hey there,was lovely meeting all of you. i hope our paths cross again someday. i have read a few of the books from your list
    richard bach- i love – jonathan livingston seagull …but he also wrote- illusions- a message by a reluctant messiah and his semi auto biography called – a bridge across forever.

    I enjoyed the kite runner but wouldnt treat it as a must read

    my favourite books (all fiction)

    to kill a mocking bird(classic you may have read it )
    the god of small things- arundathi roy
    of human bondage ( somerset maugham)
    The bridges of madison county
    im presently just finishing- the book- on the road by jack kerouac…

    will tell you more as i think them over

    • juliewee says:

      Hi Shoaib,

      Jason has Richard Bach’s A Bridge Across Forever and I keep meaning to read it. I have read Illusions too. From the sense I got from you at our brief meeting, I was not surprised when you recommended Bach’s books, the philosopher that you are!

      I have read To Kill A Mockingbird a few times, and have been in the stage version twice, once playing Scout. I do love Harper Lee’s book.

      I will add the rest of your recommendations to the ‘Your Book Recommendations Page’ and also to my own reading list.

      Back in Singapore now,

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