April 10, 2011 9:40 pm at 9:40 pm #596228
about 2 yrs ago,i stopped reading secular books. as a massive reader who cudnt find anything in the PUBLIC library to read anymore (that’s how much i read)this was a huge thing for me. besides the fact that there are very, very few well written books who you cannot guess the story without opening it, there are so few books in general.by now i have painfully swallowed ALL the Jewish books and i am at my wits end.Does anybody know any amazing books? Any ideas how to keep myself busy?April 10, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #762578
read the zman…..by the way-did it come out yet?? lolApril 10, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm #762579candy613Member
i also dont read secular books so much anymore. I was getting extremely frustrated, because I feel all these jewish novels are good, but all the same stuff. I did find some books I really liked though. Devorah Weiner has some really good ones. Changing Tides, Hearts of Gold, Hearts of Gold 2, and 2 others that are good 2! There is also another book I just got that I really like called Blueprints not exactly sure who the author is.
If you like short stories, Rabbi Dovid Kaplan’s Impact books are really good, and also Nachman Seltzer has a bunch all really good! I know how ur feeling wish ya luck!!!
>O<613April 10, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm #762580bennaishekParticipant
do u read hebrew? if u do then i have some great suggestions…April 10, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm #762581golden momMember
I also swallow books up the jewish books don’t come out fast enough but if u follow the stories in hamodia that 3 mishpacha 3 b-na..these are all books which eventually come out and then u have what to read every shabbosApril 10, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm #762582
So firstly lk StuffedCabbage said u shud read the ZMAN and also a new book called Not Guilty its very good!! 🙂April 11, 2011 3:41 pm at 3:41 pm #762583tomim tihyeMember
Listen to Rabbi Kirzner’s tapes, or, better, buy the ipod with all his lectures on it. BEST investment you could possibly make!!
You’ll also develop your auditory skills.April 11, 2011 4:33 pm at 4:33 pm #762584mytakeMember
What kinda books are you interested in?April 11, 2011 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #762585walton157Member
@dancinggirl: There is a series of books by author Janet Evanovich called the Stephanie Plum series.
One for the Money
Two for the Dough, etc.
These books are entertaining, “kosher” and the best charachter is Grandma Mazur. Give them a try. Yom Tov is coming and these are very easy, quick reads.
The library definately has them.
Enjoy!!!April 11, 2011 4:59 pm at 4:59 pm #762586April 11, 2011 5:40 pm at 5:40 pm #762587s2021Member
Iv been through the same thing.I used to be an AVID reader. While a good jewish novel is almost impossible to come by, I shifted my desire for reading novels to books/seforim which I actually learn and gain from. Those kind of “jewish books” are amazing and everywhere. I also try to spend more time with shiurim, and fill my time with ACTIONS. As incredibly hard as it is to wean urself off of books, Soon u will start seeing how much fuller ur life is. Lots of luck to all of us readers.. Hashm is proud of our efforts!!April 12, 2011 3:19 am at 3:19 am #762588BwashereMember
I read secular books, and I would read Jewish ones but I have the same problem.
I read a really good book though- its not a novel- but its called The Thinking Jewish Teenagers Guide to Life…April 12, 2011 4:28 am at 4:28 am #762589HIEParticipant
It’s true there is a massive shortage of jewish mystery-thriller-action novels.
Chaim Greenbaum, auther of the acclaimed novel “The Will” just came out with another. It’s published by Shar Press.April 12, 2011 4:45 am at 4:45 am #762590WolfishMusingsParticipant
I don’t suppose you’d be interested in non-fiction suggestions?
The WolfApril 12, 2011 1:12 pm at 1:12 pm #762591ursula momishMember
<Any ideas how to keep myself busy?>
Having read so much, why not try writing something yourself? Don’t try for a polished product at first, just try to entertain yourself (and others?) and if it seems promising, you can tighten it up later.
Hatzlacha!April 12, 2011 1:33 pm at 1:33 pm #762592Raphael KaufmanMember
What is the difference between a “Jewish” mystery-thriller and a “Secular” mystery thriller? P.S. If you want a very interesting mystery-thriller, try “Murder in the Miqdash” (don’t remember the author but it is available on Amazon). It’s a murder mystery set in the Yerushalayim in the Messianic era. The details are mostly RAMBAM’s shitah.April 12, 2011 3:25 pm at 3:25 pm #762593adorableParticipant
what about reading the new magazine that they just putting out called eclipse. I hear its supposed to be interestingApril 12, 2011 5:16 pm at 5:16 pm #762594chocandpatienceMember
I go with s2021 and Wolf – perhaps look into non-fiction options.
When I was younger, I spent most of my free time reading. Now (with almost no time to read) I regret not using at least part of that time for non-fiction reading.April 17, 2011 9:35 pm at 9:35 pm #762595
i really like action thrillers. the will was amazing and so was the network. i have been saving the mexico file for pesach(Soooo excited!FINALLY something to read!) i like anything well written, though. since i ran out of books, i went historical like marcus lemans, avner gold, legacy of gold crocadile island…i find the older books are sooo well written, but i read them all by now…April 17, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm #762596
Hey Dancinggirl!! thats why my sister wants the mexico file so badly!!(dont worry we got it!!) LOL!!April 17, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm #762597
I *LOVE* historical fictions!!April 18, 2011 2:08 am at 2:08 am #762598
this is why i’m scared to switch to only reading non secular books. I Love reading but can’t seem to find any good novels either, maybe i’ll try these. 🙂 when i do read non secular books i end up reading nonfiction sroriesApril 18, 2011 2:10 am at 2:10 am #762599
*i remember i did love Behind the Walls.April 18, 2011 5:25 pm at 5:25 pm #762600zahavasdadParticipant
I read non-fiction (especially History and Biography)
I am no writer and my writing skills are poor, but I can tell you the jewish books are terrible.
There are rules to writing English. Grammar , paragraph delopement, Story development etc . You might not like the rules when you are writing, but when you are reading a book, its important for these rules to be followed or else the book becomes unreadable.
It seems these jewish books dont follow those rules.
The Jewish book companies need to hire more proofreaders and copy editors to make sure these rules are keptApril 24, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm #762601
I JUST FINISHED THE MEXICO FILE!!!! its one of the BEST books i ever r3ead!! The brilliance bhined it is AMAZING. ahhhhhh….to have a book to read…April 24, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm #762602Little Sally SaucerMember
dancinggirl-u shoul’ve told us that earlier…all book stores are already closed for shabbat ;( now i still have nothing to read!!!April 27, 2011 4:40 am at 4:40 am #762603
i heard esacpe from india was verry goodApril 27, 2011 4:19 pm at 4:19 pm #762604
escape from india was good, different like. i happened to really like mirror image. it was light but i couldnt put it down.April 27, 2011 7:03 pm at 7:03 pm #762605bymeidelMember
a daughter of two mothers is the best book ever!! especially if you liked behind the walls, it is written by the same author.April 27, 2011 7:18 pm at 7:18 pm #762606klachMember
How about a gemara? Shuchan aruch? Tanya? Rabbi Frand on the parsha? Rabi Akiva Eiger? I heard they all got great reviews.April 29, 2011 4:33 pm at 4:33 pm #762607Huyde LaHashemMember
i would prob enjoy that:)April 29, 2011 9:01 pm at 9:01 pm #762608
MEXICO FILE WAS SICK!!! omg! besides for the fact that i kept me busy for like 6 days straight…..(ok not straight but ya know) it was SO SMART the whole idea and how everything ended…wow……April 29, 2011 9:07 pm at 9:07 pm #762609beach boyParticipant
is the mexico file really that good?April 29, 2011 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm #762610HIEParticipant
PLEASE RUIN MEXICO FILE ON THIS THREAD!!!
I HAVE A FLIGHT BACK TO ISRAEL AND I PLAN TO READ AT LEAST MOST OF ON THAT LOOOOOOOOONG FLIGHT!!April 29, 2011 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm #762611
noboys ruining it!!April 29, 2011 9:50 pm at 9:50 pm #762612bbubbeeParticipant
I just read mirror image, a very different type of story.
mind games by shulie mensh, nice light novel.
the youngest bride written in the times of the cannonists. interesting perspective of jewish life in those times.
Zman & Ami are also written well.May 1, 2011 2:01 am at 2:01 am #762613eclipseMember
adorable,thanks!I just saw your post!
As I mentioned on another thread,I researched the magazine idea;impossible without adequate funding.
Ever read “The Very Best Me” published in 1992/3?
I wasn’t happy with the editing(they put IN grammar errors!)but that was one of my first little projects.
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