That feeling you're left with when you've been utterly immersed in another life or another universe. I've just finished a wonderful series. Not high literature by any stretch, but beautifully written with characters who lived and breathed and moved me. I finished with my eyes full of tears and I feel bereft, but in a good way .
I want more of that in my life. What books have left others feeling this way?
I loved the Tawny Man trilogy (and the Assassin trilogy). LiveShip books are good, but don't bother with Soldier Son set, they are rubbish.
I just wrote a review of a the Gone series by Michael Grant, which is a sort of Young Adult scifi dystopia sort of thing. It was good enough that when the last book came out I bothered to reread the earlier ones.
From childhood: the Sadlers Wells series - I must have read them twenty times or more each. And Katherine by Anya Seton (read 10 times?) And yy to Summer of My German Soldier and The L-Shaped Room.
Adult novels: yy to Atonement, Poisonwood Bible, anything by Atwood, anything by Yates but especially Revolutionary Road and Easter Parade, We Need to Talk About Kevin, I Capture the Castle,.
Some not mentioned yet (or only other books by the same author):
The Colour (Tremain), Paradise and Song of Solomon (Morrison), The Outcast (Sadie Jones), Corrections (Franzen), Oscar and Lucinda (Carey), all of Alice Munro's short stories, all of Margaret Laurence's Manawaka series, The Crimson Petal and the White (Faber), Underworld by Don DeLillo, My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin, Katherine by Anya Seton.
Ooh, I could go on forever - but those are the ones I've read at least three times and are old friends but make me sad I won't ever read them again for the first time.
I love everything I've read by Rose Tremain but haven't read her historical novels - I'm not usually a huge fan (except for Katherine!) - but I will definitely give Restoration a go after this thread.
State of Wonder- Anne Patchett The Stand- Stephen King (best book ever) This Much is True- Wally Lamb Rebecca- Daphne dau Maurier A Prayer for Owen Meany- John Irving A Monster calls- Patrick Ness The Fault in our Stars- John Green 11/22/63- Stephen King
I didn't know there was a sequel to Frost in May either until I read this thread a couple of days ago! I have loved this book since I first read it at 10. Just finished the Lost Traveller and impatiently waiting for the next 2 to arrive. Very happy to have discovered this!