What are you reading?

(41 Posts)
TaggieCampbellBlack Sun 11-Nov-12 19:29:42

I am in need of something new.

Recommendations please!

Kindke, less than a fiver if poss.

Cheers!

hackmum Mon 26-Nov-12 09:36:11

Oh, I used to love the Five Findouters. Much preferred them to the famous five!

UptoapointLordCopper Sun 25-Nov-12 21:43:31

I've just read The Children's Books and Ragnarok by AS Byatt. Now taking a break and reading Enid Blyton's the Burnt Cottage - the first of the five find-outer books that I'm hoping to persuade DSs to try but thought I should look through it first to see if it's reasonable ...

hackmum Sun 25-Nov-12 14:49:06

Currently reading JM Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians, because when Zoe Williams did her webchat she said it was her favourite book! Although it's short, it's not a light read though.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, Sister by Rosamond Lupton is good - I read it one sitting, couldn't put it down, though as often happens with these things, I found the ending rather implausible. The journey was better than the arrival, iyswim.

elkiedee Sun 25-Nov-12 11:15:51

I must reread the early Frederica books and then read the newer ones. I've been reading Elizabeth Taylor this year - I only have Blaming and most of her Collected Stories left to read though.

Tis fair comment Richman

AppleOgies Sun 25-Nov-12 10:57:58

The land of the long white cloud... I wouldn't have bought it normally but it was a kindle daily deal. It's not bad, it's quite readable on a long commute but I'm almost finished and am wondering a bit what the point of the whole story is... I expected to read more about the Maoris and the impact the settlers had on them, but it's quite glossed over so far, it hints at it and then goes off on a tangent.

But not bad at all for 99p.

Feenie Sun 25-Nov-12 10:56:58

Just read The Generation Game on my kindle - £1.49. Really enjoyed it.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 25-Nov-12 10:54:47

Dances I did have to stop myself thinking about it too much, and you're right- it was contrived. I think if you just read it really fast so that you dont have time to mull over the plot holes, it sort of works (bit like The Killing). On the other hand, DD is waking up 4 times a night, so maybe I am just too brain addled to work out its flaws grin

ScienceOfSellingYouselfShort Sun 25-Nov-12 10:51:37

I've just finished The Twelve, the second book of The Passage trilogy. I love them! My favourite dystopian/apocalyptic book.

nightcat I read Perfect People a couple of months ago and my opinion greatly changed by the end. How are you finding it?

Have you read Incendiary by Chris Cleave OP, I really liked that.

I didn't enjoy before I go to sleep, I found contrived and painfully predicatble

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 25-Nov-12 10:30:15

Before I Go to Sleep

Utter, utter trash but if it's wrong, I don't want to be right grin. Dont start reading it if you've got anything pressing to attend to though.

Notnow grin how lovely to find a fellow fan! I was discussing her with my history teacher ages ago and she said she didn't like her at all, "but I can imagine you would" hmm also snap about Frederica at 17!

Ah, get yourself to Minster Gate books York, they seemed to have loads of copies floating around! (that's also where I got what looked liked a brand new copy of The Children's Book for £1- impulse buy because I liked the cover blush)

Londonista1975 Sun 25-Nov-12 10:15:19

Lucky Break, by Esther Freud. Very slow to begin with but getting better.

hackmum Sun 25-Nov-12 10:11:13

Oh yes, Elizabeth Taylor is v good. I regarded her as my own personal secret for a long time!

Cold Comfort Farm is one of my all-time favourites.

MissBoPeep Sun 25-Nov-12 08:20:44

I am working my way through some of Elizabeth Taylor's novels ( no not the film star.)

I heard an extract on Radio 4 Book Club a while back when she was described as the most underrated novelist of the 20th century- and I agree. it's very Jane Austen in terms of social observations and depiction of class- in a very subtle way. And her sparse use of langauge is superb.

I started with Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.

notnowImreading Sat 24-Nov-12 22:40:12

I love A S Byatt too. I've lost my copy of A Whistling Woman, but really liked it at the time. I love the portrait of Frederica as she grows up - read The Virgin in the Garden when I was 17 and hated Frederica then. On re-reading now my reaction is completely different - much more forgiving than my younger self. Possession is still my all-time favourite though. I re-read it recently on the kindle and it totally altered my mood for the whole time I was reading. It's such a joyful book.

Currently reading a Lindsey Davis Falco novel for light relief.

Literally just finished a study of Vanessa Bell and Virgina Woolf by Jane Dunn- didn't know anything about either women, was gripped all the way through. I don't even know why I bought it, except it was Virago and cheapish in a charity shop.
Also finished Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood yesterday- I love those kinds of novels. It's so weighted down, so gloomy, Elaine is such a dejected woman writing from behind a veil.....first book I've read by her and I think she is so talented. Struck a bit of a chord with me smile
Now about to start A Whistling Woman by A.S.Byatt, one of my absolute favourite writers. Almost as-new copy with gorgeous illustrations inside and only £1 in indie bookshop grin paperback copy was nigh on £5! weird. I just want to be this fabulous woman when I grow up. She seems like the perfect woman to me. She should be the national treasure.....

SrirachaGirl Fri 23-Nov-12 21:53:33

I!m reading Clare Balding's book, 'My Animals and Other Family'. I want to inhabit it. It's all ponies and dogs and the outdoors. Heaven.

After this I'm going to read the new Sue Townsend and then Riders, Rivals and Polo (again).

nightcat Fri 23-Nov-12 21:48:21

this one:
Perfect People

highlandcoo Sat 17-Nov-12 23:27:15

Yes, Winter in Madrid is excellent .. helped me get the details of the Spanish Civil War sorted out in my head for the first time -- because in America the Republicans are right-wing I always got the different sides mixed up --

Much better than Victoria Hislop's The Return which more people seem to have read. I always direct them to Winter in Madrid instead.

ladymariner Sat 17-Nov-12 01:45:07

Winter In Madrid is brilliant

elkiedee Fri 16-Nov-12 21:05:06

Have you read C J Sansom's Winter in Madrid? - only 20p at the moment (I paid slightly more, it's coincidence that I'm reading it just now).

If you liked Cold Comfort Farm, some of Stella Gibbons' other books are being reissued in paperback and/or Kindle. Nightingale Wood is £4.99 at time of posting, and I really enjoyed that. Starlight is £2.99 - still to read that one and Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm - short stories - £3.79.

pointythings Thu 15-Nov-12 21:32:33

I love Phil Rickman and have everything he has ever written!

Am currently reading Delusion in Death by J.D Robb - I just love Eve Dallas.

And thanks for whoever suggested the Succubus series, that will be my next lot of reservations from the library in the paranormal genre after I've finished with Larissa Ione.

ladymariner Thu 15-Nov-12 20:09:45

Rod Stewart's autobiography.........(I luff him blush )

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