To ask you what you are reading?

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notnearlythereyet Sun 27-Jul-14 22:01:15

Just that really.

I fell in love in Zadie Smith's prose, just finished 'On beauty'. In the middle of 'Anna Karenina' now and eyeing up 'A hundred years of solitude' in my handbag.

Interested in books that you would recommend, as this summery weather makes me want to curl up in a hammock and read, read, read..(don't have a hammock just yet so a beanbag has to do for now).

Mybigfatredwedding Mon 28-Jul-14 17:56:41

I am reading the Game of Thrones books, and I think I will be for ever and ever. Amen.

KurriKurri Mon 28-Jul-14 17:56:54

The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman - it is good so far.

Dublin by Edward Rutherford downstairs and Stones from The River upstairs... both quite good reads.

Smilesandpiles Mon 28-Jul-14 18:03:07

The highway code by the DSA.

Not exciting but useful. (passed theory but my driving instructor is still quizzing me on it)

insanityscratching Mon 28-Jul-14 18:17:32

I'm reading The Retribution by Val McDermid. I don't usually read thrillers but was given the first two and then had to finish the series. I might try some more of her books once I've finished the next one.

Laska42 Mon 28-Jul-14 19:24:34

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves is only £1.80 on Amazon for kindle today grin

thegreylady Mon 28-Jul-14 19:29:43

Do you mean 'Bearback: the world overland' kippersmum? I have just started it- very promising.

thegreylady Mon 28-Jul-14 19:34:15

I am enjoying the Terry Goodkind books as I like fantasy with a bit of meat. I didn't get into Game of Thrones though. I am also reading 'See You in September' which was a Kindle daily deal at 99p. It is a family travelogue and good light reading.

rhubarbcrumbleplease Mon 28-Jul-14 19:39:24

I loved Kate Atkinson Life After Life, 2nd only to Behind The Scenes.
This is a great thread, my wish list is now bursting.

Apple Tree Yard .

Next, I've got 'Under Your Skin' by Sabine Durante.

Billben Mon 28-Jul-14 19:46:36

Just finished the Light between Oceans a couple of days ago, and have started Life after Life on the Kindle and The Memory Keepers Daughter on a paperback

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-Jul-14 20:03:53

YABU for posting this in AIBU so we've moved it to Adult Fiction now <runs>

(Me: House of Cards by Michael Dobbs. Undemanding, but good airport reading.)

MorphineDreams Mon 28-Jul-14 20:10:09

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

MorphineDreams Mon 28-Jul-14 20:10:37

Kurri I read that not long ago, good book

AvonCallingBarksdale Mon 28-Jul-14 21:46:13

Just read Instructions For A Heatwave, Maggie O'Farrell, and before that Perfect by Rachel Joyce. Loved them both. Have just bought We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, so really happy with all the positive reviews!

DuchessofMalfi Mon 28-Jul-14 22:51:59

Bread and Chocolate by Philippa Gregory - collection of short stories. Not bad. Easy summer holiday read.

And - Her by Harriet Lane. Enjoying this v. much. Loved Alys, Always her previous novel.

gottachangethename1 Mon 28-Jul-14 22:52:10

Got a kindle from dh last week- it is fantastic for an avid reader like me. Plus I won't need to pack lots of books when I go on holiday this week. Just downloaded The Goldfinch & The 100 year old man who climbed out of a window. Can't wait to start on them.
I always have a Miss Read novel by my bed. They are my favourite 'comfort' book. Whenever I'm anxious or down they always help me settle to sleep.

RainbowB7 Mon 28-Jul-14 22:57:10

That's for the tip upthread re all completely beside ourselves reduced on kindle. Like the look of it.

Now reading Americanah.

SpringItOn Mon 28-Jul-14 23:01:41

I've just started 'We are all completely beside ourselves'

keeps me from browsing the Internet for clothes i'm not allowed to buy wink

proseccoco Tue 29-Jul-14 06:49:14

I need to hide from the kids so I can add all of these to my kindle wish list - I check it every few weeks and download the bargains. So excited to be reading again after a couple of years in the baby fog!

Diddlers Tue 29-Jul-14 10:28:17

I am reading Fifty Fifty by Diana Wilkinson....hilarious for all Mums around the middle aged mark! Easy pick up put down.....

callipygian00 Tue 29-Jul-14 10:53:11

Almost finished 'The Miniaturist' by Jessie Burton - loving it. It starts off very mysterious, then the secrets start to unwind. And they keep on coming. I jaw-dropped at one point...

mignonette Tue 29-Jul-14 13:28:17

I am reading several books-

(1) 'We are Called to Rise' by Laura McBride about a crumbling marriage, an immigrant family struggling to manage and a soldier with a worry that he might have 'done' something. Am enjoying the Vegas setting.

(2) Doubling Back by Linda Cracknell, a non fiction 'new nature writing' in which the author seeks understanding of her Father and Grandfather through several walking journeys, from the Cairngorms to Norway.

(3) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Hernandez, an account of immigrants from Latin America and their new life in a Delaware housing complex. One of them has a daughter with an acquired brain injury and she is central to the story and you also gain her perspective- a refreshing change.

(4) Psychogeography by Will Self and illustrated by Ralph Steadman. An old favourite that I re-read every Summer to encourage me to walk and explore my surroundings in fresh ways. I find it reinvigorating, from taking a different and seemingly illogical path to somewhere I need to go to 'anti plotting' my holiday trips.

Postchildrenpregranny Tue 29-Jul-14 16:53:11

Persevere with the Luminaries UsedtobeaPaxman fan .
It all clicks together when you get towards the end . In fact I think I may need to re-read it now I 'understand' what happened . I too am reading for a Book Club and am quite satisfied to have ploughed through the 800 plus pages
Reading The Goldfinch and loving it (inspired to go to The Hague to see the painting ) Also the latest Sebastian Barry the title of which escapes me and its upstairs....

isleangel Tue 29-Jul-14 20:14:33

I've just finished 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini - which is the first book I've read of his and I loved it, and I've just started 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck - who I've also never read before, although I've just read the 1st chapter, and my mum thinks it brilliant, so I'll give it a go. Now just have to get more Khaled Hosseini books smile

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