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.


DuchessofMalfi Sun 11-Nov-12 20:07:26

I've recently re-read Pride & Prejudice on my kindle. It was free. Can't get much better than that smile. My next read on the kindle will be The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which is currently under £5.

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 11-Nov-12 20:50:37

Cold comfort farm, it is very good. Almost done by tonight I reckon and have Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones next but they are both book club selections.

TaggieCampbellBlack Sun 11-Nov-12 21:03:26

Hmmm. Done p&p. Haven't read ccf for ages.

AtAmber Sun 11-Nov-12 21:08:32

Have you read The Far Pavillions by M M Kaye? It's £11.99 on kindle but it's about the length of 3 regular books. It's my favourite book.

bimblebee Mon 12-Nov-12 09:54:08

Last thing I read on Kindle was Helen Howe 'Black is the Colour' a really good sort of weird love story, think it was about £1.99. At the moment I'm gripped by Julie Myerson 'Then' which is very dark and futuristic, and also a hardback I got off ebay! Would highly recommend either.

Joiyuk Wed 14-Nov-12 04:09:45

Taggie CB must be one of my favourite Jilly Cooper characters grin I have all her books on kindle (had them all in actual book form and re-read them at least once a year grin ). I'm currently reading bared to you by Sylvia day. I'm enjoying it so far, just over halfway through. A bit rude but DH works nights so works well for me wink

MarianForrester Thu 15-Nov-12 11:11:41

The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton, one of my absolute favourite authors. It's free on kindle at the moment too.

Galaxymum Thu 15-Nov-12 12:00:43

I have discovered Linda Gillard on kindle. Completely different from my usual reads but all original and great characters.

ElectricSoftParade Thu 15-Nov-12 12:02:11

I'm reading The woman who went to bed for a year by Sue Townsend. It is very good smile.

whatkungfuthat Thu 15-Nov-12 16:51:19

I'm reading my way through a big pile of Jack Reacher books (by Lee Child). I am seriously addicted

Campaspe Thu 15-Nov-12 19:15:34

I'm reading Dominion by CJ Sansom. Gripping so far.

QueenofNightmares Thu 15-Nov-12 19:22:40

Succubus on Top its book 2 of the Georgina Kincaid series would only recommend if you like a little sex, romance and paranormal stuff smile Very good in my opinion the story in the first book of why she became a Succubus is very very sad.

Just finished Under the Dome by Stephen King which was very sad in places itself but it had some seriously vile characters in who I couldn't stand and actually wanted to see die by 1/4 of the way through.

NicholasTeakozy Thu 15-Nov-12 19:31:16

Currently reading The Wrath Of Angels by John Connolly. It has his best two 'bad men' (Brightwell and The Collector) and loads of laugh out loud moments from Louis and Angel. It's bloody good and quite scary.

ElectricSoftParade Thu 15-Nov-12 19:32:03

Dominion he is on my list. Do you have any recommendations please?

My BIL was at a dinner party with him the other week. This made me quite giddy. Why? No idea. smile and vvvv sad

Working my way through Phil Rickman, super spooky books.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Winter In Madrid is brilliant

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.

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

this one:
Perfect People

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).

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.....

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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)

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

Tis fair comment Richman

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.

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.

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 Mon 26-Nov-12 09:36:11

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

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