What are you reading today?

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melodyangel Wed 05-Jun-13 12:53:56

That's it really. What are you ready at the moment and are you enjoying it?

I'm reading Fahrenheit 451 and loving it.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LulaPalooza Wed 05-Jun-13 13:04:56

Wicked by Jilly Cooper blush

Not exactly high art but it's entertaining and on my Samsung so unless anyone looks directly at the screen no one on the tube knows my literary shame.

melodyangel Wed 05-Jun-13 13:11:39

Oh dear reading not ready. blush

Samu2 Wed 05-Jun-13 13:13:53

In One Person- John Irving

FoundAChopinLizt Wed 05-Jun-13 13:14:58

'Gone girl' on Kindle, easy read supermarket thriller

'Harden Up' Felix Economakers about resilience, quite interesting.

Just read 'Big Brother' Lionel Shriver excellent-- themes are obesity and success/meaning of life. Totally recommend esp for anyone with eating issues.

Also 'The Rosie Project' was fun, Sheldonesque prof trying to find the ideal partner, v well written.

Shanghaidiva Wed 05-Jun-13 13:16:07

one hundred year old man who jumped out the window and disappeared - for my book club meeting next week.
so far so good, but only about 50 pages in.

WhyMeWhyNot Wed 05-Jun-13 13:18:41

Win some love some. By Anne Marie Forrest. About 3 girls who share a lottery win but it doesn't bring the happiness we all believe it will.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 05-Jun-13 13:19:31

This Is How It Ends by Kathleen MacMahon - good so far.

cyanarasamba Wed 05-Jun-13 13:22:42

Game of Thrones, book one.

I don't do fantasy, but I love this! Best think I've read in ages, keep sneaking away from the kids for a quick fix.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Wed 05-Jun-13 13:28:28

Tripwire (3rd Jack Reacher book). Love itsmile I am on a mission to read them all.

Louise1956 Wed 05-Jun-13 13:37:47

Old Filth by Jane Gardam. very amusing.

ItsallFeegle Wed 05-Jun-13 13:43:47

'The Island' by Victoria Hislop.

My friend suggested doing a 'book club for two' and said she's been dying to read this for ages.

In all honesty...I'm really struggling to enjoy it. I'll stick with it though hmm

tourdefrance Wed 05-Jun-13 13:58:22

Ooh Finished 100 yr old man a few weeks ago and really enjoyed. Currently reading 'the cupid effect' by Dorothy Komson. Very lightweight but needed after Marie Stopes' biography.

gymboywalton Wed 05-Jun-13 14:00:42

before i go to sleep
it's intriguing

it's a real page turner but quite disturbing too

highlandcoo Wed 05-Jun-13 14:01:09

Cakes and Ale by Somerset Maugham. Only just started it. Really enjoyed The Painted Veil recently so thought I would try some more of his stuff. Also have Razor's Edge on my to-read pile.

louisianablue2000 Wed 05-Jun-13 14:09:47

Just finished Oryx and Crake. Think I'm going to have to read The Year of the Flood soon. It's the first Margaret Atwood science fiction I've read.

I've got four on the go:

A book about the Antarctic, which is rather too political/scientific for me tbh

Some Orwell essays (The Decline of the English Murder)

Re-reading, 'Breakfast At Tiffany's'

Kipling's, 'Kim' which I'm not getting on terribly well with

YoniBottsBumgina Wed 05-Jun-13 17:17:17

I am between books sad Just finished The Time Traveller's Wife <behind the times>

I enjoyed the start of 100 year old man but got bored around 2/3 into it.

BabeRuthless Wed 05-Jun-13 17:18:07

Joyland by Stephen King for the commute. I love his books, always so readable.

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver for home. I find her a bit hit and miss sometimes but I love this one already.

Hadmeathello Wed 05-Jun-13 17:19:04

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. The first of his I've read and I'm really enjoying
it so far.

Nerfmother Wed 05-Jun-13 17:22:06

The unknown bridesmaid. It's absolutely compelling and I'm at 93% on the kindle and dreading it being finished .

fuzzpig Wed 05-Jun-13 17:39:31

The Beetle by Richard Marsh. He was a contemporary of Bram Stoker.

BringBackBod Wed 05-Jun-13 19:21:24

Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve.
First one I've read by her. Really enjoying it.

I thought 'Joyland' wasn't out for a few more days? envy

mumslife Wed 05-Jun-13 19:51:17

Between two mountains

OneHolyCow Wed 05-Jun-13 19:52:01

A Clash of Kings .. 2nd book in the Game of Thrones thing. Lots of planning and strategy so it still needs to come together 400 odd pages in.. for the long haul! So far not as good as the first one but it's promising to get gripping the second half. If not, I give up on the whole series. So there.

mumslife Wed 05-Jun-13 19:52:58

That was meant to be and the mountains echoed lol

The Storyteller- Jodie Picoult
Leftovers Stella Pearson (£1 on kindle, Pearshaped was also a £1) thinking chick lit.

Kasterborous Wed 05-Jun-13 21:45:25

The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard. I'm enjoying it.

exoticfruits Wed 05-Jun-13 21:50:41

Bringing up the Bodies- Hilary Mantel. I think that I will enjoy if, once I get into it.

HelloBear Wed 05-Jun-13 21:52:33

Why be Happy When You Could Be Normal - jeannet wintertersons sort of autobiography, her version of Oranges Are Not the only colour.

Highly recomend it, I love her writing style, but it is also very sad.

HelloBear Wed 05-Jun-13 22:00:18

The only fruit not colour blush

GwenCooper81 Wed 05-Jun-13 22:05:51

Dan Brown's 'Inferno' DB books are my guilty pleasure smile . I'm really enjoying it.
I have the game of thrones books lined up on my Kindle next.

MortifiedAdams Wed 05-Jun-13 22:08:10

Just started The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Jumped Out of a Window. About 20 pages in. LIking it so far.

cq Wed 05-Jun-13 22:09:13

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt.

Just read her other one,Secret History, which was a fantastic piece of writing. Not since The Slap have I found an entire cast of flawed and unlikeable characters, but this was so much more compelling and classy.

Little Friend shaping up to be even better.

1Teaandsomecake Wed 05-Jun-13 22:11:50

Re reading anything by Iain Rankin at the mo, just felt the need. Have just finished reading 'Rough Music' by Partick Gayle - Ace

rubybambini Wed 05-Jun-13 22:25:26

Just finished HHhH, which I loved - the factual/fictional account of the assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, who was the architect behind the Holocaust and Final Solution. It questions the role of the novelist when writing about a real-life event.

And now for something entirely different, starting 'Lean in' by Sheryl Sandberg tomorrow...

SuperScribbler Thu 06-Jun-13 06:52:45

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson. First of her novels that I have read and am really enjoying.

BabeRuthless Thu 06-Jun-13 07:01:18

Remus It's not officially out for another couple of days but Waterstones had it in at the weekend. Apparently with book releases you can put them out when you get them, it's only the Dan Brown blockbuster stuff that's date embargoed.

AnonYonimousBird Thu 06-Jun-13 13:04:43

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. It's good, I'm drawn in, but overly long for what it is I think.

Desperate to get onto a slightly more page turner, lighter read in the sun over the weekend - The Sick Rose by Erin Kelly. Not exactly a laugh a minute, but I know I'll pile through it really quickly which is just what I need after a few slightly heavier ones in a row.

Galaxymum Thu 06-Jun-13 13:10:43

I've read a lot of great books lately and now just reading an enjoyable easy read Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell. It's a hefty book to carry around!

mixedmamameansbusiness Thu 06-Jun-13 19:43:08


Poirot's early cases by Agatha Christie
Working Class Cultures, 1890-1960 by Joanna Bourke

Both supremely good in their own way.

mumslife Fri 07-Jun-13 12:50:14

reading the light between oceans good book not sure where i was getting mountains from before do want to read and the mountains echoed but have kite runner and thousand splendid suns to read first!

DuchessofMalfi Fri 07-Jun-13 13:03:05

I've just finished This Is How It Ends by Kathleen MacMahon. Well written, very good but so sad.

I'm starting Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann today. Looking forward to it.

PiratesLifeForMe Fri 07-Jun-13 17:18:03

Under the Dome by Stephen King. I had steered clear of his last few but saw this in a charity shop last week & haven't been able to put it down. An easy read but really enjoying it smile

grabaspoon Fri 07-Jun-13 19:08:00

The rose petals beach by Dorothy Koomson

thepurplepenguin Fri 07-Jun-13 20:08:32

One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson

Read Case Histories quite some time ago, this is just as good so far...

BooksandaCuppa Fri 07-Jun-13 21:53:25

I've got four on the go too:

Moranthology by Caitlin Moran - very readable; I like the linking bits between the columns too,

Engleby by Sebastian Faulks - was really enjoying it but got to a dull-ish bit so picked up...

Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt - pretty (so far) compelling coming of age novel about a girl whose beloved uncle has died of AIDS...and...

re-reading All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman because I would like to recommend it to a group of 13-14 year olds and can't recall if it's suitable.

Engleby is the only one of SF's I've managed to finish, but it does get increasingly silly. His other stuff is positively abominable imho. smile I've finished all of mine bar 'Kim' (which I suspect I will never finish tbh).

Am now bookless until I go to the library tomorrow. sad

IsThisAGoodIdea Fri 07-Jun-13 21:59:03

I'm waiting to start Gone Girl. Don't get much reading time atm and am so exhausted at bed-time it's lights out straight away. But, I think it will be a gripper.

BooksandaCuppa Fri 07-Jun-13 22:23:23

I'm not a SF fan - in fact I'm not sure how long and why I had Engleby on the shelf. Not read Birdsong etc. But I did enjoy his non-fiction biography three-part thingy 'A Fatal Englishman' and a couple of people whose opinion I trust loved both Engleby and the psychiatric hospital one (title eludes me).

Anyhow...I read reviews of, tried and absolutely loved A Possible Life recently. Are you including that in your 'abominable' round-up?! If not, I think it's worth a try - from the library anyway. Very good on emotional responses to music (imho).

Haven't read any of his non-fiction. The hospital one = is that Human Traces? I got about half way, and then decided I'd rather read my own fingernails tbh. He is of the school of why use one word when 27 will be more pompous and irritating. Also, I suspect he hates women.

mixedmamameansbusiness Fri 07-Jun-13 22:36:57

Remus you would not be alone in not finishing Kim.


BooksandaCuppa Sat 08-Jun-13 09:21:49

I think you might be right about the women thing. Certainly even in A Possible Life which, as I said, I really enjoyed, these are question marks over how he deals with the central female character of the main section.

PestoSwimissimos Sat 08-Jun-13 09:25:07

Just finished Tigers in Red Weather, which I received as a Mumsnet giveaway. Found it very absorbing but a nice light summer read. Now dithering over what to read next...

kelda Sat 08-Jun-13 09:59:13

I've finally finished Wolf Hall! It took me six weeks. I have now started 'The Long Earth', Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. It's more Sci-fi then TP Discworld series.

I think there's a sequel to The Long Earth out soon. I enjoyed TLE - much better than 'Dodger' which is his other most recent one.

AnonYonimousBird Sat 08-Jun-13 17:38:38

Why has Sebastian Faulks become such an "established" author? His writing is so dull!!!!! Ugh. A

Looking forward to Tigers in Red Weather. Also just ordered cheap second hand copies of Atonement and The Hobbit!

Don't get too excited about Gone Girl. Page turner yes, but somewhat disappointing. All her books have the same fault. Spoiler alert, look away now.

<<whispers - dismal endings>>

I managed three pages of GG and found it too dreadful to continue. Dp and dd1 both finished it - both hated it.

Graceparkhill Sat 08-Jun-13 17:53:40

I have just finished One Step too Far by Tina Seskis. Greatly enjoyed it. Am about to embark upon Melting the Snow on Hester Street by Daisy Waugh.

JuicyShops Sat 08-Jun-13 17:56:09


I've caved in and started Game of Thrones.

Jux Sat 08-Jun-13 18:22:13

Eliot Perlman, Seven Types of Ambiguity. Enjoying it.

Have now started, 'The White Tiger' about climbing the Eiger. Think I'm going to love it.

PurpleGeekyGirl Sat 08-Jun-13 19:32:45

The twelve by Justin Cronin. Once that's finished I have the latest sookie stackhouse. Trash escapism for me at the mo!

kelda Sat 08-Jun-13 19:36:15

Remus - I haven't read Dodger. I am enjoying The Long Earth - already read nearly 100 pages in two days - so much easier reading then Hilary Mantel!

melodyangel - Fahrenheit 451 was one of the first scifi books I read more then 20 years ago. I might start reading Ray Bradbury again.

ItsallFeegle Sat 08-Jun-13 19:47:37

I've just bought The Game of Thrones book 1 for my eReader grin

I'm excited!

I will never read another Hilary Mantel - vastly overrated imvho.

I keep meaning to read more Ray B. Have been on a bit of a sci-fi binge lately.

Jux Sat 08-Jun-13 20:21:55

Oh gosh yes, H Mantel such a waste of time.

I was reading a Ray B in assembly when I was 15, got caught, teacher confiscated the book. When I went to get it back at the end of the day she denied all knowledge shock It was my dad's too. Can't remember the title, but remember the cover art quite well grin

pollywollydoodle Sat 08-Jun-13 20:22:03

reading Ian McEwen's "sweet tooth" for book group but not really enjoying it . i am annoyed because i want to start the brillantly titled "the thoughts and happenings of wilfred price,purveyor of superior funerals"

Wish I could catch some of my pupils reading sometimes - they seem to be allergic to books! I've only read, 'The Illustrated Man' iirc - what do you recommend?

cocolepew Sat 08-Jun-13 20:38:38

Just started If You Were Here by Alafair Burke this afternoon. Really enjoying it.

ItsallFeegle Sat 08-Jun-13 22:29:58

I've read Dodger - I really enjoyed it but was very disappointed with The World of Poo hmm

kelda Sun 09-Jun-13 07:44:53

Wolf Hall was very good, once I was into it. I had to do a lot of googling to work out who was who and what was what. I am looking forward to Bringing up the Bodies but I have plenty of other books to keep me going in between - as well as The Long Earth, I am half way through A Clash of Kings. I plan on reading the whole Fire and Ice series.

kelda Sun 09-Jun-13 07:45:16

I probably won't bother with The World of Poo grin

kelda Sun 09-Jun-13 07:49:33

To be honest, it's so long since I've read Ray Bradbury, I have forgotton them all. I am also half way through the Illustrated Man grin. Lots of half read books that I plan on finishing.

The problem is, I have loads of second hand/Kindle books that I want to read, but I cannot resist the lure of the library and library books have to take priority because of the time limit on them.

seeker Sun 09-Jun-13 07:51:21

The Great Gatsby, for the millionth time.

Glorious book.

ShadeofViolet Sun 09-Jun-13 08:42:45

Just finished a Non-fiction called 'The Italian Boy'

About to start The Sea Change which I have been looking forward to for a while, and it makes a nice change from Uni texts.

pillow1999 Sun 09-Jun-13 08:52:57

Lost Innocence by Susan Lewis.

Not an author I have read before, but got it for a couple of pound and I am really enjoying it....

mixedmamameansbusiness Tue 11-Jun-13 20:57:16

Today: HHhH currently wishing I wasn't but it is for book club so I will plough on.

EleanorFarjeon Tue 11-Jun-13 21:02:26

'It was a pleasure to burn' - one of the best opening lines of all time.

I'm reading Lionel Shriver's Big Brother, another book club choice.

missmarplestmarymead Tue 11-Jun-13 21:36:06

Just beginning, One Step Too Far. Hope it is going to be enjoyable as was wearied out with my previous read, The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson. I bought it because I enjoyed her The ice Cream Girls but it was a dreadful effort to actually force myself to carry on to the end.

MerlinFromCamelot Tue 11-Jun-13 22:27:33

Just finished " As far as you can go" totally brilliant, starting "Nina Todd had gone" both by L. Glaister

Only a few pages in to Nina Todd, enjoying it do far.

Portofino Tue 11-Jun-13 22:29:59

Mary Boleyn The infamous Whore - Alison Weir. Very interesting.

ItsallFeegle Tue 11-Jun-13 22:37:31

Ooh I'm having that Porto - sounds tres interesting!

ItsallFeegle Tue 11-Jun-13 22:38:29

Lionel Shriver's 'We need to talk about Kevin' is also an amazing read.

highlandcoo Tue 11-Jun-13 23:35:18

Just finished The Happy Numbers of Julius Miles by Jim Keeble, who came to talk (very entertainingly) at our library book group tonight. Quirky tale set in east London and telling the story of a big, bumbling, fairly clueless statistician called Julius who finds numbers more reassuring than human relationships .. and how he eventually finds love. Excellent portrayal of modern London life, beautifully written and a lot more original than I've made it sound. If you liked the way Death narrated The Book Thief, then you should enjoy the Cupid character in this book.

Just about to start Walking on Glass by Iain Banks. Reading my way through all his work at the moment; I started when I heard he was ill but only managed four books before he died sad

I enjoyed, 'The Italian Boy.' My favourite sort of book - history, intrigue, medicine and dead bodies! smile

Isaac Asimov "Foundation" and Mike Parker "The wild rover".
I usually have at least one fiction and one non-fiction on the go at once, to suit my mood.

EuroShaggleton Wed 12-Jun-13 08:02:15

I've just started Tigers in Red Weather. I can't get into it yet.

I've just finished Stephen King's 22.11.63, which I really enjoyed.

I read 22.11.63 a while ago, found it heavy going! The end was a bit disappointing IMO.

I was also disappointed with the ending, which I thought felt a bit contrived. Strangely, it worked better for me on re-reading.

pennyink Wed 12-Jun-13 08:54:19

Margaret Forster's Mother Can You Hear Me. It's really quite depressing and the main character is deeply unlikeable!

Galaxymum Wed 12-Jun-13 09:24:20

I'm reading Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine. It is so compelling and I love the historical detail. I discovered the author reading River of Destiny earlier this year and now want to read her other novels. Lady of Hay is a hefty book to carry around but I couldn't resist the cover of the 25th anniversary edition.

HormonalHousewife Wed 12-Jun-13 09:29:04

Mouse and the Cossacks courtesy of MN smile thanks !

really enjoying it .

minimuffin Sat 15-Jun-13 00:27:09

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst. Loved parts 1 - 4, now finding it a bit repetitive towards end and I'm not quite sure where its going. Might be because I read it loads on hol then didn't pick it up for about 10 days. Had a read earlier and struggled a bit. He's such a great writer though.

Just treated myself to a cookbook by Tessa Kiros - falling cloudberries - as I'm currently having a short stay in hospital, so I switched to that and am loving it

This thread has reminded me I want to read Tigers in Red Weather.

Ellenora5 Sat 15-Jun-13 00:56:38

I'm a bit stuck at the moment, so re reading Shell Sheekers and A Winter Solstice, they are my comfort books, really love them. Recently read Room, very good, well written and very moving. I gave up on The Slap, couldn't get into it at all. Thinking of starting The Hunger Games, I'm not sure though, saw the first film and it sort of bothered me, I liked it but found it disturbing. I tend to revert back to the oldies for a while, Silas Marner, Jayne Eyre, love them both since reading them in school. Hope you don't mind me joining your thread, I'm getting great ideas here, thanks

Ellenora5 Sat 15-Jun-13 01:02:35

Galaxymum, just read your post, Barbara Erskine is one of my favourites, have you read Child of the Phoenix, it's amazing, I love all her books, love being spooked, Times Legacy is absolutely fab and makes you wonder about things, I'm hoping there is a new one soon, must google actually. I have all her books neatly arranged on my bookshelves and I'm very fussy as to who I lend them too blush

Galaxymum Sat 15-Jun-13 18:00:59

I picked up Time's Legacy and Whispers In The Sand at the library this week. I am so excited to find a new author - every book looks intriguing. I have read the synopsis of Child of the Phoenix and definitely must read it. I'm about two thirds through of Lady of Hay which has completely gripped me. But I also don't want it to end!

juneybean Sat 15-Jun-13 21:38:32

Catching up on my Book Vipers group reads, so just finished The Color Purple today and have just started The Silver Linings Playbook!

Ellenora5 Sat 15-Jun-13 22:32:43

You will love them Galaxymum, well I think so anyway smile, brilliant stories, keep an eye out for Kingdom of Shadows, Midnight is a lonely Place and House of Echoes.

juneybean, did you like The Colour Purple, it's a long time since I read it, must root it out again.

juneybean Sat 15-Jun-13 22:35:52

I thoroughly enjoyed it, it felt so real to me I was a bit shocked it was "fiction" as she really breathed life into the characters.

scissy Sat 15-Jun-13 22:36:34

The Last King of Scotland. Surprisingly readable and gripping!

Shakey1500 Sat 15-Jun-13 22:38:11

I'm re-reading Kane and Abel as bought today for 49p in the charity shop. I may have also accidentally ordered the DVD from Amazon...grin

Ellenora5 Sat 15-Jun-13 22:45:27

Ye, it's a great story, it didn't make a bad movie either.

Must read that scissy, for some reason I thought it would have been hard going, so glad you said that.

Shakey1500, I haven't read that in years either, was it Geoffrey Archer that wrote it? can't remember now.

Shakey1500 Sat 15-Jun-13 22:47:00

Yes, Jeffery Archer. I read another of his, can't remember which one ,and it was shockingly bad!

Chewbecca Sat 15-Jun-13 22:59:17

The Magpies by Mark Edwards
Not enjoying, feels very amateurish and regret starting it! Will persevere, amazon reviews pretty good and it was recommended on here.

Meet me at the cupcakes cafe blush

I've just finished to very gory thrillers (two little girls in blue and the newest Susan hill) and I wanted something light and frothy!

DuchessofMalfi Sun 16-Jun-13 07:26:23

I'm currently reading Pear Shaped by Stella Newman. Chick lit but very amusing so far. One of the better written books from this genre. I'm reading some lightweight stuff before I tackle We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver for our Book Vipers Group over on Goodreads.

ForeverProcrastinating Sun 16-Jun-13 14:20:19

I'm totally gripped by 'Apple Tree Yard' by Louise Doughty, taut psychological thriller and really well written. Really want to find another similar book as I'm nearly finished - any recommendations?

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 17-Jun-13 14:05:31

Reading another Montalbano book, The Scent of the Night by Andrae Camilleri. Just love Montalbano smile

The Basketball Diaries

Finished Miranda's Miranual a few hours ago.....did people like it?

EliotNess Fri 05-Jul-13 18:36:49

magpies is a bit shit isnt it?

APlle tree is ace thoug

EliotNess Fri 05-Jul-13 18:37:14

I think Maragaret FOrster has nothing to say any more - her last one was stupid too

itried Fri 05-Jul-13 18:43:58

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel with Two Brothers by Ben Elton lined up

Galaxymum Fri 05-Jul-13 18:55:46

I feel a little bereft having finished my Barbara Erskine books as they were so absorbing. Just started All That I am by Anna Funder which has great reviews but hasn't grabbed me yet. I'm hanging in there.

k2togm1 Fri 05-Jul-13 18:59:02

Sorry if this has been said beforesmile

EliotNess Fri 05-Jul-13 20:16:56

Agree funder not as good as Stasiland.
Apple tree yard night fill your post erskine gap

NotYoMomma Sat 06-Jul-13 10:23:28

the knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness

bunnybing Sat 06-Jul-13 10:39:28

Currently reading Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

Before that The Uninvited by Liz Jensen - that was fab, well worth a read.

EliotNess Sat 06-Jul-13 12:01:42

I got bored with the bloody butterflies

Kasterborous Sat 06-Jul-13 14:01:45

Harvest of Time. It's a Doctor Who one, I've been looking forwards to reading it and have finally started it.

Kasterborous Sat 06-Jul-13 14:03:35

I enjoyed The Knife of Never Letting Go NotYoMomma still got to read the next two in the series.

NotYoMomma Sat 06-Jul-13 15:48:21

I've read them before grin I love Patrick Ness.

I have a sample of A monster calls to read next

Cherrypi Sat 06-Jul-13 18:14:14

The woman upstairs by Claire Messud. I'm enjoying but it doesn't go with the sunshine so I'm going to find something lighter.

Iaintdunnuffink Sat 06-Jul-13 23:22:36

I've just downloaded the Universe versus Alex Woods and The Shock of the Fall, I can't decide which one to start first.

EliotNess Sat 06-Jul-13 23:51:53

Not Alex woods

dadditlass Sun 07-Jul-13 00:13:02

Galaxy have you tried Diana Gabaldons Cross Stitch?
I loved Lady of Hay and found Cross stitch even better, it's another time travel one.

Samu2 Sun 07-Jul-13 22:04:50

Dark Places by Gillian whatshername.

Khara Sun 07-Jul-13 22:22:28

The second-last woman in England - really enjoying it!

Galaxymum Mon 08-Jul-13 09:26:10

I've been poorly over the weekend so got out some chick lit as light funny reading. Catherine Alliott's A Rural Affair which I'm raring through and enjoying something funny.

Dadditlass - yes I read Crosstitch last year - I really enjoyed it but haven't read the others. Looking forward to the tv series!

melodyangel Mon 08-Jul-13 17:21:23

Ok so finished Fahrenheit 451 and just loved it. I loved it even more after reading the afterword but then I dream of working in a library.

I then read The Autumn of the Patriarch by Garcia Marquez. It was my third atempt to finish it but really enjoyed that too.

I am just about to start The Perculiar Memories of Thomas Penman which a friend gave me. Loving the cover photo.

hackmum Mon 08-Jul-13 20:22:32

Have just finished The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (depressing book about Iraq war) and The Fate in our Stars by John Green, which is about a teenage girl dying of cancer. I know - I must be getting in the mood for summer. The Fate in our Stars turned out to be engrossing, surprisingly.

Am about to read Where'd you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

I'm reading Marian Keyes' "Rachel's Holiday" because I needed something a bit more "chewing gum for the eyes"-y.

MarshaBrady Tue 09-Jul-13 19:03:21

American Wife. About half way through.

highlandcoo Tue 09-Jul-13 20:12:18

How are you enjoying it Marsha? It was my favourite holiday read a couple of years back.

Made it just about credible that a seemingly pleasant and intelligent woman like Laura Bush could have ended up with that idiot smile

MarshaBrady Tue 09-Jul-13 20:45:13

Yes it's a great one for summer.

MarshaBrady Tue 09-Jul-13 20:48:16

As an aside it did make me think that I've read an awful lot of books with the very pretty (but doesn't know it) and clever, but unassuming lead female. With slightly overbearing and madder friend and good looking but cocky boyfriend. Feels really familiar.

Still enjoying it anyway.

Lioninthesun Tue 09-Jul-13 21:06:25

Just finished The Accidental by Ali Smith this afternoon. It was quite good but a little something and nothing. I do like her writing style though. Considering watching Luther on iplayer (eeek!) and then start Dawn French's Oh Dear Silvia to erase any images that may keep me awake from Luther. Really enjoyed DF's A Tiny Bit Marvellous which was a charity shop find, and v. happy to see the recipes in the back smile so hoping this next is just as fun.

hackmum Wed 10-Jul-13 09:11:29

So, have nearly finished "Where'd you go, Bernadette?" and would like to recommend it - it's a really entertaining read. I knew very little about it before starting (it was shortlisted for the Women's Prize) so assumed from the title it was going to be another one of those misery fests about poor Oirish families eating potatoes and knocking lumps out of each other. But it's actually American.smile

mixedmamameansbusiness Wed 10-Jul-13 10:21:54

The murder of Roger Ackroyd and Adam Bede. Both good in their own way.

valiumredhead Wed 10-Jul-13 14:30:46

I loved The Magpies! The author posted on a thread recently. Really entertaining read imo.

I'm reading As they Slept which is a nice humorous read as I'm finding it hard to concentrate on anything too messy atm as it's so hot.

Ellenora5 Sun 14-Jul-13 22:01:09

Just started The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, I think it will be funny

Galaxymum Sun 14-Jul-13 23:08:47

Just about to read the last thirty pages of The Captain's Daughter by Leah Fleming. It's a very enjoyable story as a summer read. A few too many coincidences to move on the story but I liked the characters and the genuine friendships and relationships. Not sure what to read next. I need something light in this heat!

DuchessofMalfi Mon 15-Jul-13 06:43:04

I'm reading Watermelon by Marian Keyes and also Lady Chatterley's Lover and The End of Your Life Bookclub by Will Schwalbe.

Bearandcub Mon 15-Jul-13 06:57:59

The Rook - Daniel O'Malley

It's v good.

Janie875 Wed 17-Jul-13 17:41:19

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Everyone really needs to read this - it's very long, but an amazing book!

(Hi everyone by the way, I'm new here!)

I'm reading The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene. Can't believe I haven't read it before. Very different to End of the Affair and Brighton Rock, which are the only two I have read of his.

Very enjoyable. Extremely modern and a touch Like Marquez. Its funny how the restrained Englishness of his prose translates so well into bare boned exposure of Argentina during the early Pinochet years. Bleakly comic and tragic. Very underplayed. Fab.

Eraser Thu 18-Jul-13 12:09:32

Anna Karenina at the moment...and for quite a while it feels like.

short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald....started a week or so ago in prep for rewatching Midnight in Paris for the umpteenth time grin not really gripped, they seem like just silly romantic stories you'd get in those cheap OAP mags

beachmum41 Thu 25-Jul-13 23:42:04

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry -it's excellent! Thought it might be heavy going, but turns out to be really readable.

Just finished Gone Girl on hols, fun page turner, and also The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry which was ok but went a bit silly (I thought). Or maybe it was silly all along but I only realised late wink. Holidays are great for lots of reading!

Mumof1Essex Thu 05-Sep-13 15:00:44

Longtime lurker, first time poster! Had to join to comment. Just finished an AMAZING book, by an author who's first book I read last year. This new one is definitely one that interested me- it's about a little girl who gets kidnapped, and her carer who has to find her. I really honestly couldn't put it down. I'm off to write an amazon review, but wow.

Don't worry, it sounds like it might be nasty, but most of the scary happens in your own head. Really opened my eyes about a lot of things, the internet especially. I'll be having a talk with my DC about her net use from now on. There is so much stuff I didn't know about the web!

I'd recommend reading this if you have kids of any age, and if you love a good page-turner!




Louise1956 Thu 05-Sep-13 17:14:54

a Scented Palace, The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's perfumer by Elizabeth de Feydeau. very interesting biography of the man who supplied perfumes and cosmetics to many French aristocrats including the Queen. Although a staunch Republican, he had a fondness for the Queen, who he maintained was a king and generous woman. very interesting especially about the perfume trade. interesting that when he married, it was taken for granted that his wife would assist him in his business, this was the norm in those days.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 05-Sep-13 17:26:40

Approaching the end of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It's interesting, but not what I'd call a page turner. It raises many questions along the way. If only they had had DNA testing back then. It took so long to piece the case together and make arrests. Even then, a lot of what they were looking at was very tenuous.

Janny1 Thu 05-Sep-13 18:41:47

I'm reading a free download from Amazon called Night Monsters by Lauren White. It is enthralling. A bleak theme on the surface - suicide - but ironically absolutely uplifting.

ep1977 Thu 05-Sep-13 19:15:29

Lone wolf by Jodi Picoult from library
and Alex cross trial by James Patterson on my kindle

KurriKurri Thu 05-Sep-13 20:22:32

I'm reading The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham (latest Tom Thorne novel) on my Kindle, and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath for my book club.

Defy the Wilderness- Lynne Reid Banks. Anyone else like her? I think this is the first book of hers that I'm not really sucked into.

biography of Zelda Fitzgerald (yes, I did end up liking F. Scott!)
neither of them are coming across very well at the moment in this book

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer - it is just as bad as it sounds.
I am also reading a study guide on Dr Faustus, re-reading P&P and also a book about Everest, if that's any better?!

DuchessofMalfi Sat 07-Sep-13 16:38:34

Now reading What the Chinese Don't Eat by Xinran, and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.

Taffeta Wed 11-Sep-13 09:20:08

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie OFarrell

Kasterborous Wed 11-Sep-13 14:02:54

Just about to start W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Teddytoo99 Fri 13-Sep-13 21:01:53

I've just read a great book called A Week at Meredith's. It is only available on Kindle (Amazon) but is a must-read for stressed mums! Highly recommended!

Iaintdunnuffink Fri 13-Sep-13 23:22:41


It's a young adult book but I'm enjoying it and looking forward to see what's going on!

penguinpaperback Sun 15-Sep-13 14:10:47

I've got 2 books on the go, both non fiction. A Wiltshire Diary, Francis Kilvert (1840-1879) and Maeve's Times. Some selected articles Maeve Binchy wrote for the Irish Times. I'm really enjoying MB's book, she started writing for the Times in the 60's. I've tried her fiction a few times and have never finished a book.

qazxc Sun 15-Sep-13 14:41:55

Have just finished reading Saga (graphic novel) and have just started JK Rowling Casual vacancy

UptoapointLordCopper Sun 15-Sep-13 20:38:57

I have just finished Fever Crumb and am in mourning because I haven't got the next one. sad

But I'm soldiering on and reading Ngaio Marsh's Off With His Head. So far so Midsomer.

Unusual Company by Margaret Erhart

LaQueenForADay Wed 18-Sep-13 23:38:46

The very latest Jack Reacher blush

What can I say...I have the previous 17 all read and enjoyed on my Kindle.

I have no shame...

melodyangel Wed 02-Oct-13 12:07:51

Bill Bryson - Notes from a small island really enjoying it have read any of his stuff before but had heard good things.

Just finished How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 02-Oct-13 17:24:39

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

I noticed in your first post melody that you were reading Fahrenheit 451. What did you think of it when you'd finished it? It's on my shortlist to read by the end of the year, but I'm wavering for some reason.

melodyangel Wed 02-Oct-13 19:12:49

DuchessofMalfi I loved it! Would definitely recommend it.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 02-Oct-13 21:11:02

I think I'll give it a go soon then smile

penguinpaperback Thu 03-Oct-13 01:11:54

I was one of the lucky ones who got the free book 'An Everyday Miracle' by Professor Jim Dornan. Thank you mumsnet.
Really enjoyable book, some wonderful stories from Professor Dornan's 40 years as gynaecologist and obstetrician. I will passing it on to members of my family.

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