What MrsRobertDuvall read on her hols last week.....

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Mrsrobertduvall Tue 20-Aug-13 14:12:28

Nearest thing to Crazy...Elizabeth Forbes (average gas lighting type thriller)
One step two far...Tina Seskis (woman disappears from her marriage, hiding secret...again average)
Linda Lovelace ...Ordeal (disturbing autobiography of a manipulated woman)
The Other Typist...superb
The Safest place..Suzanne Bugler..enjoyed this...family move to country away from London, but husband commutes daily.
The son in law...Charity Norman (loved this...son in law comes out of prison after killing wife)
Waiting for Wednesday..Nikki French ( good thriller, 3rd in Friedan Klein series)

tripfiction Tue 20-Aug-13 15:14:06

Great selection, you did well to read all of these! Certainly concur on the Other Typist and The Son-in-Law as being great reads. Thanks for sharing.

LadyMilfordHaven Tue 20-Aug-13 17:42:15

i loved the other typist

rest look a bit chic litty...

TerribleTantrums Tue 20-Aug-13 17:49:43

MrsRD, Charity Norman's other two books are 99p on Kindle at the moment, if you haven't already read them.

AnonYonimousBird Tue 20-Aug-13 18:04:24

I am so keen to read The Other Typist, waiting for price to drop/get it from the library.

Also pleased to hear that The Son in Law is good, as I enjoyed After the Fall and I have her Freeing(?) Grace on my TBR.

Feenie Tue 20-Aug-13 18:26:49

This school holidays, I've read:
The Safest Place - enjoyed this, and liked her other two books also.
One Step Two Far - agree with you about this.
What Kind of Mother Are You? - v enjoyable thriller type.
The Poisonwood Bible - excellent
The Dinner - strangely enjoyable, some bits a bit odd in translation but that adds to the quirkiness.
Husband, Missing - toss, wish I hadn't bothered.
Accidents Happen - ditto!
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - excellent
Apple Tree Yard - enjoyed this v much
Reconstructing Amelia - excellent
Edward Adrift - sequel to 600 Hours of Edward - both thoroughly enjoyable.

LadyMilfordHaven Tue 20-Aug-13 18:28:22

i have some lists on amazon of mine if anyone is interested drop me a Dm.

beautiful ruins was way up there and Black diamond

mignonette Tue 20-Aug-13 18:37:18

Reading list for now and next-

Catfish Alley by Lynn Bryant (light deep South fiction)
The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty (American fiction)
Light Years by Susannah Moore Poetry memoir of Hawaiian childhood)
Swamplandia by Karen Russell (again because I love it)
American Ghosts by Janice Owens (American fiction)
The Cracker Kitchen by Janice Owens (Non fiction cooking memoir bya Florida 'Cracker')
Wild Girls by Mary Stuart Ansell (Appalachian crime)
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood.
The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers

Dipping into-

Birds & People by Mark Crocker (mega natural history Opus)
American Pie by Pascale Le Draoulec (cooking road trip travel writing, again)
Arkansas Pie by Kat Robinson (culinary road trip/history)
Gumbo Tales by Sara Roahen (food & Culture of Cajuns and Creole people)
Waterlog by Roger Deakin (again!)

mignonette Tue 20-Aug-13 18:39:42

My lists on pin if anybody is interested-

fiction and non fiction;

Travel writing;

Food writing.

Bexicles Tue 20-Aug-13 18:47:01

mignonette you have impeccable taste. I am currently reading Cold comfort farm, very amusing so far.
I have also just bought The perks of being a wallflower and cannot wait to get started on it!

mignonette Tue 20-Aug-13 18:55:27

Bex Thank you for saying that. I do get a lot of suggestions from MN and also from AGoodread.com so cannot take all the credit. I love Cold Comfort Farm BTW. Have you read A Tree Grows In Brooklyn?- a wonderful novel. Also 'My Antonia' by Willa Cather?

isitsnowingyet Tue 20-Aug-13 18:56:56

Nice thread - always looking for new ideas for authors..

I've read on hols -

Sharp Objects - Gillian Flyn - gruesome in parts but readable - her first novel before 'Gone Girl' which I sped through.

The Girl with the Glass Feet - Ali Shaw - beautifully written and quite moving/poignant.

The Past Lies Waiting - David Treanor - pretty dreadful - a direct lift from the much better book by Sarah Waters (The Little Stranger) - but it was only 99p for the kindle.

Perfect People - Peter James - very entertaining thriller - easily readable if not exactly highbrow - great holiday read.

Next one lined up to read is Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty - I got it after I heard Ian Rankin yesterday on Radio 2 enthusing about it....

LadyMilfordHaven Tue 20-Aug-13 19:29:52

loved apple tree
i started a thread on it.

MrsDavidBowie Tue 20-Aug-13 19:35:33

Mignonette...fantasti ook list.
I will be on Amazon later.....

Loved Appletree yard.
Still have to read
The Deception Artist...Fayette Fox
Heft...Liz Moore
Big Brother (new Lionel Shriver)
Behind the candleabra
New Peter James
Kiss me first...Lottie Moggach

MrsDavidBowie Tue 20-Aug-13 19:36:01

That was fantastic by the way

LadyMilfordHaven Tue 20-Aug-13 19:41:36

oh i loved heft a lot
a bit like harold dry or 100 year old man in a way

LadyMilfordHaven Tue 20-Aug-13 19:43:12

oh and i hated wallflower and Alex thingy - that book
DID love the teen book t stars something by ? david green

mignonette Tue 20-Aug-13 19:44:00

I have Big Brother on my Kindle (which DH has commandeered) and just heard that 'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand' is to be made into a film. I loved that book. Will be interesting to see who they cast....

LadyMilfordHaven Tue 20-Aug-13 19:45:52

I've just read this which was excellent
This which was okay.
This which was really good.
Am having a non-fiction moment!

I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower in Greece last year. I really liked it until the end, which I thought was ridiculous (the 'revelation' bit - trying not to do a spoiler).

Feenie Tue 20-Aug-13 21:52:05

Marian Keyes tweeted just now about 'The Fault in our Stars', what a strange coincidence!

bibliomania Wed 21-Aug-13 12:51:20

Oh mignonette, I need to move closer to you so I can borrow from your bookshelf <crazed book stalker emoticon]

Have only been for a few days away on a campsite, and lack of electricity meant I read less than usual.

mignonette Wed 21-Aug-13 13:02:58

Biblio I lend loads of books out, one of the main reasons for buying them as opposed to putting them on my Kindle. I do love my books and have shelving full of them lining most rooms in my house (crazed book owner emoticon)......

I need new presbyopia Px for my glasses as got a new pair last week and they do not work {Specsavers bloody useless) so finding reading a bit challenging at the moment sad...Just ordered 'The Longing of Wayward Girls', 'The Boy Kings of Texas' and 'Eight Girls Taking Pictures' from Amazon.

bibliomania Wed 21-Aug-13 14:28:18

You're a better person that I am, mignonette. I occasionally lend books but hover so anxiously over the lendee until they're returned that most people decline the favour.

I read mainly library books and send non-loved volumes to the charity shop, so the books I do have are ones I hate to part with.

mignonette Wed 21-Aug-13 15:09:43

I do hover a little bit Biblio....

Lizzylou Thu 22-Aug-13 15:47:13

Agree about Perks of being a Wallflower, ending very disappointing.

Ten things I learnt about love - OKish
Into the Darkest Corner - disappointing
Where'd you go Bernadette - loved it, ending not great
Silver Linings Playbook - easy to read
The Detectives Daughter - OK
A Kind of Vanishing - weird, first half of book great, second half disjointed and just bad.
Unlikely Prigrimage - really enjoyed
Gone Girl - not that great

Currently halfway through The Thirteenth tale and really enjoying it.
Have Beautiful Ruins and Wolf Hall to go next.

mignonette Thu 22-Aug-13 15:55:03

I didn't really enjoy 'Gone Girl' either Lizzy. Had a mega Amazon fest after reading this thread and spent far too much.

SconeRhymesWithGone Fri 23-Aug-13 16:48:34

mignonette Based on your travel book pins, you might appreciate this somewhat obscure book, Gib's Odyssey, about a man from Key West (who was a good friend of my husband) who went on a solitary boat journey up the Intracoastal waterway from Key West to New York and back shortly before he died of ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease.


LadyMilfordHaven Fri 23-Aug-13 16:53:56

that one about the light house is ace

mignonette Fri 23-Aug-13 17:04:57

Scone Thank you for that. I have ordered it and when I clicked on 'add to cart' a message flashed up telling me I had already put it in a save for later list quite a few weeks ago. So am delighted. I am looking forward to reading this. I have read a lot of Appalachian trail/Walk across the USA books and am always looking for more especially set in the Deep South and Fla. Not many cover Fla although I think Martin Fletcher did once.

SconeRhymesWithGone Fri 23-Aug-13 20:42:29

mignonette Oh, I am so glad you are getting it. And I got many good recommendations from your lists. Thanks for sharing those links.

mignonette Fri 23-Aug-13 21:32:33

My pleasure. I love talking books and reading something recommended to me adds to the enjoyment. MN is the Worlds largest book club!

Clawdy Fri 23-Aug-13 22:25:57

mignonette I thought I was the only person who loved A Tree Grows In Brooklyn! It was out of print for ages, but available now.

JennySense Fri 23-Aug-13 23:21:34

A strange mix for me:
One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley Carol Ann Lee - definitive book
Wish I Was There - I Was the Golden Girl of British Cinema...Then My Life Fell to Pieces. This is My Story Emily Lloyd - honest account of mental illness in the celebrity spotlight
Unseen (Will Trent / Atlanta Series) Karin Slaughter - love this series
Back Story David Mitchell - much as you'd expect
Sleb Andrew Holmes - not sure
The Magpies: A Psychological Thriller by Mark Edwards - didn't spot the twist
A Storm of Swords, 2: Blood and Gold - rereading all the GoT books at the mo

Back2Two Fri 23-Aug-13 23:30:17

I've just bought Heft for kindle for my next read

Just read The Light between oceans (really enjoyed this)
Pilgrimage of Harold fry (loved it)
One step too far (thought it was a bit crap but it kept me interested)
Seating arrangements (ok)
Wonder (cheesy in places but I really liked it and it's a quick read)

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 07:58:32

Clawdy I read an excerpt of 'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn' at my Fathers funeral. He gave me the book when I was about thirteen (about the only loving thing he did do smile).

Jenny I have just started 'UNseen'. i am wondering though, how much more drama the Lena character can cope w/ before she jumps off a bridge.

For all those who enjoyed 'Heft', try 'The Middlesteins' . I liked this.

JennySense Sat 24-Aug-13 13:21:39

Mignon I love Lena blush it's Sara I find really irritating, and sometimes I think Will is a bit improbable...
Have you read Triptych? I think that's my favorite in the whole series smile

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 16:19:31

I've read all of them Jenny although I read 'Blindsight' and 'Kisscut' in the wrong order. Yes Sara is a bit sanctimonious but Karin Slaughter does keep piling on the agony for Lena doesn't she? Yes I agree Will Trent/Angie are a bit improbable. I liked Hank, Lena's uncle and thought his character was very well drawn and believable.

Would make a great TV series with its Deep South setting. Think yuo'd enjoy the crime novels of M K Kerley, Alex Kava, Lisa Gardner (set in Georgia too) and Tess Gerritsen. They are all US based, most in the South which seems to suit the brooding, 'dog days of Summer' murder and mayhem!

JennySense Sat 24-Aug-13 19:08:15

Yep I'm very surprised it hasn't been picked up to be honest - I also spend an inordinate amount of time wondering whether Karin Slaughter is just the best name ever for a crime writer...

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 21:22:43

The perfect name I think. I see Patricia Cornwell has finally green lighted a movie adaption of her novels.

racingheart Sun 25-Aug-13 00:04:58

Holiday reading:

100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window - loved this

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes - fun, interesting, light read.

Hey Nostradamus! - loved this so much. Wanted to stay with all the characters and know more.

Also read first Simon Serailler novel by Susan Hill which started well but got dull.

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