Books that you've have felt gutted to finish as they were so good

(76 Posts)
sparklysilversequins Mon 23-Dec-13 18:48:19

You wanted them to carry on forever and you almost can't be bothered to read anything else because it won't be as good?

The last one I read was "The Help", I thought it was just brilliant. Another was "I Capture the castle".

I am reading Dr Sleep at the moment and quite enjoying it, I will read until the end anyway.

But what books have you adored?

Xmas2013SantaA7938 Mon 23-Dec-13 18:54:44

<peruses bookshelf>

Black Beauty (fave childhood read)
Jane Eyre
Schindler's Ark
Water for Elephants
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy
Cutting for Stone
Wolf Hall & Bring up the Bodies
Mister Pip

If you liked The Help, try Mudbound. Can't remember the author, sorry.

sparklysilversequins Mon 23-Dec-13 18:55:50

Thanks I will take a look on Amazon smile.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 23-Dec-13 18:58:04

Stephen kings The Stand.

naturelover Mon 23-Dec-13 19:00:54

Recently: Boyd's Any Human Heart, Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons, Tartt's Secret History.

delbee Mon 23-Dec-13 19:01:15

The wronged sons by John marrs was fabsmile

Taffeta Mon 23-Dec-13 19:02:13

This year:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

AphraBane Mon 23-Dec-13 19:03:50

Most recently: The Time Traveller's Wife. Surprised me, wasn't expecting it to be as good as that.

ivykaty44 Mon 23-Dec-13 19:04:46

aphra - ditto smile

naturelover Mon 23-Dec-13 19:05:04

Oh I forgot Fingersmith
Also The Crimson Petal and the White

If I scanned my bookshelves I'd find more I'm sure

CoteDAzur Mon 23-Dec-13 19:08:34

Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell
This Thing Of Darkness
Cloud Atlas
Measuring The World

NotCitrus Mon 23-Dec-13 19:15:05

The Baroque Trilogy (Neal Stephenson),
Ursula le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness
The Glass Palace - Amritav Ghosh
Looking for TransWonderland - Noo Saro-Wiwa

waycat Tue 24-Dec-13 06:36:23

Me Before You, by Jo Jo Moyes.

I have recently read this following a friends recommendation, and I was so sad when it ended.

I thought the story was excellent, very touching in places, and the way it ended - although I kind of expected it - was still so well written I found it hard to read without feeling a bit tearful.

I wish I was still reading it now!!

MothershipG Tue 24-Dec-13 07:03:45

The Game of Thrones series, I read them one after another and by the end I was so engrossed in the character's struggles that I struggled to read anything else.

Mr Martin is frustratingly determined to work on other projects rather than devote himself exclusively to my need for more of the stories he has addicted me to! How dare he! wink

OneDayWhenIGrowUp Tue 24-Dec-13 07:15:00

Ken Follet's 'Fall of Giants' and 'Winter of the World'. They're a historical family saga (well about 5 families of different nationalities/social classes all intertwined together) set against 20th century world history. There's a third one but it's not out until next september.....can't wait, actually considering pre-ordering it in hardback!

Hopelass Tue 24-Dec-13 07:17:01

Hi OP if you liked "The Help" then "Rush Home Road" is also one I think you'd enjoy. I don't normally keep books to read again but this one I did! I also enjoyed "Me Before You" as per a previous poster. smile

Caught11 Tue 24-Dec-13 07:24:53

nearly finnished doctor sleep and I'm loving it. "when god was a rabbit" another favourite. My best book this year was the Night Circus, wanted to read it forever.

Patrick Ness trilogy which starts with "the knife of never letting go" is amazing. Truly amazing. You genuinely feel bereft at the end of the three, like ,you have lost family and friends.

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 24-Dec-13 07:35:10

Patrick Ness is something DS1's English teacher recommended to get him reading so we all have it on our Kindles at the moment.

I love the feeling of emerging back into reality after reading a good book - slightly fuzzy headed and disorientated but buzzing.

Blushingm Tue 24-Dec-13 17:13:10

The Sleep Room , not my usual thing but I wanted to carry on reading but it finished

sooperdooper Wed 25-Dec-13 10:27:54

The last book I read, The Vanishing if Esme Lennox, I could read it again straight away, beautiful and so sad

CuntWagon Thu 26-Dec-13 19:04:39

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Night Circus

stargirl1701 Thu 26-Dec-13 19:06:15

The Poisonwood Bible.

mmack Thu 26-Dec-13 19:11:10

Hopelass, I had almost forgotten Rush Home Road. I loved it too.

jimijack Thu 26-Dec-13 19:13:31

Angela's ashes by Frank McCourt. I've read it over and over and I'm always sad to finish it.

Anything by Bill Bryson, luckily he has loads of books so I never feel like they are ending.

Not my thing at all but enjoyed the Twilight books. Really surprised me.

MrsMcEnroe Thu 26-Dec-13 19:14:02

On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks. Reduces me to awed silence whenever I think about it!

HankyScore Thu 26-Dec-13 19:17:58

The Name of The Wind and its sequel. He's writing a third but it isn't finished yet.

I'm halfway through A Dance With Dragons for the second time, I'll be bereft again when that's finished.

Meow75 Thu 26-Dec-13 19:24:10

And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hossaini, and the one before that, A thousand splendid suns.

Absolutely loved both, so so well written!!

SomewhereBeyondTheSea Thu 26-Dec-13 19:40:28

The Forsyte Saga (yes, all of them!)
Bleak House
Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies (will queue at midnight for the last in the series)
The Poisonwood Bible
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The Crimson Petal and the White

Anyone who can look at that list and recommend something similar will receive a bunch of my finest thanks

highlandcoo Thu 26-Dec-13 20:40:30

Somewhere try The Observations by Jane Harris - I think you'll like it

Hadleighleftie Thu 26-Dec-13 21:22:40

The God of Small Things Arundati Roy
small Island Andrea Levy
My Father and Other Working Class Heroes, Gary Imlach
How I escaped My Certain Fate Stewart Lee
Each part of Tales of the City Armistead Maupin
How I won the Yellow Jumper Ned Boulting

ArgyMargy Thu 26-Dec-13 21:27:01

Yes, definitely Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - wonderfully creative.

Will this thread put people off reading these books?!

LongWayRound Thu 26-Dec-13 21:35:14

I've just finished the 6th book in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, and there are another 14 (15 if you include the last, unfinished one) to go. I love the way the characters become more complex, and each novel builds on the previous ones.

I loved Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell and re-read it soon after finished the first reading.

SydneyB Thu 26-Dec-13 21:47:20

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

MrsLatcher Thu 26-Dec-13 21:59:36

I just read all 6 of The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard, sheer bliss and so well written. Highly recommend.

MacaYoniandCheese Thu 26-Dec-13 22:06:04

I just read "My Notorious Life" by Kate Manning and 'Longbourn' by Jo Baker.

'I Capture the Castle' is one of my favourite books in the world ever smile.

SomewhereBeyondTheSea Thu 26-Dec-13 22:14:14

Thanks Highland! Will try.
I got a copy of The Illumiinaries as an Xmas pressie - looks as though it might be my kind of book too ...

SomewhereBeyondTheSea Thu 26-Dec-13 22:16:32

*Luminaries. Iphone typing ...

stickysausages Thu 26-Dec-13 22:21:41

Will have a think tomorrow, but yes... Water for elephants was wow, me before you a pleasant surprise, trash was an amazing book, pictured a movie in my mind, life of pi... Urm... I read so much but tend to dump then out ny brain & move on... Book slut!

maillotjaune Thu 26-Dec-13 22:26:07

The Luminaries is a great read - I didn't want that to end even after 800+ pages.

Wolf Hall
This Thing of Darkness

EssentialCoffee Thu 26-Dec-13 22:31:11

Marking my place for some new ideas!

I agree with The Poisonwood Bible, The Help and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series - loved these books.

I really enjoyed the Shardlake series by CJ Sansom.

I'd also add The Collector by John Fowles - chilling.

CaptainTripps Thu 26-Dec-13 22:58:26

The Stand. I almost cried when I was nearing the end. I never wanted it to end.

Now I am feeling similarly about 11.22.63 (see my pther thread about your book of the year).

CheerfulYank Thu 26-Dec-13 23:03:57

Coulda guessed that by your user name, CaptainTripps. wink Totally agree. Even now all I have to do is think "Goodbye, East Texas. It's been pretty goddamn good to know you," and I well up.

I loved I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb as well.

OneHolyCow Thu 02-Jan-14 11:53:32

I've just finishes The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud and I'm a mess.
Perfect. I'm gutted. Can not read another book for days now so might as well clean the house or something.

MrsMaryCooper Sun 05-Jan-14 14:44:40

Have his Carcass - Dorothy L Sayers
Game of Thrones - George RR Martin

NuggetofPurestGreen Sun 05-Jan-14 15:43:33

11.22.63 is amazing Captain just finished reading it for the 3rd time! I see from your other thread you're new to the King - would recommend IT and The Dead Zone if you haven't read already - on a par with The Stand and 11.22.63 I think.

I agree re Water for Elephants it was great. Lots of my favourites have been mentioned already. I'm going to read some of these recommendations in 2014.

DoctorTwoTurtleDoves Sun 05-Jan-14 15:54:04

Wrath Of Angels by John Connolly, the sequel to The Black Angel.

DontHaveAtv Mon 06-Jan-14 10:59:49

The Stand by Stephen King. M.O.O.N spells I love that book. smile

Crowler Mon 06-Jan-14 19:45:43

I loved I Capture the Castle and I was so sad to finish it. FYI OP I later read The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets (not a serious work of fiction, by the way) and my MIL and I, without even discussing it with each other, each were reminded of ICTC. You might like it.

Crowler Mon 06-Jan-14 19:46:30

Oh, and Life After Life. I loved this book so much I was depressed when I finished it.

Oh yes, The Stand! And I know I will be the same about GoT even though I'm only on Dance for Dragons pt 1... I am obsessed! Bill Bryson's a Walk in the Woods...I'm not a particularly avid travel fan - I just loved reading about him and Katz blundering through the wilderness!

somewherewest Tue 07-Jan-14 19:25:19

Wolf Hall
Atonement (only Ian McEwan book I like)

CoteDAzur Tue 07-Jan-14 20:30:00

This Thing Of Darkness
Cloud Atlas
Measuring The World
The Strangest Man

Chopsypie Tue 07-Jan-14 20:34:59

The night circus is the most recent.
The song of Achilles
The book thief (although don't think I could of read it much longer, I cried almost constantly!)

Those are my most recent, great thread though I've got some great ideas !

PoopPoooDeDooo Tue 07-Jan-14 20:49:40

Diane Chamberlain: 'The lost daughter' and 'the kiss river trilogy' and 'the midwifes confession' fab fab fab absolutely love her (also like Jojo Moyes so suggest those who have read me before you try the above!) Actually Jojo Moyes 'Last letter to my lover' is really good too smile

stickysausages Tue 07-Jan-14 20:49:47

I'm halfway through The Snow Child, going to read the other half tonight & be gutted to finish it! Expecting tears!!

PortofinoRevisited Tue 07-Jan-14 20:51:45

Wolf Hall
The Thornbirds blush
Oh loads really. I get totally immersed in a good tale.

AppleSnow Tue 07-Jan-14 20:56:00

The Wall of the Plague - Andre Brink - the end made me go and read the whole book again

minsmum Tue 07-Jan-14 21:01:50

Wolf Hall & Bring up the bodies
River of London the Ben Aaronovitch books very good

demi43 Tue 07-Jan-14 21:06:58

One Day by David Nicholls (I think) was brilliant, read it a couple of summers ago & remember not wanting it to end. Currently reading Philomena by Martin Sixsmith which I'm really enjoying & deliberately taking my time over-hard to believe that this happened to thousands of women & babies & so recently.

PortofinoRevisited Tue 07-Jan-14 21:13:58

I cried on the bus at One Day. I know a lot of MNetters don't like it but I think it was a contemporary age thing and it really resonated with me.

SaltyGoodness Wed 08-Jan-14 18:56:48

So many recs for Me Before You, I should give it another try.

Books that I never wanted to finish:

The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss (loved book 2 even more, can't wait for book 3!)

DrNick Thu 09-Jan-14 20:42:07

god thsoe twats on I capture the castle annoyed me

get a job fgs

nettlefairy Tue 25-Feb-14 08:13:57

Great list - going to get busy on amazon later!! I'm going to add Layla by Nina de La Mer - just finished it and .... Wow.

wiltingfast Wed 26-Feb-14 08:39:39

Emily of New Moon

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
The Stand
The Secret History
The Girl with a Pearl Earring
Feersum Endjinn by Iain M Banks
Possession by ? Byatt

Currently reading the first of the cazalet chronicles which is vvg. Not sure I want to read another huge series though, I've only recently emerged blinking from GoT!

Suzannewithaplan Fri 28-Feb-14 16:10:11

I read the poisonwood bible, was really enjoying it and then I got to the end and it started to annoy me so much that I stopped reading it. confused

Recently read Alex Garland the coma and was engaged throughout the whole book.
I really struggle to find fiction that I can truly get into so I shall be watching these threads for inspiration!

LeonardoAcropolis Fri 28-Feb-14 16:19:57

Another one for The Stand grin I was very unreasonably furious with my DM who gave up with it. Couldn't get into it, apparently. I have the mini series on DVD too.

I have just finished a collection of ghost stories written by women, I didnt want that tk end, either.

fromparistoberlin Sat 01-Mar-14 17:43:57

Cutting for Stone
all Kate Atkinson, bloody love her

mumslife Mon 03-Mar-14 12:32:00

def the cazalets and the bookthief loved loved loved this book

mumslife Mon 03-Mar-14 12:33:07


Once you have read the first cazalet book nothing will stop you from reading the rest!

wiltingfast Mon 03-Mar-14 13:43:54

Yeah, just bought and am now reading Marking Time mumslife!

MadamBatShit Mon 03-Mar-14 16:21:51

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Cried.

Loved that book, and then it's based on a true story and it is so sad! snif

ggirl Mon 03-Mar-14 16:26:11

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

my all time favourite book

Cheboludo Mon 03-Mar-14 17:58:08

Like so many others: Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell. I really hope the TV adaptation does it justice.
The Crimson Petal and the White and Fingersmith. All three have wonderfully realised characters and gripping plots. Although, looking at my list, I should probably give Dickens another chance as all three have been described as Dickensian. (I read the first third of Great Expectations at the age of 14 and hated it so much I've refused to try him again.)

Pride and Prejudice. Every time I read it, I miss the characters and the world of Netherfield and Longbourn so much that I find myself desperately looking for books about it and I've even resorted to reading a couple of the sequels (very bad idea).

mom2010 Tue 04-Mar-14 10:59:07

thorn birds by colleen mccollough.

Suzietastic Thu 20-Mar-14 21:21:56

The Millennium Trilogy & Apple Tree Yard

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