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).

springblossompetals Sun 27-Jul-14 22:13:19

I am reading "The Beach Hut" and one of the game of thrones books... Series seems to go on forever so should keep me busy for a while!

springblossompetals Sun 27-Jul-14 22:13:39

I am reading "The Beach Hut" and one of the game of thrones books... Series seems to go on forever so should keep me busy for a while!

WitchWay Sun 27-Jul-14 22:14:57

I'm ploughing through all my old Jilly Cooper Riders et al series before I get rid of them - I've grown beyond them rather & am finding them pretty pathetic really but am determined to read them all again first

TheMaw Sun 27-Jul-14 22:17:17

Oooh, I love threads like this! I've just finished The Luminaries (not worth it), I'm currently reading We Need New Names which is so-so, and then I'm starting The Marriage of Chani Kaufman. So many brilliant books around just now, just never enough time!

Weathergames Sun 27-Jul-14 22:17:34

Just read "The Fault in Our Stars" smile

BarbaraManatee Sun 27-Jul-14 22:18:31

A friend recommended a new book to me the other day - "The Art of Letting Go" by Chloe Banks. I've got it on my kindle & aside from the over-description in the first couple of chapters I'm enjoying it so far. I thought it was going to be a standard holiday trashy romance initially but it's not... Shan't say anymore...! wink

MizK Sun 27-Jul-14 22:19:09

Love, Nina....well I read it all in one go on Friday whilst lying in the sun. That was a pretty perfect day. Brilliant read.

wigglesrock Sun 27-Jul-14 22:19:10

I've also just read The Fault in our Stars which I enjoyed, the Circle which was brilliant and the Goldfinch which was not so enjoyable.

Lala5 Sun 27-Jul-14 22:19:19

Life after life by Kate Atkinson - unique but can be difficult to feel empathy for heroine

Mintyy Sun 27-Jul-14 22:20:07

Yanbu to ask. Of course not! Ask away. No one will find that unreasonable.

Lottapianos Sun 27-Jul-14 22:21:27

Filth by Irvine Welsh. Seriously grim and not a relaxing read but I absolutely loved the film so I'm enjoying comparing the book with what the film was like. I highly recommend both if you have a strong stomach and are not easily upset

MrsBungle Sun 27-Jul-14 22:22:59

I'm currently reading the goldfinch by Donna tarrt. Liking it so far, only about 40%through it.

gamescompendium Sun 27-Jul-14 22:23:02

I'm reading Herodotus' Histories which is wonderfully gossipy and Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter which is fab. Next up will be His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is fab, but very South American. I didn't understand it when i first tried to read it at 20, loved it when I (newly married to a South American) read it at 30.

Halsall Sun 27-Jul-14 22:23:06

I'm reading 'Almost English' by Charlotte Mendelsohn. I like her books and really wanted to get this one, but it's slightly disappointing me. Not as funny as I'd hoped.

Just finished Donna Leon's latest Brunetti novel, which was great (lots of lovely food descriptions!).

Oh, and I must start 'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing' by Eimear McBride, for our book group. Not really looking forward to it, I'm afraid.

loveableshoulder Sun 27-Jul-14 22:24:38

Lala I've just finished it too. Found the first 75 pages hard going but really enjoyed it in the end. Quite compelling prose. Kate Atkinson is one of my favourites.

about to begin another jack reacher.

TheMaw Sun 27-Jul-14 22:24:49

Just came back on to say Goldfinch by Donna Tartt but I've been beaten to it. I absolutely loved it!

Teddybeau1988 Sun 27-Jul-14 22:25:27

Just finished rereading Mockingjay. I read the hunger games and catching fire before that.

I am starting Gone Girl tonight. trying hard to stay away from DDs harry potter bookset

MommySlimFigure Sun 27-Jul-14 22:26:46

also reading the goldfinch. i finished The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue yesterday and it was really good.

sweetnessandlite Sun 27-Jul-14 22:27:43

I've finished reading The Fault in Our Stars, which is good.
But, if you want another tearjerker, read

Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

I read that about a year ago and it still haunts me.

ObfusKate Sun 27-Jul-14 22:28:07

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WookieCookiee Sun 27-Jul-14 22:28:20

I love nights at the circus one of my desert island books

Filth was worth reading but not pleasant - I never read it again and not watch the film.

I am reading Rubicon.

MizK Sun 27-Jul-14 22:28:34

Ooh Gone Girl was another I read in one sitting, really good stuff (a lot better than I expected).

Listening to Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn when I work out, extremely gripping but nasty. Giving me the horrors but has me needing to know what happens next.

BobFossilsTalkBox Sun 27-Jul-14 22:28:39

I'm reading Timur Vermes' ',Er ist wieder da' (He's Back is the English version) where Hitler wakes up/is alive in C21st Germany. It's very tongue-in-cheek and quite amusing.

bionic77 Sun 27-Jul-14 22:30:22

Another just finished the Goldfinch - and loved it so I re-read Donna Tartts Secret History which I never tire of.

Stopmithering Sun 27-Jul-14 22:30:29

Currently reading Ruth Rendell, tigerlily something or other. It's ok.
Before that, read Timbuktu by Paul Auster. Really enjoyed that one. Told from the point of view of a dog and typical Paul Auster clever writing.
(Why is this in AIBU?)

RainbowB7 Sun 27-Jul-14 22:30:45

I've just finished a Zadie Smith this weekend, NW. I really enjoyed the style and characterisation but I found the ending a bit dissatisfying. Definitely worth a read though if you haven't already!

TheAmazingZebraOnWheels Sun 27-Jul-14 22:31:13

I'm reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. It's really good but I think I've enjoyed others of his more, particularly Kafka on The Shore.

kerrymumbles Sun 27-Jul-14 22:31:30

dr. Sleep by stephen king then onto The Luminaries

CointreauVersial Sun 27-Jul-14 22:33:42

I should be reading The Goldfinch, but I was a bit slow in ordering it from the library and it didn't come in in time for my holiday.

So I'm reading "The Hare with the Amber Eyes" by Edmund De Waal. I've been meaning to read it for a while. I've only just started, and it's a bit "dry" so far, but I think it will get better.

Muskey Sun 27-Jul-14 22:34:12

Some kind person on mn recommended sunne in splendour about the wars of the roses and it was only £1.79 on kindle bargin

ObfusKate Sun 27-Jul-14 22:34:23

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LOLeater Sun 27-Jul-14 22:36:59

Most of the way through 'And the Mountains Echoed' (I think that's it) by Khalid Hosseini and enjoying it.

Laska42 Sun 27-Jul-14 22:38:07

The best book I read on holiday was Ruth Ozeki's 'A Tale for the Time Being' .. Stunning.. Last week I started 'The Lowland' by Jhumpa Lahiri. but gave up after a few chapters .. not like me, but I just couldnt get into it at all, and couldnt care about the characters one bit.. ..

Bolshybookworm Sun 27-Jul-14 22:38:15

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Enjoying it although not quite as much as the Poisonwood Bible and Flight Behaviour. Just finished Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty which I was a little disappointed by- it just didn't ring true in lots of ways. Looking for a good holiday book so watching this thread for recommendations!

cardibach Sun 27-Jul-14 22:38:35

J.K.Rowling's 'A Casual Vacancy' - I'm enjoying it. Have 'Life after Life' to read on holiday next week.
I'll be looking up some of these for my Kindle!

ThisIsBULLSHIT Sun 27-Jul-14 22:39:10

Am reading Birdman by Mo Hayder but am struggling a bit..
Have just read two books in the Virus series by Kathy Reichs. Teenagey but I like to pre-read DDs books (and they are really good.....)

It's my birthday in a few days so I am hoping some kindly soul might get me a new book <eyeballs DH> .....

IneedAwittierNickname Sun 27-Jul-14 22:39:12

I've just finished The Lifeboat By Charlotte someoneorother.
Going to start The Fault In Our Stars next I think.

ThisIsBULLSHIT Sun 27-Jul-14 22:41:13

I tried so hard to read that book cointreau but couldn't get into it! let us know how you go!

cardi that is a brilliant book! Am v jealous that you have it all to read! (Ps it's CC from the DT...) grin

kippersmum Sun 27-Jul-14 22:41:54

I'm a non-fiction fan & I would urge you to read "Bareback Around the World" by Dr Pat Garrod, one of the best books I've read for a long time

grocklebox Sun 27-Jul-14 22:42:25

yabu to ask here. You know mn has an entire section called Adult Fiction, purely designed for this question.
But not to be churlish: The Siege by Helen Dunmore. Set in Leningrad in the winter of 1941.

acsec Sun 27-Jul-14 22:42:52

I'm reading Moranthology by Caitlin Moran. It's very funny.

ovaryhill Sun 27-Jul-14 22:44:36

I'm re reading I am pilgrim by Terry Hayes, sort of 24 in book form

ICanSeeTheSun Sun 27-Jul-14 22:45:31

Seduced in the dark by CJ Roberts.

It's a difficult read emotionally but will finish.

appealtakingovermylife Sun 27-Jul-14 22:45:47

I'm reading "the coffee shop on the corner" by milly Johnson.
Am waiting with excitement for my 2 favourite authors new books, sophie kinsella and Mike Gayle, both due out soonsmile

TheBitterBoy Sun 27-Jul-14 22:47:44

I'm reading Casting Off by Emma Bamford which is the true story of a girl who chucked in her successful career to go sailing with a man she'd never met before after answering an internet ad. It is a surprisingly enjoyable read and has made me have itchy feet for the first time in my life.

Cocolepew Sun 27-Jul-14 22:48:54

Missing You by Harlan Coben. Brilliant as usual, but I wish he'd write another Myron book.

Lala5 Sun 27-Jul-14 22:50:45

Afterwards by rosamund Lupton is excellent holiday read if no ones read it

scottishmummy Sun 27-Jul-14 22:53:05

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler

5Foot5 Sun 27-Jul-14 22:53:37

Just finished "The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden" by Jonas Jonasson (v entertaining) and "The Humble Companion" by Laurie Graham (love most of her books). I have now started "The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Roles" by Catharina Ingelmann-Sundberg - very promising so far.

Localeditorshropshire Sun 27-Jul-14 22:54:31

Just finished On Beauty which took me months for some reason but I really enjoyed it. Straight onto How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, completed last week. Started Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis but then read some very mixed reviews. Might park that one as I have two classics on the bedside table that I have been meaning to read for ages: A Passage to India and Madame Bovary. However, I can hear the siren call of Jilly Cooper from the bookshelf...

SuburbanRhonda Sun 27-Jul-14 22:57:39

MizK, I love Gillian Flynn.

If you make it through Sharp Objects, I would recommend "Dark Places". Gripping and, as usual, brilliantly written.

FreudiansSlipper Sun 27-Jul-14 23:01:01

I am reading "We are Called to Rise " by Laura McBride

really liking it. Ordinary people with ordinary lives living in Las Vegas which makes it intriguing from the start

FreudiansSlipper Sun 27-Jul-14 23:03:45

I loved Gone Girl I thought it was really good

scottishmummy Sun 27-Jul-14 23:04:43

Yes me too

notnearlythereyet Sun 27-Jul-14 23:08:31

Rainbow I see what you mean about the ending of NW, but it is her style it seems, 'On beauty' could end in a muchmore satisfying way but she almost wants you to live on with the characters in your head, still struggling with their choices. It's got its charm I guess, I am still thinking of all the possibilities for all the characters and like them all the more for it.

Thank you for all the suggestions, my to read list keeps growing.

AIBU is my fav board, sorry if I offended anyone by posting here <ducks and takes cover>

SuburbanRhonda Sun 27-Jul-14 23:09:05

I loved Gone Girl but hated both central characters, which always causes me consternation!

wwbuffydo Sun 27-Jul-14 23:12:40

I'm in between books at the moment, but the last 2 I read were The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (a weepie- if you liked the silver linings playbook this is similar) and Americannah which is amazing - written by the same person as half a yellow sun and sort of like on beauty- american college life, that sort of thing. Other amazing books I've read are What is the What and The Madonnas of Leningrad. What is the what is about the Sudan, and Madonnas is about the aeige of Leningrad- and Alzheimer's. All highly teccomended!

wwbuffydo Sun 27-Jul-14 23:13:43

Clearly all this reading is no help in learning to type on a phone.... blush

MizK Sun 27-Jul-14 23:14:14

Thanks rhonda, will do (though may need a break between them - her books do play on the mind at night!)

scottishmummy I really enjoyed We are all completely beside ourselves, not at all what I would usually read but genuinely thought provoking and moving.

Footle Sun 27-Jul-14 23:14:16

Lives Like Loaded Guns, biography of Emily Dickinson by Lyndall Gordon. Just started, can't comment yet but I'm hooked. Also Laurie Graham's The Humble Companion, enjoying.

FreudiansSlipper Sun 27-Jul-14 23:17:06

I did not like either character in Gone Girl

I did love the out of the blue change in direction for one felt it really hit on something that is happening in our society. shall say no more do not want to spoil it for others

KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Sun 27-Jul-14 23:18:47

Just finished 'Who's That Girl?' by Alexandra Potter.

Chick-lit but also has some kewl stuff about time travell.

Before that I was reading numerous textbooks on bullying and narcissism and needed something light!

Mighg read some of her other books next.

Also have a copy of Sybil cominh in the post.

SuburbanRhonda Sun 27-Jul-14 23:28:55

Oh no, not "Sybil" as in the character played by Sally Field in the film? I could barely watch the film.

Bolshybookworm Sun 27-Jul-14 23:42:41

bullshit The jack caffrey books get better as you go through the series- less sensationalist and more character driven (although still fairly gory). Mo hayders writing definitely improves IMO.

buffy just bought americanah for my kindle for £1.99- thanks for the recommendation (loved half a yellow sun).

KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Mon 28-Jul-14 00:02:45

Sybil as in the true story of the woman with multiple personality disorder.

That kind of thing really interests me.

No idea if there's a film.

FushandChups Mon 28-Jul-14 00:03:20

The book people had a great deal on the complete Colin Dexter so am gently working my way through them, interspersed with others as I go! Morse is great grin

My book club book is Lord of the Flies which I just can't seem to get into - and I'll read anything..

AshaH1982 Mon 28-Jul-14 00:06:34

Kate Atkinson's Life after Life was my favourite this year. Started re reading it as soon as I'd finished. Was itching to read Donna Tartt's Goldfinch, didn't love it. (I'm in the minority there, everyone else I know who read it adored it.) I usually really enjoy Amy Tan's novels, but nearly chucked The Valley of Amazement out the window. Was lucky enough to read We Are All completely Beside Ourselves before seeing any spoilers!
About to revisit The Blind Assassin, been a while since I read it and remember loving it.

UsedToBeAPaxmanFan Mon 28-Jul-14 03:30:36

I read The Goldfinch and *A Tale for the Time Being" on holiday and loved them both.

I am currently reading The Luminaries but hating it. Not my thing at all, but it's our book group book so I've got to get through it. sad

Cheepypeepy Mon 28-Jul-14 06:58:56

Dance to the music of time, 12 (!) books by Anthony Powell following a fictional version of his life from the 20's onwards - better if you have a kindle 4 vols of 3 books

Good apart from when his poshness gets a bit too much (eg. he and most of his friends see no problem in refusing to be anything but an officer in the war)

Best quote something like "parents are such a disappointment to a child, after such a good beginning they go rapidly downhill"

NacMacFeeglie Mon 28-Jul-14 07:01:08

Currently reading confessions of a policeman. Also have a street cat named tom to read and get a grip self help book which is hilarious.

BuzzardBird Mon 28-Jul-14 07:08:36

Also currently on Goldfinch (got about 30 pages in before I realised the main character is a boy) but I am enjoying it.
Just read The Husband's secret which I really enjoyed and the Rosie Project which was a good read but had a very simplistic idea of Aspies.

tumbletumble Mon 28-Jul-14 07:13:05

Recently read and enjoyed The Goldfinch, The Fault in Our Stars and She's Come Undone.

Currently reading The Luminaries. I'm 34% in and it's good so far.

Inertia Mon 28-Jul-14 07:21:56

A Most Incomprehensible Thing, which is an introduction to the maths of general relativity.

diddl Mon 28-Jul-14 08:39:12

My week with Marilyn-Colin Clark. really enjoying it.

Then the last of Alan Clark's Diaries.

Then will reread the Barchester Chronicles, one of my faves.

whatsbehindthegreendoor Mon 28-Jul-14 11:40:04

Just finished LIsa Jewell's The Third Wife - very good. Just started Sheila O'Flanagan's If You Were Me. Other books I've read recently include Carole Matthews' A Place to Call Home - which was fab, Erica James' Summer at the Lake - also fab and another one by Erica James called Tell it to the Skies - which was brilliant.

squatcher Mon 28-Jul-14 12:55:55

Another 'Goldfinch' reader here - very nearly finished it so I'm going slowly as I don't want it to end.

I have 'The Remains of the Day' lined-up next.

chopinbabe Mon 28-Jul-14 14:12:16

'The Remains of the Day' is wonderful.

Just started, third of way through, 'The Little Stranger' by Sarah Waters. She has a new one coming out soon: looking forward to it.

TalcumPowder Mon 28-Jul-14 14:19:27

Rebecca West's The Fountain Overflows trilogy and Frank O'Connor's collected short stories.

PoirotsMoustache Mon 28-Jul-14 14:22:05

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first book in the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I've not seen the films, and I refused to read the books previously because everybody kept telling me to (I can be stubborn over the most ridiculous things). I now wish I had started reading the books earlier as the first one is brilliant so far. I'm looking forward to reading the others asap.

Leviticus Mon 28-Jul-14 14:26:18

I know why the caged bird sings. I hadn't heard of Maya Angelou until her death. It's very good.

burgatroyd Mon 28-Jul-14 14:33:46

Couldn't get through the Rosie Project as I found it a little twee.
The examined life is excellent.
The husbands Secret is a good old novel with cracking plot that kept me hooked. Excellent writer. Please read this book!

Doobydoo Mon 28-Jul-14 14:34:25

Just finished The one plus one and the Cormoran Strike one by JK Rowling am now reading 'We are absolutely beside ourselves...quirky thus far.I like it

Doobydoo Mon 28-Jul-14 14:35:18

Oo yes read Goldfinch 2 weeks ago.The secret history is on me list

Doobydoo Mon 28-Jul-14 14:36:11

I LOVE Kate Atkinson.I do!

Curlyweasel Mon 28-Jul-14 14:41:45

I'm reading the Regeneration trilogy again - was one I wanted to keep on my Kindle (as I used to keep a copy on my bookshelf). Just finished last GOT instalment - surprised I got that far given how convoluted he's making the experience have a sneaky feeling I may have read them out of order

achtunglady Mon 28-Jul-14 15:07:22

Filth is one of my favourite books! I love Irvine Welsh.

I'm currently reading Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh and The Rum Diary which ive read loads of times but love it!

Daughter of fortune by Isabelle Allende. I'm on a big Allende kick at the moment as I found a pile of her books in a charity shop!

Bolshybookworm Mon 28-Jul-14 15:26:21

I love the Regeneration trilogy curlyweasel, it's one of my all time favs.

ObfusKate Mon 28-Jul-14 15:31:21

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Picklepest Mon 28-Jul-14 15:33:18

I used to be highbrow in reading. Now I just read anything under £2 a pop on kindle. Had some gems and some duffs. Presently reading lee child /jack reacher series. (Over £2 each but are dhs). Really enjoying them.

Jelliebabe2 Mon 28-Jul-14 15:53:30

I've just started the girl in the box series! Compelling stuff so far and was free on Amazon!

wwbuffydo Mon 28-Jul-14 16:03:46

no probs bolshy hope it lives up to my recommendation!!

littlepeas Mon 28-Jul-14 16:15:28

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness at the moment. Also about 250 pages into The Goldfinch and have been for intend to finish it at some point, but am one of the minority who doesn't love it.

U2TheEdge Mon 28-Jul-14 16:17:37

The Golem and the Djinni.

It is excellent.

Jayne35 Mon 28-Jul-14 16:25:29

Am reading Birdman by Mo Hayder but am struggling a bit..

I really enjoy Mo Hayder but that one was a difficult read...

Currently reading Broken Angels by Graham Masterton. Before that I read the whole Gone series by Michael Grant, I think they are young adult books but I loved them.

NoSnowJustSand Mon 28-Jul-14 16:43:16

I've read The Fault in Our Stars (didn't particularly enjoy it and was holding off on watching the film before I'd read the book; it's a rule) and the magnificent We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. I highly recommend the latter!

Bolshybookworm Mon 28-Jul-14 17:20:03

I bought the least graphic one for my mum, obfuskate, but I think she was still offended by it! Bit like the time I made her watch City of God, after forgetting how violent it was.....

proseccoco Mon 28-Jul-14 17:23:11

The Goldfinch. Really struggled to get into it, but am now neglecting the dc in order to read it whenever, wherever.

iloveeverton Mon 28-Jul-14 17:53:41

The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafón, half way through.

Recently enjoyed An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful
by J. David Simons

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

almondfinger Tue 29-Jul-14 20:32:28

Read 'And the mountains echoed' by Khaled Hosseini in one sitting. Fabulous!

Read the 100 year old man who.... Enjoyed it.

Barracuda by the author who wrote the slap, Greek and unpronouncable (sorry). Excellent, a tad gritty.

MorphineDreams Tue 29-Jul-14 20:46:55

I have the Kite Runner and And The Mountains Echoed, are they worth reading then yes?

MorphineDreams Tue 29-Jul-14 20:47:29

I have thousands of books on my iphone, I've worked my way through 341 this year so far but it seems I'm skipping the good ones

Halfway through NW by Zadie Smith. Really enjoying it. Got The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer to read on hols.

Can recommend The Deaths by Mark Lawson.

MotherWombat Wed 30-Jul-14 01:15:35

Every summer I try and reread "I Capture the Castle". I must have read it a dozen times by now but I still enjoy it. Its become a bit of a summer ritual. I think I may be of a superstitious nature.

proseccoco Wed 30-Jul-14 08:35:17

Struggling with The Goldfinch - it's too long! Hope her editor uses the red pen more on future novels. 70% through and will skim read to the bitter end.

CoteDAzur Wed 30-Jul-14 09:01:49

proseccoco - You don't need to manually check the price drops of books in your Kindle wish list. Check out eReaderIQ. smile

proseccoco Wed 30-Jul-14 12:49:58

cote I think I love you.

CoteDAzur Wed 30-Jul-14 14:12:34

Enjoy smile

isleangel Wed 30-Jul-14 15:15:21

Dreams I loved 'the Kite Runner', but it wasn't my normal kind of book - I was really engrossed in it and at some bits I couldn't read fast enough to see what happened. He is really good at describing things and making you feel that you've been there. Can't wait to get his other 2 books now, but will probably have to wait to the Christmas list smile

GlaceCherries Wed 30-Jul-14 15:21:57

Read "Life after life" recently and really did not like it (what was the point? Where was the story going?)

Just finished "the first 15 lives of harry august" and that was great, very gripping.

Have started "the emperor waltz" but can't get into it and may have to return it to the library unfinished.

I've lined up the first Cazalets book as my holiday read.

TodaysNotAGoodDay Wed 30-Jul-14 15:39:47

Re-reading an oldie, Dean Koontz - Strangers. Almost finished that, then onto Karen Russell - Swamplandia.

Laska42 Wed 30-Jul-14 18:36:50

The new Cormoran Strike book 'The Silkworm' Robert Galbrith/JK Rowling has just been reduced to £1.99 on Amazon Kindle* Probably only for the rest of today

Orangeisthenewbanana Wed 30-Jul-14 18:42:29

I'm reading Churchill's Wizards, funnily enough on a recommendation from another MN thread grin
Fascinating and shocking equally, and quite randomly topical with the centenary of WWI recently.

StillWearingOddSocks Wed 30-Jul-14 18:50:55

Stephen Dunne - the unquiet grave

Dunne is from Derbyshire & one of my 2014 discoveries!

Don't know if there's any other crime thriller affecinados on

stihlhere Wed 30-Jul-14 19:15:13

Also just finished The Miniaturist. One of those you books you just can't put down. Don't know what to start next

whotheduckisalice Wed 30-Jul-14 19:19:51

The Fear Index.

whotheduckisalice Wed 30-Jul-14 19:20:19

And Anna Karenina (long term project)

DuchessofMalfi Wed 30-Jul-14 19:22:55

Prophecy by S J Parris. Read Heresy, the first in series recently and enjoyed, although a little bloodthirsty in places.

Enb76 Wed 30-Jul-14 19:29:54

Just finished The Girl with all The Gifts (M J Carey) and am now re-reading I, Claudius (Robert Graves).

My almost 6 year old is reading Twist of Gold (Michael Morpurgo)

BumgrapesofWrath Wed 30-Jul-14 19:36:28

Darkmans by Nicola Barker. Absolutely excellent book!

Cherrypi Wed 30-Jul-14 19:38:38

I'm halfway through an electronic pile of books including the obligatory goldfinch. The main three I'm reading are The Hundred year old man..., The little stranger by Sarah Waters and The Sportswriter by Richard Ford.

ScrambledEggAndToast Wed 30-Jul-14 19:47:39

Just finished Battle Royale (I.e the original Hunger Games) Was really good and I immediately watched the film on Netflix and enjoyed that too grin

MorphineDreams Wed 30-Jul-14 20:00:28

Batter Royale is awesome

MorphineDreams Wed 30-Jul-14 20:00:43

Battle ever.

Batter Royale sounds like some scottish delight

minsmum Wed 30-Jul-14 20:11:48

Just finished Eenie Meenie by M J Arlidge and have the 4th game of Thrones, heresy and the Joy Fowler book on the go. I can't seem to settle with any of them at the moment.

mignonette Wed 30-Jul-14 20:14:45


I adore Swamplandia. Have you read Karen Russells' short story collections? They are as good. I can also recommend Janice Owens 'American Ghost's if you like stories set in Florida. She is an amazing writer.

Slongette Wed 30-Jul-14 20:16:34

Re-reading Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch - second book in the Peter Grant series.

Highly recommend the series.

Also just finished The Language of Flowers - a good read.

Slongette Wed 30-Jul-14 20:18:58

Saw someone's got the Hundred Year Old Man ........ To read. I really enjoyed it - has anyone read the authors second book? Is it worth a read?

almondfinger Wed 30-Jul-14 20:36:11

Morphine, definitely read the Kite Runner and And the mountains echoed. My favourite of his is A thousand splendid suns. That's a book that will stay with you for a long time.

Read Perfume recently for the first time - AMAZING

Havent read any more by author of hundred year old man...

MorphineDreams Wed 30-Jul-14 20:43:03

I'm liking this Anne Rice book but getting a bit annoyed at the 'rape sex' references.

almond I'll give them a go once I've read this, thanks grin

Cocolepew Wed 30-Jul-14 21:19:04

Now starting the new Stephanie Plum book.

Cocolepew Wed 30-Jul-14 21:19:09

Now starting the new Stephanie Plum book.

MorphineDreams Wed 30-Jul-14 21:22:14

I love Stephanie Plum! What's the new one called please coco

TheMasterNotMargarita Wed 30-Jul-14 21:27:13

On holidays just read The Shadow of the Wind which was gripping and Americanah which I also loved.
Just started The One Hundred Year Old.MAn Who .. and finding it very entertaining.

Cocolepew Wed 30-Jul-14 21:30:12

Top Secret Twenty One smile

Southeastdweller Wed 30-Jul-14 21:33:32

I've got two books on the go - The Lemon Grove, by Kate Walsh, and The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde.

TodaysNotAGoodDay Wed 30-Jul-14 21:35:01

Have ordered 'American Ghosts', thanks mignon

mumofthemonsters808 Wed 30-Jul-14 21:48:05

Last month I read Americanah which I really enjoyed, it's a fabulous book, I could not put it down.

mignonette Wed 30-Jul-14 21:49:16


Yay! Hope you enjoy it smile

Delphiniumsblue Wed 30-Jul-14 21:51:50

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings- Maya Angelou

sweetnessandlite Wed 30-Jul-14 22:30:29

I couldn't get into The Lemon Grove. I made it halfway then gave up.

I didn't like the main character and found it unbelievable that any mother could do that to a member of her own family - (go after daughter's boyfriend!)

Just finished "The Goldfinch". Awesome! Have read Donna Tartt's other books. What else would anyone recommend in a similar vein?

Other books I have enjoyed have been anything by Rose Tremain, books by Ann Patchett and Sarah Waters. Also Penelope Lively.

MillyONaire Wed 30-Jul-14 22:38:01

Tom Rob Smith's "The Farm"
Loved "Child 44" and "Agent 6", despite the grim settings I find myself sucked right in and hardly aware of time passing til the end of the book!

Taffeta Wed 30-Jul-14 22:48:28

Just back from holiday and read The Goldfinch, which I really enjoyed, and How to Build a Girl which was fun. I read The Silkworm before I left and enjoyed that too.

Have The Miniaturist next, which I am getting for my birthday.

OryxCrake Wed 30-Jul-14 23:15:34

I'm reading - and loving - Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok.

Just finished Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, which I thought was utterly brilliant. Clever, moving and well constructed.

WipsGlitter Thu 31-Jul-14 13:38:25

I'm reading the new Lisa Jewel - don't like the time-hopping but it's otherwise an easy read. Just read my first Jo Nesbo which I really enjoyed. Have Alistair Campbell's most recent waiting for me.

WipsGlitter Thu 31-Jul-14 13:39:36

coco I used to love the Stephanie Plum books but they were beginning to get very samey, have they improved?

Cocolepew Thu 31-Jul-14 13:54:18

I felt the same Wips, but I've laughed like a drain at the last 2, this one is shaping up to be good.

KinkyDorito Sat 02-Aug-14 11:17:25

I've had a right binge-read this week - love the holidays.

I've done:

The girl with all of the gifts which was fantastic (not what I expected, dystopian)

The house we grew up in which was good.

The 2nd and 3rd Hunger Games books which I've had lined up for ages.

The one plus one which I adored - just a really, really wonderful story.

hackmum Sat 02-Aug-14 15:13:42

I currently have two on the go, which is unusual for me. One is Lorrie Moore's collected short stories, which is great, but very long. After a while, they get a bit samey. The other is Hack Attack by Nick Davies, which is the whole story about the tabloids hacking celebrities, paying off policemen etc. It's good but for a story I'm extremely interested in, quite hard work - it's difficult to keep track of who everyone is.

UsedToBeAPaxmanFan Sat 02-Aug-14 17:51:30

Have just read The Lemon Grove and thought it was fairly dreadful, ploughed on as it was recommended by a friend but it really wasn't me.

I read The shock of the fall this summer and loved it. I also resd The Humans which was a good, easy read.

I read The Luminaries for my book group and was a bit meh about it, quite clever but confusing, and I don't think it merited all the fuss made about it.

I'm currently reading Heatwave which I'm enjoying so far.

PittTheYounger Sat 02-Aug-14 17:59:54

hates shock of the fall
Love the undertaking

PittTheYounger Sat 02-Aug-14 18:00:15

currently reading abook about Mallory and Everest

TheAmazingZebraOnWheels Sat 02-Aug-14 19:18:38

I'm reading The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley. I'm liking it but I had a big "oooh" moment several chapters in when I realised it's a vague (and several years later) sequel to his first novel. It's a good job I've already read that because within the first 50 pages basically all the twists of that book have been mentioned in passing.

mignonette Sat 02-Aug-14 22:18:43


Richard Madeley's new book got a really good review last week from one of the broadsheets. Was it the Guardian magazine?

TheAmazingZebraOnWheels Sat 02-Aug-14 22:27:50


I don't know which it was, I didn't see it. But I'm not at all surprised because it's pretty good so far. Better than his first one.

mignonette Sat 02-Aug-14 22:31:50

Yes the interviewer did that "I'm amazed to admit how good it is- that difficult second novel" but the man can write. I sensed he went to the interview looking to sneer at him or look down on him and found it impossible smile

DuchessofMalfi Mon 04-Aug-14 21:54:28

Just started We Were Liars by E Lockhart and A Brush with Nature by Richard Mabey.

Southeastdweller Thu 07-Aug-14 13:37:14

Now on A Clockwork Orange. Struggling - wish there was a glossary inside.

TheAmazingZebraOnWheels Thu 07-Aug-14 14:13:55

I've given up on A Clockwork Orange several times Southeastdweller, good luck with it

Have just finished we were liars duchess. I loved it. Have just started the detectives daughter but in not really enjoying it.

U2TheEdge Fri 08-Aug-14 11:47:54

A suitable boy

It's dragging in places.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 09-Aug-14 09:11:51

Have just started the first in Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet series - The Light Years. Enjoying it so far. I will take my time over this series, probably stretching it out up to Christmas, intermingling with other novels.

I've started reading several series recently, am part way through S J Parris's Giordano Bruno series, which is fab so far. And Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series too - decidedly odd, but think I like it. And loving Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler series - have three more to go (inc the one due out in October).

NoSnowJustSand Sat 09-Aug-14 21:06:54

I'm half way through Anne of Ingleside, which I bought in a charity shop; I don't know how I've never come across this book before. I'm enjoying it hugely.

TheAmazingZebraOnWheels Sat 09-Aug-14 21:25:46

Oh I'm so tempted to read an Anne book now, years since I read one. But not Anne of Green Gables. I don't think I can cope with Matthew dying right now.

Have you read the Emily books by the same author NoSnowJustSand? I think they are better.

hmc Sat 09-Aug-14 21:34:27

I enjoyed 'The Shock of the fall' ....

Currently reading 'The Middlesteins' about a Jewish American family and specifically the matriarch of the family who is eating herself to death

NoSnowJustSand Sat 09-Aug-14 22:11:57

I don't think I have read them TheAmazingZebraOnWheels ~ will have to investigate.

hmc I loved The Middlesteins, it's very moving on many levels. I might read it again actually.

hmc Sat 09-Aug-14 22:21:18

Oh good NoSnow - its kind of heartening when someone enjoys the same book as you smile

I might well re-read it too. Got a lot from it in the first instance but expect to get still more from a second read

TheAmazingZebraOnWheels Sat 09-Aug-14 22:33:02

I've read the Middlesteins too and I quite liked it.
I just finished Richard Madeley's The Way You Look Tonight and liked it all the way through.
Not sure what's next, something totally fluffy and ridiculous perhaps.

PuddledDuck Sun 10-Aug-14 20:55:03

The truth about the Harry Quebert affair by Joel Dicker. Mammoth book but quite easy reading and really enjoyable. Murder mystery set across 1970s and present day.

EmmaFeb2015 Tue 12-Aug-14 12:35:22

I also enjoyed The Shock of the Fall.

Also recently enjoyed Tuesdays with Morrie (very sad) and Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. Really liked both.

Have read a few free books on my ipad recently too - mostly a load of guff but ok for the train commute.

I'm currently half way through Barracuda by Christos whatsit and i'm enjoying it so far. Even though the main character is an obnoxious little so and so!

I saw someone (sorry, can't find who it was) mentioned re-reading I capture the Castle by Dodie Smith each year. Just thinking about that book makes me smile!

For anyone who needs a good laugh I can recommend The tent the bucket and me, and I left my tent in San Francisco by Emma Kennedy. You dont have to be the slightest bit interested in camping to enjoy them (i'm most definitely not). They made me howl grin

smugmumofboys Tue 12-Aug-14 12:40:00

I've recently read the Goldfinch and enjoyed it, though it could have been about 300 pages shorter imho.

I'm addicted to the Chief Inspector Gamache books. Love them so much I don't want to finish the series. About to start the Luminaries for book club.

marilynmonroe Tue 12-Aug-14 20:28:32

Just back from holiday and read 7 books!

My favorited were lemon grove by Helen Walsh and the wrong knickers by bryony Gordon. Both great reads for different reasons. I also read vanished years by Rupert Everett. It was ok some interesting stories.

I also read always, alys by Harriet lane which I really enjoyed too.

The heart broke in by James meek which wAs ok.

The lie by Helen duns more again was ok but a bit repetitive with the descriptions of the trenches.

The 7th book called who I'm supposed to be or something was rubbish.

Not a bad run!

Tonight I'm starting red Joan by Jennie Rooney for book club.

DuchessofMalfi Fri 15-Aug-14 08:16:18

Struggling to decide on a book to read next. I've been reading a lot recently, and think I may just have reached saturation point confused. Odd feeling.

Picked up Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer to read, but am wholly unenthusiastic about it. Not the book's fault, because it looks like it's a great story, and I know I like Belinda Bauer's novels - have read all of them so far. So, just me then. Taking some time out from reading may be the answer.

hackmum Sat 16-Aug-14 14:48:57

I'm reading a terrific book called Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon. It's a very long, non-fiction book about how parents cope with having children who are "different" - so children who are deaf, or autistic, or have dwarfism or Down's Syndrome schizophrenia, and many other conditions. There's a chapter for each condition. He's interviewed loads of parents and their children for every chapter, very sensitively and sympathetically.

The question that seems to arise in each case is: do the parents try to make their children "normal"? Or do they accept them as they are? So you can actually get limb-lengthening procedures, for example, to help children with dwarfism grow to a near-average height, but they're incredibly painful and require the child to spend a lot of time in hospital. Or do you teach the deaf child to lip-read, or have them fitted with cochlear implants, or do you encourage them to learn sign and celebrate deaf culture? It's completely fascinating, but heartbreaking too.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 16-Aug-14 18:30:56

After a restless and odd day with no book to read (that hasn't happened for a very long time) I settled on Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovich, the second in his Rivers of London series. I like his humour, so hope that will keep me occupied for a few days smile. Rubbernecker back on the tbr pile, near the top.

Davros Sat 16-Aug-14 19:53:56

I quite enjoyed the first Rivers if London book but it was odd! May think if reading some more.
I am currently reading A Case of the Fingerpost which is really good. Lived and highly recommend The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of his friend Marilyn Monroe, quite challenging. The Beluevers by Zoe Heller, Dear Lupin. Enjoyed The Hare With ..... But the last section set in Japan was not as good as the rest.
Thanks for lots of great suggestions!

Southeastdweller Sun 17-Aug-14 12:11:39

Almost finished We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which I'm finding dull and overrated. Having no interest in animals probably doesn't help.

hmc Mon 18-Aug-14 23:27:01

Thanks Enb76 - I googled the Girl with all the Gifts after you mentioned it, read some reviews and ordered it. Have just finished it and it was quite the most satisfying read that I have had in a long time!

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