Favourite book of 2010 so far...need inspiration!

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greedygoose Tue 25-May-10 20:06:23

Just finished Brooklyn (April book of month) Im a little slow! on my to read next list is:
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry, Time Travelers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (never read) and I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith because I had never heard of it and you lot all seem to love it. Any more recommendations out there?

echops Tue 25-May-10 22:10:27


A few books I enjoyed prior to having my baby (currently 3 months old so haven't read since her arrival!) are

Star of the Sea - Joseph O'connor
On the Black Hill - Bruce Chatwin
The Pleasure of My Company - Steve Martin
Cider House Rules - John Irving
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

Portofino Tue 25-May-10 22:18:03

I have just read the Millinieum Trilogy (ie girl with dragon tattoo) in one go, and am dead sad that Stieg Larsson died and there will be no more.

A Fine Balance is (IMHO) amaaaaazing. Heartwrenchingly sad, but amazing. Second the recommendation for Brooklyn too.

Em, James Meek, The People's Act of Love was pretty special, but it's old.

I just finished gorging myself on the Millennium trilogy too and am bereft now.

Hm, perhaps I will try the Dodie Smith one.

greenellie Wed 26-May-10 14:36:07

Oooh easily Disobedience by Naomi Alderman. Totally amazing read in one sitting kind of book.

greedygoose Thu 27-May-10 21:00:52

wow echops you were busy! thanks for all recommendations, Im kidding myself I will have enough time to read them but love a pile beside the bed!

chrysothei Sun 13-Jun-10 09:34:56

Hi agree with all the above recommendations except I really wouldn't bother eith the Time Traveller's Wife - it's an awful book

seekinginspiration Fri 18-Jun-10 19:44:51

The Forgotten Garden By Kate Morton- couldn't understand why two friends thought it was so fab but got it after the first 30 pages. After that just wanted to have a moment to pick it up and find out the answer to the mystery. One of the best books I've ever read and I don't say that lightly.

The Italian Wedding - By Nicky Pelligrino. Just loved it - very slow starter which on the surface is just a subtle family story/ love story but I found it to be beautifully written, thought provoking and left me with a truly warm feeling inside. Oh and descriptions of 1960s Italy that left me desperately wanting to go ... shame about the car bill, car road tax, insurance, etc, etc....

janeite Fri 18-Jun-10 19:48:45

I have just read The White Tiger (Booker winner 2008) - I really enjoyed it.

510fudge Thu 24-Jun-10 19:31:40

It's interesting seeing everyone's recommendations- defintiely horses for courses!

Chrysothei- I can't believe you don't like the Time Traveller's Wife- I adored it and would say it's one of my all time favourite books.

And the White Tiger I didn't like at all- although my husband really liked it.

We Need to Talk about Kevin is one of the most thought provoking books I've ever read- quite a difficult book to read but after I finished it I was dying to talk to someone about it and ended up buying it my friend for her birtday.

The Beach (Alex Garland?)is a fantastic read- Lord of the Flies all grown up.

I'm just on the third book in the Millenium trilogy- they are fairly easy reading and very gripping.

The Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde are all fantastic too - I can't even begin to describe what they're about but would heartily recommend them.


bourboncreme Tue 29-Jun-10 14:53:26

One Day; lovely Easter read
Millenium trilogy ;i'm on the last one
The Glass Castle by Jennett Walls..really made me think about how lifes experiences influence you
The Secret Life of Bees

MrsDanversBites Sun 04-Jul-10 16:54:12

Fave books of the year so far:

Wolf Hall- Mantel
Fingersmith- Sarah Waters
The Grass is Singing - Doris Lessing
The French Lieutenant's Woman - Fowles
A Tale of Two Cities - Dickens

some required more concentration than others but all were unputdownable - did I just make up a word?

I loathed and couldn't finish Wolf Hall but adored the time travellers wife and a fine balance.

PlumBumMum Sun 04-Jul-10 17:02:29

Oh Glad I found this thread,
I want a good book,

just finished the Lovely Bones enjoyed it but wasn't sure wiether I liked the end or not,

SIL has the Millenium triology so must borrow them (she has already offered but I was reading some crap from library)

Time Travellers Wife I loved but many either love it or hate it

janeite Sun 04-Jul-10 17:08:44

I quite liked The Help, which I think a few people on here have read.

Bill Bryson's new one, Home, is okay although I didn't like it as much as his travel writing.

I am now reading a new one by Ian Pears but it is v heavy going and irritating so far.

Dianella Sun 04-Jul-10 18:26:45

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - beautifully written, a lovely story and most enlightening if you don't know much about Guernsey (as I didn't)

The Book Thief - most of my friends thought highly of this, as I did.

Oooh. I finished the help last week, it was brilliant. Didn't like either the lovely bones, guernsey potato peel club or the book thief though. I did enjoy the red tent.

Can't edit I'm afraid, another one I have been dipping in and out of is Charlie Brookers The hell of it. Funny and though provoking and I need funny living in a laughter free zone.

iloveasylumseekers Sun 04-Jul-10 18:41:36

Favourite this year

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (although it's years old)

Favourite book of 2010

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe

(Book Thief, Lovely Bones, Time-Travellers Wife, Jasper Fforde - :yawn: to all - but always fascinating to see that people love books I've really disliked...)

maryz Sun 04-Jul-10 18:56:18

I second the Guernsey book, dianella. I loved it. I have also just read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier and am almost finished This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson - both are historically interesting, but still good stories.

I have also read all my teenage daughters Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy books and ds's Percy Jackson and Cherub books blush. You can tell I have had a holiday abroad this year grin

sophable Sun 04-Jul-10 19:01:05

is bel canto the one about the hostages and the opera singer?

I've loved 'Small Wars' by Sadie Jones but then her first book 'the outcast' is one of my favourite ever.

iloveasylumseekers Sun 04-Jul-10 19:04:07

@sophable - yes, that's the one. I thought it was beautiful, and thought-provoking.

lankyalto Sun 04-Jul-10 19:06:00

I read "The Island" by Victoria Hislop on the recommendation of ppl on here, and it was really good. I am intrigued by the Steif larsson ones - can someone post the individual titles please, think I might have read one out of sequence?

Have also enjoyed "Requiem for an Angel" by Andrew Taylor.

Couldn't get on with "The White Tiger".

Currently reading a Margaret Atwood about the Gardeners, but it is a bit too much like Oryx and Crake atm.

janeite Sun 04-Jul-10 19:18:39

This Thing Of Darkness is brilliant.

I couldn't be doing with The Island and absolutely hated The Outcast!

InThisSequinBraYesYouOlaJordan Sun 04-Jul-10 19:44:44

The Help

The Finest Type of English Womanhood

Absolutely anything that Patrick Gale has written

Any Andrea Levy

MrsDanversBites Sun 04-Jul-10 19:51:56

ooh, Bel Canto and A Fine Balance are on my wish list smile

I tend to get put off by overly hyped books -unless the précis really appeals- so have avoided those Steig Larsson ones, The Book Thief, Time Travellers Wife etc...will probably read them in a few years when people have generally forgotten about them!

disappointments this year:

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Small island by Andrea Levy

think that's it. Although I did force myse;f to finish APFOM as so many on here said how moving the ending was, and it was but it seems you have to read through a lot of extraneous carp to get to it.

Finally getting around to reading Possession next [excited]

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 19:52:25

american wife
19th wife
finest kind of english womanhood
lily aphrodite
the gate at the stairs( nuts but good)
one day ( bad but good)
guersney( kind of naff but ok)
the oustcast i liked not wild about.
alone in berlin
Hunting evil abotu nazi war criminals

MrsDanversBites Sun 04-Jul-10 19:53:29

um..that's crap not carp, no fish involved in any way

janeite Sun 04-Jul-10 19:53:53

What is Brooklyn about?

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 19:54:19

did not like that stupid book group on halo something
didnt like the one by jane bussman utter crap
didnt like LAcuna one
dindt like hearts and minds amanda craig was dire

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 19:55:13

oh just buy it
you cantFAIL to like it

janeite Sun 04-Jul-10 19:57:28

I am very fussy! I need to know more.

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 19:57:35

oh the new boyd one was averaaaaaaaaaaaaaarge
Scossboro was good

the douglas kennedy was suitbale terrible good

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 19:58:17

emigration to US in er.. god was it the 50s
dunno is fabbol
lily thing is good too aphrodite - onyl one step from cookson but involving

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 19:59:03


and i liked one on zimbabwe ( no dont doze off its reallyintersting " when the crocodile eats the sun" or somehting peter godwin

janeite Sun 04-Jul-10 19:59:57

Okay - adds Brooklyn to potential holiday reading list.

MrsDanversBites Sun 04-Jul-10 20:00:08

my cousin nicked my copy of This Thing of Darkness BEFORE I HAD A CHANCE TO READ it!

the bitch

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 20:00:23

her eis GREAT and stays with you

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 20:01:11
MrsDanversBites Sun 04-Jul-10 20:02:19

that was on A Good Read radio 4 , the topknot one

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 20:02:32
FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 20:03:16
FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 20:04:43

ok have hogged.
I need to iron now.

janeite Sun 04-Jul-10 20:05:43

I read Once In A House On Fire years ago - and was v underwhelmed by it.

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 20:06:31

you just Dont Care do you? wink

janeite Sun 04-Jul-10 20:08:30

Nope - can't be doing with family angst stuff. It reminds me of those awful articles in women's magazines.

roisin Sun 04-Jul-10 20:21:45

I don't like angsty 'real-life' stuff at all. I like desperately depressing films, with never ending misery and a high body count! grin

(I'm a Hardy Gal at heart!)
The Road was my favourite so far this year, though there was a faint glimmer of hope at the end which disturbed me.

Am reading stuff on Mathematics at the moment for some reason. hmm

InThisSequinBraYesYouOlaJordan Sun 04-Jul-10 20:22:54

Oooh Brooklyn is fab.

I like Lorna Landvik and Laurie Graham as well.

janeite Sun 04-Jul-10 20:24:31

Love the idea of you being disturbed by the faint glimmer of hope. Dp and dd1 both loved The Road but it irritated me.

I asked for recommendations after loving I Capture The Castle and have so far read The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets (fab), Flight of the Maidens (ok but very not-tied-up ending) and have just finished the first of the Cazalet Chronicles, The Light Years, and LOVED IT

greedygoose Sun 04-Jul-10 21:16:46

So glad this thread is still going! Have pen and paper at the ready - am currently reading A fine Balance after recommended at the beginning of the thread and is amazing so far, am very tired not because of dc but this book keeping me up at night!

polyhymnia Thu 08-Jul-10 10:50:27

Favourites this year so far:

Wolf Hall, Hilary Manbtel

The Children's Book, A. S. Byatt

Jajas Thu 08-Jul-10 23:08:58

I have Wolf Hall and The Children's Book lined up ready to read.

Just finished The Lessons followed by Disobedience both by Naomi Alderman - brilliant both of them.

mmmmmm.... what next? I do so savour this moment of choosing my next book to read....

purplepiglet Tue 13-Jul-10 15:56:37

Try anything by Sarah Waters, she's brilliant. Also, a guilty pleasure, but really enjoyed the Carrie Diaries - Carrie Bradshaw pre-New York.

Arewenearlythereyet2009 Tue 20-Jul-10 13:12:14

I’ve just finished reading Trespass by Rose Tremain and absolutely loved it! But then I am a big fan of most of her stuff… I know it’s not from this year, but ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ was another really great read! I only read it this year so I’m going to count it in my favourite books of 2010!

Seadreamer Fri 23-Jul-10 13:25:12

If you liked Victoria Hislop's The Island, then you'll love The Faithless Wife by Jo Eames. A similar subject but handled better, I thought. It's a proper page-turner, but a really evocative portrait of Menorca too, both in the present day and during the Spanish Civil War and with a couple of surprising twists. You'll feel like you're in the Med, even if you're in a tent in Devon! Highly recommended.

Did plough all the way through Wolf Hall but it reminded me more and more of a big slice of Dundee cake. Solid, nutritious but DULL!

TeeBee Mon 09-Aug-10 21:16:06

The girl on the landing

lyns2 Mon 09-Aug-10 21:21:04

regarding the post about the ian pears book. Is it Stones Fall you talking about? if so then persevere.Its worth it for the great twist at end.
Loved the larsson trilogy,hated time travellers wife(utter tosh) and have been sadly disapointed by last couple of donna leons.
For anyone looking for easy summer reading then recommend andrea camelleri' inspector montalbano series. murder mysteries but laugh out loud funny.

BelligerentGhoul Mon 09-Aug-10 21:28:32

I finished 'Stone's Fall' but really wasn't very taken with it - and I saw the twist coming too. I just thought it took a very long time and a lot of meandering around to get to a not very exciting point (rather contrived, non?). Don't think I'll bother with any more of his.

FellatioNelson Wed 11-Aug-10 07:50:19

I can't believe there has only been one vote for One Day - it's the best book I've read in years, never mind 2010. I gobbled it up like a greedy pig and then my DH read it and loved it too - and he never loves anything.

I only got a third of the way through Wolf Hall before I bailed out in favour of something lightweight- I really liked it but somehow it was like wading through treacle and I'd be too exhausted after four pages! I will finish it one day though.

mintyfresh Thu 12-Aug-10 20:29:50

Another huge fan of 'A fine Balance' - read it in about a week and was exhausted after all the late nights of reading!! Totally loved it...

Not a big fan of 'One Day' - maybe I was expecting too much with all the rave reviews on the front cover!

Struggled through 'Wolf Hall' because I thought I should....

Detested the Millennium Trilogy - that author had a twisted mind hmm

Am looking forward to reading Trespass next as I always love Rose Tremain's books!

gailforce1 Mon 16-Aug-10 19:37:25

Mintyfresh and other Rose Tremain fans, I have Music and Silence in my "to read" pile - is it good?

Aliarse Mon 16-Aug-10 19:42:14

The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore (shortlisted for this years Booker) but read The Siege by her first as the characters are revisited in The Betrayal.

'One Day' definitely. I couldn't put it down, but perhaps I enjoyed it because I could identify with it, having been the same ages as the characters at the same time/era. smile

mintyfresh Tue 24-Aug-10 11:36:33

gailforce1 - Music and Silence is one of my all time favourite books - is brilliant!


Tony and Susan (first 2/3rds utterly brilliant, then it goes off boil -- but truly the first 2/3rds is worth it)

The Privileges

jbond Sun 19-Sep-10 17:53:42

i'm reading an excellent book about north korea called nothing to envy. really informative and interesting. i just enjoyed reading about somewhere so different to the west it's almost alien!

yUMMYmUMMYb Mon 20-Sep-10 13:30:35

Wow, so many people have similar taste in books that i like - probably why they are bestsellers!
I like easy reading, page turning kind of stuff (not deep and meaningful), my suggestions would include:
Linwood Barclay - too close to home was great (murder, suspense and great twists)
Cecelia Ahern - can't recall the name, but red cover (think christmas baubles) - very interesting moral story.
The Millenium Triology - as everyone else has said...

I also, bizarrely like real life feats of survival stories:
Lance Armstrong - it's not about the bike
Between a rock and a hard place - Aaron something (guy who is rock climbing in wilds of america and a huge rock falls and traps his arm - does he get out alive?)

rachael2401 Tue 15-Mar-11 20:23:05

The Passage by Justin Cronin is BRILLIANT. I also enjoyed The Help and One Day. Also highly recommend all of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series which starts with 'Case Histories'.

gailforce1 Tue 19-Apr-11 20:22:17

mintyfresh If you are around I loved Music and Silence - Thank you!

melliebobs Sat 14-May-11 19:16:34

obsolutley loved, loved, LOVED 'One Day' by david nicholls. Read it on holiday ina couple of days. its a rarity i find a book i literally can't put down n i'll be really happy if it got made into a film too. Since reading that i've read 'the understudy' by david nicholls. Good but not as good as one day

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