Need a "good" book that will suck me in and hold my attention

(41 Posts)
BeaArthursUnderpants Sat 23-Jul-16 09:34:29

I used to be able to get absorbed in any book without even trying. These days my attention span is much shorter, and it makes me sad that I don't read nearly as much or as wide of a variety of books as I used to. I'd love recommendations for "good" (not too trashy) books that will suck me in right away. I really want to get back into being a reader!

Some of my favorites in recent years have been:
The Goldfinch
A Little Life
Atonement
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
The Interestings
My Brilliant Friend (et al.)
The Namesake
Anything by Jeffrey Eugenides, Michael Chabon, Jennifer Egan

I would love any suggestions. Thanks so much!

LuckySantangelo1 Sat 23-Jul-16 09:38:04

Have you read The Secret History by Donna Tart?

gettingtherequickly Sat 23-Jul-16 09:39:53

Gone girl
Life after life

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sat 23-Jul-16 09:40:33

Pinstripes by Faith Bleasedale

AnyFucker Sat 23-Jul-16 09:46:45

All the light we cannot see

Book of strange things

Skrewt Sat 23-Jul-16 09:49:36

I loved Liz Nugent's "Unravelling Oliver" and am now reading her second book: "Lying in wait" which I am also enjoying.

whirlwinds Sat 23-Jul-16 09:50:48

The Mists of Avalon

sazerashez Sat 23-Jul-16 09:52:50

Anything by Sarah waters or Kate Atkinson.

ILoveAGoodBrusselSprout Sat 23-Jul-16 09:53:44

I loved 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini. I've retread it numerous times. 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', Louis de Bernieres, was wonderful too, in a much different way.

PartiallyStars Sat 23-Jul-16 09:54:24

The Little Stranger
Never Let Me Go
Bone Clocks

HelenaJustina Sat 23-Jul-16 10:01:39

Yy to All the Light We Cannot See
In recent years I have read:
History of the Rain
The Snow Child
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Elizabeth is Missing
A Man Called Ove
A God in Ruins
A Year of Marvellous Ways

All the above is 'modern fiction'

I also like Dorothy L Sayers, Georgette Heyer. There are some good auto/biographies out there too. For example:
The King's Speech
My Animals and Other Family
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Atul Gwande's books

5tardusty Sat 23-Jul-16 10:09:25

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

PacificDogwod Sat 23-Jul-16 10:12:39

The Life of Others
The Kingwood Bible
Anything by David Mitchel - big fan here blush

PacificDogwod Sat 23-Jul-16 10:14:09

The Secret Lives of Bees

PlugUgly Sat 23-Jul-16 10:15:24

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Anything by Kate Atkinson

PacificDogwod Sat 23-Jul-16 10:16:19

The Fishermen

Sorry, I am rubbish at remembering titles, so have to run off to actually look at them blush

PacificDogwod Sat 23-Jul-16 10:16:58

Poison wood Bible - not Kingswood, see, I am rubbish sad

BikeRunSki Sat 23-Jul-16 10:21:06

Anything by Douglas Kennedy - I've never been able to out any of his books down. A Special Relationship was the first one I read. State of the Union had me up all night reading. *The Heat of Betrayal^ had me totally gripped one lunchtime, I had to flexi the afternoon off!!

Other authors -"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. Fascinating novelisation of Ernest Hemmingway's early years as an author in France and Spain during the "Belle Epoque". Didn't think I'd like it when a friend recommended it, but I loved it.

Southernc0mfortmirror Sat 23-Jul-16 10:21:24

Fates and furies - Lauren Groff. Similar feel to A Little Life, although the plot was very different.

RepentAtLeisure Sat 23-Jul-16 11:10:14

I'm reading East of Eden and it's fascinating.

Weatherland is next on my list.

ParadiseCity Sat 23-Jul-16 11:12:15

I really enjoyed the Ove book mentioned above and have exactly the same concentration issue!

AnyFucker Sat 23-Jul-16 19:47:00

I hated that Ove book

The writing was very clichéd. The bloke reminded me if my dad (arsey bastard who didn't mind who he insulted). I took it on holiday to read (after recommendations on here) and left it in the apartment library with the other tosh smile

VanessaBet Sat 23-Jul-16 19:58:11

Sounds like you have very similar taste to me OP.

Have you read any Maggie O'Farrell? I have read all of hers and really enjoyed this year's 'This Must be the Place'. Also this year I've liked 'The Life and Death of Sophie Stark', and 'Black Swan Green', which was an older David Mitchell I hadn't read before (love his others too).

Last year I whizzed through all the Poldark novels after being mesmerized by Aidan Turner's scything on TV, and I'm a big fan of the Game of Thrones aka 'Song of Ice and Fire' series although ususally I stick to modern lit.

Have you joined Goodreads? I get a lot of my recommendations from there. If you add books you've read and give them a rating of 1 to 5 stars it will suggest other books you might enjoy.

confusionis Sat 23-Jul-16 19:59:35

The passage is amazing. Its sequel the twelve much less so.

PepperMallow Sat 23-Jul-16 20:02:18

I recently read The Lake House by Kate Morton which I really enjoyed.

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