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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?

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

andhtis one by the times guy sathnam sanghera is great for any family that likes the odd secret - and really relvant for any of us who grew up in the late 70s/80s

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

id forgoten about htis too - is fab

FolornHope Sun 04-Jul-10 20:03:16

yes is really a GREAT book
and htis is rather sad but worth having read

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

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