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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?

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

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

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

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'.

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?)

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!

CarmelitaMiggs Tue 24-Aug-10 11:49:20


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

The Privileges

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

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

'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

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.

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?

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

The girl on the landing

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!

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!

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.

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....

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

Favourites this year so far:

Wolf Hall, Hilary Manbtel

The Children's Book, A. S. Byatt

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!

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

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.

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

Oooh Brooklyn is fab.

I like Lorna Landvik and Laurie Graham as well.

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

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