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My turn to choose for book club - any recommendations?

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DaisySteiner Sun 19-Jun-11 22:54:12

Would like something with good characters to discuss, but not too worthy as lots of us will probably read it on the beach over the summer!

MissJB Mon 20-Jun-11 01:16:58

Anything by Sarah-Kate Lynch. Humourous with twists and really enjoyable to read. The House of Peine, By Bread Alone and Dolce di Love all good

transferbalance Mon 20-Jun-11 14:36:19

I'm reading this at the moment

www.amazon.co.uk/Bed-David-Whitehouse/dp/1847679811/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308576935&sr=8-1

which is an interesting read

CDMforever Mon 20-Jun-11 19:26:25

I chose The Help by Katharine Stockett.
Everyone enjoyed it and we had the longest discussion we've ever had about a book.

Meow75 Mon 20-Jun-11 19:28:27

When God was a rabbit. Will come back with author in a sec.

Meow75 Mon 20-Jun-11 19:29:18

Sarah Winman.

RupertTheBear Mon 20-Jun-11 19:30:59

When God was a Rabbit is fab.
We also loved The Hand that First Held Mine.

PlumBumMum Mon 20-Jun-11 19:31:08

I second The Help

titferbrains Mon 20-Jun-11 19:35:56

I've just read the new Ann Patchett novel, State of Wonder. First bit of fiction I've really enjoyed in ages. It's out in hardback only tho AFAIK. She wrote Bel Canto which is another great read - I'm considering going back and re-reading it as I liked SOW so much.

I think Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby is a really funny read but it doesn't really raise any big "ishoos" if you are looking for something a bit meaty to discuss.

mrswoodentop Mon 20-Jun-11 19:40:13

My bookclub has just read The Hand that First held mine which was a big success with plenty to talk about.We also read The Help which went down well.Another success was The Secret River

posey Mon 20-Jun-11 20:01:07

Our holiday read is to be 22 Britannia Road. Recommended on here. My copy is on it's way from Amazon so no idea as yet how it will be, but got some very good reviews on Amazon.

castlesintheair Mon 20-Jun-11 20:02:36

Agree about The Help. Great charcterisation for you to discuss. Also Brixton Beach - such lyrical, colourful narrative. Both very easy reads too without being chick litty.

DaisySteiner Mon 20-Jun-11 22:34:06

Thanks, some great suggestions. We read The Help a few months ago - a very popular choice!

FreddoBaggyMac Tue 21-Jun-11 20:35:10

I've just finished The Poison tree by Erin Kelly and I thought that had some very interesting characters... good twisty turny plot as well!

TotalChaos Tue 21-Jun-11 20:58:41

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Far more readable and page turningy than you would imagine.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 21-Jun-11 21:48:44

Our book club is currently reading When God was a Rabbit, am finding it a tab boring hence I'm on MN and not reading.

SniffSnortJones Tue 21-Jun-11 21:50:04

The Girl With Glass Feet.

FreddoBaggyMac Wed 22-Jun-11 09:16:53

Oo have just checked out The Girl with Glass feet on Amazon SniffSnort and I love the sound of it... I should not look at these threads as I always end up spending money!!

BelleEnd Wed 22-Jun-11 09:26:25

The Girl With Glass Feet is great- It was only a quid in the kindle store when I bought it about a month ago.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 22-Jun-11 20:24:39

Bit of a different one but how about Greengage Summer. They talked about in on Radio 4's Good Read last night and I can't wait to read it.

aliceliddell Wed 22-Jun-11 20:28:58

We just had 'Never let me go' Ishiguro, before that 'My sister's keeper' J Picoult - similar ish themes, very different novels.

grendel Wed 22-Jun-11 22:50:14

I'm currently raving about Ursula Under by Ingrid Hill to anyone who will listen.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ursula-Under-Ingrid-Hill/dp/0099479869

I also second the earlier suggestion of The Hand that First Held Mine. A beautiful book with a great weepy bit.

But if you want a compelling page turner cum doorstop, and you like a bit of vampire apocalypse, you could always try The Passage by Justin Cronin. It comes in at a sliver under 1000 pages and is utterly gripping almost until the very end. Just finished it yesterday and am feeling a bit unsure what to do with all my spare time now!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Passage-Justin-Cronin/dp/0752883305/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1308779276&sr=1-1

OpusProSerenus Wed 22-Jun-11 22:53:26

Oh I loved the Greengage Summer! I'd forgotten all about it, must read it again.

What about A Prayer for Owen Meany? Can't remember author but I read it on holiday last year and loved it.

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