Am once more bookless - and am horrible when I haven't got anything to read. Dp is going to go on a library mission for me tomorrow - what can I ask him to get?
Likes - *History books *Novels with v well researched historical detail that aren't stupid - think Sansom rather than Philippa Gregory *Stephen King but have read everything * Post apocalyptic stuff, if it's good - but have read most of the ones that are generally recommended on here * books about historical exploration etc * things that are well-written without the writer's being up themselves (so no Ian Mckewan) * classics
Hates - * no chick lit * nothing claiming to be a literary masterpiece - none of yer Sebastian Faulkes etc * nothing that has appeared on a Richard and Judy type list * no Kate Atkinson * no Scandinavian crime fiction
The Crow Road - Ian Banks - read it but don't like him. The World According to Garp - John Irving - read lots of his including this one but he does irritate me wuite a lot. Ray Bradbury Short Stories Vol 1 & Vol 2 - not read and must Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake and The Waterless Flood (or whatever it is called) - think I've read all of hers except The Blind Assassin which I have given up on three times and another one the name of which escapes me but may have been Cats Eyes.
Not heard of the others - need to know more please!
The 19th Wife - historical who dunnit about Mormons and polygamy Amy Tan - any of them Anne Tyler - any of them Carol Shields - any of them Half of a Yellow Sun The Purple Hibiscus The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The 19th Wife - historical who dunnit about Mormons and polygamy - read itbut didn't rate it much
Amy Tan - read most of them
Anne Tyler - don't like her
Carol Shields - don't like her
Half of a Yellow Sun - read and loved
The Purple Hibiscus - read
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - never heard of this so please tell me more!
Have vowed never to read another Hilary Mantel - I read one that I hated (Beyond Black? Back To Black? Fat Woman In Black? Forget what it was called) and then toiled through Wolf Hall feeling irritated by her silly writing style but wanting to finish it because I liked the characterisation.
Thanks for all of the ideas and do please keep them coming.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a bit of a homage to The Catcher in the Rye. It is about a young American boy who is on the outskirts of his year group at school. He has some mental health issues. He makes some friends in an older year group and the book deals with their "escapades". I don't want to say too much more.
Do you have a Kindle? If so I can suggest a very readable fictional diary of Marie-Antoinette written by a MNer (not me I have no interest in promoting this book other than it is very good). I'm almost finished it and it's fun with lots of detail. I know nothing about M-A so can't say if it is historically accurate or not.