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brighthair Sun 16-Oct-11 00:48:56

I read a lot, at least 20 a week and am struggling to find new ones to read. I like pretty easy going stuff as it's mainly for night shifts so I need to pick it up and put it down
Read most chick lit, jodi picoult, jojo moyes, war romance stuff, I like Lyndon Stacey too
Won't read sci fi or heavy war stuff but open to anything else!!

mrsmummy84 Sun 16-Oct-11 10:08:55

Have you tried Philippa Gregory / Jane Green / Marianna Keyes / Chris(sie) Manby? All good. Only trouble I have is putting Philippa Gregory books down! grin

melliebobs Sun 16-Oct-11 10:10:41

20 a week?! Blimey! At the mo I'm reading a Sophie kinsella writing as madeline wickham. Can't remember the exact title but it's about a pool party.

Other easy pick up put down ones I'd recommend are the 3 by David nicholls

Yogiandyak Sun 16-Oct-11 11:46:00

Paullina Simons wrote the bronze horseman, tatiana & Alexander and the summer garden, an amazing trilogy about the war based in Russia (a love story)
I was sad when I finished them!!

brighthair Sun 16-Oct-11 12:22:47

Thank you for these more suggestions welcome grin
I did a book diary last year and read 366 in a year so you can see what I am up against!!

KatharineClifton Sun 16-Oct-11 16:50:20

yy to Marian Keyes. Also Maureen Lee.

popadop Sun 16-Oct-11 17:02:40

Phew that is a lot of books.

Do you do any work when being paid to be on the night shift?

brighthair Sun 16-Oct-11 20:07:51

Yep but a average size novel takes me 1hr to read hence the number of books grin

CocktailQueen Sun 16-Oct-11 20:10:11

How can you possibly remember anything that happens in a book if you read it so quickly?? Must go in one ear and out the other...

brighthair Sun 16-Oct-11 20:14:25

Because I have always read like that and its caused me nothing but problems since starting school. I read about 600-800 words per min and have done ever since starting reading. The last study I did showed 75% comprehension

JiltedJohnsGhoulie Sun 16-Oct-11 20:16:18

Crikey that's a lot, think you need to give me some tips on reading more quickly.

Think this website was designed with you in mind too smile.

Just trying to think what I've enjoyed this year, like mellie can recommend One Day, also enjoyed The Bottecelli Secret which was an easy and enjoyable story.

How do you get all your books mellie do you use the library or have you got some fantasically well paid job?

JiltedJohnsGhoulie Sun 16-Oct-11 20:16:55

Sorry meant to address the last question to the OP! blush.

JiltedJohnsGhoulie Sun 16-Oct-11 20:27:59

Had another think and also enjoyed Corduroy Mansions, have bought the second book but not got around to it yet.

Have also seen this book recommended but it seems to be only available in audio or kindle format and I haven't read that one either yet.

brighthair Sun 16-Oct-11 20:50:09

Thank you!
Everyone asks me how I do it, but because I've always been this way I don't know!!
If I do sound defensive about it, it's because I've spent years being called a liar and asking me to prove I've read things sad came in handy for uni though wink

brighthair Sun 16-Oct-11 21:14:08

Marian Keyes, Jane Green and Philippa Gregory I have read most of...

Here's some of my diary grin
Before I Die - Jenny Downham
Secrets - Freya North
Handle With Care - Jodi Picoult
Stick or Twist - Eleanor Moran
Too Good to be True - Sheila O'Flanagan
The Nearly-Weds - Jane Costello
Second Chances - Martine Reilly
Secret Smile - Nicci French
The Family Way - Tony Parsons
French Women Don't Get Fat - Mireille Guiliano
Forever Ours - Janis Amatuzio
Clean Cut - Lynda La Plante
Tales of the Country - Brian Viner
Jumping to Conclusions - Sarah Challis
Someone Like You - Cathy Kelly
The Secret Mothers Club - Joanne Fedler
Shoe Addicts Anonymous - Beth Harbison
Would You? - Deanna Kizis
Our Farm - Rosie Boycott
Nobody's Baby but Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Simple Rules of Love - Amanada Brookefield
A Lesser Evil - Lesley Pearse
Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult
There's a Hippo in my Cistern - Pete May
Bog Standard - Daniel Ken
An Angel on my Shoulder - Theresa Cheung
Confessions of a Reformed Dieter - A.J Rochester -
Mum, Can you Lend me Twenty Quid - Elizabeth Burton-Phillips
The Public Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman - Sue Townsend
My Sisters Keeper - Jodi Picoult

mrsmummy84 Mon 17-Oct-11 06:19:40

I thought of some others for you last night!

Have you tried Lesley Pearce? sorry - just saw one in your list! blush Very good, although sometimes hard to put down - but she does some that might take you more than an hour to get through - they're pretty big! wink

Also, try Nicholas Evans (although he's only done 5 books, but very very good. Smoke Jumper has been my favourite so far), and Santa Montefiorre.

If I think of any more I'll come back!

mrsmummy84 Mon 17-Oct-11 13:12:56

ooh - and what about Celia Ahern - have you read any of hers?

brighthair Mon 17-Oct-11 13:56:05

Cecilia ahern yes and Nicholas sparks grin

mrsmummy84 Tue 18-Oct-11 07:11:23

gah! hmm.. ok... how do you feel about re-reading some you read years ago instead of new ones?!

Bubbaluv Tue 18-Oct-11 07:52:14

Amy Tan's books are fantastic.
Tim Winton is my absolute favourite and a bit like taking a holiday to Western Australia.

JiltedJohnsGhoulie Tue 18-Oct-11 12:31:47

Don't be defensive, am a bit envy but I'll get over it grin, just wish I could do it.

brighthair Tue 18-Oct-11 13:48:43

I do re read grin am taking this thread to the library tomorrow to have a search

Don't be envy it's bloody irritating - imagine how many books I'd have to take on a 2 week holiday?! wink

JiltedJohnsGhoulie Tue 18-Oct-11 20:07:02

Think I am at the other extreme though bright, don't have to take many books on holiday but reading so slowly can be really frustrating.

Hope you find some good ones tomorrow. smile.

Leo35 Tue 18-Oct-11 20:11:09

Wow! that's some total p.a.!

My two-penneth worth:

Laurie Graham - she's written several and you can pick them up /put them down. Loved Gone with the Windsors, and got the latest lined up on my To Read shelf
Isla Dewar - not read any of hers recently, but worth a dip in
Elinor Lipman - Inn at the Lake Devine was a good one
Jill Dawson - just read The Great Lover (about Rupert Brooke) and got Lucky Bunny lined up
Sara Paretsky - VI Warshawski series (crime/set in Chicago)
Christopher Brookmyre
Kate Atkinson (guess you might have read all hers already?!)

Depending on your, ahem, era - you might like Louise Wener's memoir about being in a band in the 90s. Her recollections of growing up in the 70s and 80s were fab.

HTH and are you going for a Kindle with ref to your remark about holidays?!

brighthair Tue 18-Oct-11 20:28:36

Kindle does appeal but it's the cost of books. I don't really buy them except for charity shops, I use 4-5 different libraries and get lots given to me!

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