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Rosieeo Sat 16-Feb-13 16:47:44

I had some brilliant recommendations the last time I asked this question, so I thought I'd have another go!

Three weeks in Florida at Easter. Am swooning just thinking about it. Obviously loads to do but I intend to make sure that one of those things is going to involve me plus my Kindle, some sunshine, maybe a beer/margarita and some Jimmy Buffett every single day for at least one hour!

I have no limit on how many books I can take. How did I manage before the Kindle? I'd love to take a wide variety of stuff. Something really meaty that takes ages and makes me consider life should be included. I don't really like novels that involve sexy yet quirky thirty-somethings waiting for Mr Right or anything that involves graphic recounts of childhood abuses.

Apart from that, I'm an open book, haha. And would love to hear your recommendations.

Ilovexmastime Sat 16-Feb-13 18:16:52

You've just made me realise that I haven't read any good books for ages sad.
If you haven't read it already, the last book I read that I would recommend was Life of Pi.
I also enjoyed Let's Not Go To The Dogs Tonight. An autobiography of the author's childhood in Zimbabwe. It was fascinating and well written.
I will try and think of some more. ..

ninjanurse Sat 16-Feb-13 18:27:34

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - twisted thriller
My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young - 1st world war story, kind of a romance bu also deals with the first attempts at plastic surgery on soldiers.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 16-Feb-13 18:35:33

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You is brilliant, but you need quite a strong stomach for the bits about the plastic surgery. It's definitely not chick-lit, very well-written, definitely recommend.

Gone Girl - fab too. Also, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, The Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Wonder by R J Palacio.

Hope you find something there that you like smile

Rosieeo Sat 16-Feb-13 19:50:47

Fantastic they're all on my Wish List, apart from Life of Pi, The Snow Child and Wonder, which I've read.

Thank you! Any more suggestions?

Ilovexmastime Sat 16-Feb-13 20:05:37

Ok, have checked my bookshelves and...

Divorcing Jack by Colin Bateman
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatjie
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
C by John Diamond
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Stuart by Alexander Masters
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rough Music by Patrick Gale
A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
Making History by Stephen Fry
The Beach by Alex Garland
The Silver Castle by Clive James
Scepticism Inc. by Bo Fowler

You've probably read a few of these too! I only keep the 'classics'.

TabithaMcKitten Sun 17-Feb-13 22:34:24

I am ignoring the details of your holiday as I am seething with jealousy!

I have recently loved - really loved! - The Silver Linings Playbook.

PantsInWash Sun 17-Feb-13 22:41:26

I loved Secret Life of Bees. Also Cold Comfort Farm which made me laugh out loud. Just about to start Gone Girl, really looking forward to it!

Have a fantastic holiday, not jealous at all... envy

Rosieeo Mon 18-Feb-13 10:32:13

Brilliant, the list is growing and I've bought a few that were cheap on Amazon already smile

brendarenda Mon 18-Feb-13 13:45:34

I like to read books set in the place I'm visiting. Racking my brains for books set in Florida... Maybe Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God? That's a great book.

tripfiction Tue 19-Feb-13 10:04:33

You will recognise many of the places in Orlando in this crime thriller:

These are evocative of the Florida location and a good read (what more could one want!!)

Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax
Citrus County by John Brandon
Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham
Harry Lipkin P.I. by Barry Fantoni (Miami)

Have fun choosing!

BaconAndAvocado Tue 19-Feb-13 22:22:07

Rules of Civility was my fave read of 2012. Funny, smart, warm, generally bloody superb.

Enjoy your hols you lucky girl smile

Rosieeo Tue 26-Feb-13 23:03:55

Ooooo, I'm loving the Florida themed ideas, and Rules of Civility looks great too. Thanks smile

popflos Sat 09-Mar-13 09:46:11

Must read some Carl Hiaasen, set in florida, sick puppy, and a dozen others.. i read 3 last time i was there, laugh out loud. i am off to miami on friday, will load up my kindle with some ideas on this list, thank you!

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