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Please recommend me a great or your favourite book!

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msrisotto Sun 21-Apr-13 19:35:41

I'm looking forward to having time to actually read on holiday soon!
I don't fancy too much gore or too much twee romance. Classics or modern are good.
My favourite to date is "I know this much is true" by Wally Lamb. I liked Atonement and I have 1984 next on my list (and the much trashier but lovely Jemima J by Jane Green). Wrong section for nonfiction but I like stuff like 127 hours and Touching the void too. Any ideas?

HoveringKestrel Tue 30-Apr-13 00:32:15

LOVE this thred. I've waited for ages to discuss books.

The best book I have read recently is 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time', about a guy, who narrates, who is autistic, and the way he thinks about things.

But the build up is good.....then the ending is rushed.

I would also say 'A Long Way Down' by Nick Hornby, its SOOO good, about four strangers who want to commit suicide on the same night and find sollace in each other. A lot more entertaining and deep than it sounds.

ladymariner Tue 30-Apr-13 00:34:47

The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher......absolutely love this book

JeanPaget Tue 30-Apr-13 01:05:05

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice. It's set in the 50s and although it has a very 'chick lit' cover, it's absolutely fantastic.

Also A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute - it's my favourite book of all time (hence my MN name!)

spex11 Tue 30-Apr-13 10:06:26

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Apr-13 10:06:51

<waves> at JeanPaget ATLA is one of my favourites too. I've been a NS fan since my teens (now in my 40s). None of my friends have heard of him.

ChloeR32 Tue 30-Apr-13 10:48:22

Snow Child - set in Alaska, very pretty writing.
To Kill a Mockingbird - favourite classic.
Bring up the bodies - just brilliant - have to get used to writing style though.

I finished Tallulahs Got A Shopping Trolley last night. It has one of the best endings I have read and I cried for about 30 minutes one of those books that I wanted to tell the world. Not at what you think it will be and I now have to read it again.

Getting ready to read Why Love Matters - not fiction but looks insightful.

AmandaPayneAteTooMuchChocolate Tue 30-Apr-13 11:14:01

Loving all the Margaret Atwood recommendations. As you can tell if you've read her books, I agree. Particularly The Year of the Flood and the Handmaid's Tale.

Also agree on Rebecca. Wuthering Heights if you haven't read it.

Of the stuff I have read in the last year or so. Bel Canto, or really most by Ann Patchett, although they are all quite different. I enjoyed Night Waking by Sarah Moss and am currently reading, and enjoying, Tell the Wolves I'm home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

JeanPaget Tue 30-Apr-13 11:20:17

Sorrel grin, I know! I think he's really under appreciated. Another one of his which I really like is The Far Country.

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Apr-13 11:21:54

Oh yes, The Far Country, Rainbow and The Rose, No Highway. In The Wet is a bit odd.

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Apr-13 11:25:26

JeanPaget Have you visited this site?

JeanPaget Tue 30-Apr-13 11:31:39

shock No! It looks fab! I foresee an unproductive afternoon blush

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Apr-13 12:52:34

Sorry, what was that? You're reading another NS review? grin

JeanPaget Tue 30-Apr-13 13:38:11

Sorry I meant that I hadn't seen the site you've linked to, but it looks fab and I've had a v. enjoyable lunch break having a glance through it grin

SorrelForbes Tue 30-Apr-13 13:46:28

Oops, no I was trying to be funny as in "Sorry? What? You disturbed me as I was engrossed in that site"

<re-thinks possible future comedy career>

JeanPaget Tue 30-Apr-13 13:50:52


YouDontWinFriendsWithSalad Tue 30-Apr-13 19:41:05

Norwegian Wood. Like stepping into someone's fantasy world. One of the most engrossing books I've ever read.

Rated R for sex and death.

tinypolkadot Mon 06-May-13 01:05:17

time travellers wife - always moves me

we need to talk about Kevin - nature vs nurture

the red tent - woman's inner strength

a crack in forever - an amazing love story, battling against illness

the book thief - poetic, beautiful and moving, a child's account in Germany www2 narrated by death himself

shantaram - an adventure I never wanted to end, loosely based on real life, a rather thick book but great on kindle smile

if you like true life survival stories then try Alive - the story of a plane crash and survival in the Andes, shocking but a great read!

fragglemama Mon 06-May-13 01:53:55

The Gone series by Michael Grant is brill. They are aimed at older teens but I couldn't put them down, I read all 6 books in just over a week. The beginning of the book sees everyone over the age of 15 disappear and follows the children left behind.

The newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant is good too, set in a post zombie apocalyptic world where blogging is the primary news outlet. It's not gorey even though it has zombies in it.

ohnonotanotherone Mon 06-May-13 22:42:37

Flight behaviour and Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - both brilliant

JackieTheFart Mon 06-May-13 23:49:36

If you liked Atonement, you'd probably like The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I love it, and am re-reading right now.

Couldn't get into The Poisonwood Bible.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Mon 06-May-13 23:55:41

Another roadside attraction - by Tom Robbins

Fiddlestickler Mon 06-May-13 23:57:36

No time to read thread so don't know if these have been suggested, but Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) and The Book Thief (Markus somebody) are both fantastic.

aoife24 Mon 13-May-13 16:29:37

Re Shantaram, there's very funny (and to my mind, entirely spot on) one star review on Amazon via this link:

But everyone to their own.

MrsRickyMartin Tue 14-May-13 20:40:41

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.
The red and the Black by Stendhal.
Pere Goriot by Balzac.

LadyDamerel Tue 14-May-13 20:44:42

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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