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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?

Crikeyblimey Thu 16-May-13 20:00:36

A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth is excellent. Unreliable narrator - very dark and very funny but also"literary" if you know what I mean.

My best favourite book is House of Spirits by Isabell Allande. Roaring family saga set in Chile.

White Swans is also very good.

eatyourveg Thu 16-May-13 19:55:05

On The Black Hill - Bruce Chatwin

NicholasTeakozy Wed 15-May-13 19:53:26

I loved Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson. It's rib burstingly funny.

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson is a cracking read, very creepy at times, but very interesting.

Fiction wise anything by Douglas Adams, especially Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency and Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul. Both utterly hilarious but with believable (ish) plots and oodles of WTF moments.

If you like crime mixed with the supernatural I recommend the Charlie Parker novels of John Connolly.

curlyclaz13 Tue 14-May-13 20:48:20

To kill a mockingbird
The curious incident of the dog in the night time
A quiet belief in angels by r j Ellory. the only book I have finished and immediately wanted to read again.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 14-May-13 20:48:16

Oryx and crake is fantastic.

All the pretty horses by Cormac McCarthy also fab.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Another roadside attraction - by Tom Robbins

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.

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

Flight behaviour and Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - both brilliant

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.

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!

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.

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


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 13:38:11

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 12:52:34

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

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

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

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

JeanPaget Have you visited this site?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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