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Suggest a book that will keep me glued to my kindle

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Some clues to help you out:
- I like Jodi Piccoult but not overly chick-litty authors
- I like Austen but not Hardy
- I've just finished The Casual Vacancy and found it far too depressing.
- Best books I've read recently include: The Book Thief, Kashmiri Shawl and You Before Me
- I quite like teenage fiction (Noughts and Crosses, Divergent Series, Hunger Games etc)

I really, really need an engaging book.


juneybean Thu 12-Sep-13 22:09:50

I read another by Jojo Moyes called The Ship of Brides, I really enjoyed that.

Do you like Sophie Kinsella?

Did you read Lauren Oliver's dystopian series; Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem.

PurpleGirly Thu 12-Sep-13 22:11:07

The Hundred Year Old Man That Climbed Out of the Window

Everyone tells me that starts brilliantly, but becomes a chore. No?

Oops, sorry, that was to Purple

I've read Ship of Brides (excellent) and the Oliver series (fab) so you are spot on with my taste... except that I'm not a fan of Kinsella. She would fall under my chick lit category.

pootlebug Thu 12-Sep-13 22:17:24

Barbara Kingsolver?

I loved the Hundred Year Old Man....all the way through.

'Gone girl' by Gillian Flynn kept me awake half the night turning the pages, although ultimately the ending annoyed me.

BrigitBigKnickers Thu 12-Sep-13 23:05:18

Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn
A Prayer for Owen Meany- John Irving
The house we grew up in/ The Truth about Melanie Brown- Lisa Jewel (all her books are good)

The state we're in- Adele Parks

I gave up on the Hundred Year Old Man- boooooring

The Fault in our stars-John Green- bit of a teenagery story but beautifully written.

saintmerryweather Thu 12-Sep-13 23:07:44

the hundred year old man was bloody boring

edlyu Thu 12-Sep-13 23:10:00

The light between oceans: M L Stedman
Orphan Train: Christina Baker Kline
The Kitchen House: Kathleen Grissom

edlyu Thu 12-Sep-13 23:12:38

Nearly forgot.
Water for Elephants : Sara Gruen

I loved this - very informative as well as cracking storyline.

WafflyVersatile Thu 12-Sep-13 23:16:56

The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett.

Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantell.

WafflyVersatile Thu 12-Sep-13 23:18:00

The House of the Spirits, Isabelle Allende. I've not read it for a long time but I read it several times.

Alonglongway Fri 13-Sep-13 07:04:18

The song before it is sung - Justin Cartwright
Appletree Yard - Louise Doughty

I have similar taste and enjoyed both of those recently

Happy book hunting!

chicaguapa Fri 13-Sep-13 07:05:32

I came on to recommend Apple Tree Yard. I couldn't put it down!

NurseRatchet Fri 13-Sep-13 07:08:46

The Night Circus, Erin Morganstern ( surname might not be exactly right, having a cup of tea in bed and can't reach my copy to check!). Also agree with Water for Elephants and Fault in our Stars.

overmydeadbody Fri 13-Sep-13 07:12:00

Mara and Dann by Doris Lessing.

Best book ever written imo.

RestlessSoul Fri 13-Sep-13 07:22:59

The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey

It's so beautiful & surreal OP. About a man and his wife who cannot have children and they decide to move to an Alaskan homestead in the 1920s

DuchessofMalfi Fri 13-Sep-13 09:23:01

I second The Snow Child. Lovely novel, but a slightly disappointing ending. How about The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller? I was completely gripped by that one. Could not put it down.

highlandcoo Fri 13-Sep-13 14:33:30

Yy to The Light Between Oceans. Beautifully written book.

Try Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, East of the Sun by Julia Grigson (because you liked The Kashmiri Shawl), Far To Go by Alison Pick (because you liked The Book Thief) and Secret River by Kate Grenville.

Just realised none of these novels has a contemporary setting. I seem to go for books set in the past, or in different countries - just find them more interesting.

notnowbernard Fri 13-Sep-13 14:36:19


RestlessSoul Fri 13-Sep-13 19:03:10

I'm halfway through Apple Tree Yard (recommended by chicaguapa)
It's captivating, I have been glued to my kindle all afternoon.

Thrustbadger Fri 13-Sep-13 19:07:25

The String Diaries.

BramblyHedge Fri 13-Sep-13 19:09:46

I was recently unable to put Wool down

sassytheFIRST Fri 13-Sep-13 19:13:41

Hello truth

Have you read the new one by the bloke wot wrote The Kite Runner - And The Mountains Echoed? Pretty damn good (tho perhaps not quite as good as KR or Thousand Splendid Suns).

I'd also recommend A Company of Liars by Karen Maitland - really atmospheric depiction of medieval England.

Am lurking on your thread as also in need of some new

TallGiraffe Fri 13-Sep-13 19:17:29

Necessary lies was brilliant, the first book I've stayed up late reading in ages.

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