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book recommendations please

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ashesandfire Sat 15-Nov-14 14:48:54

I am a very busy teacher and the only time I really get to read is just before bed when I nod off! Can anyone recommend some books to me which are decent reads I.e. not trashy chick lit which I hate but really, really easy to read?!
Some of my favourite books to give you a sense of what I like- anything by Khaled Hosseini, the Poisonwood bible, the Shadow of the Wind, One day, Alias grace....tia!

MrsMeeple Sat 15-Nov-14 19:39:54

Have you read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer?

TheFirstOfHerName Sat 15-Nov-14 19:40:54

'Just One Damned Thing After Another' by Jodi Taylor

MrsMeeple Sat 15-Nov-14 19:41:24

And you could try

BOFster Sat 15-Nov-14 19:46:42

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a good read- get the kindle edition if you can, as I believe the paperback has a major spoiler on its own back cover hmm. It was nominated for the Booker, but it's easy to read.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 15-Nov-14 19:49:41

I have just discovered Susan Howatch and am two thirds through 'the high flyer'. It's a 'spiritual thriller', a genre I was unfamiliar with but I am loving it! I also loved 'The Poisonwood Bible'.

stepinrhyme Sat 15-Nov-14 20:37:49

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

TheLovelyBoots Sun 16-Nov-14 14:24:07

Well, Poisonwood Bible is my new favorite book ever (I started a thread about it last week) - so here are my recent favorites:
Life after Life (as good as PWB, I think)
The Secret History/The Goldfinch (I give these 8/10 rather than 10/10 for PWB)
A Suitable Boy (long but so worth it)

tripfiction Tue 18-Nov-14 20:54:45

Have just been reading Us by David Nicholls. A family's Grand Tour around Europe as the couple relationship comes under stress and the role of 'parent' needs re-evaluating. Well observed for human interaction as well as setting. Man Booker Longlist this year (and it is nothing like other worthy Booker nominations I have read : equals pleasurable!)

sparrowcottage Wed 19-Nov-14 10:12:19

really really didnt like We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, cant remember the last time i considered giving up on a book, and i should have about 30% of the way in. the negative amazon reviews sum it up for me. will go back to david nicholls i think.

iseenodust Wed 19-Nov-14 10:40:21

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey just went down well with our bookclub.

morchoxplz Thu 27-Nov-14 16:28:35

Anything by Sue Townsend funny, sad, easy to read!

sooperdooper Thu 27-Nov-14 17:36:37

Anything by Maggie O'Farrell, start with The Vanishing of Esme Lennox

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