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What's on your reading list for the summer hols?

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CheesyDibbles Sat 06-Jun-15 22:39:15

I like a good page turner on holiday. These are on my list of possible reads so far.

The Rosie Effect
The Versions of Us
The Lemon Grove
How to Build a Girl

I like a good thriller/something a bit dark. Recently finished The Girl on the Train and loved it. Any suggestions?

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jackiekatu Sat 06-Jun-15 22:53:40

I am a pilgrim

sparkysparkysparky Sun 07-Jun-15 08:52:45

Recommend "you should have known ". Just finished it and really enjoyed it.

Sirzy Sun 07-Jun-15 08:54:13

I'm waiting for Go Set a Watchman to come out by re reading to kill a mockingbird at the moment.

May steal some suggesting from this thread to bridge the gap between the two

DuchessofMalfi Sun 07-Jun-15 08:57:17

I didn't think The Rosie Effect was anywhere near as entertaining as The Rosie Project. Hope you won't be disappointed with it, Cheesy.

I bought How To Build A Girl yesterday - admit to a bit of a crush on Caitlin Moran. Love her books smile Should be an excellent read.

The Girl on The Train was a good old fashioned thriller - I enjoyed it too.

I have The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker lined up for summer reading, and some Kazuo Ishiguro novels - A Pale View of Hills, When We Were Orphans and An Artist of the Floating World, and maybe 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Possibly also will read The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan and The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. Have got lots of choice on my kindle smile

southeastdweller Sun 07-Jun-15 10:16:40

I quite liked The Lemon Grove. You'd probably like Disclaimer, which I've just read, and had some moments.

My summer reading list includes:

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee, and will also be reading the sequel that's out next month.
I Saw a Man - Owen Sheers
The Go Between - L.P. Hartley
Astonish Me - Maggie Shipstead
The Versions of Us - Laura Barnett

I'm currently reading Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, which is an entertaining, light read that feels good to read with this nice weather.

CheesyDibbles Sun 07-Jun-15 10:25:18

I am a Pilgrim and You Should Have Known' both look like the kind of thing I am looking for.

Sirzy, I am not sure I could bear to read Go Set a Watchman - I love To Kill a Mockingbird so much, I'm not sure I can get my head round the idea of reading anything else by Harper Lee! I'd love to know how you get on with it..

DuchessofMalfi - that's a shame about the Rosie Effect, I really enjoyed The Rosie Project.

I also love Caitlin Moran, How To Be a Woman was brilliant. I read her column every Saturday and have kind of appropriated her in my head as my imaginary best friend.

The Crimson Petal and the White is absolutely fantastic! I read it years ago and highly recommend it. It is very satisfying to read and beautifully written.

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hackmum Sun 07-Jun-15 10:56:11

Tricky one. I was hoping to read the new Jonathan Franzen but it's not out till September.

There's a new Nicci French out in July so might take that.

Have always meant to read The Poisonwood Bible but never got round to it so that's a possibility too. Ditto South Riding, which is currently something like £1.59 on Kindle.

Am also quite interested in a new non-fiction book on psychosomatic illness called It's All in your head:

southeastdweller Sun 07-Jun-15 10:56:37

Had some tense moments, I meant to say. Some of it takes place when the main character is on a summer holiday in Spain, if that helps.

CheesyDibbles Sun 07-Jun-15 11:39:08

Hackmum I have also never read The Poisonwood Bible and have meant to give it a go. Have also never read The Kite Runner - how is that possible?

southeastdweller I also have my eye on Astonish Me and I Saw a Man.

My list is getting longer!

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KurriKurri Sun 07-Jun-15 16:11:43

I have also been intending to read The Poisonwood Bible fro ages, finally got round to starting it, - it's not at all as I imagined and I am loving it so far - excellent book.

I've got the new one by Annie Barrows by my bed - it was a give away with something I bought. She wrote the Guernsey Literary Potato thingy - which I haven't read, but this one looks as if it might be interesting.

WipsGlitter Sun 07-Jun-15 16:19:45

Astonish Me is really good.

The Miniaturist and All the light we cannot see are both good too.

berri Sun 07-Jun-15 16:36:48


MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sun 07-Jun-15 20:23:00

Kurri The Guernsey Literary book is lovely, gentle but not really light. What's her new one? I might give that a go.

I'm planning to read/re-read all of the Brontes in the summer holiday (6 weeks) but need some lighter books in between them.

Not sure about Go Set a Watchman. While I love To Kill a Mockingbird, there's been too many rumours about Lee being exploited over this new one. I'm not sure I feel comfortable about it, but will probably read it eventually.

KurriKurri Sun 07-Jun-15 20:30:53

The new one is called 'The Truth According to Us' MiddleAge, I've just noticed it says that she co-wrote The Guernsey Literary book - this one seems to be her on her own,but sounds like a similarly gentle type of story. I shall give the Guernsey one a go on your recommendation smile

LifeOfBriony Sun 07-Jun-15 20:46:51

I'm going on a long weekend in Jersey next month so have downloaded to my Kindle Mainlander by Will Smith (not that Will Smith). I need to time when to start it so it gets me in the mood for the trip, but I don't want to finish it before I go.

I might also read Far from the Madding Crowd - there is a book group at my work, and they have chosen this book to read.

All the light we cannot see appeals, too - I have suggested this to my book group for the future.

KurriKurri Sun 07-Jun-15 20:48:39

Oh I have just looked it up on amazon and it hasn't been released in this country yet (I was in US when I was given it in a bag if give-aways because I bought some swimwear) it is available for pre order though and out in July.

CheesyDibbles Sun 07-Jun-15 20:58:54

By the way, I have just started reading This House is Haunted by John Boyne and it is very enjoyable so far - nice and spooky. It is bringing to mind that film called The Others.

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LifeOfBriony Sun 07-Jun-15 21:01:00

I enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society - it was particularly interesting as some of my family spent WW2 in Occupied Jersey.

I thought the author was Mary Ann Shaffer - but have just googled and see that it was indeed jointly written.

SecretSpi Mon 08-Jun-15 17:15:17

I'd like to read Kate Atkinson "A God in Ruins".

piebald Mon 08-Jun-15 17:40:32

I have just finished and really enjoyed Americanah, enjoyed it so much after a few false starts that I am finding it hard to choose what to read next

DuchessofMalfi Mon 08-Jun-15 17:46:47

A God in Ruins is superb. I read it a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Think it's even better than Life After Life.

StrawberrytallCake Mon 08-Jun-15 17:47:27

If you like The Rosie Project you might like A Man Called Ove which is about human relationships but really surprising and lovely.

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HildegardVonBrixham Mon 08-Jun-15 21:45:35

I am torn between big fat hardbacks which I'd read at home - The Paying Guests, The BuriedGiant - and downloading things into my iPad kindle app (which I disapprove of on principle) which means I can take more books without overloading my suitcase. A moral dilemma.

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