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What will you be reading over Christmas?

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tobee Wed 21-Dec-16 14:37:24

I might go for The Little Stranger for spookiness, or the next Mrs Tim book in the series I've been reading, Mrs Tim Gets a Job, for comforting familiarity or maybe I'll try Rosamunde Pilcher as recommended here so often.

BUT what about you lot? What are you going to be curled up with as you digest the turkey while reaching for the choccies and swigging sherry by the roaring fire?

LiveLifeWithPassion Wed 21-Dec-16 14:43:29

I'm reading The Secret History. I'm really enjoying it but at me pace, I'll probably still be reading it over Xmas.
I might have started a new one by new year though. I'll hang around here for some ideas.

I enjoyed The Little Stranger.

SecondaryQuandary Wed 21-Dec-16 14:48:30

I'm reading a The Tower at the mo and have Norwegian Wood and an MJ Aldridge one lined up.

I have The Little Stranger on the bookshelf and had forgotten about it - let us know what you think of it.

AgentProvocateur Wed 21-Dec-16 15:00:52

I'm reading Undee A Pole Star at the moment, and my Christmas book will (hopefully!) be A Strangeness In My Mind by Orhan Pamuk.

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mmack Wed 21-Dec-16 17:26:29

I have Excellent Women by Barbara Pym and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon lined up. I think Excellent Women will be a perfect book to read with a glass of sherry by the fire.

tobee Thu 22-Dec-16 21:35:20

I'm a slow reader as well LiveLife. Got to finish off Undee the Net by Iris Murdoch which is less than 250 pages on my device and pretty smooth reading.

Ah, Excellent Women , mmack - I loved that!

tobee Thu 22-Dec-16 21:36:05

Under the Net, not Undee, obviously

squoosh Thu 22-Dec-16 21:37:37

I've just put Persuasion, Girl on a Train, and The Hand That First Held Mine in my suitcase.

squoosh Thu 22-Dec-16 21:38:43

And thank you for reminding me of The Little Stranger. I've been meaning to read that.

Natsku Thu 22-Dec-16 21:40:03

Can't decide. Just finished my current book annoyingly as I'll get books for presents tomorrow but need something to read before then. Maybe Agatha Christie's Grand Tour, or Come Tell Me How You Live.

threestars Thu 22-Dec-16 21:44:05

I want to finish The Night Circus. It's a beautiful story, but a really busy few weeks at work put paid to any reading over that time.

SendARavenToRiverRun Thu 22-Dec-16 21:46:31

I'm re-reading Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher ( for the 999999tn time). Off to investigate 'A little stranger'smile

squoosh Thu 22-Dec-16 21:49:05

Oh I love a bit of Rosamund Pilcher. The Shell Seekers is one of my ultimate 'cosy reads'.

Violetcharlotte Thu 22-Dec-16 21:54:31

Just finished Lynda La Plantes 'Anna Travis' series and started first 'Prime Suspect'. Really into detective fiction at the moment so would welcome any suggestions.

JemimaMuddledUp Thu 22-Dec-16 21:58:43

I'm reading A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks. Love it, but is a bit weird given the recent events in Berlin.

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Thu 22-Dec-16 22:01:57

I'm reading Being Mortal but wanted something jollier so have just bought The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders.

tobee Thu 22-Dec-16 22:24:49

My sister gave me The Grand Tour, Natsku. And riffing on a similar theme, she gave me A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup. This is a Christie fan chemist's book cataloging the poisons used in Agatha Christie's books, giving their chemical provenance and also including how they have been used in true crime. My sister then followed it up by giving me Curtain Up: Agatha Christie A Life in Theatre! Somewhat specialist ginormous tomes but still interesting. I'd like to read Come, Tell Me How You Live especially as I know little about anthropology/archeology.

Natsku Thu 22-Dec-16 22:27:01

Ooo those sound interesting tobee I absolutely love Christie and want to read everything by her or about her.

FiveShelties Thu 22-Dec-16 22:30:46

I am reading The Husband's Secret which I am enjoying. Not sure what to read next but have around 30 paperbacks all waiting, to say nothing of the Kindle stock.

Murine Sat 24-Dec-16 05:10:49

I've almost finished The Sellout by Paul Beatty,then I have three from the library waiting to read. I also bought After The Crash by Michele Bussi and The Butchers Hook by Janet Ellis in the Kindle sale yesterday for 99p so possibly one of those too on my phone while feeding the baby!

Sadik Sat 24-Dec-16 15:23:30

I've got a little pile: The End of Elsewhere (a travel recommendation from the 50 books thread) which I'm currently reading, then Four Futures: Life after Capitalism (read a review of it in the paper then saw Verso were selling all their books 1/2 price and was tempted), The Volunteers (a Parthian Books thriller set in S Wales during the miners' strike that I picked up in the library) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (also from the library, never read it nor seen the film).
I'm also hoping for a few books as presents as my friends and family know my tastes!
Oh, and I've also got a book about the Hacienda to read from the Kindle sale but that's on my phone so will probably wait until I'm travelling next.

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Sat 24-Dec-16 15:56:11

Sadik - I really like Breakfast At Tiffany's - it's v sweet and sad.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Sat 24-Dec-16 16:23:03

I'm reading Wolf Winter, a historical crime novel set in 18th century Swedish Lapland (not jolly and festive but really interesting and suitably wintry.) if I manage to get that finished over the holiday I'm hoping that Santa will have brought me one or two new books to lose myself in. Nothing nicer over the Christmas holidays than coorying in with a good book.

FiveShelties Sat 24-Dec-16 17:21:53

I finished The Husband's Secret and found it a very good read. Going to start Derek Hansen's Remember Me. I have read a few of his 'Lunch with ....' books and found him to be a excellent author, so have high hopes for this one.

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