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What have you read recently that was AMAZING?

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JemimaMuddledUp Wed 28-Dec-16 16:49:20

Looking for recommendations to add to my list for 2017.

My favourite recent reads are:
Shylock is my Name - Howard Jacobson
A Week in December - Sebastian Faulks
The Muse - Jessie Burton

What have you loved and why?

SandyDays Wed 28-Dec-16 16:54:37

I enjoyed I pilgrim this year

PossumInAPearTree Wed 28-Dec-16 16:59:34

The Goldfinch is the last amazing book I read.

Footle Wed 28-Dec-16 17:00:35

The Hollow Land, Jane Gardam.

ThreeBecameFour Wed 28-Dec-16 17:00:55

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara...harrowing...but a really good book

missyB1 Wed 28-Dec-16 17:08:56

The Shock Of The Fall - Nathan Filer

Its about a boy whose sibling dies and how it affects him growing up. Its sad but lots of funny / heartwarming bits.

AgentProvocateur Wed 28-Dec-16 17:11:04

Seconding A Little Life. Very harrowing but beautifully written. And incredibly sad.

JemimaMuddledUp Wed 28-Dec-16 21:50:43

The Goldfinch is on my "to read" list.

I've not heard of the others, thank you.

DementedUnicorn Wed 28-Dec-16 23:18:52

I read a few Louise Jensen thrillers lately and enjoyed them.

thriftymrs Tue 03-Jan-17 14:27:50

I came very late to it as it's a classic, but just read 'I Capture the Castle' by Dodie Smith (who also, as I discovered, wrote '101 Dalmations'). It's funny and smart and I didn''t want it to end. I also really enjoyed '84 Charing Cross Road' by Helene Hanff - funny and insightful true story of the American author's correspondence with a bookshop at that address post-World War II. Really engaging and just lovely, feel-good writing. Can't recommend highly enough.

SatsukiKusakabe Tue 03-Jan-17 15:17:03

Last two books I've finished All the Light We Cannot See and The Essex Serpent, both very good reads and would recommend.

KeithLeMonde Tue 03-Jan-17 15:21:38

I loved Americanah - genuinely made me think afresh about race and identity, as well as being very readable, funny and lots of mouth-watering descriptions of Nigerian food (resolution for 2017, visit a Nigerian restaurant).

I was very moved by Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal. I've never really read anything by Winterson before, and thought she was a bit of an arse, but the writing was beautiful and the story of her adoption and depression was both heart-breaking and uplifting in different ways.

On a much lighter note, I finally got round to reading Where'd You Go, Bernadette? which was funny and clever - snarky but warm-hearted.

SatsukiKusakabe Tue 03-Jan-17 15:36:49

I really liked Bernadette.

JudithTaverner Tue 03-Jan-17 15:39:12

I read All the Light We Cannot See too and really enjoyed it - one of my best books of 2016.

Also really loved A Little Life, enjoyed Americanah and Bernadette too.

Jemimapuddleduk Tue 03-Jan-17 15:40:41

Lie with me Sabine Durrant- a really excellent psychological thriller with a male as the narrator and main character (most of the thrillers I have read always have a woman as the main lead).

Trooperslane Tue 03-Jan-17 15:58:52

I captured the castle is the most amazing, lovely book.

I'm reading Jeeves and Wooster for the first time. Also love Evelyn Waugh - the sarcasm is hilarious.

jimijack Tue 03-Jan-17 16:03:57

I enjoyed the girl on the train, haven't read anything really good in ages though unfortunately.

cloudchasing Tue 03-Jan-17 16:07:40

I've just finished Room and absolutely loved it. Best book I've read for ages! Don't know whether to watch the film or not, I think I might be disappointed.

piebald Tue 03-Jan-17 16:12:10

A place called winter by Patrick Gale is by far the best book i read last year

slug Tue 03-Jan-17 16:12:18

"The Power" by Naomi Alderman. What happens when women evolve the power to deliver electrical shocks to men

JudithTaverner Tue 03-Jan-17 16:30:28

ooh I've got that in my unread pile Piebald - I may read it next

VallarMorghulis Tue 03-Jan-17 17:09:52

I've just finished The lie by CL Taylor and really enjoyed it.

cloudchasing Tue 03-Jan-17 17:25:01

Ooh I'll put that on my list Vallar I read The Accident by the same author last year and really liked it.

absolutelynotfabulous Tue 03-Jan-17 17:32:30

I've just read How Green Was My Valley again. It's a lovely book, and captures Victorian South Wales beautifully.

Also read Secret History, and found it gripping not sure why, as the characters are arseholes.

Feckinlego Sun 08-Jan-17 11:09:08

Try 'schtum' by Jeremy lester, fabulous.

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