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Which books have you enjoyed lately?

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AdaColeman Sun 26-Nov-17 17:07:09

I need some inspiration for what to read next, so what have you enjoyed?

Recently I've enjoyed
A Good Man in Africa ~ William Boyd
The Fear Index ~ Robert Harris
The way back to Florence ~ Glen Haybittle

I like historical / detective / spy but nothing to gory or frightening! fgrin
I like a series to get into also, but I'll give most things a try.

BigPinkOrchid Sun 26-Nov-17 19:23:01

Ones I've enjoyed most in the last few months include:

The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
The Island - Victoria Hislop
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Not sure if any to your taste... smile

AdaColeman Sun 26-Nov-17 19:28:30

Well I've just got A Slow train To Budapest ~ Ann Ableson, and The Hedge Knight ~ a prequel to Game of Thrones, so at least I've got something to read.
Oh how I love my Kindle!
wine smile

tripfiction Sun 26-Nov-17 19:37:32

Amanda Prowse is a new discovery for me...

Keepingupwiththejonesys Sun 26-Nov-17 19:39:16

I really like harlen coben , read a few of his recently. I recently. Read the cut throat by Clive cussler, he's done lots that aren't scary too.

BBQsAreSooooOverrated Sun 26-Nov-17 19:39:51

The One - John Marrs
Her Perfect Life - Sam Hepburn

buckeejit Sun 26-Nov-17 20:02:10

Just finished I am pilgrim, fits your bill & pretty good.

My other recs would be different to your preferred genres but I'd go for 'a little life', 'station eleven', 'the goldfinch'

AdaColeman Sun 26-Nov-17 20:41:12

BigPinkOrchid Oh yes, I enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale. You might like The Eagle of Spinalonga by Nike Azoros as you enjoyed The Island.

The Goldfinch is wonderful isn't it, always worth a re read.

Some super ideas here, thanks everyone, I'll be following them all up.

Tarahumara Sun 26-Nov-17 21:19:09

I recently loved A Gentleman in Moscow.

BigPinkOrchid Mon 27-Nov-17 08:08:56

Thanks for The Eagle of Spinalonga recommendation Ada. Will add it to my list.

bagelbaby Mon 27-Nov-17 21:17:14

I’m really enjoying Witchlight by Susan Fletcher. It’s set around the events leading to the Glencoe Massacre. I don’t like historical stuff but this is great.

AdaColeman Mon 27-Nov-17 21:20:49

Oohh thanks, I'll add that to my list bagelbaby.

lastqueenofscotland Mon 27-Nov-17 22:44:13

Recently reread A Kind Of Loving by Stan barstow which is excellent

MightyOWL Tue 28-Nov-17 12:00:19

Recently I've enjoyed:

I Am Pilgrim
7 Types of Amiguity by Elliot Pearlman
Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell

midsomermurderess Tue 28-Nov-17 18:10:57

The Line of Beauty. Set in 1980s London mostly. ‘A young man becomes attached to a family that's not his own, and casts himself into the life of plentiful riches and gay love affairs that he seems destined for‘. The period is captured beautifully, the ending is crushing.

HappySpade Tue 28-Nov-17 18:15:46

Just finished North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell - just lovely!

fruityb Tue 28-Nov-17 18:18:22

How to stop time - Matt Haig. Would fit what you like. It was lovely if a little contrived in places

hollygolipo Tue 28-Nov-17 18:19:46

I've just finished Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - wonderful book ...

YoungYolandaYorgensen39 Wed 29-Nov-17 22:11:50

Bagelbaby - I enjoyed Corrag by Susan Fletcher, which is also based on the Glencoe Massacre. Another - can’t recall title - set on a fictional island in the Hebrides on which a ‘merman’ washes up on the shore, was also very good.

YoungYolandaYorgensen39 Wed 29-Nov-17 22:21:19

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
My Name is Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible - Elizabeth Barton
The Book of Memory - Petina Gappah
Augustown - Kei Miller

And a non-fiction I found fascinating was Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDiarmid.

drinkswineoutofamug Thu 30-Nov-17 08:22:14

Just finished his dark materials , I like Elly Griffiths books, just read the lady in blue by her. Very good

AdaColeman Thu 30-Nov-17 12:22:32

My To Be Read is looking good thanks to all these fab suggestions.

It could be time for a Dark Materials re read before I move to his latest work.

AdaColeman Thu 30-Nov-17 12:26:54

Oh, I see that The Book of Dust has won the Waterstones book of the year prize!

Todayissunny Thu 30-Nov-17 12:33:44

I've read 3 of the changers series (by cooper and cooper I think). Same person but different bodies. Really makes you think about how appearances influence how we behave towards other people and how it impacts behaviour.

OllyBJolly Thu 30-Nov-17 12:48:00

Really enjoyed Sugar Money by Jane Harris. So well-written and totally absorbing.

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