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Please recommend something very, very fast-paced

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TheCatOfAthenry Sun 21-Jan-18 19:39:30

Hello all! I read quite a lot. I'm open to anything and everything.

Have become much busier in recent weeks and this is likely to go on for some months.

I'd really appreciate recommendations for page-turners without too much extraneous detail (this makes a book harder to get into, for me) so I can continue to read.

All help very much appreciated!

2tfrutti Mon 22-Jan-18 18:27:17

I am Pilgrim. Excellent page turner - you won't be able to put it down though so not too great if you are busy!

TheCatOfAthenry Mon 22-Jan-18 18:52:34

Thank you. Will add to my list.

Allthecake Mon 22-Jan-18 19:25:38

What about things like The Help, The Lovely Bones, the Book Thief etc? There are also some high-quality teen books which make for good reading without a lot of effort, such as Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series.

TheCatOfAthenry Mon 22-Jan-18 19:46:12

Thank you @Allthecake - I've read all of those! blush

TheCatOfAthenry Mon 22-Jan-18 19:47:02

(And actually rather liked all - interested in what you generally read now.)

AtlantaGinandTonic Mon 22-Jan-18 19:47:40

I second 'I Am Pilgrim' for fast-paced.

Miloarmadillo2 Mon 22-Jan-18 19:47:54

The Power, by Naomi Alderman.

AtlantaGinandTonic Mon 22-Jan-18 19:48:58

The Miniaturist is very good and if I recall, fairly fast-paced.

Onlyaprawn Mon 22-Jan-18 19:58:37

How about Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine? I thought it was a real page turner and finished it in two sessions!

TheCatOfAthenry Mon 22-Jan-18 20:36:39

Thank you lovely people! These all sound like things I could enjoy.

Piggywaspushed Mon 22-Jan-18 21:39:02

Just finished An Almond For A Parrot. It's very rude but don't let that put you off. It is set in Regency England . It would be demeaning it to call it a bodice ripper but it is certainly a quick read. There's bit of a mystery to solve and some magic and some rakes and courtesans. And maypoles....

Piggywaspushed Mon 22-Jan-18 21:40:00

And agree that Eleanor Oliphant is a quick read.

lastqueenofscotland Mon 22-Jan-18 21:51:30

Restless by William Boyd
I literally couldn't put This Is Going To Hurt down and read it in anight

TheCatOfAthenry Mon 22-Jan-18 22:00:45

I also loved This Is Going To Hurt. It genuinely did. (I'm also a doctor, some of it gave me horrible flashbacks!)

Thanks for all these. I like the sound of the rude book too. grin

Pashazade Mon 22-Jan-18 22:04:14

All the Jack Reacher books are a good engrossing read. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan if you can handle some sci-fi. Plus the crime series by PJ Tracy

Allthecake Mon 22-Jan-18 23:41:20

Glad to see I've pinpointed your style OP! Do you like non-fiction too? If so how about...
Biography:
- Maya Angelou, I know why the caged bird sings or Me and Mom and Me
- Helene Hanff, 84 Charing Cross Road
- Cathy Rentzenbrink, Last act of love
Smart Thinking
- Jon Ronson, The psychopath test
- Oliver Sacks, Hallucinations
- Freakonomics (can't remember author, don't be put off by title, it's not about economics)
Kids (but still great reads)
- R J Palacio, Wonder
- Judith Kerr, When Hitler stole pink rabbit (semi-autobiographical)

Fingers crossed there are some you haven't read there OP wink

Allthecake Mon 22-Jan-18 23:47:51

Re: The Miniaturist - was an amazing book and a very quick read for me too. So much better than the tv version, I thought that was pretty poor. Please don't watch it if you want to read the book, as half of the beauty of the book is that it's full of layers of secrets, sort of like a literary onion grin

Piggywaspushed Tue 23-Jan-18 15:56:36

I second sacks but if you are a doctor you have probably read him?

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat is brilliant.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared is long but jaunty.

TheCatOfAthenry Tue 23-Jan-18 20:26:49

Yes, I like Sacks. Fascinating stuff.

lizzlebizzle33 Tue 23-Jan-18 20:32:02

Running 😂

TheCatOfAthenry Tue 23-Jan-18 20:47:11

@lizzlebizzle33 are you my dad? grin

lizzlebizzle33 Wed 24-Jan-18 05:24:07

😂 no but if that's your dads sense of humour then he should meet my dad

Theducksarenotmyfriends Wed 24-Jan-18 05:59:30

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer is very fast paced, reads like a film (I think it is being made into a film actually)

StealthPolarBear Wed 24-Jan-18 06:01:16

Stuff by Jane Fallon (chick lit) is what I read when I'm too busy to hold a story in my brain

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