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Just finished my book and have a shortlist - what next?

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MercedesDeMonteChristo Sun 21-Oct-18 16:26:57

Off on holiday tomorrow (city break, plane journey and mostly bedtime or hanging at the apartment reading) and need to start my next book. Reverting to my kindle I have made a shortlist, what should I read?

A Little Life
Home Fire
Eleanor Oliphant
A House for Mr Biswas
Lady Macbeth of Minsk
Cloud street
Black and British (non-fic)

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MercedesDeMonteChristo Sun 21-Oct-18 16:28:08

Last three books I read if it helps are:
Therese Raquin, Emile Zola
So Much Life Left Over, Louis de Bernieres
Exit West, Mohsin Hamid

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BiggerBoat1 Sun 21-Oct-18 16:33:04

I struggled with A Little Life - just couldn't make myself care about the characters.

MercedesDeMonteChristo Sun 21-Oct-18 16:45:27

I really enjoyed my last three even though the characters were not people I really warmed too, but I am ok with that but I guess you do have to connect with them in some way even if it’s that you hate them.

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AgentProvocateur Sun 21-Oct-18 16:51:46

I loved a Little Life and Eleanor oliphnt was ok (but I saw the twist coming). Home Fire and Mr Biswas are on my Kindle to read.

Nononononono33 Sun 21-Oct-18 16:58:12

Really loved Eleanor Oliphant if that helps!

hellojim Sun 21-Oct-18 17:29:40

I enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant

BishopstonFaffing Sun 21-Oct-18 17:31:07

Drop everything and read The Song of Achilles. It is fabulous.

MercedesDeMonteChristo Sun 21-Oct-18 17:45:30

Argh now I am going to have to purchase The Song of Achilles.

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MercedesDeMonteChristo Sun 21-Oct-18 17:46:02

Though it may require more sustained reading than this holiday might allow.

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codswallopandbalderdash Mon 22-Oct-18 21:34:57

Eleanor Oliphant is OK. Can see the plot developments a mile off though. I enjoyed a little life but thought it needed better editing (got too repetitive in parts) and it was a misery fest (trauma on top of trauma).
Have you read Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed? It's fantastic.

highlandcoo Tue 23-Oct-18 00:14:47

I really enjoyed Cloud Street.

user1486481258 Tue 23-Oct-18 08:52:48

I highly recommend The Carrero Series by L.T.Marshall, great holiday reads. They can be read as a whole series or as trilogies.

MercedesDeMonteChristo Tue 23-Oct-18 18:08:11

Thanks all. Adding to my list. I am in holiday now so am reading Eleanor Oliphant as it seemed the most straightforward to follow given I can only read on the journey and when we get back from sightseeing.

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midsomermurderess Thu 25-Oct-18 16:14:42

A House for Mr Biswas. It's been years but it is such a good, chunky, satisfying read, as I remember.

MercedesDeMonteChristo Sat 27-Oct-18 10:50:22

Funnily enough I finished Eleanor whilst away and am now reading Mr Biswas. Enjoying it.

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