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Pootle40 Fri 08-May-20 22:44:18

I really need some good recommendations! My tastes are quite mixed but if anyone on here loved any of the following books we might have similar tastes! These are some of my real favourites over the last ten years or so!

The Harry Quebert Affair and The Baltimore Boys by Joel Decker
The Light Between the Oceans by M L Stedman
The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
An American marriage - Tayari Jones
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
We need to talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver
The dry - Jane harper
How to stop time - Matt Haig
The Kite Runner and a Thousand Splendid Suns - Khalid Hosseini

Any ideas/recommendations ?

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Whatusernamecanihave Sat 09-May-20 21:19:50

I've just finished the turn of the key by ruth ware finished it in 2 days and really enjoyed smile

lairyhegs Sat 09-May-20 21:34:50

Am reading that now, very good!

isoblue Sat 09-May-20 21:50:59

I’ve just finished the Roanoke Girls. It’s very good.

Pootle40 Sat 09-May-20 23:45:45

Thanks! On a whim I bought the crawdads book today-forgotten the full title!

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NC4Now Sat 09-May-20 23:47:33

I’ve just read a book called The Other Half of Augusta Hope that you might enjoy

EnthusiasmIsDisturbed Sun 10-May-20 09:54:01

Start reading Where The Crawdads Sing

I’m reading it now. I’ve struggled to read recently (too much going on at work) but I absolutely love it. About two thirds through and already have that feeling I don’t want it to end. Have also got the audio which is really good (so can drift off at night listening)

DrinkSangriaInThePark Sun 10-May-20 10:01:14

Yes to Where the Crawdads Sing. My other lockdown reads have been American Dirt, which is absolutely brilliant, I couldn't put it down, Normal People, and her other one, Conversations with Friends, and at the moment I'm reading the new Liz Nugent one, Our Little Cruelties, and really liking it so far. She writes really good thriller/drama stuff... And if you haven't read any of her books yet I'd go for her first one, Unravelling Oliver.

Xylophonics Sun 10-May-20 10:26:42

All the Light you Cannot See
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield - brilliant.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo

(Have to disagree about Roanoke Girls though)

BookWitch Sun 10-May-20 10:37:24

@Pootle40, I have read and enjoyed over 50% of your list and would fairly confidently recommend the following for you

The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Dutch House
A Prayer for Owen Meany
The Familiars

Sportycustard Sun 10-May-20 10:43:32

I second the Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. Joint favourite book of the year so far. My book club have never talked about a book for so long or rated one more highly!

Other joint favourite was On Chapel Beach. It's a non fiction about a family mystery but it's beautifully written.

Favourite of last year was The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. Quite creepy though!

Greenteandchives Sun 10-May-20 11:37:34

I agree with Drink about American Dirt. It really is a book you can’t put down. Eye opening, full of strong women, and will put most people’s grumbles into perspective.
I also enjoyed Blood Orange and Little Fires Everywhere.

Mezzan1ne Sun 10-May-20 16:25:58

Ask Again Yes
American Dirt
The Dutch House
Such a Fun Age
Millers Valley
The Glass Castle

Elasticatedwaist Sat 16-May-20 17:32:36

I’ve just finished magpie lane by Lucy Atkins and really enjoyed it .

PotteringAlong Sat 16-May-20 17:34:48

I can absolutely recommend American wife - brilliant.

I’ve just finished “a book of secrets” by Kate Morrison. It was one of the best books I’ve read for a long time.

MabelStark Sat 16-May-20 17:37:51

I loved 'Her Fearful Symmetry' by Audrey Niffenegger. It's very different to Time Traveller's Wife though. Might give it a reread actually. ☺️

Thirtyrock39 Sat 16-May-20 17:38:58

I've really enjoyed reading these in lockdown :-
City of girls
Olive kitteridge
The plot against America (v v good - fictional history about what could have happened if USA had elected a pro Nazi president )
Little friends

Thirtyrock39 Sat 16-May-20 17:41:26

Ooh and the Dutch house I really e joyed

Pootle40 Sat 16-May-20 17:55:49


Thank you! I think I will start it tonight sounds promising.

I'm currently reading The Volunteer (Auschwitz). It is a good but quite challenging at the moment. I was holding off starting the Crawdads as I prefer to finish one before I start another but you have swayed me!

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Pootle40 Sat 16-May-20 17:56:22


Thank you!

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Pootle40 Sat 16-May-20 17:57:44


I have read All the light we cannot see a couple of years ago and loved it!

I did nearly pick up American wife and a few people are recommending the bee keeper of Aleppo so I will add these to my list.

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Pootle40 Sat 16-May-20 17:59:56


🥰 we have good taste

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Pootle40 Sat 16-May-20 18:01:39


I tried silent companions last year - I did enjoy it but maybe not as much as I thought I would.

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PotteringAlong Sat 16-May-20 18:02:50

I will look up the plot against America!

Pootle40 Sat 16-May-20 18:05:18


I really tried with Her Fearful Symmetry - I don't think I actually finished it. It was a very different book to The Time Travellers Wife and I think my expectations were too high. I should maybe revisit it.

Bizarrely Audrey Niffennegger has never ever written a third book.

One of my other favourite authors Khalid Hosseini has also gone a long time without another book which is a shame

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