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I need a book that will make me forget what time it is.

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Kayemm Sun 31-May-20 19:04:20

You know what I mean. One that you don't actually read because you are there with the characters.

I've loved:-
The Woman in White
A Prayer for Owen Meaney
Watership Down.
The Book Thief.
A Tale of Two Cities.

Not so much
Eleanor whatshername.
Misery memoirs.
Cloud Atlas

Throw your best suggestions at me?


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Yourdigitalson Sun 31-May-20 19:13:06

Harry Potter.

AgentProvocateur Sun 31-May-20 19:17:12

A Fine Balance or The Corrections.

areallthenamesusedup Sun 31-May-20 19:17:40

Saw your title and was about to suggest The World According to Garp.

Given you have read Owen Meany you may have already read it, but if not......OMG...get it read!

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Sun 31-May-20 19:17:55

Lovely Bones

Matildatoldsuchdreadfullies Sun 31-May-20 19:18:18

I often suggest these - Susan Howard’s, Starbridge novels, about the history of the Church of England in the twentieth century. Sounds less than thrilling? Astonishingly they are real page turners, and they have the benefit of rather a lot of pages to turn.

EineReiseDurchDieZeit Sun 31-May-20 19:19:10

I read similar titles to you, my best fiction reads this year have been :

The Moonstone
Lincoln In The Bardo
Small Island
Jamaica Inn
Little Fires Everywhere
Half Of A Yellow Sun
The Girl With All The Gifts
All Quiet On The Western Front
And The Mountains Echoed

Matildatoldsuchdreadfullies Sun 31-May-20 19:19:15

That’s Howatch, not Howard’s. Annoying autocorrect....

PeskyRooks Sun 31-May-20 19:25:21

I'm a massive Anne Tyler fan so I recommend anything by her.
I've also just finished The Mirror and The Light by Hilary Mantel which is the last one in the trilogy with Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. These set in Tudor times so good for escapism.
I also just enjoyed Tidelands by Phillippa Gregory.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
All the Light We Cannot see by Anthony Doerr
Cats Eye by Margaret Atwood
Beloved by Toni Morrison
All brilliant reads.

ThousandsAreSailing Sun 31-May-20 19:27:38

I like some on your list
One of my favourite books is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Holothane Sun 31-May-20 19:33:52

The Morland Dynasty by Cynthia Harold Eagles.
There’s 31 of them now start 1430 right through to the 1930s.
About a family I love them and have done for the last 30 years.

RedRec Sun 31-May-20 19:37:43

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë.
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy.
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld.

billybagpuss Sun 31-May-20 19:39:35

Count of Monte Cristo
Gone with the wind
Conn iggulden wolf of the plains

LaneBoy Sun 31-May-20 19:39:48

Where the Crawdads Sing is being totally raved about on a group I’m in, not tried it myself though.

If you don’t know the story already then Handmaid’s Tale?

AConvivialHost Sun 31-May-20 19:41:55

I was surprised by the three books below. They are not my usual type of reads, but 2 of the 3 had me sobbing in the bathroom in the early hours so as not to wake my husband when I finished them, and all 3 of them have stayed with me.

The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Nifenegger
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
The Huntress - Kate Quinn

OtterBe4 Sun 31-May-20 19:44:10

All the light we cannot see, Anthony Doerr
The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill
The Dark Lives Trilogy, Ross Greenwood
If you like a police thriller I’ve just read all Carol Wyer books, good page turners.

kingkuta Sun 31-May-20 19:44:11

The last book that made me feel like this was Haruki Murakami IQ84

SandysMam Sun 31-May-20 19:45:32

The Help. My favourite book of all time. I am jealous of those who get to read it for the first time!
I also love a little known teen fiction book called Love Lessons by David Belbin. It is set in Nottingham in the 90’s and is about a teacher/pupil relationship. It is subtly brilliant.

rosecreakybex Sun 31-May-20 20:13:17

The Heart's Invisible Furies

My favourite book - I lost track of what day it was never mind what time!

NoMoreMuchin Sun 31-May-20 20:54:27

OP I think we have very similar tastes in books.....A prayer for Owen Meany, Tale of Two Cities and Woman In White all in my top ten....
I would add anything by Kazuo Ishiguro, probably Never Let Me Go if pushed but they are all so good (and different) I'd struggle to choose), also Armadale which is actually better than the Woman in White, unbelievably also,...Cormac Mccarthy the border trilogy and Moby Dick.

My most recent discovery is We Have Always Lived In the Castle...reading it for the first time was the most wonderful and enjoyable read I've had for many years. I finished it and just started it again!

@EineReiseDurchDieZeit I have just googled Lincoln in the Bardo and it sounds like the most amazing idea for a book, thank you

@RedRec someone else told me recently they thought American Wife was the best book they had ever read, so I'm definitely going to read it now.

justkeepmovingon Sun 31-May-20 21:03:48

I got totally sucked into sapiens, I know it's not characters but I found the whole book fascinating.

EineReiseDurchDieZeit Sun 31-May-20 21:25:23


We seem to have to have very similar taste! Bardo is done as a Greek Chorus type thing, really interesting

hellosun20 Sun 31-May-20 21:30:08

4321 is excellent. Long but very much worth your time!

flowertoday Sun 31-May-20 21:33:33

The Cazalet Chronicles - five novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard. I have read them lots of times, and I feel that I have gone back and am with this family at the time of the books.
Absolute favourite escapism and lovely characters .

FruitPastillesaregood Sun 31-May-20 21:33:46

I'm currently reading Love after Love by Ingrid Persaud. It's wonderful.

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