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If I told you what books I have read and enjoyed, could you recommend me my next read?

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Dragonbutter Sun 27-Jul-08 16:37:46

Just finished A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini and loved it.
Also loved The Kite Runner.

Other favourites include...
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Small Island by Andrea Levy (also like andrea levy's other stuff)
Brick Lane by Monica Ali

So, what else might I like?

Thanks smile

SugaryBits Sun 27-Jul-08 16:43:15

The Book Seller of Kabul...can't remember who it is by, will have a look.

SugaryBits Sun 27-Jul-08 16:45:30

here, it's by Asne Seierstad

BBBee Sun 27-Jul-08 16:45:51

the red tent - please read it.

<<sighs and gazes at it on bookshelf>>>

Dragonbutter Sun 27-Jul-08 16:47:04

Hmm, it's on my bookshelf already. The bookmark is about a third of the way through and has been for about 2 years.
Can't remember why I didn't finished it but maybe I should return to it.

The other half-read book on my shelf is Half of a Yellow Sun. I find if a book doesn't have me gripped from the beginning I don't finish it.

You could be on the right lines though.

hughjarssss Sun 27-Jul-08 16:49:28

Tell me about the red tent BBBee is it really good?

Dragonbutter Sun 27-Jul-08 16:53:18

The bookseller of kabul is on my shelf, not the red tent.

BBBee Sun 27-Jul-08 16:53:36

oh dear - I am on the wrong lines if you don't like it.

dragon - it was a while ago i read it but it is about some sisters in biblical times - about their relationships and connections. It is enlgihting in terms of my understanding of life for women then adn is quite empowering and profocund about being a woman (but not in a 'girl power' way IYSWIM)

MarsLady Sun 27-Jul-08 16:55:49

Sky Burial by Xiran. Amazing! Half a Yellow Sun was a good read.

GloriaStits Sun 27-Jul-08 18:17:23

How about Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd, The outcast by Sadie Jones or The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

Dragonbutter Sun 27-Jul-08 18:18:25

Actually, was thinking about The Outcast, have you read it?

will look on amazon at the others.

Miaou Sun 27-Jul-08 18:26:54

The God of Small Things

GloriaStits Sun 27-Jul-08 18:29:02

Yes. Thought it was great. Set in the aftermath of the 2nd world war. Reminiscent of on chesil beach but also the poisonwood bible because of the theme of the unsaid things in relationships or families causing utter devastation.

Dragonbutter Sun 27-Jul-08 18:39:41

Definitely onto something there GloriaStits.
Y'see i like a good historical/geographical setting (so i learn something), but with some good characters and drama to keep me interested.

Dragonbutter Sun 27-Jul-08 21:18:37

any other suggestions?

barnsleybelle Sun 27-Jul-08 21:24:37

The pillars of the earth, by ken follet.

The best book i have read by far, and i re read every 4 years or so.

1st time i read it, i was dreaming about the characters!

others i recommend are,
Time travellors wife, audrey niffeneger
memoirs of a geisha,
the lovely bones,

MrsMuddle Sun 27-Jul-08 21:29:18

Your favourites are similar to mine, so I think you'd like The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (sp) and Gift Of Rain by Tan Eng.

Dragonbutter Sun 27-Jul-08 21:54:33

great. all good suggestions and i've just negotiated a trip to the bookshop this week while DH looks after the kids on his lunchbreak.
will look out for all those.
thanks everyone

essjayo Tue 29-Jul-08 14:45:08

If you've not been to the bookshop yet try looking for something by Rohinton Mistry - I loved "A fine balance" one of best books I can remember reading (and I loved the kite runner et al)

Another great read, but not fiction, is Stasiland by Anna Funde - all about east germany after reunification, historical, full of amazing facts and some heart breaking stories.

Love2bake Tue 29-Jul-08 14:55:11

Ive read three of your books OP.

I also loved,

The Book Thief - Isaak Markus


The Island - Victoria Hislop

Dragonbutter Tue 29-Jul-08 15:08:17

Oh hello, didn't know anyone was still here.
I'll have to remember this thread next time i'm looking for another book.
It might be some time however, as DH presented me with 4 books this morning. He didn't know I had started this thread but knew I'd just finished my book. He went to the bookshop and told the lady there what I like.

She came up with a few, he also mentioned The book thief being one of them but he had to narrow down his pile of 6 he says.

So, I've got
Midnight's children by Salman Rushdie
The Pirates Daughter by Margaret Cezair Thompson
East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
Girl meets boy by Ali Smith

and also The Outcast by Sadie Jones (that I bought myself the other day) but think it would be rude to start with the one i chose and not one of his IYKWIM.

It feels like a lot of new books at once! Am intrigued by them all but not sure which to read first.
Any of those you think i won't like?

Thank you lovely adult fiction mumsnetters.

katierocket Tue 29-Jul-08 15:15:35

second The Island - Victoria Hislop and her new book is brillant too.

GloriaStits Tue 29-Jul-08 18:01:45

ooh midnights children is fantastic. Don't get on with Ali Smith at all- think hugely overated but would be interested to hear what you think

Dragonbutter Wed 30-Jul-08 00:16:45

I've never read any Ali Smith. Not sure why. Thankfully it's only a little one, so if it's bad at least it's not going to last long.

Have always been very disappointed with Zadie Smith.

Right, am going to start with midnight's children.

QuintessentialShadows Wed 30-Jul-08 00:24:16

The Bookseller of Kabul.... Author is norwegian. Been in the press a lot. Interesting debates. She has of course made millions out of her books. She has not once donated a single penny nor given thanks to the bookseller that inspired her book and made her famous. Why should she? Her inspiration, Her writing, Her money.


The Cairo Trilogy

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