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Haven't seen a 'what are you reading?' thread in a while.

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MiaWallace Sun 14-Sep-08 13:03:48

So what are you reading? Would you recommend it?

I'm currently half way through The Book Thief. Took a few chapters to get into it but now really enjoying it.

Goober Sun 14-Sep-08 13:07:54

The Sisterhood by Emily Barr.

zippitippitoes Sun 14-Sep-08 13:07:58

ive just finished the woman in the fifth this morning would like to read another book by douglas kennedy but i havent got one

i should probably read a book i have that i havent finished or started

there are a few i might reread

love for lydia by he bates and because the woman on the fifth made me think of it crime and punishment

but i will probably succumb to temptation and get something else

i havent finished the meaning of night which i abandoned ages ago or cryptonomicon which i got stuck or not sufficiently started with..that is a long book

skydancer1 Sun 14-Sep-08 13:11:16

Just read a classic detective novel by Raymond Chandler - The Long Goodbye. Very good.

And the Life and Times of Michael K by J.M Coetzee, very good also.

ByTheSea Sun 14-Sep-08 13:11:18

I usually have at least a couple on the go. Finished 'The Kite Runner' last night and loved it. Have started 'How the Mind Works' by Steven Pinker. Am debating whether to read a Douglas Kennedy my friend lent me next (I haven't read him before) or 'The Bookseller of Kabul' since I seem to be in Afghanistan mode.

TheNaughtiestGirlIsaMonitor Sun 14-Sep-08 13:12:09

Oh does Emily Barr have a new one out?! I usually love hers. Except the last one set in France. That was disappointing. Maybe they have become a little formulaic. she's under pressure always to have a twist.

I just finished "promise not to tell" by Jennifer McMahon, an American writer. I realy enjoyed it. It was part whodunnit, part ghost story, part coming of age... and it just hinted at the beginning of a love story too.

northernrefugee39 Sun 14-Sep-08 13:13:15

Nearly finished Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Took about 100 pages to grip me, but recommend keeping going. It's absorbing and a fascinating insight/document into he Biafran/Nigerian conflict.

brimfull Sun 14-Sep-08 13:14:01

I am reading Engleby by Sebastian Faulkes.

It's completely different to any of his other novels.Would really recommend it.

northernrefugee39 Sun 14-Sep-08 13:15:21

ByThe- loved The Kite Runner and Bookseller of Kabul. Have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns?

northernrefugee39 Sun 14-Sep-08 13:16:06

ggirl- that's next on my list- Engleby

ByTheSea Sun 14-Sep-08 13:16:46

I haven't read 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' yet, but definitely plan to. As you can see, I'm a bit behind the times. wink

Twims Sun 14-Sep-08 13:18:38

Am reading the book thief About half way through

Really enjoying it

DorrisMcWhirter Sun 14-Sep-08 13:18:46

I am re-discovering teenage angst (albeit slightly supernatural and certainly nothing like my teenage years!) by reading the Twighlight books by Stephanie Meyer. They are very good in an easy to read, escapist way!

DontCallMeBaby Sun 14-Sep-08 13:19:18

I've just finished The Siege of Krishnapur by J G Farrell, which is for my bookclub (chosen after one member had been watching the Booker of Bookers). Just started Red Seas Under Red Skies, which is the second Locke Lamora book by Scott Lynch.

MuffinMclay Sun 14-Sep-08 13:21:41

Just finished 'A wife in the North'. Depressing, badly-written, self-indulgent tosh!

Going to read the Bill Bryson book about Shakespeare next.

francagoestohollywood Sun 14-Sep-08 13:22:27

Alix Kates Shulman: "Memories of an ex prom queen". I'm enjoying it

suzywong Sun 14-Sep-08 13:31:26

I just finished Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
I have just started A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute

zippitippitoes Sun 14-Sep-08 13:34:33

town like alice have you seen the film

i saw it the first time when i was very little on my grandmas tv in wales and it left a big is a real tear jerker

i read the book again a few years ago i recommend it

littlerach Sun 14-Sep-08 13:36:16

I love a Town Like Alice. it is fab.

Finished Temptation by Douglas Kennedy. Good

Red Dust. Very good.

Now reading Private battles by Simon Garfield, set during WW2. Is good, but takes a while to get into as is 4 people's diary entries.

Thousand Suns was great.

LurkerOfTheUniverse Sun 14-Sep-08 13:36:26

gave up on wife in the north - drivel

reading 'The guernsey literary and potato peel pie society' which is good if a little whimsy so far

MiaWallace Sun 14-Sep-08 13:37:25

ByTheSea - I only read the kite runner this week, seems I'm behind the times too.

Cappuccino Sun 14-Sep-08 13:37:37

I'm halfway through a load of books

The Floating Island by Anna Ralph (good)

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama (good)

Alice Munro's stories The Progress of Love (brilliant)

Marina Lewycka Two Caravans [meh]

Portofino Sun 14-Sep-08 13:58:56

Just finished Sophie Hannah's The Point of Rescue. I thought it was fantastic.

CantSleepWontSleep Sun 14-Sep-08 14:21:20

Jeffery Deaver - Broken Window - love it, as I do all of his Lincoln Rhyme series.

ilovemydog Sun 14-Sep-08 14:25:33

Peter Robinson's latest Inspector Banks...

great so far....

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