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What's in your reading pile?

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Twims Sun 14-Sep-08 13:42:22

I am reading the historian, but I have a huge pile of books to read.

1. Sam Bourne - The Righteous Men (50p at Sainsbury's yesterday
2. Showdown - Tilly Bagshawe
3. Hiding from the light - Barbara Erskine
4. The Blind Assasin - Margaret Atwood (read half)
5. Second Glanc - Jodi Picoult
6. India the rough guide
7. Miss Pettigrew lives for the day - Winifred Watson (Read half)
8. Rhett Butler's people - Donald McCraig (read half)
9. The kite runner - Khaled Hosseini
10. The great gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
11. Notes from an exhibition - Patrick Gale
12. The mathematics of love - Emma Darwin
13. Overheard in a dream - Tory Hayden

Has anyone got a big pile like me grin lol

MiaWallace Sun 14-Sep-08 17:18:30

Read quite a few recently so haven't got too many in my reading pile at the moment.

Currently have

- American Gods -Neil Gaiman
- Sophie's world - Jostein Gaarder
- Fingersmith - Sarah Waters

I do have another 37 books on my Amazon wish list but promised myself that I wouldn't purchase anymore till I finished the ones I already bought.

janeite Sun 14-Sep-08 17:29:20

Oh you've both got some good ones there:

American Gods
Miss Pettigrew
The Kite Runner
Notes From An Exhibition - all good.I've got:

The Casebook Of Victor Frankenstein

"Daphne" by Justine Picardie - probably won't bother as the first few pages have really annoyed me.


AbbaFan Sun 14-Sep-08 17:33:25

I always have a reading pile, as I constantly buy books when they come out and are 2 for £7.00.

I have:

1. The pirates Daughter
2. The Outcast
3. Random acts of Love
4. Shanteram

BitOfFun Sun 14-Sep-08 17:33:52

Janeite, was it you asking for suggestions at the beginning of the summer? What did you go for in the end?

janeite Sun 14-Sep-08 17:38:21

It was! I've read about 40 odd books since then though, so .........

Ones I liked:

Arthur And George
American Gods
Notes From An Exhibition
The Welsh Girl

Ones I didn't like (lots basically but the worst)
A dreadful Nicci French thing that was left behind in the apartment on holiday
The House At Riverton

Too many to list, or even remember!

"Oryx And Crake" was recommended on that thread though, iirc - I've just started it and am really liking it.

BeckyBendyLegs Sun 14-Sep-08 20:12:25

Talking of reading piles...I get told off by DH for having such a large reading pile. I have about 30 books at the mo so won't list them all (I think 37 was my all time record). Thing is, they do all get read and I just love that pleasure of finishing a book and having to choose a new one from my reading pile. Bliss. Does anyone else get grief about this?

MiaWallace Mon 15-Sep-08 12:04:35

One of the benefits of being single, stacks of books everywhere and no-one to complain.

squilly Mon 15-Sep-08 20:50:57

Becky...totally get it. I have a bookcase full of books at the moment. I bought about 50 over the summer, mostly from carboots and charity shops, and they're sat waiting for me to get round to them. I lurve books. Lurve the smell of em...the look of em...the promise of em.

It's like having a calendar of hunky men, looking at them every day knowing that you could actually have a pop at them, if you wanted to, but actually enjoying the thought of them more than the deed...if that makes sense!

Or maybe this throat infection is affecting my mental state more than I'd thought!

janeite Mon 15-Sep-08 21:10:16

What you got Squilly? Nosy emoticon.

slayerette Mon 15-Sep-08 21:14:43

Brutal and Trouble by Jesse Kellerman (interested to see how he compares to his daddy)
Northern Lights
On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
The Last King of Scotland - Giles Foden

squilly Mon 15-Sep-08 21:35:04 asked for this!!!! blush

Margaret Attwood,
1. Cats Eye;
2. Bodily Harm;
3. Lady Oracle
4. Darkmans - Nicola Barker (can't get into it)
5. Northinger Abbey - Jane Austen
6. The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox
7. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
8. Grow Up - Keith Allen
9. The Madness of Love - Katherina Davies
10.The Gatemaker - Christine Dwyer Hickey
11. The Girl at te Lion D'or Seb Faulks
12. Blackird Jennifer Lauck
13. The Hickory Staff Robert Scott and Jay Gordon
14. Back When We Were Young - Anne Tyler
15. Arlington Park - Rachel Lusk
16. Fingersmith - Sarah Walters
17. The Cutting Room - Louise Welch
18. Nostradamus Ate My Hamster - Rankin (light relief!)
19. The Unburied - Charles Pallister
20. The Testament of Gideon Mack, James Robertson
21. Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
22. The Inheritance if Loss - Kieran Desai
23. Sleepyhead Mark Billingham
24. Property - Valerie Martin
25. Left the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
26. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
27. The Thief Taker - Janet Gleeson
28. Infidelity Charm - Tess Stimson
29 -34, 5 Terry Brooks books. I likes a nice bit of sci-fantasy/fiction.
35 - 39 5 x Jane Welch books
40. Samurai William The Adventer who Unlocked Japan.
41. The American Boy - Andrew Taylor
42. Perfume - Patrick Suskind
43. Easy Peasy - Lesley Glaister
44. Shallow Grave - Jeffrey Deaver
45. The Woman who Painted Her Dreams - Isla Dewar
46. Beneath the Blonde - Stella Duffy
47. The Visible World, Mark Slouka
48. The Stormcaller, Tom Lloyd
49. Kissing England, Sean Thomas
50. Sick Puppy, Carl Hiasen
51. The Little Friend, Donna Tartt

There are a few more, but I won't list them as they're mostly junky books.

I've just finished Salley Vickers, Instances of the Number 3, which was good (though not as good as Miss Garnett's Angel imo) and a weird book called Four Mothers, by Shifra Horn, very much in the style of Isabel Allende...long winded and bonkers but vaguely satisfying!).

Sorry to have gone on, but there you go!

squilly Mon 15-Sep-08 21:39:42

Can you tell there's nothing on the box that's grabbing me tonight? And my Sky plus is broken, so I haven't got anything taped to fall back on.

BeckyBendyLegs Mon 15-Sep-08 22:25:05

I don't feel so bad now with my meagre 30-odd books. I might even tell DH about this thread so he gets off my back about my 'addiction to book shops' and 'phobia of running out of books' I quote.

There is nothing on TV is there? We watched the last ever Grange Hill tonight as I recorded it earlier. It had to be done.

squilly Mon 15-Sep-08 22:27:12

I missed it but am hoping to catch it on iplayer at some point.

I know things are bad when I keep watching Dave!

janeite Tue 16-Sep-08 19:48:12

Wow Squilly! I love the description "long-winded and bonkers but vaguely satisfying" - sounds a bit like dp!

Ypu've got a real mixed bag there. I really enjoyed "Sumarai William"; "Perfume"; "The American Boy"; "Notes from An exhibition"(except the ending);
"American Gods" and "The Historian" - and you're in for a real treat with "Northanger Abbey"!

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