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Here are some of my fave books - tell me what to read next....

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lilolilmanchester Thu 10-Sep-09 21:55:44

I read a very wide range of books from crap to classics.

My fave books include:
"Shadow of the Wind" Carols Ruiz Safon
"Secret History" Donna Tart
"Noble House" James Clavell
"Atonement" Ian McEwan ("Chesil Beach" OK; "Enduring Love" a bit dark
"Charlotte Gray" Sebastian Faulks (but found Engleby a bit dark)
"Prince of Tides" Pat Conroy

anything by DH Lawrence/Thomas Hardy.
Never really got in to Austen or the Brontes

Like Anita Shreve, Anne Tyler, John Grisham, Ben Elton, Tony Parsons, some Nick Hornby. Also loved Bridget Jones and the Shopaholic books. And good old family sagas such as Iris Gower.

So, fairly wide ranging! Any thoughts???

FlyingMonkey Thu 10-Sep-09 22:03:02

If you like Anita Shreve and Anne Tyler, then you would probably like Rose Tremain. Try Music & Silence first, it's brill.

Would also suggest The Thirteeth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Re: Classics - what about Henry James or Edith Wharton?

piscesmoon Thu 10-Sep-09 22:04:35

Yu could try Patrick Gale-start with Notes from an Exhibition.

lilolilmanchester Thu 10-Sep-09 22:04:37

Thanks FlyingMonkey, will investigate.Any particular James/Wharton you'd recommend?

lilolilmanchester Thu 10-Sep-09 22:05:02

thanks Pisces

SixtyFootDoll Thu 10-Sep-09 22:06:25

Isabelle Allende

Time Travellers Wife

lilolilmanchester Thu 10-Sep-09 22:06:26

(actually, it would be v.helpful if you could let me know which of the authors/books I've listed are like the books you are recommending to help me choose things to suit the mood of the moment... thanks)

cookielove Thu 10-Sep-09 22:07:01

if you like shopaholic try other ones from her such as do you remember? and undomestic goddess

lilolilmanchester Thu 10-Sep-09 22:07:45

thanks SixtyFootDoll, can't believe this has got so many responses so quickly!

FlyingMonkey Thu 10-Sep-09 22:07:45

Wharton - The House of Mirth or The Age of Innocence
James - The Portrait of a Lady or The Turn of the Screw

rempy Thu 10-Sep-09 22:09:08

Rose Tremain, or even better, Carole Shields. Unless is fab.

FlyingMonkey Thu 10-Sep-09 22:10:09

Forgot to say, Family Saga + Classic(ish) = The Forsythe Saga. I haven't read it (or them, as actually several books) but I've heard good things. Anyone else read it?

lilolilmanchester Thu 10-Sep-09 22:10:09

Have read Undomestic Goddess, didn't like it as much as the Shopaholics - oh, but loved "Can you keep a secret"

cookielove Thu 10-Sep-09 22:30:26

dorothy koomson - my best friends girl is nothing like kinsella but i think a good read

gallery Thu 10-Sep-09 22:38:44

I have read 2 of yours- donna tart and sebastian faulks- this is not light evening reading
Some of my faves which might meet this category
Miss smillias feeling for snow
william treveor books
muriel spark
(i am looking at my bookshelf for inspiration)

I read more easy fiction these days but enjoyed the prose of the writers above
another author who really caused me to stop and re read his pages was William Golding Fire down below, rites of passage, close quarters. His language is excellent
Also cormac mac carthey, all the pretty horses, I had to re read page 1 several times as so beautifully written- also great plot

CarmelitaMiggs Thu 10-Sep-09 22:40:47

The Hidden by Tobias Hill really reminded me of The Secret History

mrsruffallo Thu 10-Sep-09 22:42:31

Oooh gallery, I love Miss Smillas Feeling For Snow. One of my favourites.
I suggest Daphne De Maurier, OP. Great big atmospheric stories, lots of romance and Cornish landscape.

BrigitBigKnickers Thu 10-Sep-09 22:56:41

Another vote for Notes from an exhibition-Patrick Gale.
Slumdog Millionaire (or Q&A as it was originally called) fab story and SOOOO much better than the film which was highly over-rated IMHO.
To Be Someone - Louise Voss
Anything by Mike Gayle- funny but thoughtful too.

Lulubee Thu 10-Sep-09 22:59:37

Def another vote for Notes from an Exhibition - was one of the best books I read last year. Also 'When we were bad' by Charlotte Mendelson which is a very insightful/funny book about a dysfunctional family and their Rabbi mother. Sounds weird but vv good.

Lulubee Thu 10-Sep-09 23:00:13

I loved 'Shadow of the Wind' by the way - didn't want it to end!

lilolilmanchester Thu 10-Sep-09 23:05:52

sooo many suggestions, will investigate over the weekend. A friend has passed on the Poisonwood Bible, and the Book Thief. Haven't started either - not sure I like the look of them Has anyone read them please? Are they anything like other books I have read? (Lulubee, Shadow of the Wind was my fave book this year!!)

lilolilmanchester Thu 10-Sep-09 23:06:23

oops, forgot to say thanks... "Thanks all"

catinthehat2 Thu 10-Sep-09 23:27:22

Range a bit wider and try some science fiction?

Classics eg Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


Stuff on which movies were based eg most of Philip K Dick ( I recommend Flow my Tears the Policeman Said)

Loads out there.

Lou2222 Thu 10-Sep-09 23:37:31

A prayer for Owen Meanie - John Irwin. Is the best book in the world ..I read a lot and only have an A level in English, degree in Archeology But it is the best book out of hundreds I have read.........

lilolilmanchester Thu 10-Sep-09 23:49:29

Science Fiction really isn't my "thing" but can't help thinking I should give it a go...
am going to have to try Owen Meanie with that write up Lou!

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