Six books everyone is reading

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Looking for something to read over the summer? Over in What We're Reading, Mumsnetters are always sharing recommendations for the best books to read. Here's a selection of the books everyone is reading right now

1. The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware

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1. The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware

Mumsnetters say:

“Downloaded and halfway through The Woman in Cabin 10. Struggling to get stuff done as I just want to read this book!”

“I'm really enjoying it! Would recommend it strongly to anyone who likes a thriller.”

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2. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

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2. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

Mumsnetters say:

“I loved it! It was new, interesting, challenging, and made me feel like an English undergraduate again! I wanted a tutorial on it. I want to recommend it to people. I want to randomly find my amazing and offbeat sixth-form English tutor and talk to him about it!”

“I've been thinking about ever since I finished and will surely return to the text soon.”

“I'm torn between thinking it's quite clever, and thinking it's too bloody clever for its own good and actually rather annoying.”

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3. Stay with Me - Ayòbámi Adébáyò

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3. Stay with Me - Ayòbámi Adébáyò

Mumsnetters say:

“I thought this was fantastic.”

“A very powerful novel which I would think would make every mother weep. Gives an amazing insight into Nigerian society and the tragic moments are offset by some lovely humorous touches. Couldn't put the book down.”

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4. Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

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4. Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

Mumsnetters say:

“An amazing, wild ride which first used the term 'avatar' in fiction, predicted mass immigration by boats to developed countries as well as Google Earth, and ushered the age of Cyberpunk as a sub-genre. It's utterly mind-blowing.”

“An extremely interesting and dense novel, with some stunning ideas, alarming premonitions and a lot of humour too. What let it down, for me, was the characterisation and ultimately the plot. The plot started off really well but became just a bit silly. There was a lot of fighting and chasing. And in the end, I found reading it a little like watching an action movie.”

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5. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

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5. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

Mumsnetters say:

“I think the reason I'll never forget this book is that I have all kinds of rage – against Jude for not being happier when he gets this amazing life and friends that constantly put him first, against the author for putting him through so much, and against the author again for not showing us more of 'courtroom Jude' who is a total badass and beyond competent.”

“It was really an incredible book. I never thought I'd get to the end of a 700-page book and be sad that I didn't have more of it to come.”

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6. Call for the Dead - John le Carré

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6. Call for the Dead - John le Carré

Mumsnetters say:

“Not as good as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold but I did enjoy it. I like Smiley as a character, and some of the writing is excellent. At times I thought it strayed into too much back story, but well worth a read.”

“It felt at least as much of a crime novel as an espionage thriller, which was fine by me. Smiley is a great character, although I'm not convinced that he's physically up to a lot of what Le Carré puts him through. It felt a bit less plausibly/tightly plotted than The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, but it's really well written, and felt quite even-handed in its understanding of characters on both sides of the ideological divide.” 

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All prices correct at time of publication