Six books everyone is reading

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Looking for something to read over the summer? We've delved into the 50 Book Challenge discussion thread to find out which books everyone is reading right now

1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Mumsnetters say:

“A funny, engaging and heart-warming read which also turned out to be a real page-turner.”

“I liked this very much – it was funny but very sad too. It will be a massive hit I think and a film is in the offing apparently.”

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2. The City & The City by China Mieville

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2. The City & The City by China Mieville

Mumsnetters say:

“The novel isn’t flawless – it’s a bit rambling in places, but I found this absolutely fascinating. So glad I read it – one of the stand outs of my year so far and one of the first books in a long time that's made me wish I could stay up all night to finish it. It kept calling to me when I was at work.”

“A cross between crime thriller and sci-fi. I really enjoyed this – well paced and quirky.”

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3. The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

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3. The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

Mumsnetters say:

“Some great characters and really well written. Probably my most enjoyable read from the Baileys shortlist.”

“An interesting and easy read which gives a great insight into the era. I think Linda Grant conveys life in a TB sanatorium really well and it's interesting to see how the doctor-patient relationship has changed from that period of time to now.”

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4. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

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4. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Mumsnetters say:

“A book about Everest based on events from the 2006 disaster. I never did understand the desire to climb tall things and this really brought out the physical misery of the climb even when nothing goes wrong. A good read.”

“Into Thin Air is fantastic…just don't read it when on a skiing trip.”

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5. Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

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5. Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Mumsnetters say:

“A brilliant book about the relationship between orcas and a whaling community in Australia.  However, the descriptions of whaling made me feel extremely sad. They were quite heartbreaking.”

“The unique and engaging voice of the narrator really does make this book. I would highly recommend. The pictures in the book also really added to it.” 

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6. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

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6. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

Mumsnetters say:

“The first page of The Pursuit of Love is one of the best openings of a book I have ever read – and I've read a lot. It never fails to make me misty eyed.”

“There are so many funny quotes in The Pursuit of Love but Mitford was also a genius for poignancy and pathos.” 

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All prices correct at time of publication