Read any good books lately?

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05/09/2011 at 18:13

TP - I reckon it was called 19 Minutes. Yep, read that, really good.

Snails - read most of the one's you've read too, all good reads. Have you read 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy? Really good, if somewhat depressing.

We've just ordered a few of these recommendations from Amazon, including Woman in Black. I won't read it at night though because I'm a scardy cat

Jo Nesbo's The Snowman was quite scary too. I'm just about to start another Jo Nesbo.

05/09/2011 at 19:31

 No, i haven't read anything by Cormac McCarthy or Jo Nesbo.....i'm quite keen on reading Jo Nesbo though, so i might wait and see if Tesco does an offer on them (its often cheaper than Amazon - i got the Steig Larsson trilogy for £5). Haven't read my Steig Larsson books yet - i like to have a few spare books in case i run out. I really think i'll order the 'Woman in Black' now.

I finished 'Gone Tomorrow' by Lee Child, it was okay but i was a bit disappointed by the time i got to the end.

Just about to start 'The Spire' by Richard North Patterson.

06/09/2011 at 21:59

Snails, I think  you'll enjoy the Larsson books. Give Cormac McCarthy a go too, he's a similar sort of author to Harlan Coben. I quite like the Lee Child books too, read a few of those, Tripwire & The Killing Floor I think it was.

Can't remember the ending of Gone Tomorrow, but I have read it I'm sure.

Have you read Boy A by Jonathan Trigell? Really good read.

We've read so many now we've had to make a spreadsheet of everything so we don't end up reading it twice

06/09/2011 at 22:54

Hi Iron Squishy, thanks for that... i definately will give Cormac McCarthy a go. Haven't read Anything by Jonathan Trigell either - it great getting new authors recommended.

I really must try and create a list of everything i've read - problem is i can't remember half of them, lol

Let me know what you think of 'Woman in Black' too - i might get it tomorrow

Happy reading...

Tommygun2    pirate
06/09/2011 at 23:37

Ihave just finished reading Lamb by Christopher Moore,.. very funny

Very funny as long as you are not easily offended

I tend to go for off the wall humor

I am currently reading Tom Holt here is some of his titles

18/09/2011 at 22:35

Managed to read The Woman in Black without having nightmares  Anybody who enjoyed it, try The Winter Ghosts by Kate Moss, another old fashioned ghost story, but not really sinister, bit of a sad ghost story really, but worth a read.

Read a few great books while I was on holiday:

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton (also 'Sister' by the same author, but Afterwards was better I thought).

The Black House by Peter May. Sounded it bit scary and sinister (and the cover looks a bit scary) but it wasn't, sort of a murder mystery set on the Isle of Lewes. Will certainly read more of his, really enjoyed it.

The Island by Victoria Hislop (the book was actually in the cottage where we stayed, glad I read it) about a leper colony.

31/08/2012 at 20:03

Thought I'd ping this back up..... looking for a good book for my hols. Any recommendations? (Please don't say Fifty Shades!)

31/08/2012 at 20:30


Just finished a book recommended by my local librarian. I don't normally read "war" books but librarian insisted I'd like it.

Book was the The Junior Officers' Reading Club, rivetting account of the war in Iran and Afganistan, it's a view of the war from the front line from a very erudite young officer.

He also enjoys going for a run!

06/09/2012 at 09:32

Possibly a bit of a late reply for your holiday IS but I've just finished "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. I loved it

Just started the latest David Mitchell novel which begins with a rather graphic birth scene

06/09/2012 at 09:36

Just in the middle of Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck for about the 8th time

06/09/2012 at 10:14

Thanks for this- I too am looking for some holiday books. So have taken notes


Favourite ever book - A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry - was mentioned a few pages back.

Recently read and enjoyed :

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins - written for teenagers but a good read. Finished one and had to go straight on the the next sort of a read

Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman - a bit different view of being young in London. Intersting style of writing

Room - Emma Donoghue - loved it

A Kind Of Intimacy - Jenn Ashworth - interesting take on people's perception of reality

Little Gods - Anna Richrads - great read - a bit different from the norm.


Have just read Helen Dunmore's the Greatcoat and wouldn't rate it.


06/09/2012 at 11:19

If you like Cormac Maccarthy and also like crime fiction James Lee Bourke is worth looking at (although you may have already read)

08/10/2012 at 19:00

Some good recommendations there, will give them a go, thanks!

Just finished First and Only by Peter Flannery, really good read.

DL - I LOVED the Hunger Games, awesome, I was the same, had to download them one after the other because I couldn't wait for my friend to finish the books! Thought they were a bit deep and dark for a 'kids' book, didn't think it was written for kids at all really. Can't wait to see the film.

Room I loved too, very sad and a bit disturbing really.

09/10/2012 at 09:50

Just an update on the David Mitchell book: The thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (sp?)

It was a bit of a confusing start but once I got into it I really loved it. It was quite educational too about the Dutch trading post in Japan around 1800, something I knew nothing about before. He's one of my favourite authors and although he never seems to tell a story in a straightforward manner it's always worth sticking with his books.

09/10/2012 at 17:06

I really liked The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet too LM - a slow burner to begin with but was a great read. Have liked all of his books.

Have just finished The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - quite a haunting novel  - bit of a fairytale mixed in with 1920's Alaskan wilderness living. I would recommend it.

As I have a friend that is mad into the Twilight saga I eventually got round to reading the first one - complete and utter drivel - really can't see what all the fuss was about - yes, perhaps if you're a 12 year old girl but why all the middle aged Mums?????

09/10/2012 at 20:46

I confess to enjoying the Twilight Books it was something different but now everybody has jumped on the bandwaggon.... much better read than the 50 shades load of tripe!

Quite fancy the Snow Child, will have a look see if I can get it on Kindle.

09/10/2012 at 20:51

I have been meaning to pick up a Mitchell. Which David Mitchell book would you start with? Or would you start at the beginning at work on through?

09/10/2012 at 21:39

Anyone read any of the Booker Prize Shortlist? The Book People have all 6 for £30 and I'm tempted.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
10/10/2012 at 05:54

I'm reading the latest Kathy Reichs book "Bones are forever". She's a bit like Patricia Cornwell but considerably more graphic, I admit to sometimes skimming over the gruesome cadaver and autopsy descriptions but good characters and like Cornwell, she writes using her own experience.

Just finished "Swimming to Antarctica" by Lynne Cox - great read and she has done some awesome swims.

I'm a big fan of David Baldacci, read loads of his books but my favourites are the Camel Club ones.

gingerfurball    pirate
10/10/2012 at 09:31

I'm waiting on the new Justin Cronin to arrive...the end of October I think...I'm contemplating sending for the latest Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson - it's the second last book in a series of 10...but I'm not sure if I could be bothered as it's 900 pages long and getting really bad reviews...but it's kind of a "I've come this far I might as well finish" kind of thing.

Currently working my way through the game of thrones series - on book 3 at the minute...the only reason is that our son recently was an extra in the tv series and I want to know what's happening by the time I get to see the show he's in lol.

I'm not normally ensconsed in so much fantasy but that's the way it's going at the minute.

I've given up on Lee Child and the Jack Reacher books - they were getting very I was disgusted to find that they had cast the midget Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the upcoming film - ridiculous!

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