Read any good books lately?

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27/03/2008 at 10:24

My 'guilty pleasures' would probably be Grisham and Patterson. Quick reads, entertaining, but not to be consumed in quick succession or you'll realise how similar each new book is to its predecessor.

27/03/2008 at 10:26
SVT, there's no shame in enjoying stuff like that... Only Harry Potter (yes, I am being a cock)
27/03/2008 at 10:28
You know what? I got two A's in English at GCSE (in the days when it was 100% coursework) and I don't think we read a single book to completion. I think half of 'Brave New World' was about it. It's rubbish now I think back on it - no wonder so many people stop reading books when they leave school.
27/03/2008 at 10:28
DM - no you're not. At least not while I agree with you.
27/03/2008 at 10:33
heh heh! In my English Literature A level, I deliberately didn't read all of Beloved, I hated it that much. In my mock exam, I scored quite highly because the question was on the first 20 pages (which I'd read) but in the actual exam it wasn't... Resulting in a somewhat "disappointing" mark!
27/03/2008 at 10:35
Kwality! I wish I'd done English Lit A-Level instead of Language. It's one of those "might do it if I have some spare time" things.
27/03/2008 at 10:52

I'm not sure that studying e.g. English helps enjoyment of literature because you're always aware that you will have to answer questions on the book.  I know that doing a History degree put me off Historical Fiction for years because of that (and because some of it is terrible).

PloddingOn    pirate
27/03/2008 at 10:59
I was fortunate.  I loved reading and always have done.  So in school, I actually read the books and enjoyed them.  I suppose it helps that I am a really fast reader anyway and tests showed that I borderline skim, but still take everything in.  Means you get through more books quicker 
27/03/2008 at 11:00
Oooh luck you PloddingOn.  I have always loved reading and got through loads of books as a child but probably not as good at taking things in (which is probably why I don't like exam questions!)
gingerfurball    pirate
27/03/2008 at 11:01
Of Mice and Men was carp too!! 
27/03/2008 at 11:01
Of Mice and Men was good, I though, but not Steinbeck's finest.
gingerfurball    pirate
27/03/2008 at 11:06
I'm reading Romeo and Juliet again at the minute...only cos a jrGFB is doing it for GCSE and needs help with the course work!!I honestly don't think the kids were given a complete book to read...all I see is various photocopies of transcripts!
27/03/2008 at 11:27

my fave author of ALL time is Robert Goddard.  He mixes thriller into real history and usually the stories span decades.  he is also from the south west so some of the towns are familiar to me.

27/03/2008 at 11:39
My Manchester United years by Sir Bobby Chalton -quality read!
27/03/2008 at 11:40
BRT - has he actually had any other years?
27/03/2008 at 11:41


Right, I'm off. Laters.

27/03/2008 at 11:47

You deserve it after a busy morning.

I too am all forummed out for a while and am going for an early lunch to recharge my batteries.

27/03/2008 at 12:31

Ballini - I also like Robert Goddard a lot. 

27/03/2008 at 12:38

oooh - someone else has actually heard of him!!!

love em all!!    pirate
27/03/2008 at 13:26

I'm a fan of Patterson too, but yes it doesn't do to read them too closely together - I find the same with Natalie Cole - you just know what is going to happen next after a couple of books.

I did Eng Lang and Lit at school and got A's for both - much to the angst of my teacher who hated me mostly cos I was probably better read than her! My Mum was a big one for reading to us when were little but didn't bother with kiddy books - oh no, we were straight into the Classics. Pride and Prejudice at 3 yro anyone? It worked though - we're all voracious readers with wide vocabs.

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