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I enjoyed "Enduring Love", really gripping. Have you read Saturday?
Funnily enough, we all went to see "Twighlight" at the cinema last week, I tried to hate it, but it was really quite good.
Just finished "Sovereign" that Muttley recommended on here and as a result bought David Starkey's biography of Henry VIII as a young prince, but not started yet.
Reading a horrible crime book - Kisscut by Karin Slaughter. I was half-way through it before I realised it was going to be about incest and child abuse - vile! However as I always try to finish books I'm still reading it though I fear it may leave me a bit scarred.
Seriously unrecommended and I won't be reading any of her other books
Ginger...... no I didn't think it was too 'teenagery' really, Crashie and I loved them all..... we had to read them to see if Bella ever does become a vampire..... I won't give it away They were 'easy to read' and made me laugh and I loved them all. Highly recommended. A bit soppy in places maybe, but hey, we need some soppiness sometimes.
LN your book sounds horrid, I hate things like that. We started reading one, can't even remember what it was called, and I think I only read the first chapter before I couldn't stand it any more, it was just full of violence and was awful.
I've also gone off Martina Cole, I used to love her books, The Jump was particularly good, then her last few have just been dreadful, full of 'f' words for no reason and full of gangsters and prostitutes and murders and sleaze and drugs, I won't read any more of hers.
Oh, I've finished The Appeal. It was okay-ish, a bit sad in the end, but a bit too political for me. Think I'll try another Minette Walters now.
Cheers, Iron Squishy and Aitch
Well, I've finished horrible book - thank God! Probably not worth the effort but I'm a bit OCD about finishing things I've started. It didn't get any nicer, actually quite a bleak ending. DON'T READ IT!
Anyway onto a much better book now by Helen Dunmore. Love her writing style even when the book's not v. good it's still an interesting read. Got some book tokens for Christmas so I'm going to check everyone's recommendations for some new writers to try.
I have Alice Sebold's latest in my "to read" pile
Currently reading The Reader, and very much enjoying it. Quite a spare style, but it works well for the subject and subtly emphasises the narrator's attempts to objectify his experiences and feelings.
Read "The Clothes on Their Backs" by Linda Grant - very much enjoyed that. First one of hers that I've read.
Thanks to Iron Squishy and all the others that recommended "Twilight". Just finished it and really loved it. Found "New Moon" in Sainsbury's for £3.99 so I've treated myself to the next one!
Just finished Breaking Dawn (4th book in the Twilight series) and they are all awesome - beats harry Potter hands down and I was a complete fan of JKR.
Favourite all time book is The Time Travellers Wife.....anyone mentioned that already? (Sorry I only just crashed in on this thread). Also has anyone read Salman Rushdie's book The Enchantress of Florence? Not quite finished that yet - beautifully written but I keep getting lost!
Can I rave about "The End of Mr Y" by Scarlett Thomas again?
'Tis really good!
I'm saved! There was a book sale in our local town so I picked up another 5 books for £2 each. Struggling with the one at the moment though. Just read a couple of Harlan Coban 'The Woods' and 'Promise Me'. Quite enjoyed them.
Another one I enjoyed is 'The Road' by Cormack somebody or other.... can't tell you his other name cos I've lent it to a friend. Quite weird really about a lad and his dad on 'the road' where the whole world has been obliterated (we never learn by what).... quite moving and thought provoking.
I'm going to write down all these recommendations and see if I can get them from Amazon.
Just finished The Associate by John Grisham. Good for about 2/3 of the book and then it went right off the boil! The ending was useless! he hasn't written anything good in years!
Starting Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay....not sure what it's like....these are all the books my mum bought for her holidays so I didn't buy them. But any old port in a storm eh?
Pinkerbelle, I've read a few Jodi Picoult. One or two of them I didn't enjoy as much, but My Sister's Keeper and The Pact are particularly good.
Pinkerbelle, I've just crashed this thread too and I agree - Time Travellers Wife is the best book EVER!! I've lost count of how many times I've read it.
Just finished Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother which is seriously funny.
I'll look out for that film, Pinkerbelle, although often it is a disappointment when a book you've really enjoyed is turned into a film and the characters don't match up to how you've pictured them!
If you haven't read the Susan Howatch series set in the Church of England, I can recommend them. First one is called Glittering Images - I read them for the first time quite a few years ago and recently re-read them and enjoyed them just as much.
Also Before I Die by Jenny Downham - it's actually a book for teenagers, but beautifully written and suits adults as well as younger people.