Read any good books lately?



  • Mouse - I totally agree about Catcher in the Rye - massive let down for me.  I thought it was meant to be something to rival "To Kill a Mockingbird" but seemed more in the same genre as "Run Spot Run". 
  • M..o.useM..o.use ✭✭✭
    You know, I nearly said something about To Kill a Mockingbird in my original comment PO, spooky!  (Should I give Run Spot Run a go, do you think?)
  • I'm going to Germany later on today... I was rather hoping my copy of Mein Kampf would've arrived by now, but sadly it hasn't image
  • I loved To Kill a Mockingbird.  Actually, all my set books in school were pretty good.  Cry, the Beloved Country was another one.  Just reading Nelson Mandela now and the descriptions are very similar of the Transkei and Natal.  Well written books!
  • I've never read To Kill a Mockingbird... In fact there are loads of "must reads" that I've never read. The Count of Monte Cristo being another.
  • I am a fan of crime and thriller books and sometimes a good courtroom drama, I love Ruth Rendell, Scott Turow, Grisham, Lee Child...the usual suspects I guess.

    Currently just starting to read Out by Natsuo Kirino which I am really intrigued with.  Confessions of a Fallen Angel by Ronan O Brien was beautiful (rough!) and tragic.  I admit to having a peek through Richard and Judy's reading list to see if there is anything outside my usual genre and have found some fantastic books (like How To Talk To A Widower by Jonathan Tropper which was hilarious and also The Lovely Bones which I probably wouldn't have considered and also The Secret History by Donna Tartt which was magnificent!) 

    All time favourite Vanity Fair by William Thackery.

  • DM - the Count of Monte Cristo is a great read - gets a bit stale in the middle but picks up again.

    Bryan - I agree that the first part of Don Quixote is much better. The second half gets bogged down in trying to have digs at the 'unofficial' second book. I personally wouldn't read it again, at least not for a good few years.

    My schooling was inadequate - I've never read Cathcher in the Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird. But I do have a recipe for a Tequila Mockingbird.

  • One book that I detest... Beloved by Toni Morrison. What a total pile of w**k.
  • I didn't read the Catcher in the Rye at school.

    But there was so much hype around it, that I took it out of the library and read it.

    Was rubbish

    Also - Yann Martel and the "Life of Pi" 

  • 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.

  • SVT, there's no shame in enjoying stuff like that... Only Harry Potter (yes, I am being a cock)
  • 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.
  • DM - no you're not. At least not while I agree with you. image
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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).

  • 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 
  • 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!)
  • Of Mice and Men was carp too!! 
  • Of Mice and Men was good, I though, but not Steinbeck's finest.
  • 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!
  • 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.

  • My Manchester United years by Sir Bobby Chalton -quality read!
  • BRT - has he actually had any other years?
  • Sick.

    Right, I'm off. Laters.

  • 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.

  • Ballini - I also like Robert Goddard a lot.  image

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

    love em all!!

  • 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.

  • M..o.useM..o.use ✭✭✭

    Min - that means you need to read some Mallory Towers and Famous Five or you're missing out.

    Jolly hockey sticks, spiffing good reads.


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