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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 28th, 2018, 9:24 am

I still haven't started Blackberry Wine, it is still perched on my coffee table waiting, and then my friend yesterday gave me a couple of little house warming gifts including Molly And The Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley. Has anyone read it? So now I'm torn!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » April 28th, 2018, 10:14 am

you're allowed to read both!
- toss a coin.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 28th, 2018, 10:16 am

I was wondering if I should have both on the go at once.....not done that in a while!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Catherine » April 28th, 2018, 12:03 pm

TeresaFoodie wrote:I was wondering if I should have both on the go at once.....not done that in a while!


If you enjoy reading Tessa why don't you join a book club? Waterstones do their own one. It would get you out socialising too
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 28th, 2018, 12:17 pm

I’d second that Teresa.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » May 17th, 2018, 12:48 pm

I've just finished The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale.

I absolutely loved it. I'd be very surprised if it doesn't get turned into a film. Highly recommended.

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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 22nd, 2018, 5:20 pm

I just bought the complete works of Shakespeare in paperback (gulp) from a charity book stall. Before I dip in, I will need a magnifying glass, then where do I start??? I doubt this is going to be bed time reading if I am going to get my head round any of it. Could be nice weather picnic material?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » May 23rd, 2018, 7:06 am

i have just started reading Joanne Harris's Peaches for Monsieur le Curé, inspired by Tezza's mention of Blackberry Wine.

But I am also reading the Chalk Man, Love in a Cold Climate and possibly something else. I an;t seem to settle at the moment... I think I shall on the Joanne Harris though.
Just read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman
). Was cautious at first, but enjoyed it in the end. Not sure how realistic it is about certain things, but hey ho.
Also recently read Love, Simon (Becky Albertalli)
Coming to the sad conclusion that it's a light read or stalling on things for months at the moment. Both books are going on the book swap/give away shelf newly instigated (by me ;) ) at work.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » May 23rd, 2018, 7:51 am

TeresaFoodie wrote:Before I dip in, I will need a magnifying glass, then where do I start?

Start with the sonnets, the short poems, to get into the language maybe?

Then go for the comedies, I'd star with Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelth Night or As You Like It, as those seem to me to be the simplest.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 23rd, 2018, 8:28 am

Thanks for that Sue. I will take your advice because I just picked William up and the page opened at Merchant Of Venice. I've read part of act 1 scene 1 and it is like reading something in a totally foreign language. I think I could get into it and find it very rewarding, but gently does it!

After my wardrobe is up in the bedroom today, and my bed gets moved in alongside it, I will have lost my bedsit arrangement and will have my own reading quarters away from the TV. Funny thing. When my belongings were moved out of storage in March, the delivery men put a very nice but unknown, white, glass topped bedside table in my flat. Never seen it before, no idea where it came from, I queried it, they said keep it. So there's my new bedside cabinet, just the right size for lamp, glasses and bedtime books!

I must actually start Blackberry Wine! And will keep my eye out for the Peaches novel. :tu:
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » May 23rd, 2018, 9:16 am

My top tip for reading Shakespeare:
There's a temptation to read it one line at a time, like nursery rhyme. This doesn't work. Do read aloud, it helps, but try too follow the sense

Take the most famous speech in Merchant
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings;

Read as:
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath.
It is twice blest: it blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes the thronèd monarch better than his crown.His scepter shows the force of temporal power, the attribute to awe and majesty, wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings;
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » May 23rd, 2018, 9:47 am

I think you get used to the language, Tezza. I had to adapt two plays for work a while back. You kind of get into it.

The peaches novel is the third 'Chocolat' one.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » May 23rd, 2018, 10:02 am

I don't think I've read a bad Joanne Harris book...the Chocolat series are particular favourites.

I've not read any Shakespeare since school so I definitely can't help with that!

I've just started The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. "If you knew the date of your death, how would you live?" Has anyone else read it yet?


The NEW YORK TIMES Top Ten Bestseller

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they're about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.

Such prophecies could be dismissed as trickery and nonsense, yet the Golds bury theirs deep. Over the years that follow they attempt to ignore, embrace, cheat and defy the 'knowledge' given to them that day - but it will shape the course of their lives forever.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Meganthemog » May 23rd, 2018, 11:19 am

I've just finished He said, She said by Siobhan Kelly. It is interesting to see how what you think you know can completely unravel. I enjoyed it.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby sueturnersmith » May 23rd, 2018, 11:36 am

Tessa I would recommend Much Ado About Nothing as a good Shakespeare starter. I saw an open air performance of this at Trelissic gardens, and loved it. We sat on the grass eating a picnic of crab sandwiches, and watching the play, which is very funny, complete with a few ‘ad libs’ from the actors. When I got home, I dug out my Shakespeare book and read the play. I thoroughly enjoyed it, having seen it performed in such a wonderful setting.
If you can watch one or two performances of the lighter plays, you will probably find the language easier to follow, and can then start to read some of the plays, having a better understanding of what it is all about.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Catherine » May 23rd, 2018, 12:56 pm

StokeySue wrote:My top tip for reading Shakespeare:

Take the most famous speech in Merchant
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings;




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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » May 23rd, 2018, 1:11 pm

I have a memory of a group of GCSE girls I was playing volleyball with were given it as home work, they had some questions to answer, and they couldn't get into it at all
So I coached one of them in how to recite it so it made sense, while they all participated as a group

When we got to the end of it, they though it was quite straightforward

I was just shocked that they'd been given it as homework before anyone taught them how to read Shakespeare - isn't that what English classes are for? (This was some time ago, teaching is a bit different now)
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Busybee » May 23rd, 2018, 7:20 pm

Ive just finished The Sealwomans Gift by Sally Magnusson. I really enjoyed it, based on true events a lovely story of Iceland and the Middle East and its folklore, although at heart it is a love story.

It must be popular, it’s fairly new and I had to wait a couple of months to get a copy via the library.

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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » May 23rd, 2018, 10:45 pm

For Shakespeare I would watch 'ten things I hate about you ' and then read 'the taming of the shrew' (which the film uses for its base).
I did the play for o level and have loved Shakespeare ever since. The last version we saw was by the globe theatre on tour, down at the minack a couple of years ago, by an all female cast. It was brilliant and played the ending in a totally different way to how the o level did it leaving us all rather stunned.

I would also dip into the sonnets first though, there will be quite a few lines you'll recognise.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Rocky » May 23rd, 2018, 11:52 pm

OneMoreCheekyOne wrote:I don't think I've read a bad Joanne Harris book...the Chocolat series are particular favourites.

I've not read any Shakespeare since school so I definitely can't help with that!

I've just started The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. "If you knew the date of your death, how would you live?" Has anyone else read it yet?


The NEW YORK TIMES Top Ten Bestseller

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they're about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.

Such prophecies could be dismissed as trickery and nonsense, yet the Golds bury theirs deep. Over the years that follow they attempt to ignore, embrace, cheat and defy the 'knowledge' given to them that day - but it will shape the course of their lives forever.


I'm fascinated by this so thank you. Will look it up. Apologies if it has been mentioned but I am reading a Gentleman in Moscow and am finding it delightful. Is it on anyone's radar?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby KC2 » May 24th, 2018, 9:50 am

Rocky wrote:
I am reading a Gentleman in Moscow and am finding it delightful. Is it on anyone's radar?


Yes, it's this month's book group read and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I'm almost half way through. Would definitely recommend it thus far!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » May 29th, 2018, 8:46 am

The Joanne Harris book I am reading describes making peach jam. She leaves the peaches to sit with sugar over night, then does a quick boil the next day. I really want to make this now!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 29th, 2018, 9:12 am

I'm quite excited this morning as I have just moved my bed and bedside spot lamp out of the living room and into the bedroom. Away from the TV at last. First thing I did after putting fresh bed linen on, move my Blackberry Wine, Shakespeare works, a PD James short mysteries book and my novel about a cat cafe onto my bedside table! :bounce:

I'll properly be able to READ and comment here rather than dip in and then having nothing to say about it. :grin:

Normality on the reading front has been resumed!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » August 5th, 2018, 6:20 am

I wholeheartedly recommend Witch Light by Susan Fletcher.

Set in the 1600s, it’s narrated by a young girl who tells her story to a priest whilst she’s imprisoned and awaiting execution for being a supposed witch.

It’s absolutely beautifully written.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Witch-Light-Su ... op?ie=UTF8
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 18th, 2018, 8:23 am

I have been reading the complete Rebus short stories by Ian Rankin as I'd not read him before. Very much enjoying it! And just noticed that as the book is set primarily in Edinburgh, I have been reading it in a Scottish accent. I've never noticed that before! How's that for the author really setting the atmosphere in the reader's mind? Have you ever noticed something like that happening to you as you read?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Zosherooney » August 18th, 2018, 3:05 pm

Och I the nu !!! That's scottish for look 'ere....

Girl on a Train is in my holiday reading pile, I need to sort a couple more.....
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » August 30th, 2018, 11:37 am

Has anyone read Social Creatures yet? It's been recommended everywhere over recent months and has been likened to The Talented Mr Ripley, Secret History and Gossip Girl.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Social-Creatur ... NFD0B5HB81

As with most books where there is so much hype i'm not completely convinced it lives up to it. Saying that, i'm about to have a lunch/coffee break in a local cafe near work just so that I can carry on reading from where I left off on the train this morning!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Zosherooney » August 30th, 2018, 4:22 pm

I have two sunbed books, White Teeth by Zadie Smith and Like Bees to Honey by Caroline Smailes. Any one read these ???
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Bubbles » August 30th, 2018, 5:27 pm

Yes, White Teeth! It was ages ago but I enjoyed it. Quite a long book if I remember correctly with great characterisation.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Zosherooney » August 30th, 2018, 5:48 pm

About 10 days at my reading pace... Thanks Bubbles.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » August 30th, 2018, 6:18 pm

Yup, read both - but quite a few years ago, white teeth was long but good and set round the corner from one of the places where I lived as a student.
The other, didn't make much impression it seems!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » August 30th, 2018, 6:19 pm

I am going to start up a new note pad with book recommendations from here as I always get a blank mind when I walk into our library.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » August 31st, 2018, 7:18 am

I should have another go at White Teeth. I struggled to get into it. I think the cruelty to pigeons put me off?!

I just read Nathan Filer's Shock of The Fall. Interesting. Not a great literary read but interesting.
Also read Touch by Claire North. Another jolly good but quite light read if you like that sort of thing. Ms North is in tune with my thematic tastes.

Contemplating reading The Help. A lot of my reading these days is test reading for things for my mother to read (no sex, violence or cruelty to animals allowed. I am in concord with the animals bit which is why I am dragging my heals getting on with Arundhati Roy's latest.)

I read The Pursuit of Love on holiday. Great holiday read.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » August 31st, 2018, 8:38 am

I also read White Teeth years ago. I can't recall the plot or whether I liked it but I do tend to like her books.

TeresaFoodie wrote:I am going to start up a new note pad with book recommendations from here as I always get a blank mind when I walk into our library.


I keep a file in my Evernote app on all devices which logs books read, by author, as well as a never ending list of books to read/order from the library etc. There's no way i'd keep track otherwise!

I quite liked the shock of the fall Herbi. And the pursuit of love is one of my favourite books :luv:

Herbidacious wrote:I am in concord with the animals bit which is why I am dragging my heals getting on with Adurati Roy's latest


Are you talking about The ministry of utmost happiness? I wanted to love that book but I found it hard going. I stuck with it and i'm glad I did...but I wouldn't rush to read it again!

Another i've read recently which I would recommend is the Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It centers around slavery on plantations in Americas deep south and how a young girl manages to escape using an underground railroad - funnily enough! It's really horrific in places, but a brilliant read.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » August 31st, 2018, 9:24 am

Yes, that's the one, OMCO.

I really liked The God of Small Things (although also uncomfortable reading at times) particularly the way she played with words. There is not so much of that in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

On my bedside table, started, but paused is The Chalk Man, more Nancy Mitford and Birdsong, which I thought I'd probably better read as going to a Sebastian Faulks signing and reading with a friend, in a couple of weeks.

My mother meanwhile, is currently reading some of my Jasper Fforde Thursday Next books. I think she is struggling with reading because of poor (morphine induced) memory at the moment. She reads the same bits over and over and probably doesn’t remember the beginning by the time she gets to the end :o but if she gets pleasure in the process, that's the important thing.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby suffolk » August 31st, 2018, 9:27 am

It was a long time ago but I loved White Teeth :D

I've just treated myself to The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy). Looking forward to it but have another book to finish first. Anyone read it yet?
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » August 31st, 2018, 1:18 pm

I read and liked the Nathan Filer. Seems about time he published another.

Contemplating Arundhati Roy. It is bound to be a disappointment as I loved the God of Small Things so much I went to Kerala, and when I came back my mum and I went through my photos identifying illustrations for the book - the shack, the jam factory etc. But I think I’ll risk it

I enjoyed The Help. I think she could have tightened up a bit here and there, but the little bits of humour (less in the film) were good - Holly’ increasingly tight and lurid tartan trousers for example.
But might be a bit long for your mother Herbi?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » August 31st, 2018, 1:44 pm

suffolk wrote:It was a long time ago but I loved White Teeth :D

I've just treated myself to The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy). Looking forward to it but have another book to finish first. Anyone read it yet?


We were just discussing it! See above...

I have started it.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby suffolk » August 31st, 2018, 1:46 pm

Herbidacious wrote:suffolk wrote:
.... I've just treated myself to The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy). ... Anyone read it yet?


We were just discussing it! See above...

I have started it.



Duh! How did I miss that? :lol:
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » August 31st, 2018, 1:49 pm

No, I don't think it would be too long, Sue... I bought her Small Island (Andrea Levy) although she did say she got confused and it seemed to take her a long time. How well she copes depends on how much morphine she is taking, I think (she says she varies it) and how anxious she is... :( She raced through the last two Joanne Harris Chocolat sequels after that. She says she doesn't want easy reads, but...
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » August 31st, 2018, 1:50 pm

suffolk wrote:
Herbidacious wrote:suffolk wrote:
.... I've just treated myself to The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy). ... Anyone read it yet?


We were just discussing it! See above...

I have started it.


Probably my mispelling (now corrected) :D


Duh! How did I miss that? :lol:


edit: I don't think I meant to post that!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » August 31st, 2018, 3:27 pm

The advantages of the Help are that it’s not a difficult read - I went through it quite fast, it’s quite episodic so to an extent it doesn’t matter if your memory slips a little, and the characters are distinct and engaging
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Busybee » August 31st, 2018, 3:32 pm

What do you do if you really can’t get on with a book? Do you just leave it, come back at a later date or struggle on?

I find that if I give up on a book I feel guilty for some reason, my rational self says life’s too short to battle on with a book if it hasn’t grabbed you, my emotional response is that I can’t give up and must see it through to the end.

Am I bonkers or do others have this internal struggle?

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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » August 31st, 2018, 3:55 pm

Yes I tend to find I feel a bit guilty if I give up on a book, but really, you can’t waste your life on trash

I gave up on Until I met Her. Which I know several people have enjoyed. I’m not sure if it was the book itself - a main character, a narrator who you want to slap isn’t a help, neither is the odd New York snobbery. I was using the audio version and I hated the narrator too

I did persevere with Anna Karenina because it’s a classic and you are supposed to know what happens, but I’m still not sure I really wanted to spend so long reading about a stupid woman I’d have crossed the street to avoid. The problem isn’t Tolstoy as such, because I loved War and Peace and read it more than once.

The book I went back to having given up very early was Rites of Passage by William Golding, and I think I read s review that said stick with it, it gets easier. In fact it’s a brave thing to write, because the unreliable narrator is a callow idiot at first, but at the end of chapter three he kind of clicks into place. It’s actually a wonderful book, and I read the sequel too.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby cyprusmoira » August 31st, 2018, 4:32 pm

Herbidacious wrote:My mother meanwhile, is currently reading some of my Jasper Fforde Thursday Next books

I like the Jasper Fforde books including the Nursery Rhyme series
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Zosherooney » September 1st, 2018, 5:24 am

I read a JF one years ago, something to do with a coat and its many pockets...
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » September 1st, 2018, 8:37 am

The Thrusday next ones are great. Lots of literary references (of course, given they are partly set in Book World.)
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Bubbles » September 1st, 2018, 12:11 pm

suffolk wrote:It was a long time ago but I loved White Teeth :D

I've just treated myself to The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy). Looking forward to it but have another book to finish first. Anyone read it yet?

No, I loved God of Small Things but found it quite overwhelming at times. Not read any of her others.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » September 1st, 2018, 1:56 pm

Another Jasper Fforde fan here. Has anyone read the shades of grey book he wrote which was separate to the nursery rhyme and Thursday Next series. It was the one where people can see different colours depending on status? I keep hoping he’ll bring another of those out. Perhaps he has - I’ll check.

Busybee I tend to feel guilty or cheated if I don’t finish a book! There are only 2 that I can think of which I’ve not finished in the last 5+ years... Lincoln in the Bardo and The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. It got to the point in both where I decided life was too short and I just didn’t care if I never found out how they ended!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Rainbow » September 1st, 2018, 10:39 pm

Bubbles wrote:
suffolk wrote:I've just treated myself to The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy). Looking forward to it but have another book to finish first. Anyone read it yet?

No, I loved God of Small Things but found it quite overwhelming at times. Not read any of her others.

Bubbles, I don't think there have been any others until now!! God of Small Things was her only fiction book, and I loved it too.

Since publishing it and winning the Booker Prize in 1997, she has spent most of her time on political activism and nonfiction (such as collections of essays about social causes).
After winning the Booker she chopped off her hair, telling The New York Times she didn’t want to be known “as some pretty woman who wrote a book,” and donated her prize money to the Narmada Bachao Andolan, a group protesting the construction of a series of dams that threatened to displace millions of villagers. She turned her attention from fiction to people’s movements all over India—Kashmiris resisting the Indian military’s occupation, tribal communities fighting to protect their ancestral lands.

That's why this second book was eagerly awaited, but I haven't read it yet. Like Sue, I feel I might be disappointed this time :cry: The reviews I've read haven't been very encouraging ;)
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