Hello, its hairless hattie here! I dont mind being muddled with spudgirl, shes younger than me! Just to say, i have finished the book the cursed child and even though it was written in play form, I really rnjoyed it. The first book ive read for ages.
and ive got chemo brain too!
I'm now pushing myself to read different genres, as usually I read stuff like Milly Johnson and Lisa Jewell (which I still love) . So after finishing the Girl with all the Gifts (it's coming out as a film in the next few weeks I think!) , I then read The Girl on the Train. Now that was fantastic!
Then I had a dig through some online book clubs to see what people then went on to read, and I tried a recommendation 'The ice Twins' . It is set in the Hebrides/Outer Hebrides, and that was fab too!
Now I've just started reading Gone Girl and then a friend told me the ending of the book is rubbish, so now I'm not sure I want to carry on, but I feel I have to so I don't waste my money 😉
Like water for chocolate
I replaced this book on the shelf yesterday when putting all the stuff back in our living room and remembered how much I'd enjoyed it
Hello I mentioned 'the cursed child' by jk rowling earlier, apparently she only wrote it in play form, but our library keeps one copy and its out! Such a shame
i also searched for the cancer warrior, which someone recommended, cant recall who, but apprantly that is out of print. Has anyone here read that?
Hello Waffles, thanks for that - I might look up him/her (?). Hope they are available for Kindle.
Sorry, Moijan, not a fan of Lee Child.
Yes Waffles im glad you mentioned wonderland as I was thinking of Alice when i started reading your post and spotted talking cats..may try it!
Oh Barton, yes, of course we would...if you ever find a stockist..let me know!are any of you going to read the cursed child?
Lee child's books are all about a hunky man who is a bit of a detective, was a major in the usa army police corps. Lots of interesting crime mystery, but lots of description about bits of the usa. I find it addictive! Also he is almost as good as harry potter.Barton...ps id love a time turner !Moijanxx
One of my favourite authors is Margaret Forster. She was what you might call a literary novelist but at the same time her work is very readable. She wrote a lot about families and about women; she wrote novels and biographies and an autobiography - 'My life in houses'. I would recommend, 'Diary of an ordinary woman' and 'Hidden lives'. She had breast cancer in the 1970s and it returned in 2007. She died in February this year.
Thanks, EJ, but don't rush (and don't try to walk here on your poorly feet!). I can wait until our next meet-up.
If you like Katherine, I am pretty sure you would enjoy the House books.
Yes, Waffles, love Dune! I even like the film (strange, I know!). I wasn't so keen on the sequels though. I think authors often try to push things too far once they have had a success with something. It doesn't help when their children try to carry on when they have died!
Thanks, EJ, would like to borrow Rivers, but the Circus one doesn't appeal I'm afraid. Thanks very much.
Carolyn, will check out the book you mentioned as I love it when books are set locally (love Dartmouth).
Has anyone ever read the House books by Norah Lofts? The Town House, The House At Old Vine and The House At Sunset. They follow the history of a house, right from when it was first built, up to the 50's (when the author wrote the books, I think). It gives the stories of some of the residents throughout the house's history. A great trilogy.
Another really good historical book)(also a romance really), is Katherine by Anya Seaton.
EJ, Goodness Rivers of London sounds great too. I've seen it in Waterstones several times and have thought about buying it before. Not sure how I can fit in all these books with all the films and box sets I watch. Barton, sorry you weren't as keen on the River World Books as me but it wouldn't do if everyone's tastes were exactly the same. I think I asked you before but did you like Dune by Frank Herbert. I read that many years ago but thought it was wonderful and I remember being very disappointed by the film version.
Happy reading xxx
Carolyn - Mills and Boon nothing to be ashamed of - I have read many an M&B over the years (nothing recently, but only because I don't think to buy them for my Kindle! Would be happy to read them again. It's whatever takes your fancy!
Thanks, EJ, will have a look on Amazon.
Ps - on a side note re my keyboard, I'm pretty sure now that it's the tablet keyboard itself causing the problems, not the website - it's doing it everywhere! So annoying! It has been doing it ever since I downloaded the latest update - which was supposed to have fixed bugs - I didn't have any before, but I do now!
EJ and Waffles, I love The Time Travellers Wife! One of my favourites! I would love it on my Kindle, but it's STILL not available. One of the paper books I kept when I moved.
Waffles, I have now finished To Your Scattered Bodies Go. I enjoyed it, but I'm afraid all the religious stuff went over my head rather. And definitely not delighted to read one of the main characters (off and on) was Herman Georing! If it hadn't been a 4 (or 5?) book series, I would have bought the next one, but I'm afraid I didn't like it well enough to splash out on all the others.
I hope you enjoy the Gifts book - it is excellently written.
EJ, I must agree Time Travellers Wife is really enjoyable book.Much better than the film which was actually not too bad. I have heard Night Circus is good too. Spudgirl and Barton, you have definitely talked me into reading Girl With All the Gifts. It sounds fab. xxx
I've been reminded of a couple more!
The time traveller's wife by Audrey niffeneger (sp?) Fantasy about a man who time hops but doesn't really have a say in when or where he ends up. A really brilliant book that I just couldn't put down.
Another fantasy, more magical than SF is The Night Circus by Erin. Morgenstein, again may have spelt that wrong I'm going from memory, really unusual and beautifully written book about two magician rivals and their protégés.
Sorry I'm not always good at giving a synopsis as I'm always scared I'll give too much away and spoil it!
Hello Spudgirl, on your recommendation (and reading the description on Amazon), I bought The Girl With All The Gifts. I have finished it recently and thought it excellent. I normally hate zombie books, and avoid them like the plague (pun intended!), but this one was different. The author gave a logical explanation for them existing, and a believable background for all the characters. Loved Melanie!
Thanks very much for the recommendation, and I may be reading the authors next novel (Touch).
Oh, Moijan, you are sweet! I have all the HP books too - paper and Kindle! I need to reread them, but so many other books!
Ps - will join you for the cheese, but I don't like wine, or any alcohol, in fact (just don't like the taste).
This is agreat idea Barton! We could also share some cheese and wine as a group, whilst we read together!
have just hugged you for getting this goingxx
I know this is so childish, but I have all the Harry Potter books! So I read those over again. I also like Lee Child....his books are really difficult to put down!
Thank you Waffles and Spudgirl - I have bought both of those for my Kindle! They both look like great SF. Looking forward to reading them but I'm in the middle of another book at the moment.
I'm in the middle of reading "The girl with all the gifts" , by M R Carey. A friend bought it for me, not the sort of book I would pick up but it is fab and I cannot put it down!
It's set in the future in UK, and basically this fungus is taking over the humans, and using their bodies as hosts. It sounds a bit cliched but alll sorts of twists and turns and I don't want it to end. Never thought I'd love a story about flesh eating half humans so much!
Thanks, Waffles. Sounds a bit strange, but as an SF fan, I'm quite used to strange!
I'll have a "look inside" on Amazon.
If you want some SF recommendations, I would be happy to oblige (got loads of favourites).
I'll kick off. If I put the title, author and genre (eg Historical, Romance, Crime, Science Fiction), is that ok?
The Faded Sun by C J Cherryh, Science Fiction. This is a trilogy, but you can get it all in one book.
This is an all-time favourite of mine, and I'm gutted that I still can't get it on my Kindle! I have the paperback, though, as it was one I brought with me when I moved after culling hundreds (probably) of books.
Brief description: a human man is on an alien world as an ambassador for peace. Peace breaks down, however, and he is kidnapped by the Mri, who take him on an epic journey back to their home world. During the journey, he converts to their way of life, and tries to become a warrior. He ends up brokering peace between Humans and the Mri. It's not as violent as that sounds - lots of background story of all characters, and peaceful interludes. I'm going to havs to reread it now!
The Girl In The Red Coat by Kate Hamer. Crime/Mystery.
I have just finished this one - recommended to me by my Aunt. It's about an 8 year old girl who is abducted by an American "preacher" when he hears of her healing abilities. The story goes back and forth between the mothers point of view and the girls. It is beautifully written, and is not traumatic. I won't spoil the end for you.
Thats two to kick off with. I could go on and on with favourite books, but I won't bore you. This is in addition to the book club for the avid readers amongst us. No discussion needed afterwards, unless you want to. Do join in, and post about your favourite, or just read, books. Hopefully, you might discover a new favourite book or genre.