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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2013 21:29:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2013 22:06:32 GMT
Chris says:
Ripley's Game, is that a follow on from The Talented Mr Ripley? I always liked that book. Off to search for RG.
By the way, you might want to edit your post :). It'll be out of date in about 24 hours. Discovered the other day there were two people with the name Chris on the forums. Amazon is the only site I've ever seen where two people are allowed the same username. So added an I to my name, but I wasn't happy with the change because I've been just Chris for years. Changed it back.
***I'm kind of restricted to audio books - some novels are okay with adobe and a screen reader, but not all. For some reason I thought RNIB only had the two Patricia Highsmith books I'd read, but they've got loads. Sweet!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 09:33:43 GMT
I loved Of Bees and Mist too I Readalot, I wish he would hurry up and write another book....

And did you hear David Mitchell has a new book out next year? I can't wait!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 09:44:23 GMT
I Readalot says:
Chris, yes it is the 2nd Ripley novel, really either of them could have been in 'that' top ten.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 09:58:39 GMT
I Readalot says:
Karen, I know, it has been ages since Of Bees and Mist.

A new David Mitchell is a real event, but we have about 9 months to wait and it looks really intriguing going by the info from The Bookseller.
'The "rich and strange" novel will follow the story of Holly Sykes, who runs away from home in 1984 and 60 years later can be found in the far west of Ireland, raising a granddaughter as the world's climate collapses.

Sceptre said: "In between, Holly is encountered as a barmaid in a Swiss resort by an undergraduate sociopath in 1991; has a child with a foreign correspondent covering the Iraq War in 2003; and, widowed, becomes the confidante of a self-obsessed author of fading powers and reputation during the present decade." Holly's life is repeatedly intersected by a slow-motion war between a cult of predatory soul-decanters and a band of vigilantes. According to Sceptre: "Holly begins as an unwitting pawn in this war - but may prove to be its decisive weapon."

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 12:48:07 GMT
Intriguing is definitely the word I Readalot! Have you read Number 9 Dream or Black Swan Green? I have them both to read but haven't yet, and as Cloud Atlas, Ghostwritten and Jacob De Zoet were all 5* books in my view I am not sure why I have not picked them up so far.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 12:56:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2013 12:57:10 GMT
I Readalot says:
I have read Black Swan Green when it was first published, a bit different as it is a semi-autobiographical novel, really enjoyed it though and definitely one you should read when you get the time. Keep meaning to read Number 9 Dream.

Reading about his new novel 'The Bone Clocks' has made me even more impatient for its release!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 13:35:08 GMT
Splendid, I will give it a go to get me in the mood for next September then!

Posted on 12 Dec 2013 09:31:33 GMT
M. Odebisi says:
Off head and not in order:

A song of ice and fire - George RR Martin
The kitchen God's wife-Amy Tan
Snow flower and the secret fan-Lisa See
The millennium trilogy-Stieg Larsson
A thousand splendid suns- Khaled Hosseini
Sold - Zana Muhsen
The joy luck club - Amy Tan
Wild swans-Jung Chang
1Q84-Haruki Murakami
Star trek destiny trilogy-David Mack

Posted on 3 Jan 2014 17:14:54 GMT
Roma says:
1 Sunset Song - Lewis Grassic Gibbon
2 Grace Notes - Bernard Mac Laverty
3 1984 - George Orwell
4 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
5 The Kite Runner - Khalid Hosseini
6 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
7 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
8 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
9 Beach Music - Pat Conroy
19 Chocolat - Joanne Harris

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Posted on 6 Jan 2014 12:18:44 GMT
fenia says:
Happy New Year to everyone and I wish "further great reading" for everybody. It is difficult to narrow a top-10 list of favourite books. Maybe it would be easier to narrow it down to ten favourite authors (just an idea)! Anyway, I do not know about the other nine books but I am really surprised but mostly disappointed that ATONEMENT is not on anyone's list.

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 22:55:02 GMT
My own favourite books:

fiction
1. Dune - Frank Herbert
2. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
3. The Iliad - Homer

non-fiction
1. The Wholeness of Nature - Henri Bortoft
2. Animal Forms and Patterns - Adolf Portmann
3. The Abstract Wild - Jack Turner

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014 09:00:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2014 09:01:25 GMT
I Readalot says:
Why be disappointed fenia? It just means that at time of posting other books have taken precedence, and as you say it is very difficult to narrow favourite books down to 10. Atonement isn't even an nearly ran for me though, horses for courses and all that.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 22:52:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2014 22:53:55 GMT
monica says:
Top ten authors, as fenia suggests, might be easier. As for the other, Atonement might well be in my top 1000, but a book with same title by the local writer wouldn't be even a nearly-read for me; I quite liked a couple of McEwan's early novels, was bored by his early short stories (does he still write them?), and the few recent novels by him that I've read seem relentlessly middle-brow: the sort of mildly fun stuff that a self-conscious striver wouldn't be embarrassed to buy at an airport, because Booker nominations.

Posted on 24 Feb 2014 12:47:09 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
this is just an impossible task - i've tried it and then reading through the other lists i see ones i've missed.
i note that many of the books listed are fairly recent (ie written in the last 10 years) - rather sad but i can't think of any "new" works i'd include in my 10. Count of Monte Cristo is first on my list and then I realise i can really only pick 1 by Dickens and i get stuck. Glad to see Philip Burrell rates Siege of Krishnapur - probably have to include in mine too.

Posted on 25 Feb 2014 18:39:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2014 21:35:34 GMT
M. Ryan says:
Miriam Ryan
Bring up the bodies by Hilary mantel
Wolf Hall by Hilary mantel
When Christ and his saints slept by Sharon Penman
Dissolution by C J Sansom
Revelation by C J Sansom
Heartstone by C J Sansom
Dark fire by C J Sansom
Plague of liars by Karen Maitland
Rivergod by Wilbur Smith
Pillars of the earth by Ken Follett

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2014 22:36:59 GMT
To Kill a Mockingbird, Hideous Kinky, Saint Maybe, The Colour Purple, The Dovekeepers, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, A Christmas Carol, Perfect and The Shining.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2014 09:46:04 GMT
I Readalot says:
He only seems to be publishing novels nowadays, although they are quite short. Haven't read anything of his since 'Saturday' and that was a few years ago. On Chesil Beach didn't appeal at all. OT While I am here, just started a proof of 'Look Who's Back' - Timur Vernes, originally pub in German. Hitler wakes up on waste ground in 2011, bit of a shock for him, especially finding out a woman is in charge. Only read first couple of chapters but it is funny in a satirical way, apparently he becomes a YouTube sensation.

Posted on 27 Feb 2014 16:56:56 GMT
Lucy says:
Light a penny candle. Maeve Binchy
The rector's wife. Joanna Trollope
The Camomile Lawn. Mary Wesley
Family Album. Penelope Lively
Brideshead Revisited. Evlyn Waugh
Just for the summer. Judy Astley
September. Rosamunde Pilcher.
The Light Years. Elizabeth Jane Howard
City Girl. Patricia Scanlan (and the rest of the Trilogy!!)
The Bridges of Maddison County

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Posted on 1 Mar 2014 17:18:15 GMT
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CARTER says:
neverwhere, the alchemist lord of the rings trilogy, the book thief, the shock of the fall, the tooth fairy, wOnder, the unlikely pilgrimage of harold fry, fear and loathing in las vegas, the song of achilles.

Posted on 1 Mar 2014 20:46:13 GMT
rtaylor says:
Cats eye- Margaret Atwood
Poisonwood bible barbara kingsolver
A fine balance
The wind up bird chronicle- Murakami
A complicated kindness
Wild swans-jung chang
Clara Callen-richard b wright
Flying leap Judy budnitz
Swimming sweet arrow-maureen gibbons
Into that darkness gitta sereny

Posted on 2 Mar 2014 22:19:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Mar 2014 22:25:05 GMT
Lovetoread says:
The handmaids tale
Little women
Gone with the wind
The book thief
A tree grows in Brooklyn
A christmas carol
Matterhorn
Cloud street
The butcher boy
Mila 18
Sushi for beginners
The colour purple
To kill a mockingbird

I know that's more than ten!
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