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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 18:52:49 GMT
I watched a film adaptation of Veronika recently, although it was not set in lovely Slovenia but in America, and Sarah Michelle Geller was Veronika. It was pretty faithful to the book from what I can remember and it wasn't all that bad.

I think it must be that it has a good story, as the others are just morals wrapped up loosely as a story. It was also quite uplifting for me in a time when I was not suicidal, but stuck in a foreign country and really wanted out of there! I don't normally get that kind of feeling from a book, so I think that is why I liked it.

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 19:26:37 GMT
J. Fisher says:
Crime: Stig Larsson and Jo Nesbo
Top of their game: David Mitchell, Andrew Miller, Peter Carey, Margaret Attwood
Seafaring: Star of the sea - Joseph O'Connor We, the drowned - Carsten Jensen
Hard to categorise : Carter beats the devil - Glen David Gold A visit from the goon squad - Jennifer Egan
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 20:39:57 GMT
C. Quinnell says:
Have you read much Steinbeck? He's one of my heros such characters and soul!

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 22:35:41 GMT
Wow such great suggestions, thanks everyone for the input (and also the interesting sub-discussion on Coelho!). Lots of these I've read and wish I hadn't so I could experience them all over again e.g. the Adrian Mole series (an all time favourite) and A Prayer for Owen Meany, Star of the Sea and loved The Help too. Have read a few Steinbecks and although obviously brilliant, not sure I'd call him compulsive in a plane-journey way, more concentration required! Lots of these suggestions are already stashed away on my wish list so I will probably take that as a good sign - no idea yet what I'm going to choose. I think I've been left with more options than I started out with in my head, but it's fun getting there!

So many books, so little time! :)

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 23:29:25 GMT
Jen Errik says:
I'm rereading Bujold's Vorkosigan series at the moment: they're my Pringles books - once I start I reread through the entire series. So I'd count them as page-turners. Complicated to explain the order of the books, because many of them have been reprinted in omnibus editions under different titles, but if you buy 'Young Miles' it contains the first two Miles-proper books.
You used to be able to read really long excerpts on the Baen website - I imagine you still can - which would let you see if they're the sort of thing you're looking for.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 08:23:46 GMT
jennytwist says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 08:25:06 GMT
jennytwist says:
I second Flowers for Algernon. One of the best books I've ever read.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 08:28:10 GMT
jennytwist says:
Just remembered some more: Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Chocolat, nearly anything by Stephen King

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 09:42:18 GMT
Lilian says:
I'd suggest C.J. Sansom (5 books in the series featuring Matthew Shardlake) Total immersion in the story from page 1....well for me anyway, and I really couldn't put them down :-) I've recently read The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas and recommend that to anyone who will listen :-) For lighter reading you could try anything by Maureen Lee, Erica James or Joanna Trollope, all good authors but don't require too much concentration....so if you fall asleep it's easy to pick up where you left off. All these books are going to add a lot of weight to your luggage, so perhaps audio books or a Kindle would be a good idea for you. Mother's day this weekend, so maybe someone could treat you :-) Have a great trip to America and let us know what you chose to read and if it worked for you :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 16:00:07 GMT
Superjim says:
Hi, It's not my favourite book but The day after Tomorrow by Allan Folsom is a very good longhaul timekiller. (I do longhaul fairly often and recommend different books than those I would usually read). You want a combination of easy to read with 'what happens next' intrigue. So I recommend thrillers or detective. Jeffrey Deaver is very good at the detective novels. Andy McNab or James Patterson and his team of writers does a reasonable thriller. You may struggle to read for five or six hours straight which is the aim here so even consider young adult books if they are of suitable size e.g Harry Potter. I quite like some of the older Tom Clancy novels as they are big although they can be a little slow paced so try a few chapters before you sacrifice precious hand luggage space on one of his door stops. I usually take at least two books in case I have chosen one badly. I very much recommend anything by Danny King. Very funny and easy to read. Also consider picking up a cheap secondhand handheld games console like an old Nintendo DS or PS portable, these will kill a few hours but make sure you take some spare batteries! Hope this helps and have a good trip.

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 19:47:23 GMT
The hunger games trilogy is excellent I read all 3 books in a week, also into the darkest corner by Elizabeth Haynes had me gripped it's tense and thrilling and dark. I also loved the help, the book thief and the handmaids tale, books that you hate to put down and when you have to you can't stop thinking about them.

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 21:51:48 GMT
Newland Sue says:
Her Fearful Symmetry is a must. Suspend belief and go for it. Try anything by David Starkey if you are into history. He writes in such a lively open manner you just have to keep reading. ANd there is a bit of elarning to be had.

Also "In tearing haste" letters between Debbo Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Some very nice insights into the 20thC. Then try Clarrissa Dickson Wright's Spilling the Beans and you will see another side of life!!

AVOID the Distant Hours by Kate Morton. Looooooooooong winded short on story.
Thanks to the suggestions I am off next week with Pillars of the Earth, the Last Concubine and some jeffery Deaver

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 22:14:34 GMT
The Four With summer holidays coming up this is a great read for 10-14 yr olds. A children's adventure on holiday a bit like Enid Blyton meets Dan Brown. A good stomping yarn.

Posted on 16 Mar 2012 04:06:37 GMT
NB says:
You may like to try Wings Of Freedom, a historical romance set in British India of early twentieth century

Posted on 16 Mar 2012 09:06:29 GMT
Well so far I have ordered the first 'Hunger Games' book, The Book Thief and The Eyre Affair, but these are not necessarily the final books. I think I spend as much time looking for new books as I do reading them, it's definitely a hobby!

Posted on 16 Mar 2012 09:38:01 GMT
any of the Alex Cross books by James Patterson; Julian Barnes "Sense of an Ending"; Dracula (suprisingly addictive!); The Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay;

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 10:17:13 GMT
Furny says:
sivershakespeare- A hobby for sure. I often realise I have spent most of the day round the family and work researching and looking up new books and then it gets to the evening and I'm too tired to do any reading!.
P.s The Book Thief is one of my favourite books and I am giving it out on World Book Night!.
I have also ordered Hunger Games even though I'm not sure its my thing, I'm sick of people raving about it so I've given in to see what all the fuss is about!:0)

Posted on 16 Mar 2012 12:09:30 GMT
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Posted on 16 Mar 2012 12:09:59 GMT
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Posted on 16 Mar 2012 12:16:47 GMT
I love it when person with username 'Jo Whatsername' says, in all earnestness "I RECOMMEND BOOKS BY JO WHATSERNAME! Gee whiz what great books!". I tend to like my advertising a tiny bit more subtle...

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 12:57:33 GMT
I Readalot says:
Definitely a bit obvious silvershakespeare - especially when it is only a matter of time before Amazon will delete it anyway as promo's are now restricted to the MOA Forum.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 18:16:18 GMT
I'm really jealous - I wish I could read all 3 of those books for the first time again, 3 fabulous reads.

And I agree, I seem to spend a lot of time looking at books, even though I have loads to read already. With me, I think it's more an obsession!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 20:20:01 GMT
sue says:
i have just read The Hunger games and i am now reading catching fire excellent read cant put them down !!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 22:25:05 GMT
Ania says:
one day
the help
the girl with the dragon tatoo
the kite runner
jane eyre
brokeback mountain

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 23:27:35 GMT
Just when I was beginning to think that I am too old to join in this conversation I see that ajk77 has proposed two books that would be in my list i.e. The Book Thief and The Kite Runner. Others that I would suggest are:-
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
and if none of these would keep you occupied well there is always Anna Karenina!!!
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