Friday, 20 May 2011

A Good Book (Or Two)

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I realised today I haven't read a proper book since, I think, Christmas. This is completely shocking I know, and I definitely blame twitter for distracting me away from them! To remedy this I borrowed a couple of books I've been meaning to read for ages from the library of my parents - Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, and Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence.

I'm hoping to get on a bit of a reading roll though, so I need more suggestions for when I get through these two. So in the words of Mark Darcy 'Read any good books lately?'

28 comments:

ellio100 said...

I recently read Sweet Valley High Confidential - about the twins but set ten years on. It was utterly dreadful and I loved almost every minute of it! In terms of good books, I'm slowly getting through Pride and Predjudice... After that I'm going to read Princess Bride as my boyfriend keeps suggesting it to me. Not very highbrow at the moment I'm afraid!

Rachel said...

I have not read much at all recently - but I hope to change that after exams!

Chloe Likes To Talk said...

The only proper books I've read since Christmas have been ones I've had to review for my academics. Can't wait to head on holiday next month- book, sun lounger, occasional swim. Cannot wait to be able to read a book of my choice in the language of my choice!

Would love to know if Enduring Love is good, would like to read a bit more of Ian McEwan as I loved Atonement.

Kelstahz said...

I just (finally!) finished Erica Jong's Fear of Flying. If you don't read it, people will forever be telling you that you should. I once admitted to not having read it in one of my literature classes...the other literary females pretty much informed me I wasn't one of them until I got it read.

A few years later, I figured they'd never know I caved, and I read it. Turns out, it was pretty good.

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Peacock's Hat said...

I did my last exam today and can't wait to get stuck back into The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I bought whilst in the midst of doing my dissertation because I'd watched the TV show and it was just too brilliant for me to resist! So good... although that's if Victorian prostitutes are your thing.

Kate said...

Yey for DH Lawrence! I will always recommend I Capture the Castle - you might've already read it but I love love love it and never get tired of re-reading! Nigel Slater's Toast is brilliant too, and Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons is another old favourite. I haven't read a book for a while either - I have a huge pile of books to read over summer, once I get studying out of the way! :) x

girl holding a paintbrush said...

Definitely feel the same way. Am hoping to purchase something classic that I haven't read before to read soon.


Murphy xo
http://murphy-bouma.blogspot.com/

daisychain said...

I did Enduring Love for A-level English lit. Loads of people hated it but I LOVED it, and all of Ian McEwans books!

Hayley said...

I just finished reading "Summer and the City" - the next "Carrie Diaries" book. So bad! I switch between trashy fiction and serious business books most of the time.
I'd recommend any of Chelsea Handlers books, they're quite funny and easy to read :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

I'm not a very intellectual reader, but definitely always need a book at hand. Just went through all 3 'Hunger Games'. They were a great read, even if you're not a teenager anymore.

SabinePsynopsis said...

P.S. Agree with Kelstahz - Fear of Flying is hilarious!

Rocketship In The Sky. said...

Enduring Love is a brilliant book, I loved it! If you enjoy that, I suggest reading 'The Child in Time' and 'Saturday' also by him, too very good books! xx

Sherin said...

I love reading. I'm reading Old Filth, which is perfect for the tube! I've always wanted to pick up a D.H. Lawrence book. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

Lizzy said...

Enduring Love is my number one favourite book - I definitely recommend it! I first studied it in school when I was about 15, and I still have my fully annotated copy knocking about somewhere.

Another good read is "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt - powerful and a little disturbing, but very gripping. xx

WeShop said...

Enduring Love is a wonderful read. So is Atonement - v highly recommended. I'm about to start a historical novel about a witch, based in the Scottish Highlands. Will let know if it's a good 'un! xx

WeShop said...

Enduring Love is a wonderful read. So is Atonement - v highly recommended. I'm about to start a historical novel about a witch, based in the Scottish Highlands. Will let know if it's a good 'un! xx

Susie said...

Love in the Time of Cholera is my favorite book, but I'm sure you've already read it, it's such a classic! I haven't read either of these two--I'll put them on my list! xx

Peg said...

Thank you for the comment, I'm hoping for a good haul to.
In terms of books I am currently working my way through Dover Beach, its about two couples during the second world war.

What about compiling a list of classic novels to work though, some of them are hard going though.
x

gee said...

i looove reading. i try to read one book a week or two.
i am reading a really interesting one right now..
it's called, dead end gene pool by wendy burden.
xoox

Katie said...

I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read some new books :) It feels so good to settle down with a good read :) Hm, as for recommendations; I really liked 'Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro :) xoxo

My Hideaway said...

I recently read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (the movie is in theatres now, but I'd wager the book is probably more entertaining, though to be fair, I haven't seen it) and also Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link. Neither are D.H. Lawrence, but still very good. Right now I'm rereading Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, which I hadn't read since high school.

Krissy (Shimmer Like Gold) said...

I highly recommend Nocturnes by Kazou Ishiguro (the gentleman who wrote Never Let Me Go). It's a collection of 5 short stories about music and the night... read it in one sitting.

Winnie said...

Ah I am always wanting to read good books and I have a pile in my room that I need to read after spending forever in Waterstones, choosing books to use their 3 for 2 offer...

Anyway, I always meant to read Women in love! I'm currently reading the unbearable lightness of being...but my favourite book recently was 'Nothing to Envy' which is about North Korea. A really fascinating read and I'd thoroughly recommend reading that!

PinkBow said...

i'm the same, i keep having a talk with myself to read more! my last book was sylvia lath's the bell jar, so good.

beingdena said...

Thanks for reminding me Harriet. I feel so guilty, have't read a book for 8 months. Got a stack of great reads next to my bed but just don't seem to find the time. Leaving for France tomorrow and will make sure to tae a book with me, think it will be The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat.

Dena x

Maison du Visage said...

I have a growing stack of summer reading that I cannot wait to dive into! Jhumpa Lahiri is a beautiful writer if you're in the market. She has one novel and two lovely books of short stories.

Angel Garcia said...

Ha, I too feel the same way..It has been around a month since the last time I picked up a book..

All the best, Angel