What did you read in 2007?

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FLYBYNIGHT

Tank you, Lydia

It's always nice to find new authors and to get recommendations.
I belong to a reading group, which I thought would be really boring, but it's good, as I've read books I wouldn't normally take off the shelf.
I used to go around the Library, looking for all the familiar authors and then found it difficult to try anything new.

FLY
 
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LydiaDustbin

FLYBYNIGHT said:
Tank you, Lydia

It's always nice to find new authors and to get recommendations.
I belong to a reading group, which I thought would be really boring, but it's good, as I've read books I wouldn't normally take off the shelf.
I used to go around the Library, looking for all the familiar authors and then found it difficult to try anything new.

FLY
I agree, Fly, if you come across any worth a look, please pray tell.
 
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FLYBYNIGHT

From last year's reading some spring to mind:

Life Mask:Emma Donoghue
Girl with a Pearl Earring: Tracy Chevalier
Plain Truth: Jodi Picoult
The Lovely Bones: Alice Sebold
 
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Wild Bill

Well so far this year (2008) I've just finished 'Of mice and men' a John Steinbeck classic which my son had read for English Lit GCSE.

It is a short novel set in 30s California,about simple farm labourers,I recomend it for a quick read,it is quite sad and made me realise how lucky we are with what we have these days.
 
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Toggy

Of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books, Steinbeck was a very good writer, the Grapes of Wrath was excellent I thought.
 
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hard day's night

Cannery Row is also beautiful, if less well known than some others by Steinbeck.

Bill you will love 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. I found it one of those books that made me ignore the phone, turne down invites to the pub etc. I think it's the only book Harper Lee ever wrote. It's based on the true events of her childhood which, when you read it, is a fact that will make you very sad.
 
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Toggy

There is East of Eden too of course. I've never read Cannery Row, will definately try and get hold of a copy.
 
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LydiaDustbin

FLYBYNIGHT said:
From last year's reading some spring to mind:

Life Mask:Emma Donoghue
Girl with a Pearl Earring: Tracy Chevalier
Plain Truth: Jodi Picoult
The Lovely Bones: Alice Sebold
Made a note of the titles.

Just read "Relentless" by Simon Kernick - easy and light read, but fast-paced and holds your interest, definitely worth a look. Couldn't put it down.
"Marley & Me" by John Grogan - bit late in the day, I know, but amusing if you've ever had a dog.
 
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FLYBYNIGHT

Thank you, Lydia. I'll look out for it.
Have you read "Severed" by the same author? Was voted even better than "Relentless".

FLY
 
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LydiaDustbin

No, not read "Severed", Fly. Did you? Must be since Relentless as it isn't listed inside (don't often bother to Google!), so I will definitely be looking out for that one on the shelves next time I am out looking, along with your other recommendations.

Today I read "Damaged Goods" a debut novel by Helen Black, a lawyer who specialises in representing children in care. Without telling the story, its message is about those abused, abandoned and forgotten children, frequently despised by society for their participation in the seedy world of drugs and petty crime and, written using her own expertise, it shows a real understanding of how these kids descend into that world and the inevitability of their further decline if nobody takes the time to care, particularly if confronted by the legal system. I really enjoyed it.
 
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FLYBYNIGHT

"Damaged Goods" sounds interesting must have a look!

I took "Relentless" to bed with me last night. Couldn't put it down, but when I eventually had to, I couldn't get to sleep. When I did sleep, I had nightmares!!
Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Can't wait to get back to it though.

FLY
 
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LydiaDustbin

Hi Fly :D - Glad you are enjoying Relentless. Just picked up "Severed" but not had chance to read it yet. Recently acquired dog is taking up a lot of my time (but is good for fitness!), but I will let you know whether it's better than Relentless or not, IMHO of course.
 
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FLYBYNIGHT

Hi Lydia :D
I bought "Relentless" at the same time, so will be interested to know what you think about it.
I've got over the initial shock of all the violence and I'm curious now to see how it develops.

FLY
 
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LydiaDustbin

Relentless - the good cop never lets you down, Fly!
Now I have to find time to read Severed... but not seen your other titles yet. Will have to seek further.
 
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LydiaDustbin

Severed - Similar format, different plot, but equally as good. :thumbright:
Will look forward to "Deadline" due out in July.
 
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becky sharp

Can't remember all the books I read off the top of my head .....The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold was one and Case Histories by Kate Atkinson another...both kept my attention throughout

Think I might be on my own though with the one I'm currently reading....and thoroughly enjoying ...... :lol:

It's My Booky Wook,Russell Brand's autobiography bought for me by my daughter
 
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