MrsBrown, is it time for your list of book recommendations?

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MrsBrown, is it time for your list of book recommendations?

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originally posted by llizard on Jun 15, 04 - 8:16 AM

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llizard, May/27/2004 16:27:02 [-05 EST]


Unfortunately, last year's list got hit by the recent purge [in starblvd]. What's new for this year?

My contribution that has not yet been mentioned here (I think):

"Italian Neighbours" by Tim Parks

Absolutely wonderful account of an Englishman's first year living in the Veneto region of Italy. One really gets the sense of how Italians live.

Tim Parks' website - Italian Neighbours
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Book recommendations

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Subject: Book recommendations
originally posted by MrsBrown on Jun 15, 04 - 8:17 AM

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MrsBrown, May/27/2004 19:29:00 [-05 EST]


This year, I've read a lot of trashy novels. I find that when I'm feeling rather stressed in my work, I can only read pretty junky books that don't take much thought. Luckily, there are holidays in the year when I can read more edifying material.

Some good novels I've read this year:

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by J.K. Rowling
"The Magician's Assistant" by Ann Patchett
"The DaVinci Code" by Dan Brown
"Blackberry Wine" by Joanne Harris
"Strange Fits of Passion" by Anita Shreve
"Five Quarters of the Orange" by Joanne Harris (this one made me gasp, "oh yeah" when I read it on my list)
"The Dark is Rising" by Susan Cooper (a children's book but I like it a lot)
"If Wishes Were Horses" by W.P. Kinsella
"Ella In Bloom" by Shelby Hearon
"The Kalahari Typing School for Men" by Alexander McCall Smith
"Enemy Women" by Paulette Jiles
"Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown
"Disordered Minds" by Minette Walters

How about a list of excellent novels from other members of the forum?
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Oh, oh, why don't I keep a list

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Subject: Oh, oh, why don't I keep a list
originally posted by blm on Jun 15, 04 - 8:24 AM

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blm, Jun/1/2004 18:25:30 [-05 EST]


I wish I kept a list like you do, MrsBrown. I've read many excellent books in the past year, but I can never remember any when I try.

Here are a few that come to mind. I read a lot of mysteries, but I try to fit in straight novels every few books - I always enjoy them once I start (don't know why I resist starting them).
  • "Thursday Next" by Jasper Fforde. Very funny.
  • "Dancing with the Virgins" by Stephen Booth. Part of a mystery series set in the Peak District. Unlike many series which feature high ranks like superintendent, this one features a DC; all in the series are excellent.
  • "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by J.K. Rowlings is on my list too.
  • "Peace like a River" by Leif Engel. Supposedly a book for teenagers, but (and?) I liked it.
  • "Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. Cool.
  • "The White Lioness" by Henning Mankel (translated from Swedish). Part of an excellent mystery series, with a (pleasing) dose of social commentary.
  • "No Great Mischief" by Alistair MacLeod. Lovely. I didn't want it to end.
  • "Feeding a Yen" and "Tummy Trilogy", excellent food-related nonfiction by Calvin Trillon (see thread on this board about Feeding a Yen).
  • "The Shanghai Murders" by David Rotenberg. One of another excellent mystery series. They remind me a bit of the Arkady Renko books by Martin Cruz Smith.
  • "Battambang: a novel" by Ron Poulton. Set in the late 1940s. Very dark, but I didn't want it to end.
  • "Clara Callen" by Richard Wright. Lovely.

I read the "The Dark is Rising" series several years ago, and wanted more.

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edit by llizard: unfortunately, the rest of this thread (as well as the thread on Calvin Trillun) got deleted entirely by the idiot(s) who hacked into the starblvd forum
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