So…read any good books lately?

With the (can I say crappy?) weather we have been having lately, if you’re anything like me all you want to do is curl up somewhere warm with a good book.  (I started this blog last week and looking at the comments on A good book, a log fire, jazz and mulled wine –  many of us love to read somwhere warm in the winter.) 

So I thought I would take this opportunity to mention two books I have been recommended by library users, and to see if I can glean any more reads in return to get me through winter.  Firstly, a book I finished recently is The Senator’s wife by Sue Miller.  This is a wonderful character driven novel that made me want to go to bed early so I could read.

I think the same customer also recommended the book I’m reading now.  Another fantastic character driven read, especially if you like using novels as a form of escape. In the heart of the canyon by Elisabeth Hyde is about white water rafting trip down the Grand Canyon with an unlikely grouping of people and a stray dog that turns up their first night on the trip.  You’re suddenly transported to midsummer heat in Arizona – now that would warm you up! 

So any other recommendations to add to my list?

6 thoughts on “So…read any good books lately?

  1. The Girl from the Ghetto 9 June 2010 / 8:02 am

    I just finished Where’s My Wand by Eric Poole and The Seven Year Bitch by Jennifer Belle. The first is a funny memoir, the second, funny chick-lit.

  2. Michael A 9 June 2010 / 10:22 am

    I’m a third of the way (about 300 pages) in to Neal Stephenson’s Anathem. Not an easy read (much philosophy and mathematics, new language) but keeping me engaged so far. His other writings have been much more instantly gripping, but I trust him enough to keep going a little longer!

  3. Marion 9 June 2010 / 12:19 pm

    I’d endorse the Sue Miller book – enjoyed that. Currently two thirds through The City and the City by China Mieville as part of my 5 book challenge Sci-fi/thriller. I am struggling with the world he has created (two overlaid cities) and the plot/pace of the story but still enough to keep me wanting to know how it plays out. Over the weekend I read Elegy for April by Benjamin Black a.k.a John Banville. Great whodunnit with lots of atmospheric Dublin fogs and repressed 1950s mores.

  4. Marion H 13 June 2010 / 9:47 am

    I have to say – thank you all – my reading list is looking much more healthy. In quid pro quo I have read another great book – The secret daughter by Shilpi somaya Gowda about a girl born in India who is given up for adoption. It is a story of the girl, Asha, her American adoptive mother, and her birth mother and the people in their lives, and the echoes of their decisions in regard to Asha through the years. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Catalogue/keyword.asp?secret+daughter+and+au+gowda

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