Good morning, talking books here today in Beach Cottage Land, as in books to read and how to read ‘em.
I’ve always loved a good book, I don’t really care what it is, whether it is amazing literature or trashy stuff…and books were certainly an escape in my younger years…
Somehow though over the last few years I lost my way with reading, still reading a LOT of cookery books…but I found that I was reading much less fiction and that when I did open a book I found I was picky and couldn’t get into things as easily as I had done before. I didn’t really do a whole lot about it to be honest, I found other things to read, and there is certainly no lack of things to do with my time in this old cottage…
Then one day recently I was speaking to a girlfriend about reading, how I missed finding a good book and how I missed that mental break that reading so brilliantly delivers. She told me how she had been the same and that buying a Kindle had got her mojo back.
Hmmmm, I pondered it for a while – to be honest I was definitely in the camp of ‘I like to turn the pages of a book’ and the ‘I like to feel a book in my hands’ but being the very lucky owner of an iPad Mini I decided that though I wasn’t sure I would like it, I had not much to lose from downloading the Kindle app and having a go.
Hello whole new world!
Hello to browsing books from all over the world and getting lost in titles I loved the look of.
Hello to books that don’t cost the earth.
Hello to books delivered in an instant.
Hello to reading again.
I have to say I haven’t looked back, though I still love a book, and I’ve recently bought a few, my book buying has seriously gone digital and my book reading has gone up by about 200% in the last month. Have to love that however you read.
Anyway recently I had come to the end of a book and put out to the lovelies on the Facebook page a request for any good books that anyone had read (another thing about digital is the amazing sharing isn’t it)…within not very long I had a list of recommended books for me to have a look at from women from all sorts of walks of life from all over the world.
I mean how good is that?
This list is gold to me, which is why I wanted to get around to blogging it and why I love bloggers, blogging and the internet – despite what certain journalists have said recently about bloggers I value the engagement and sharing and love to hear what the people who have even a mild interest in what I have to say are reading, saying, doing and enjoying…a list like this from comments from real women out there in the real world goes a long way I think…
So here’s the list in no particular order, just recommended by real readers xo
(I started off on this list including who recommended what book but it got a bit complicated so in the end I just copied and pasted what comments were left – THANKS for all those who left me their thoughts…)
Cross-stitch by Diana Gabaldon
The Book Thief
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books
Maggie Alderson – Mad about the boy, How to break your own heart, Shoe money
Three Wishes by Laine Moriatry
‘tell me I’m here’ by the ABC Journalist Anne Deveson about her sons struggle with schizophrenia
The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield) or The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
The forgotten garden by kate morton
Anything by Kathy Reichs, Tami Hoag, Carol O’Connell, Christopher Moore (hilarious satire), the witches series by Anne Rice (The Witching Hour trilogy), John Dunning
Phryne Fisher Murder Mystery novels by Kerry Greenwood
The Snow Child
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Hothouse Flower by Lucinda Riley
Someone Knows My Name down here . Lawrence Hill
Under the dome by Stephen king
anything by Jojo Moyes
The Late Lamented Molly Marx
any of the contemporary female Aussie authors….Fiona McCallum, Rachel Treasure, Joy Dettman, Fleur McDonald
Crazy little thing by Tracy Brogan
Lincoln Rymes novels by Jeffery Deavers or something by Kathy Reichs
The Happiest Refugee
Light Between Oceans, The Storyteller by Jodie Picoult and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Fin & Lady
Kate Grenville – The Secret River
Lost dogs and lonely hearts by Lucy Dillon
Anything by Nora Roberts, Santa Montefiore. Christina Dodd
Lola Bensky by Lilly Brett
Any Human Heart
The Yorkshire Pudding Club
(The Kashmire Shawl, Iris and Ruby…) or Kate Morton Shifting Fog, The Forgotten Garden
Camilla Lackberg has a series of crime novels
The Winner by David Baldacci
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window
The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore
Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D
The English Girl- Daniel Silva’s new book
The Wine of Angels by Phil Rickman
An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Awaken the buddha within
The Whitest Flower – Brendan Graham
Wings of Fear – book 1, Shattered Skies – book 2 and Burning Lies – book 3 all by Helene Young
when god was a rabbit
Where’d You Go Bernadette
Woner by R J Palacio
The Cuckoo’s Calling by J K Rowling
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Ladies’ Night. Mary Kay Andrews
The Kitchen House
The Sun Child
Match Meets the Metaphysical
One moment, one morning – Sarah Rayner
Richard Paul Evans, has a series of books (fast reading) starting with The Walk
The Good House by Ann Leary
Nancy Thayer, Samantha Wilde, Starr Ambrose, Mia March, Melissa Senate, Douglass Kennedy
The Time Traveller’s Wife
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Kite Runner
The Beach House, Jane Green
the Jack Reacher series
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garden Spells’ by Sarah Addison-Allan
Into the forest
Labor Day by Joyce Maynar
We Need to Talk about Kevin
Flavia Deluce series by Alan Bradley
I’m slowly going through these and have found some interesting reads! Please leave me any books you’ve read that you’ve loved recently in the comments