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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Jacqueline the Ripper
    Can't say I was impressed by the movie.

    I didn't even know there was a movie of this! Having read the book several times, a movie seems very odd.

    My three favourite books are The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine, Your Friend, Rebecca by Linda Hoy and Carrie by Stephen King. The first two are young teenagers books, but still well worth a read. The books are very similar in that they are all about the lives of girls as social outcasts, and the effects which society and parenting has on them, with mixed results. Not sure why I have such an affinity to books with this theme, as it's not really something that's affected me much!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The Da Vinci Code

    I was supposed to get this from a teacher in school but I didn't show up for the last week of term...


    I shall get it from the library soon
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    any book by Marian Keyes especially one from the "Shopaholic" series.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i work in a bookshop....so i should really know what books are good or not.... but I don't pay any attention!! lol.

    one book that looked quite good was ps.i love you, think it's by cecelia aherne or something...

    personally i'm also an anne rice fan. Ooh and if you like crime thrillers, any of Lee Child's books, they're fantastic!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I have to read 'Staying On' by Paul Scott and 'Comedians' by Trevor Griffiths over summer for English, does anyone know if they're any good?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by lea_uk
    any book by Marian Keyes especially one from the "Shopaholic" series.
    Marian Keyes didn't write the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella did.

    And the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is pure genius, anyone who hasn#t read it hasn't lived :p Oooh and I'd totally forgotten Danny Yates Must Die, I read it years ago, that's hilarious too!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I love 'The Secret History' by Donna Tartt. You might want more of an easy read on holiday though.
    But it is a brilliant book, a psychological thriller, in essence, about a group of latin students who murder their friend. Really well written, and if you can understand the random bits of greek and latin then even better!

    Apart from that, more holidayish stuff, um 'High Fidelity' by Nick Hornby? Or anything from the Irvine Welsh series (eg. Porno, Glue, Ecstasy)

    Oh yeah, and Piccolo is right about Sophie Kinsella writing the Shopaholic series. I think one of the last books she wrote after them is called 'Can you keep a secret?' which embarassingly, I read whilst I was travelling. They are enjoyable books if you want something simple to read while you're lolling on the beach or whatever. Not exactly mind stimulating but heartwarming nonetheless! :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i knew it was Sophie Kinsella but as i was typing i had just looked at a Marian Keyes book which is called "Angels" by the way and it's very good :thumb:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    apparently Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming is really good. I haven't read it yet. I love the Harry Potter books. lol.
  • littlemissylittlemissy knit chick Posts: 9,972
    Originally posted by kaffrin
    i just started that the other day - it's a really interesting read. definitely one of the better books for young people out atm.


    and for summer-type reading, you can't go far wrong with 'captain correlli's mandolin' by louis de bernieres (don't be put off by the shit film! the book is a million times better), 'the lovely bones' (alice sebold) if you haven't already, you really should, or 'stargirl' - not sure who it's by, but it's a dead interesting book.

    sorry for bringing this back up to the top. i think that a literature thread should be at the top as well as music and film.

    i would recommend all the books that kaffrin has just suggested. they are all really good :)

    also, just finished "Life of Pi". definately another really interesting read. about to start the alexander mccall smith books the no 1 ladies detective agency books. anyone read them?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Jazza Bing
    A Certain Age by Rebecca Ray

    On finishing the book I would say no to this one now but if you think you'd like it...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    1984 - George Orwell is excellent, and another classic I found funny is Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.
    Chocolat by Joanne Harris is magical, and would definitely recommend Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I'm currently reading The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka), which is quite absorbing.
  • littlemissylittlemissy knit chick Posts: 9,972
    Originally posted by Luce
    1984 - George Orwell is excellent, and another classic I found funny is Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.
    Chocolat by Joanne Harris is magical, and would definitely recommend Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I'm currently reading The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka), which is quite absorbing.

    i just loved memoirs of a geisha. twas very good. not read chocolat by joanne harris (did they make a film of that?) but have five quarters of the orange (by the same author) in my pile of books to read :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    james joyce - ulysses

    that'll keep you occupied for 3 weeks, maybe even 3 years
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Just got back from my hols and the Adrian Mole diaries are pretty good. I like the hobbit and harry potter. And most sports books.
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