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Read any good books lately?

So I’m heading off to see the wizard in a few days and need something good to read.

Anyone have any recommendations?

Just so you know, I’ve finished the Milennium trilogy, and I don’t care for chick lit, nor anything that requires too much mental exertion [right now]. I love books with good character development and am a sucker for English literature, especially if it’s by Jane Austen, the Brönte sisters or Daphne Du Maurier.

I just finished reading Emma last night — for the second time.

I don’t like anything by Dan Brown. I don’t want to read anything that smells like kreppa, even though I fully intend to read the Shock Doctrine [just not on holiday].

Would love to have some suggestions. Ta!

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  • Bria August 4, 2010, 7:41 pm

    If you like Austen and the Bronte sisters, I recommend Edith Wharton or Anthony Trollope (especially the Barchester Chronicles). Also PG Wodehouse, who is along the same lines though much, much sillier.

  • skugga August 4, 2010, 7:58 pm

    Not a new book but one I still enjoy reading:

    Barbara Vine – King Solomon’s Carpet

  • Michael Lewis August 4, 2010, 8:33 pm

    Recently I’ve read:
    “When Money Dies…” by Adam Fergusson. Far worse than Iceland – and a book that the authorities in the US especially and UK too should read.

    and re-read:

    “The Sun Also Rises” by Hemingway. (I declare a bias, I’m a member of the Hemingway society, I’ve loved his books for a very long time).

  • Joerg August 4, 2010, 8:35 pm

    I fought my way through “The Tricking of Freya” recently. This book contains a bit too much of cliché about Iceland but nevertheless made a nice reading. As I got the idea to buy it from your blog, I wouldn’t recommend to read it a second time – you might already know the ending. 😉

    Furthermore, I like reading good travel books like “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Tahir Shah.

  • Michael Lewis August 4, 2010, 8:40 pm

    Ah… just thought of something, that I think you will like (I like it too):

    Alain De Botton ‘The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work”.

    I’ve read a lot of his books, this one is fantastic and it is definitely something you would appreciate.

  • Ebba August 4, 2010, 9:57 pm

    As RLJ said, Middlemarch is very good. I first saw the BBC television series (from the 90s) and am not sure that I would have attempted to read the book if I had not seen it. Not that the book is difficult to read, but its size is a bit intimidating.

    And like skugga, I am a huge fan of Barbara Vine who is actually Ruth Rendell writing under a pseudonym. I think my personal favorite is Asta’s book, which is about a Danish woman that moves to London with her husband in the beginning of the 20th century. Vine´s books are not classical crime stories, but rather psychological mysteries about hidden crimes, where the tension builds between the characters through the whole book. She also manages to describe the period and place of each book extremely well, whether it is London in the beginning of the twentieth century or a small English village during WWII just to name some examples.

  • sylvia hikins August 4, 2010, 10:45 pm

    I too found The Tricking of Freya full of the obvious and alas I guessed the ending early on in the book.
    Have just finished reading The Ice Museum by Joanna Kavenna, a non-fiction book about her search for the lost land of Thule. It received rave reviews, eg: ‘A fascinating cultural history, truly poetic descriptions, Kavenna certainly has a feeling for snow. A book that coolly recommends itself for those who yearn for the north.’ or this one – ‘ compelling, luminously poetic, strange and magical’.
    I found it a compelling, interesting and enjoyable read.
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • PeterRRRRR August 5, 2010, 2:47 am

    Not a book recommendation, maybe a bit late for your upcoming trip — buy yourself a Kindle, or some other e-book reader. Really great for traveling, recent books are pretty reasonable, huge selection of free stuff. So much easier than lugging around physical books, easier on the eyes than a laptop (lighter weight and super battery life too).

  • James Wilde August 5, 2010, 10:04 am

    Talking of Kindles, I can’t remember what – if anything – the Kindle includes when you buy it, but I recently bought an iRiver Story ebook reader and it came with 100 classics, including most of my favourites – Jane Austen, the Brontés and so on, and a number that I have been meaning to read and may now get around to.

  • George August 13, 2010, 11:34 pm

    Dan Brown doesn’t smell like kreppa, he smells like crapp-a!
    Share your dislike of his overrated, cliche ridden, poorly written ouvre. And I know this from only having read 10 pages of one book, hehehe