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31. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 12y

South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami

Actually, I'd recommend ALL of Murakami's books. Also, "The Beach" by Alex Garland is a must-read.

32. Posted by zanif (Full Member 113 posts) 12y

i just finished reading dan brown's the da vinci code. brilliant book! i think i finished the book in 3 days.

currently im reading leo tolstoy's anna karenina, already at the second chapter. my book version is the translation by richard pevear and larissa volokhonsky. all these russian names are such a mouthfull, lol.

33. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

I would recommend the author Emily Barr.

Her first book was called Backpack, follows a girl who's a bit of a mess, going off travelling in Asia after the death of her alcaholic mother and while she is away other travellers start getting murdered, so she's getting v. scared and there's lots of twists and turns. Its great, but don't lend it to your mum if you're a girl about to travel alone.

And the second was called Baggage, about a woman living in a tiny town in the Australian Outback surrounded by desert, but she has secrets from her past that start to catch up with her.

I loved these two, couldn't put them down. I'm about to start reading another called Cuban Heels, and then there's another called Atlantic Shift which I think is about a musician going to live in New York.

They all seem to have similar theme- about people travelling or moving abroad to either change their lives or escape etc, and then things get a bit messy, or there are dark secrets that come out, and twists and suspense and all the stuff that makes a good read. I wouldn't want to read them back to back though cos you'd probably notice the similarities.

I think a lot of people on these forums would like them.

34. Posted by kikay (Budding Member 37 posts) 12y

am currently reading mario vargas llosa's "the way to paradise" it's pretty good but can't say it's as good as his "feast of the goat" (about dominican republic's assassinated dictator-for-life --or so he thought--rafael trujillo)

i also loved julĂ­a alvarez's "in the time of the butterflies" and alain de botton's "the art of travel" (a must for people who love to travel)

35. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 12y

Hey kikay

I liked Vargas Llosa's "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter". Have you read that? It's a little complex, but it's hilarious!

I'd also recommend books by Tess Gerritsen.

36. Posted by kikay (Budding Member 37 posts) 12y

hey summer!

read it; loved it vargas-llosa is brilliant!

37. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 12y

me talk pretty one day by david sedaris is dang witty. also A gesture life by chang-rae lee.... it was kind of slow going, but worth it at the end. hmmm. i am ashamed to admit i also love the harry potter series. ive only read one but im hooked. east of eden by john steinbeck is awesome. hmmm. must go back to studying...

38. Posted by YerMan (Full Member 66 posts) 11y

McCarthy's Bar by Pete McCarthy - absolutely hilarious.

How mumbo jumbo conquered the world by Francis Wheen - quite political, quite humourously written.

Rifles by Mark Urban - good military history book written in a very readable style about the 95th rifles in the Peninsular War. It's not as dry as it sounds.

39. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Nothing to be ashamed about Harry Potter! I love the series but have been a bit lazy to pick the latest up.

I just finished Daughter of Fortune by Isabelle Allende. It was a slow start but definitely a page turner at the end. I couldn't put it down. Although I must say, the end of the story was given away throughout the book, you realize that the point of the story is not the ending but how the main character got there.

40. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

Yerman, you scooped me!!

McCarthys Bar is a brilliant book, top marks on the laugh out loud stakes. Kikay, pick up this book before you go to Bantry in January, you'll love it.

I'm reading Bill Bryson's 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' at the minute, i've never liked Science so i was pleased to read that Bryson sympathises. Its great fun as long as you like being reminded how insignificant you are in the grand scheme of things (Which i do. It means my mistakes don't matter and it gives the reader a little 'carpe diem' boost if you require one).

Just finished reading 'Catcher in the Rye' again. Didn't like it the first time but my pal told me to read it as a comedy and not a parable, and do you know what...he was right. If you didnt like the book and thought the message got lost, dont consider it an allegory, read it as a simple chronological comedy and you'll end up loving Holden and hating all the 'phonies' that he hates. There is also sadness in abundance this way if thats your thing.

Anyway, im off to do something productive like smoke a benson and hedges, Sieze the day, eh?