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41. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

I'm reading Bill Bryson's "Made in America" - good book for a copywriter! It was recommended to me by, of all things, a Northern Irishman...

42. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 12y



43. Posted by KitCat (Full Member 65 posts) 12y

I have read Catcher In the Rye, I didn't enjoy it. I think I was quite lost.
I have got Backpack and A Short History of Nearly everything on order, looking forward to it.
I love the Harry Porter series too, read it twice, nothing to be ashame about. If you like Harry Porter you will like The Amulet of Samakrut can't remember the name of the author, got the book at home will investigate.

So many book worms love it!!!!


44. Posted by carlo78 (Budding Member 37 posts) 12y

I read "Catcher in the Rye" recently. Just because everyone was always going on about it being a classic. I thought it was hilarious, I used to p*ss myself on the train going to work every morning. (but that's another story!)

Some other good ones; Como Agua Para Chocolate (like water for chocolate) Laura Esquival - I loved this, it's magical.
The Diviners- Margaret Lawrence. Hard to get into at first but worth it. Inspiring!

45. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 12y

Ive seen the film of Como Agua Para Chocolate. I hear the books much better though, the acting was pretty bad although you still felt for the young girl, and how do you get tastes and smells accross on screen?

46. Posted by KitCat (Full Member 65 posts) 12y

Maybe I didn't know to read the Catcher in the Rye as a comedy I should try again. The book that I recommended yesterday is called The Amulet of Samarank and it is by Jonathan Strode brilliant for people who likes a good fantasy about a wizards ruled London.
What is the Como Agua Para Chocolate about?

47. Posted by carlo78 (Budding Member 37 posts) 12y

Como Aqua Para Chocolate is about a mexican girl, Tita, who due to familiy tradition is comdemned to look after her mother till the mother dies so she can never marry. She falls in love with a boy from the village and so he marries her older sister to keep in contact with Tita. The book explores family relationships, love, lust, lost love and longing throughout the years and the memories and experiences are brought to life through Tita's recipies. it is beautiful. well worth a read.

48. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 12y

Memoirs of a Geisha and Life of Pi are both brilliant books.

I recently read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Has anyone read it? What did you think?
I thought it was amazing, honestly I couldn't out the thing down. I've heard it's being made into a film next year.
I think he's got a few more books out now so it would be interesting to know if anyone has read those and if they compare to his first one.

49. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 12y

I agree I thought the Da Vinci code was brilliant..... just finished reading a book - the memoirs of cleopatra...... its quite good but very much a girly book..... it paints Cleopatra as being a hard strong woman with a sense of responsibility and love for her country but also a bit of a loose woman.....

50. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

Bwaaa... WeeJoe, I totally missed your response. "Things" only when they leave the shower curtain on the outside of the tub and the towel on the floor...;)

But the DaVinci Code... at the risk of being pelted with virtual eggs, I hated that book. Hated it. The descriptions were lovely, and made made me want to run to the travel agent. But the writing... ay! I must have looked up to the ceileing and said "oh, puh-lease!" every fourth paragraph.

However, my friends all thought I was crazy and they usually roll their eyes at my inflexiblily when it comes to writing. And grammar. Oh, and punctuation.