Friday, June 29, 2012

YOU CAN'T GET A CUP OF TEA BIG ENOUGH OR A BOOK LONG ENOUGH TO SUIT ME

That quote was from dear old C.S Lewis. I can totally relate - subsitituting "tea" for "coffee", anyway. Did you ever see the film about him - Shadowlands? Anthony Hopkins plays the lead and did it so powerfully (as he always does) that I was left blubbering like a baby. Please. Watch. It.
Anyway, back to the books. I've got an armful of new titles I had been lusting over for some time and I thought I'd share them with you:


Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James - This book needs no introduction. Many people are raving about it, others are panning it. A few pages in and I am already rolling my eyes. I'll give it a chance anyway, in case there's something brilliant that I'll miss out on if I give up so soon.

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn -  Paula Joye of Lifestyled tells us this page turner is one you need in your life. This is meant to be THE Summer Thriller: boy meets girl, boy marries girl, girl goes missing. It's meant to be compulsively readable and utterly unforgettable. I can't wait to get stuck in. 

On the Floor - Aifric Campbell - I'm a sucker for any fictional book that deals with the darker side of the financial world. Think: The Privileges, The Darlings... Like Cristina Alger (author of The Darlings), Campbell has worked in the world she writes about  - the hope is that this makes her characters and story believable. This one was also longlisted for the Orange Prize this year, so I sense some promise with this one.

Capital - John Lanchester - Ooh! The Credit Crunch of 2008! I do love a good GFC tale. This novel was described by The Telegraph (London) as "a brainy state-of-the-nation-novel set on a single street in South London". They also gave it five stars. Need I say more?

What are you reading? Any page turners you're simply desperate to share?

4 comments:

  1. I just finished the hunger games. I saw the movie months ago and thought I would give the book a try... I was by no means dissapointed and found that the movie was actually a fantastic rendition. Certainly well worth the read.
    Anna, I am now taking a leaf out of your book (or should I say off your blog) and have just started air kisses by Zoe Foster. So far so good ;-) X

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    1. Fantastic, Emily.
      She's a great writer, Ms. Foster. I know people turn their nose up at 'Chick-Lit' (I used to be one of those people) but there are some very talented authors in this genre and I'm glad I have opened my mind and found some really pleasing reads.

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  2. Pygmalion, Macbeth, Lincoln lawyer, and a few others scattered on my coffee table begging to be next.

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    1. A nice selection there. Tell me if you get around to reading them and whether you think I should invest in them for my next book haul!

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