Looking for books/authors to read

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buzzyb | 19:20 Sun 09th Aug 2009 | Books & Authors
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evening all,

I am looking for new authors who will keep me reading and desperate to finish the book.

My usual authors are Jodie Picoult, Julie Walters, Joanna Trollop, Kate Moss's two books plus a few other authors.

Can anyone suggest books/authors that are a real good read.

I usually go for something that's thought provoking, bit of history brought into the present day ie Kate Moss style. I don't mind detective but not violent. Definitely no Mills & Boon or unnecessary violence/sex.

Thanks to all those happy readers who can help.



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try Sidney Sheldon
The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton both excellent reads.
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Yes, read both of Kate Morton's books, enjoyed every page and visualized the characters etc.

Shadow of the wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Nifengegger
The Island - Victoria Hislop
The Return - Victoria Hislop
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khalek Hosseini

should give you plenty of variety.
I like Cecelia Ahern's, books, slightly romanticised, but good.

James Twining also writes really good books dealing mainly with theft in art world bust based around a historical issue
There is a book by an authoress of the surname Hislop called The Return.
Very good book.
Also have you tried Sophie Kinsella. All very good light hearted reads.
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Af'noon everyone

Thanks for your suggestions, please keep them coming as I have read all Cecilla Ahern and Khaled Hosseini books.

I can't deal with Sophie Kinsella but will definitely give Victoria Hislop a go.

I usually read a book a week depending on size. So need all the ideas possible.

Victoria Hislop.....The Island is a good read. I also recommend anything by Anita Shreve, Anne Tyler, and Anna Quindlen x
...oops, sorry, just noticed salla mentioned The Island.
I've just finished The Outcast, by Sadie Jones.....excellent.
And if you haven't already, you MUST read We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver ;-) x
East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom .
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

If you want detective but without the gore The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency books are good and the Agatha Raisin series by MCBeaton .

Just read a book by William Brodrick entitled A Whispered Name .You may like that as it's fairly recent history about an officer in WW1 who became a monk after he had been affected by the decision he had to make to shoot a deserter and the consequences of his actions in later life .When he dies all sorts of things come to light .
It was briliant and a bit of a tear jerker :) .
It's his third book in the series about Brother Anselm a lawyer turned monk who delves into the recent past .
How about the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer.

I think they were originally written for the late teens age group but i hate to say how many 30, 40 and 50 somethings that have fallen for Edward Cullens charms lol

i also give a thumbs up for "the time traveller's wife".
HIGHLY recommend;

The Kite Runner by Khaleed Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaleed Hosseini

Amazing thought provoking books.

I was affected by Kite Runner for days afterwards, still am actually, it really gets to you....
Diana Gabaldon .... Cross-stitch about time slip back to the days before Culloden .
Also all her following books. Just been re-reading them.
Fully recomend Audrey Niffennegger Time traveller's wife.
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Af'noon everyone,

many thanks for your suggestions.

Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Nifengegger = AWESOME BOOK!!!

Im now reading a book called 'The Book Thief' cant remember who its by (tis upstairs) but is a very good read, is in all bookshops at the mo :) x
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Yes, i've read the Book Thief - very good book

I have read most of the books suggested and decided to read the Time travellers wife when i've finished by current book then look into Diana Gabaldon. The reviews on Amazon are just as positive.

i agree with sallabananas, The shadow of the wind is an amazing book! Even better if your going or have been to barcelona. xx

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