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A book you really enjoyed over the last two years.

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Lovetopaint037 Thu 02-Mar-23 20:01:23

Loved to hear as looking for new reading

Casdon Thu 02-Mar-23 20:15:35

Have you read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier? It’s fiction, but based on the life of Mary Anning the fossil hunter in Lyme Regis? That sticks in my mind as the best book I’ve read lately.

GrannyGravy13 Thu 02-Mar-23 20:19:41

Where the Crawdads Sing is definitely my favourite book of the last two years.

BigBertha1 Thu 02-Mar-23 22:32:56

Just finished 'Lessons in Chemistry' very funny and thought provoking.

Maggierose Thu 02-Mar-23 22:37:51

Love Marriage by Monica Ali, I really enjoyed it.

Siope Thu 02-Mar-23 23:01:31

Monique Roffey’s Mermaid of Black Conch (actually 3 years old)

Anthony Doerr’s Cloud Cuckoo Land

Kate1949 Thu 02-Mar-23 23:02:57

Where The Crawdads Sing for me too.

Blossoming Thu 02-Mar-23 23:51:04

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. It brought back some amusing memories of a project I worked on in Oxford too.

Nannytopsy Fri 03-Mar-23 00:06:59

Another vote for Where the Crawdads Sing and the Slow Horses (and series) by Mick Herron.

NotAGran55 Fri 03-Mar-23 06:13:28

A Man Called Ove
Lessons In Chemistry
A Terrible Kindness
Mack The Life -Lee Mack
Hungry - Grace Dent

eazybee Fri 03-Mar-23 09:03:52

Just finished A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
A witty, thought -provoking book about a Russian aristocrat under house arrest from 1922, but in Moscow's Metropol Hotel.

Wyllow3 Fri 03-Mar-23 09:08:58

The Louise Penny detective series with the detective M Gamache. Wonderful insights and good yarns, not found anything so good in ages.

PS Casdon that is a wonderful book too.

TerriBull Fri 03-Mar-23 09:13:10

How to Kill Your Family and
The Stopped Heart

My best two books from last year.

Although I have just started a book right now called Demon Copperhead, a reworking of David Copperfield set against a backdrop of the poverty stricken backwoods of The Appalachian Mountains, so far, really, really good, but 400 pages or so to go.

Hard to know what would appeal to you LovetoPaint but lots of suggestions on another thread, "what is your best novel and why"

Sparklefizz Fri 03-Mar-23 09:48:23

I really loved the Wolf Hall trilogy by Hilary Mantel, and have read all 3 twice. Her writing is superb and I enjoy history and particularly the Tudors so these books really were my cup of tea.

TerriBull Demon Copperhead sounds an unusual and interesting book. I think I'll take a look at that.

1summer Fri 03-Mar-23 09:58:16

I have just downloaded 4 books on my Kindle for my holiday. They were recommended by a friend who runs a book club and said these were really liked.
The Salt Path
Lessons in Chemistry
The Book of Lost Names
The Vanishing of Margaret Small

TerriBull Fri 03-Mar-23 10:04:32

Sparklefizz I'll update on it on the 50 book thread in due course.

LRavenscroft Fri 03-Mar-23 10:40:25

Island Magic by Elizabeth Goudge. I love her style of writing.

HeavenLeigh Fri 03-Mar-23 10:45:18

We will always have Paris by Sue Watson

Lovetopaint037 Tue 14-Mar-23 08:56:16

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris.

Fairislecable Tue 14-Mar-23 09:40:16

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell I really enjoyed this story from the perspective of Shakespeares family.

The Marriage Portrait (same author) was also very good, but Hamnet stayed with me after reading .

Sparklefizz Tue 14-Mar-23 09:50:43

I loved The Marriage Portrait and Hamnet too, Fairislecable and I'm rereading Hamnet at the moment.

Urmstongran Tue 14-Mar-23 09:59:30

This novel for me.

SparklyGrandma Tue 14-Mar-23 10:00:25

Harriet Rycroft - Container Gardening. Great suggestions for my pots this coming summer.

NotSpaghetti Tue 14-Mar-23 10:10:48

The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox.

The language is silky soft, the turns of phrase so lush.
Just an all-round beauty.

Not for those who don't appreciate the "magical" in life.

NotSpaghetti Tue 14-Mar-23 10:12:23

I came upon this book accidentally.
I understand it's a film now.
I'd never heard of it/the author so came with no expectations.