Sunday, 19 August 2012

Book recommendations please! Bloggers Book Club maybe?

I love reading and since I got my Kindle I have been whizzing through the books! I love my Kindle, its awesome!  

But I tend to stick to the same types of books.  I love crime, thriller, autobiographies, horror and supernatural themed books.  As the saying goes, “You stick to what you know”, and this is so true where I am concerned!

I would like to try other books but I honestly wouldn’t really know where to start as I tend to stick to the same genre and authors.  So, I was thinking that all of my lovely followers and I could start a book recommendation post?  A sort of online book club…  We all have different tastes so we could swap recommendations?  That way, I can raid Amazon and try out books that I would normally avoid. 

What do you think?!  If this one goes well we could make it a more regular thing?  Monthly maybe?

I got this idea when I was talking to one of my blogger friends, Hayley, and we were discussing our ‘101 Goals in 1001 Days’.  On my 'goals' post, I have a goal to read all the books on my ever-growing ‘To Read’ list...  The books on this list are all from my usual genres of course haha!  One of Hayley's goals was to ‘get 20 friends to recommend a book and read them’.  I thought that was a great goal!

Afterwards, I was thinking about how good it would be to get recommendations but my friends and I all seem to read the same sorts of books so I thought I’d ask my followers for some and see how it went :]

If you have any recommendations that you think people would like to know about then please leave the title and the author, and a little description of what it is about.  Leave as many or as little as you like!  And please let me know if you would like this to be a regular thing!

If people respond to this and leave a lot of good recommendations, would you like me to publish it in a separate post?  Or just leave it as comments? :)
 

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  1. One book I've read recently and loved is Tuscan ROse by Belinda Alexandra, it has a mystery to it so there's something to think about but it's different to your normal genres. It's set in Italy in around 1930 and the story follows Rosa through her life under Mussolini's reign. I actually wrote a review of it http://tinkerbellandthelostgirls.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/tuscan-rose.html which might give you a better idea as to if it's something you want to read.

    My mum's trying to talk me into getting a Kindle mainly because she's no idea what to get me for Christmas but i'm not sure i'll like it. How easy is it to forget your reading on your Kindle and not a book? I love being able to turn the pages and then to have it sat on my bookcase but I'm quickly running out of space for new books.

    x

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    1. Hey love! Oh that sounds really good, I'll read your in-depth review now. See? This is working already haha.

      You so should!! Kindles are AMAZING. I will honestly never be without one now, I'd hate to go back to books. The Kindle makes everything easier haha. It is very easy to forget, it just feels like an actual book to me. You get absorbed just like in a book, its honestly no different :) you wont be disappointed xox

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    2. I've got 15 books on my bookcase waiting to be read so if any of those jump out to me i'll let you know :)

      Another good author that I didn't mention before and can't believe I didn't is Victoria Hislop, her books are fabulous! Her novel The Island is about the leper colony on Spinalonga, it's one book that I love reading over and over again. I tend to read books that have a bit of History in them as you'll probably notice when I come to recommending books.

      Also a Bloggers Book Club would be really fab, it be a great way to find new books in different genres. I don't tend to stray too far from what I know, I usually start crime novels and then end up too scared to finish them!

      I think I am going to get a Kindle for Christmas, you managed to convince me over on Twitter :)

      x

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    3. yes please do :)

      ooh that sounds really interesting! I quite like history things too! I'll add that to my list.

      You think? Im not sure how to go about it? Just do a post like this every so often?

      Yey :D you will not be disappointed! xox

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  2. Wow we seem to like the same kind of books! If you're looking for autobiographies, I'd really recommend Russell Brand's My Booky Wook, Sharon Osbourne's Extreme, and Ozzy Osbourne's I Am Ozzy, they're all hilarious throughout but you never forget they're true stories of people taking back control of their lives!

    As for crime, I'd recommend In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It's Capote's true account of a real crime, questioning the two men that murdered a family in Kansas in the 50s. It's so so well written, his writing style is astounding!

    Ali xx

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    1. Awh great minds & all that haha! Yes Ive read all 3 :) I loved Sharons the best, it was so heartfelt; funny and tragic at the same time.

      Oh I havent read Cold Blood but I have heard that it is good. I might give that a try! Thanks chick :) what other stuff have you read? xox

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    2. Haha I'm glad you've read them all, I'd be surprised if you hadn't! Have you tried Christopher Reeve's autobiography Still Me? Sorry if you don't know who he is, his story about his disabilities from a horseriding accident is heartbreaking but really hard to put down!

      I wrote a post about what's on my bookshelf a few weeks ago if you want some more recommendations, I don't keep any books I don't love! xx

      http://zombiesweareyeliner.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/whats-on-my-bookshelf.html

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    3. No I havent actually, and I really like him! He will always be Superman to me, no matter how many Supermen there are after him. Seeing him reminds me of my childhood.

      oh thanks for linking me chick, I'll have a look now :) xox

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  3. I love distopian books like hunger games and divergent... But I love a good girly cheese book like Lauren conrad la candy books which are surprisingly good x love the online book club idea as I would like to get jnto reading thriller books but don't know which ones to try x

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    1. I loved The Hunger Games too! I haven't read Divergent though, I will look into that :)
      Oh I havent read hers but I like her! What are they about?

      Oh Im glad someone likes the idea :D how often do you think I should post about it? xox

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  4. Awesome blog name!I'm guessing from it that you've already read the Song of Ice and Fire series.
    I think everyone should read Neil Gaimen's American Gods, it's an incredible book, especially if you like old legends and mythology.
    For something a bit different, I've recently read Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything - it will give you a proper geekgasm!

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    1. Thanks sweet! Yes I love GoT!
      Oh I really like legends and mythology, I will definitely give that a go!
      Ooh I like stuff like that too haha. I'll download that too. I read something similar recently called something like "What did we use before toilet paper and other random questions" and it was quite funny and pretty interesting lol.
      Thanks hun :)

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  5. Love reading <3
    In my spare time, I prefer classics, or nonfiction about issues that appeal to me. I like history too.

    This summer I read Tess of the D'Urbervilles and I couldn't get enough at the end and was completely obsessing over it, so I watched the BBC movie, and had to watch it twice because I adored it.

    The World Is Flat is a book I read last year for my comparative politics class and really enjoyed it. Thomas Friedman is a great writer when it comes to current events, foreign affairs, environmental stuff.

    I'm also into Jewish literature, figures... I could suggest some titles if you're interested? Elie Wiesel is my personal favorite. You probably know him from writing Night but my favorite by him is called The Testament. I don't think you have to be Jewish to appreciate that one because it's about a guy who travels around early 20th century Europe (probably my favorite historical period).

    Another favorite is She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. It's long but worth it. Just look it up.

    I think this is a long enough comment? Get back to me on this :)

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    1. Me too <3 I love being immersed in another world.
      As they say, a reader lives thousands of lives! A non reader only lives one.

      Yes I like history books but I have never found any really amazing ones, but thats exactly why I posted this :)

      My mum has read those and loves them, Ive seen the BBC film and loved it too :) I will add it to my list.

      No I agree, I may not be Jewish but it doesnt stop me enjoying books on their literature etc.

      Ive never heard of Shes Come Undone! Is that bad of me haha?

      Yes thanks so much chick, I'll email you asap and get some more titles off you :) xox

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  6. Wooooo! Love books :) I have been reading about a book a day since I got my Kindle! Ones I've read recently which I enjoyed are: 'Before I go to Sleep' and 'Hector and the search for happiness' xx

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    1. Me too :) they are my favourite way to pass the time. How amazing are Kindles?! A lot of people think they are wasting the book world but its been proven that people with Kindles actually read more books on average than people who dont have one.

      Thanks chick :) what are those about?

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  7. I love reading, I don't have a Kindle though :(
    My taste usually is very chick lit/romantic stories. I like authors such as Freya North, Sophie Kinsella, Stephanie Meyer (yes I like twilight).

    I've also read all three Hunger Games books, and have heard a lot of things about Divergent but haven't got round to trying it.

    C xx
    ateeniebitofthisandthat.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Its great isnt it :)
      Awh you dont need one, paper books are just as good :D
      Oh chick lit is normally something I swerve haha. I do love Twilight though, not even ashamed haha. I read it before all the hype as it was based on vamps lol.

      Yes I enjoyed them too :) Ive not either, if you read it before me let me know how you find it :D

      xox

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    2. have you read the host by stephenie meyer? That's really good x

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  8. I love Jesse keane and mandasue heller everything by Stephen king is amazing! The ring trilogy is great and fear itself by Jonathan nasaw is really good xx

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    1. The ring trilogy is ring,spiral and loop the scary film not lord of the rings btw xx

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    2. Oh I really want to try out Kings books! And Ive not heard of the ring ones. Thank you for all the recommendations! xox

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    3. The ring books are amazing! Well, the first two are.. the third, in my opinion, isn't worth the paper it's printed on. The shining is a good King book to start on :) x

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  9. I've nominated you for a blog award, please check it out!
    http://wondrous-marvellous-obsession.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/i-won-another-award.html

    Zoe
    x

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  10. I love love love everything by John Green, thanks for linking me as well :) If you do decide to set up a book club and need any help with it I'd be happy to lend you a hand :) x

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    1. Never tried his stuff either! With this post alone Ive found so many fab books! oh no probs love! Id have felt bad if I didnt link you. Oh thanks, I may take you up on that :D xox

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  11. I've just read The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey was also really good. There is a Bookworms page on Facebook which may interest x

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    1. What were those about hun? Oh thanks I'll have a look :) x

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  12. Really good idea, I'd love to join some sort of book club. I love crime/ thriller books too, lately I've been obsesse with Scandinavian crime/ thriller since reading Larsson's Millennium trilogy. I've actually just posted a blog post on some favourites, and hopefully plan to make it a regular thing. Be great if you could check it out and let me know what you think :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/love-for-books-old-and-older.html

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    1. Oh thats great! I'll try and get one organized :) I loved the Millennium trilogy! I'll definitely have a look! Thanks for linking me chick xox

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  13. I would love a book club of sorts!
    I have similar goals on my 101 in 1001 list, so many books to get through!

    I chose to read a certain amount rather than specific books so would love suggestions also. Maybe an additional blog would be a good idea! :)

    I read similar books to you and have recently been going through swedish crime dramas, similar to girl with a dragon tattoo but by different authors and they're quite good but heavy!

    http://cosmeticsshoppingandintoxication.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oh great :) Im just wondering how to go about this..

      How many books did you chose? Oh they sound good, which ones have you been reading? xox

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  14. I just reread Pride & Prejudice and am slowly working my way through Anna Karenina. For more fluffy reads the Fallen series is good (it's about Angels) as well as Blue Bloods (Vampires, quite cheap on the Kindle too)

    I received my kindle as a gift two years ago and still adore it.

    http://nineteenoone.blogspot.ca/

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    1. How are you finding them love?
      Oh yeh Ive always ment to read the Fallen series. Anything vamp & Im there so I'll check out Blue Bloods too.

      Awh its great isnt it? I love mines so much! xox

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    2. P&P is like my favorite book of all time (next to the Hobbit, LOTR trilogy and Harry Potter series) so it's always pleasant to revisit it.

      Anna Karenina is good, but very slow going. It's a massive novel, but I'm enjoying it so far (only about 35% of the way through and I read fast haha). I read War & Peace a few years ago and really like Tolstoy's style so yeah :)

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  15. Julia Quinn - The Brigerton Series. Regency set romance but easy to read or Paulo Coelho - Eleven Minutes (he's Brazilian). I really like the idea of an online book club. As you know I'm always looking for something new to read.

    Much Love:http://razzledazzleandrocknroll.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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    1. Oh I didnt think you were into romances haha! You think? I'll need to try and plan out how to go about it! xox

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  16. If you liked the Hunger Games try Uglies/Pretties/Specials triology or the Matched triology :) both great dystopian themes trilogies! Also Delirium triology is fab :) book club sounds fab! I'm such a geek when it comes to reading! Xoxo

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    1. Oh thanks chick, I will defs give them a go because I really enjoyed THG. Oh fab :D any suggestions as to how it should be run? xox

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  17. Is it weird that I did a little wide eyes, excited, hand flappy thing when I saw your blog name? Fashion + ASOIAF/Game of Thrones? Count me in!

    As for book recommendations, My faves of the past few months have been Dragon Slippers, which is a charming little read about a girl who is given a pair of special slippers by , you guessed it, a dragon. Across The Universe by Beth Revis is a really good one, it's sci fi but not all aliens and teleportation etc, it's really good and a bit like a murder mystery thriller!
    I also really rated The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, it's very real life but so sweet and sad and the characters are brilliant.

    A book club is always a good idea! You could pick say five books a month of different genres and then have people vote on which one they'd rather read? (second and third place could then be entered into the next month if there was a lot of enthusiasm for them) It's often a good idea to have a few people as 'regulars'. People who'd be willing to read every single book along with you. For example you write a review and have perhaps two or three others give reviews too and post them together, that way their differing opinions would generate some good discussion and people wouldn't be afraid to disagree with each other (which is always important!)

    Anyway that's quite enough of my opinion for one day! Hope I helped in some way, I'll be interested to see how the book club comes along. :) xx

    Maisyetc.


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    1. Thank you for your great reply love! Ive twittered you :) xox

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  18. Have you tried any Lee Childs? They are on my 'To Read' list!

    Rachel from www.whatabeauty.co.uk x

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    1. No I havent! I'll have to give them a try :) xox

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