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The blog of writer Gail Schimmel: A bit of writing, a bit of parenting, a bit of thinking and some book reviews

What Should I Read?

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When I started this blog I meant to write a review of every book that I read and enjoyed, which would have given you a really nice set of reviews and me a very busy blog. What happens in reality is that I finish a book and then start a new one and then forget the old one, or think that I’ll review them later or together or who-knows-what-I-think.

So this is not a book review – this is a list of books from about the last year (I finished The Newlyweds yesterday) that I have REALLY loved. There are others that I have forgotten (I am working off my kindle list so the books I read through bookclub will probably not be remembered) and there are lots of books that were “okay”.

I’m dividing the list into two – although they are so close it is hard to distinguish – but there is a slightly more literary list, and a slightly lighter list. But nothing that I love is unbearably literary, and while I enjoy some light, light reads, the real light-weight books are unlikely to make my really loved list.

A bit more literary list, or heavier subject matter:
The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd
The Valley of Amazement – Amy Tan
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
We Are Water – Wally Lamb
Five Star Billionaire – Tash Aw
A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz
Maya’s Notebook – Isabel Allende
Big Brother – Lionel Shriver
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
The Last Runaway – Tracy Chevalier

Slightly lighter list:The Newlyweds – Nell Freudenberger
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
The Flavours of Love – Dorothy Koomson
Tigers in Red Weather – Liza Klaussman
Heartbreak Hotel – Deborah Moggach
The Interestings – Meg Wollitzer
Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman – Eve Harris
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls – Anton Disclafani
May We Be Forgiven – A M Homes
Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld
The Fever Tree – Jennifer McVeigh
Instructions for a Heatwave – Maggie O’Farrell


One thought on “What Should I Read?

  1. Hi Gail Enjoyed your Marriage Vows and now found you ! And interested in your first line of acknowledgments cos that’s exactly what I do ! And now enjoying this book review- clear that need to get kindle to read Pamela Power ! Will be following you here…..

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