Just finished up Ken Follett's "World Without End" <-- WOW I couldn't put it down ... I read it instead of being online
Also finished up "Dublin" by Edward Rutherfurd ... a so so book I found interesting because of references to Ireland / Dublin but I put it down so many times I think it took me months to read in the end
I'm on Ken Follett's older book now "Pillars of the Earth" ...
And ze missus just bought "Cathedral of the Sea" ... we're really going the whole hog with Cathedral books atm
A week or so ago I finished Kathryn Stockett's The Help, another great book that suffered many rejections before its value was recognised by someone. It's one of those books that immediately brings you into a different world from your own, and the characters are its backbone. Terrific!
I finished a book called 'A Long, Long Way' a few weeks ago by Sebastian Barry. Probably one of the best books I've read, and it was on a subject that I previously had little interested and knew little about: life in the trenches during World War I. It's a fictional book but based on fact. One of the few books to bring a tear to my eye I have to admit!
Last night I finished Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn, which had gone around with me everywhere for the past week, and am now bereft. It was such a good novel. I don't know if it's particularly a woman's novel, although it is about a woman, but Tóibín seems able to plumb the depths of the mind of any character, whether male or female, and that's a great skill in a writer. I normally hate men writing about women, as sooner or later a false note creeps in, as if the writer secretly sees men and women as fundamentally different as humans, rather than merely in their outward appearances and nurturing. I've been lucky to have found two excellent novels recently - this one and TheHelp, by Kathryn Stockett, a story of two black maids in the American South during the sixties and the white woman who sets out to tell the world what their lives and those of their colleagues are like.
I've bought in Fnac ( pretty decent foreign section .. foreign being english ) .. Casa del Libro .. again pretty decent section upstairs .. and then there are a few second hand bookshops .. (one has a bar) Valérie-Anne tends to buy more books online than I would .. I like picking up a book reading the description and buying it on a whim
Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
World Without End - Ken Follett
Cathedral of the Sea - some spanish name I can't spell or remember
Net Force - Tom Clancy
Vagabond - Bernard Cornwell
Dublin - Edward Rutherfurd