What are you reading at the moment? Nov/Dec 2012

PumpkinsWe thought it would be good to continue the previous chat about what we’re reading. Keep commenting on this post for the next couple of months, then we’ll make a new one in the New Year.

So – what’s everyone reading at the moment?

Anyone still on Sleepyhead (feel free to keep adding your comments), or reading a later Billingham book? Anyone trying anything new (or new to you)? Anything topical – American politics, Guy Fawkes?


Posted on November 8, 2012, in Books. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Not topical but an excellent whodunit ‘Dead to Me’ in which the TV detectives Scott and Bailey appear. Had to stay up until I finished it

  2. I’ve just read A Guide to the Beasts of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson. An accidental find and not what I would usually pick up. It is a bit like the Ladies Detective Agency crossed with PG Wodehouse and more! Left you with a smile on your face. Really enjoyed it.

  3. Oh dear. I’m still reading children’s books. I’m not ashamed of that, at all, but I do feel a bit embarrassed that (apart from Sleepyhead) that’s *all* I’ve read since being part of this group!

  4. The Sisters Brothers by Partick deWitt. I really didn’t want to read it – but it was recommended and was a Booker short list. Set in 1850’s America, it’s about two murderers for hire. I am loving it. It’s subtle and not too like a spaghetti western.

  5. Just finished JK Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’. Found it an interesting read, probably one of the most depressing books I have read in a while – with not one character that is likeable. I love Rowling’s descriptions of nasty people – she captures them so well- both in this book and Harry Potter.

  6.  Hope this makes you chuckle.
    50 Sheds of Gray
    The novel “Fifty Shades Of Grey” has seduced women – and baffled blokes. Now
    A spoof, Fifty Sheds Of Grey, offers a treat for the men. The book has
    Author Colin Grey recounting his love encounters at the bottom of the
    Garden. Here are some extracts…

    We tried various positions – round the back, on the side, up against a wall…
    But in the end we came to the conclusion the bottom of the garden was the Only place for a good shed.

    She stood before me, trembling in my shed.
    “I’m yours for the night,” she gasped, “You can do whatever you want with
    So I took her to Nando’s.

    She knelt before me on the shed floor and tugged gently at first, then
    Harder until finally it came.
    I moaned with pleasure. Now for the other boot.

    “Harder!” she cried, gripping the workbench tightly. “Harder!”
    “Okay,” I said. “What’s the gross national product of Nicaragua?”

    I lay back exhausted, gazing happily out of the shed window.
    Despite my concerns about my inexperience, my rhubarb had come up. Etc…etc…

  7. Very funny, kittylynne!

    Currently my read on the tube is very engrossing, at times too much so. I wanted to read a novel by a contemporary Chinese author, so I “picked up” (ahem, downloaded) Mo Yan’s Red Sorghum. Some parts are intentionally revolting, very graphic, but the parts in which he describes the main characters and the way he juxtaposes them and time frames is quite exquisite. I will be ready for a good mystery after this though! But one without too many descriptions of what bullets can do to a head… Suggestions welcome!

    • I enojoyed mark Billinghm’s talk immmensely and i especially agreed with his choice of the “Godfather” as one of the key books that really inspried him to write, I think it was in his teens. its still a book that I can reread every few years and enjoy all over again.

      • It was one of the books he ‘liberated’, the other was Jaws. He was a good speaker wasn’t he. I haven’t read the Godfather for years, sounds like it is worth re-reading.

  8. Listening to P. G. Wodehouse, ‘The Intrusion of Jimmy’; uncles, country houses, rich Americans, chumps, rippers and diamonds. What ho!

    It’s helping me to get to sleep during GMT adjustment which will take about a month.

  9. Enjoying ‘Painer of Silence’ Georgina Harding – set just before and after WW2 in Romania. Short listed Orange Prize 2012. Makes me want to go back there – lovely description of countryside. A light read.

  10. I’ve just finished reading ‘The woman who went to bed for a year’ by Sue Townsend. I really like books by this author- I felt I grew up with the Adrian Mole diaries as I was 13 when I read the first one. She’s also one of the few authors that can make me laugh out loud! This book didn’t disappoint despite me not liking the main character much.

  11. I’m joining in with this month’s book and reading The Book of Lost Things, but I’m also dipping in and out of The Library Book, which was published earlier this year in support of public libraries. It’s a collection of writings by all kinds of people about libraries, and starts with one of my favourites, also published here: http://www.sabotagetimes.com/life/this-place-will-lend-you-books-for-free/

  12. After reading just a few paragraphs of ‘Harvest’ by the award-winning writer, Jim Grace, you realise that this novel is going to be a page-turner.

    The story concerns a farming community where the arrival of some newcomers completely changes the lives of both the owner and the workers. Although some of the events which take place are far from pleasant, they are written in such a light-hearted manner that they in no way spoil your enjoyment of this excellent book

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