Another year is almost over and summer is fast approaching. We asked the team at GHS for their favourite books of 2013. Here are our recommendations:
Generally only reads completely contemporary fiction or autobiography. She judges anything set more than thirty years ago to be period drama and has no idea what she’s missing. It takes her almost 12 months to get through one book and for that reason she prefers magazines – not much content and contemporary! JC wouldn’t dare recommend anything, however has read “To Kill a Mocking Bird” this year because she thought she should at 40+! She has just finished “Bury Me Deep” by Megan Abbott – two a year – that’s above her average!
Finds it hard to choose and has a top ten favourite of all time list (much like her songs which she also likes to sing) which comprises about a hundred books: Tricia recommends: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin a tale of a young Irish girl in 1950’s America. You will lose yourself in this one. P.S – I cannot believe that JC waited so long to read “To Kill a Mockingbird” – that’s a disgrace.
Can be a bit of a fantasy, or at the very least parallel universe, buff who recommends sinking your teeth into “A Game of Thrones”. This is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Set in the fictional lands of Westeros (a land reminiscent of Medieval Europe) and Essos; the saga includes multiple characters and stories of their battles to control the Seven Kingdoms. Although quite lengthy, the books will lure you in and you are guaranteed to be hooked.
You could be forgiven for thinking that Lesley only reads current political non fiction but you would be wrong. She loves The Thick of It – but that’s not a book yet! L recommends this year’s Miles Franklin winner Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser. This is an ambitious novel of Sydney and the world, globalisation and divided identities. It poses the questions: “What do we look for when we leave home?” and “How can we tell when we’ve found it?” If you only read one book this summer, it needs to be this one.
Could be a ghost writer of cookery books for all we know. If she’s not, she should be. Look out Jamie. Well, it is hard to go past a good cookbook! But for a good fiction read, I loved the book Four Fires by Bryce Courtenay. It covers a time from the late 1940s to 1999 and is a fabulous story about an Aussie family and definitely tugged my heart strings.
Is currently caught up in the wonderful culture of Scottish writers and who could blame her. Amanda recommends: Reg McKay ‘Armed Candy’ true Scottish culture! I am currently reading ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hossein and can’t put it down.
Is perpetually caught up in travel guides planning her next holiday and doesn’t have much time for reading. When she does she recommends…… reading ‘trip advisor’. A useful tool for planning the next trip!!!
However In between reading ‘Luxe Travel Guides’ and hours spent researching destinations – she did manage to read ‘The Light Between Oceans‘ written by M.L.Stedman. A really good but somewhat emotionally draining read!
Still can’t decide yet!