Looking for book recommendations

Since by this time next week I will be at the airport, I have to get something to read on the ‘plane. It needs to be reasonably lengthy to get me through a flight (500+ pp); and at least slightly trashy; but not too badly written; and available in America, or believe me, I’d have bought Riders again.

Suggestions (that are not Philippa Gregory)?

Robert Jordan is my fallback.

Please help.

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11 thoughts on “Looking for book recommendations

  1. creepylovely

    Well, I don’t really know what kinds of books you like to read, but I love making book suggestions, and I myself have made a number of 20+ hour plane trips…

    Fantasy:
    -Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart (older books. Interesting take on an old story).
    -Sookie Stackhouse boxed set. You can get all 8 or 9 books for your Kindle. Handy. They are very easy reading, but if you liked True Blood, it’s pretty fun to read the series. And there are trashy scense to keep you interested 🙂

    Historical Fiction:
    -Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follett (pre-medieval England).
    – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel society. (series of letters in the 1940’s).

    Fiction:
    -Anything by John Irving. (cider house rules, widow for one year, hotel new hampshire).
    -The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. My favorite book this year. Beautifully written. Not an “easy” read, but still engrossing and one that “sticks” with you for months.

    Y/A
    -The Northern Lights series by Philip Pullman. Really excellent. Not your average “world view” either.
    -The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I thought I’d hate this, but it was actually very interesting and a fun read on a 2 day road trip I did in January.

    Classics
    -Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Fave love story of all time. Rochester kicks Darcy’s butt.
    -David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. One of the best and most entertaining books ever written.

    Enjoy your trip and happy reading!

  2. Emily Barton

    You’ve probably already read her, but if you’ve never read Rosamunde Pilcher, she’s a pretty good light-read writer who writes well. I enjoyed both The Shell Seekers and Coming Home. It’s a little shorter (about 450 pages or so), but maybe you can take a nap or something once you’re done with John Connolly’s The Killing Kind. It’s fantastic. (Haven’t read any of the others in the series, but I’m sure they are good). M. M. Kaye’s The Far Pavilions is another good one. And then there is always Pat Conroy. I liked The Prince of tides and Beach Music the best of his.

  3. musingsfromthesofa Post author

    Blimey, that was quick!

    Thanks, creepylovely (and also for stopping by).
    Merlin trilogy, good call! Years since I’ve read Mary Stewart although I do find the Arthur story completely heartbreaking.
    No Kindle, I’m afraid and I tried Sookie Stackhouse (liked True Blood, couldn’t do the books). Have pretty much done John Irving.
    Jane Eyre – another good call. It is certainly true that Rochester outbroods Darcy.

    Emily – yup, read Rosamunde Pilcher; in fact, The Shell Seekers is what introduced me to Louis MacNeice. She quotes him. Will check out John Connolly, thanks!

  4. Eva

    I just started Needle in the Blood, and I’m enjoying it. 🙂 Well-researched historical fiction with a hint of trashiness, lol. I’m not sure if you’ve read it already though.

  5. musingsfromthesofa Post author

    Thanks, Eva. Hadn’t heard of it but adding it to the TBR list now!

  6. Debby

    “And Ladies of the Club” by Helen Hooven Santmyer. At 1184 pages in paperback, it might be long enough for both the flight out and back, if it doesn’t put your luggage over the weight limit.

    I have not read this myself, but would like to.

  7. litlove

    Can you get Julian Fellowes in the States? I adored Snobs (set in upper crust set, as you may imagine, and consuming it felt like someone put vitamins in candy floss) and he has a new one out – Past Imperfect. I’ve heard lots of good things about Needle in the Blood, to second Eva. Otherwise, Julia Glass is worth a read; she’s intelligent as well as having that lovely easy-read feel to her.

    I love doing book recommendations, too!

  8. Courtney

    I don’t know what Emily is thinking, recommending Pat Conroy. She KNOWS he is my recommendation to make.
    In all seriousness, I think either Beach Music or Prince of Tides would be great plane reads. Tana French’s novels, as well, if you haven’t read those yet.

  9. musingsfromthesofa Post author

    Hi everyone – thanks for great recommendations! I’m going bookshopping tomorrow, so I’ll start with this list and see what Borders has to offer.

    Litlove – ‘vitamins in candy floss’ – excellent description! And Julian Fellowes has been on my list for a while.

    Courtney – loved Tana French. Waiting for the new one, which should be out later in the year!

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