Thursday, 27 January 2011

adult books I love

I don't read a lot of adult books but if I had to pick out my top five books ever most of them would be adult books.

These are the ones I would recommend without question to other people as they are fab. I haven't reviewed them in full but I might do someday as it will give me an excuse to reread them. Maybe in the summer holidays..

Gone to soldiers by Marge Piercy
If you love your World Wat Two fiction you will love this - it is an epic at a staggering 800 pages but it is totally worth the time and effort (I have read it twice and would certainly read it again.


In a stunning tour-de-force, Marge Piercy has woven a tapestry of World War II, of six women and four men, who fought and died, worked and worried, and moved through the dizzying days of the war. A compelling chronicle of humans in conflict with inhuman events, GONE TO SOLIDERS is an unforgettable reading experience and a stirring tribute to the remarkable survival of the human spirit.

The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffengger
My husband bought this for me last valentine's day. It is awesome and  gorgeous throughout. Don't bother with the film though


A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant. An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.

Charlotte Grey by Sebastian Faulks 
Another book that had an awful film to go with it. So bad in fact that I refused to watch all of it. I loved this book completely and loved the historical period it was set it. I loved the relationship between Charlotte and her airman and though it was generally a bit awesome





IN 1942, Charlotte Gray, a young scottish woman, goes to Occupied France on a dual mission:to run an apparantly simple errand for a British special operations group and to search for her lover, an English airman called Peter Gregory, who has gone missing in action. In the small town of Lavaurette, Sebastian Faulks presents a microcosm of France and its agony in 'the black years', here is the full range of collaboration, from the tacit to the enthusiastic, as well as examples of extraordinary courage and altruism. Through the local resistance chief Julien, Charlotte meets his father a Jewish painter whose inspiration has failed him. In Charlotte's friendship with both men, Faulks opens up the theme of false memory and of paradises—both national and personal—that appear irredeemably lost. In a series of shocking narrative climaxes in which the full extent of French collusion in the Nazi holocaust is delineated, Faulks brings the story to a resolution of redemptive love. In the delicacy of its writing, the intimacy of its characterisation and its powerful narrative scenes of harrowing public events, Charlotte Gray is a worthy successor to Birdsong.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
I did find this one a bit hard to get into first - the whole concept of it was a little confusing. Once I got over that though I loved it. Definitely as good if not better than Twilight. I loved Jared as a character loads


Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.  Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.  Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.



Can you recommend any other adult books I really should read???

10 comments:

Tha Motha Load said...

I love your reviews; these little brief snippets of your top 5 adult books are wonderful. Short, sweet, to the point. I love the way you use words; probably because you actually speak and write in English, while most of the reviews and things I see are in American--we really don't speak English here in America, we speak American. Thanks a bunch for stopping by my blog and leading me to yours!!

Clover said...

Oh I do so adore The Time Traveller's Wife. And Charlotte Gray - one of my favourites of Sebastian Faulks. It's nice to see this list of adult books :) Not all YA all the time..

BookGeek said...

"Gone to Soldiers" sounds like it's right up my alley. Thanks for the suggestion! I read "The Host" and was not a big fan, sadly. Oh well!

My name is Patricia said...

I loved loved loved The Time Traveler's Wife. It makes you cry both sad and happy tears. I think I might re-read it now. Great choice.

SJH (A Dream of Books) said...

The Time Traveller's Wife is definitely one of my favourite books too. I remember the first time I read it and cried absolute buckets at the end!

Mel said...

I loved The Host so much - it's so original compared to other books I've read! I loved The Time Travellers Wife as well :)

A couple of adult books you might like - The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - both beautifully written books slightly on the different side. I love both books! :)

Michelle at Clover Hill Book Reviews said...

I saw the DVD of Time Traveler's Wife...it made me cry, so sad, so don't know if I'd be able to make it to the end of the book without being too sad :/

Vivienne said...

I loved The Time Travellers Wife. It was awesome. Such a shame that Her Fearful Symmetry didn't live up to it.

Amanda W said...

Hmmm...adult books you might like:
Maybe This Time, by Jennifer Crusie; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer; Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.
I really enjoy your reviews, by the way!

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I couldn't get into the Time Traveller's Wife at all. I tried reading it twice.

The last adult book I loved was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Amazing!