So yesterday I discussed adverts for books on the tube. I also set you a quiz to see if you could guess how well you know me sort of an also asking had I bought any of the books advertised in the last four weeks since noticing the book adverts on the underground and if any of them have made it into the top reads I have seen on the tube. Believe me from my nosey parker behaviour on public transport in the last few weeks I have noticed people do read in trends.
So which books did I buy that were advertised on the tube, if I bought any at all? Well clearly advertising works a little bit for me as I now own two of the books in the adverts. The first of which may come as a bit of a surprise…
I actually bought not one but two copies of Linwood Barclay’s ‘Too Close To Home’, the other copy was for Novel Insights as on her trip round the world we had made a pact to read four books together though in different parts of the world and one was ‘No Time For Goodbye’ which we absolutely and utterly loved. If you like fast plots, punchy dialogue, a complete page turner and a book that is difficult to put down then Linwood Barclay’s last novel is a must, seriously. Now I would have bought his new novel anyway but if it hadn’t been for the advert on the tube I wouldn’t have been aware of it being out in paperback. Novel Insights hasn’t been able to hold back from reading this one and is already in and loving it. With the premise being “when the Cutter family’s next-door-neighbours, the Langley’s, are gunned down in their house one hot August night, the Cutters’ world is turned upside down. That violent death should have come so close to them is shocking enough in suburban Promise Falls, but at least the Cutters can console themselves with the thought that lightning is unlikely to strike twice in the same place. Unless, of course, the killers went to the wrong house...” I can see I am going to be completely gripped again.
The other book that I bought, though I will admit second hand not new, was ‘The Piano Teacher’ by Janice Y.K. Lee which has very dangerously been labelled ‘this season’s Atonement’. This is a very careless statement as it implies a book as good as that is written every three months and they aren’t, plus what if people hated that book? However it did actually intrigue me and then once I found out it was set in Hong Kong in the 1940’s I knew I had to have a copy. I then happened to be in a store just the other day and there it was. I think this might be a book to take on my travels to be read on the beach so will report back after my trip away in the first week of September. Here’s the blurb though in case you fancy it…
“Ambitious, exotic, and a classic book club read, ‘The Piano Teacher’ is a combination of ‘Tenko’ meets ‘The Remains of the Day’. Sometimes the end of a love affair is only the beginning! In 1942, Will Truesdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese, with terrible consequences for both of them, and for members of their fragile community who will betray each other in the darkest days of the war. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton lands in Hong Kong and is hired by the wealthy Chen family as their daughter’s piano teacher. A provincial English newlywed, Claire is seduced by the colony’s heady social life. She soon begins an affair only to discover that her lover’s enigmatic demeanour hides a devastating past. As the threads of this compelling and engrossing novel intertwine and converge, a landscape of impossible choices emerges — between love and safety, courage and survival, the present and above all, the past.”
It could actually be a perfect escapist tube journey read, speaking of which, what are the most common books that I have seen (this isn’t official just my observations) on the tube at the moment and did any of the above get in? Two did actually as you will see in italics…
- New Moon – Stephenie Meyer (9 copies)
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson (6 copies)
- Twilight – Stephenie Meyer (6 copies)
- The Girl Who Played With Fire – Steig Larson (4 copies)
- The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (4 copies)
- Armadale – Wilkie Collins (3 copies)
- Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer (3 copies)
- The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga (3 copies)
- My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Piccoult (3 copies)
- Too Close To Home – Linwood Barclay (2 copies)
- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (2 copies)
- Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer (2 copies)
- This Charming Man – Marianne Keyes (2 copies)
- Scarpetta – Patricia Cornwell (2 copies)
- Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith (2 copies)
- The Host – Stephenie Meyer (2 copies)
- The Secret Scripture – Sebatien Barry (2 copies)
- Dear Fatty – Dawn French (2 copies)
- Secret Life of Evie Hamilton – Catherine Elliott (2 copies)
- The Return – Victoria Hislop (2 copies)
So there you have it, it shows a very small slice of what people are reading and yet as my journeys are at peak commuter time its interesting to see so many people in one carriage on one journey over 4 weeks reading so much in common. I was thrilled by the copies of ‘Armadale’ and that just goes to show the power of people looking hooked by a book on the tube as I have been hankering after it ever since!
Have you read any of the twenty I most commonly saw? Are you surprised by the results? Will any of you be reading ‘The Piano Teacher’ or ‘Too Close To Home’? What book does everyone seem to be reading when you look around on your travels?