What Have You Enjoyed Lately?

I really like today’s Booking Through Thursday (though I do wonder if the ‘recent’ series will ever end and we will go back to random questions which always kept you on your toes, though last weeks recent topic was a favourite as everyone’s answers were so interesting) because its asking ‘What’s the most enjoyable, most fun, most just-darn-entertaining book you’ve read recently?’ I know already I will love this because I will find everyone else’s answers so interesting and different, all part of the fun of book blogging.

As for what my most enjoyable read is… hmmm… there have been quite a few recently but the ones that have made reading that much more pleasurable in the last few months have been Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Me Cheeta by James Lever and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

If I had to go for one that’s been the most fun and the most entertaining it would have to be Wilkie Collin’s ‘The Haunted Hotel’ which was the first read in my ‘Sensation Season’ (I would love more people to join in with this). I don’t see how anyone can not be bowled over and thoroughly enjoy a sensation novel. They have twists, great narrators, dastardly plots, malicious men and wicked women, murder, mayhem and the odd ghost and are just perfect for classic unadulterated escapism. The hours fly by when you are under the spell of a great sensation novel and you can hardly put them down.

So that would have to be my most enjoyable book of late. I have to add though that in searching for a ‘modern sensation novel’ (any recommendations welcomed) I started reading ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’ by Audrey Niffenegger yesterday and already have the inkling that its going to be an incredibly enjoyable read… but more on that in the next few days.

So what about everyone out there, what’s been your most enjoyable read of late? Oh, and if you happen to have any idea’s for modern sensation novels then I would be most appreciative especially as a post on them is coming soon. I love hearing everyone’s recommendations, opinions and thoughts.

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21 responses to “What Have You Enjoyed Lately?

  1. I love the idea of a Sensation Season! How perfect for September and October, when that crunch of dry leaves could be someone sneaking up to the window…or not.

  2. Dot

    I think I may have to try The Haunted Hotel, I am going to join in with Sensation Season soon by readinf The Woman in White, I want to wait until the autumn has set in a bit more and I can read it in front of the fire!!

  3. Pam

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Just excellent)
    Olive Kitteridge (Incredible short stories all rolled into one novel)
    An Elegy for Easterly (Short stories from Zimbabwe, beautifully written and real, but not filled with doom and gloom)

  4. HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY!!!!!! That was the best and most unputdownable read I’ve had since The Time Traveler’s Wife, though I am currently reading Little Boy Lost which I am finding similarly hard to close! I was tempted to miss my stop and just keep going round on the Circle Line this morning but unfortunately I need to get paid…such is life.

    I hadn’t heard of ‘The Haunted Hotel’ before you blogged about it so I’m going to check it out now.

    • I know what you mean about not wanting to get fo the tube, I had that this morning with Her Fearful Symmetry. I could have quite happily spent the day going ip and down the northern line for hours!

  5. Jo

    I just bought The Haunted Hotel on your reccomendation, so you really should be on commission! I’m going to try and read it in serial form though. See how long that lasts!

  6. The most enjoyable book I’ve read lately is Edmund White’s new memoir City Boy. It’s funny, gossipy, entertaining and full of insights about the famous literary figures he knew at the time, life in NYC in the 60s and 70s and the changing gay community.

    • Oh I love Edmund White so will definately have to read this as have read quite a lot of his work so this sounds very interesting from lots of different reasons. Thanks for the recommendation Eric.

  7. Ohhh, I can’t wait to read Her Fearful Symmetry! And I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.

    I’ve been reading lots and lots and lots of short stories lately, so it’s hard to say what my most enjoyable read has been – they’ve all been so varied. But Paul Theroux’s Ghost Train the Eastern Star has been a fascinating read.

  8. Mae

    I didn’t realise Audrey Niffenneggar had a new book out. I’ll have to hunt it down. Wilkie Collins is always enjoyable and you learn so much about social problems through his books too.

    • Yes I hadnt thought of the social aspects of Collins work and you are spot on. The Niffenegger book is gripping and not in the way you might suspect. For me its the characters that are so interesting and highgate cemetry of course.

  9. I’m reading Collins at the moment…The Woman in White. Absolutely loved The Moonstone and happy to be reading another. I’ll add The Haunted Hotel to my list!

  10. Could Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and/or We Have Always Lived in the Castle count, for modern Sensation stories? They are very wonderful…

  11. The Haunted Hotel sounds like a book that I would love. Amazingly, I’ve never heard of it. I love a good story…whether it’s funny or scary.

    I see that you are reading Her Fearful Symmetry. I just finished it myself. I loved it and the usage of “ghosts” makes it most interesting.

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