I’m trying to read more broadly these days. And, specifically, I’m trying to read short, beautiful books to help me with a book of my own that I am trying to write.
This morning I posted a question on social media.
â€ªI’ve been given a Â£40 book voucher (coolest present in the world). What shall I buy? Preference is for short and beautifully written novels.â€¬
â€¢ The Brilliant and Forever by @Kevin_MacNeil is a great read
â€¢ To my shame I’ve only just read “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I wish I’d read it years ago; I’d recommend it to everyone.
â€¢ Mend the living by Maylis de Kerangal, welcome prize winner this year, short(ish), beautiful & unique
â€¢ The Moon is Down is splendid. I’ve heard very good things about The End We Start From.
â€¢ Also, @meganfnhunter’s The End We Start From; Mingarelli – A Meal in Winter; and Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down.
â€¢ Life’s Music by Andrei Makinr. Fulfills both criteria
â€¢ The Cove. A short novel set off the coast of west Wales. Beautifully written and utterly gripping.
â€¢ The troublesome offspring of cardinal guzman
â€¢ Would recommed At Hawthorn Time then
â€¢ Grief is a Thing with Feathers by @maxjohnporter is well worth reading
â€¢ Rain – Four walks in English weather, by @M_Z_Harrison
â€¢ MINK RIVER by Brian Doyle. LOITERING WITH INTENT by Muriel Spark.
â€¢ Finally read “Amongst Women” by John McGahern and loved it.
â€¢ Buy “Do birds still sing in hell?” Excellent story
â€¢ A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
â€¢ “Monsieur Linh and His Child” – Philippe Claudel. One of the most beautiful short novels ever.
â€¢ “Skin of a Lion” is fab! Or how about Toni Morrison’s “Sula”.
â€¢ The Year Of The Hare is right up your street.
â€¢ Written by a Finnish man, it’s quirky, funny and beautiful.
â€¢ The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is about a man who walks across England. His journey, both exterior and interior, might be a bit different than your excursions.
â€¢ If Woman Rose Rooted
â€¢ The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward abbey
â€¢ Â ‘Gift From The Sea’ by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
â€¢ Mushashi by Eiji Yoshikawa which is a novel made up of short books. Truly beautiful read.
â€¢ “Silk” – Alessandro Baricco. Beautifully written, multi layered, romantic tale, with some epic transcontinental journeys thrown in. Strong, powerful, yet subtle.
â€¢ Elif Shafak The Forty Rules of Love. Turkish writer, book about Rumi and a Sufi dervish.
â€¢ GileadÂ by Marylinne Robinson. Amazing book (and winner of the Pulitzer Prize a few years ago).
â€¢ Monsieur Linh and His Child- Philippe Claudel. Very moving, but also uplifting
â€¢ The magic strings of frankie presto. If you enjoyed your violin trip you’ll like this book. By mitch Albom
â€¢ Things Fall Apart
â€¢ I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice
â€¢ Janette Turner Hospitals’ -‘Forecast Turbulence’
â€¢ Il Postino (The Postman) by Antonio Skarmeta.
â€¢ The Course of Love by Alain DeBotton
â€¢ The North Water – Ian McgGuire
â€¢ Erlend Loe: Doppler
â€¢ Run Wild – Boff Whalley