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Els Hoefman  Identity Verified
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Jun 5, 2008

I'm looking forward to some relaxing weeks off in July and I hope to be able to read a few books (although that will be hard with a two-year-old and a one-year-old around all day).
Which books would you recommend for some relaxing summer reading?


Margreet Logmans (X)  Identity Verified
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What language? Jun 5, 2008

In what languages do you read?

A book that springs to mind right away is 'Blue Highways' by William Least Heat Moon. It is not very recent (1982), but a very nice read. Available in English and Dutch (the translation is quite good).


cassidy1  Identity Verified
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recommended books Jun 5, 2008

Hi Margreet,

two books I read recently I can really comment. I only know the German titels and I am not sure if they have been translated yet.

- Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen, Katharina Hagena
- Für jede Lösung ein Problem, Kerstin Gier

Have a nice holiday!

Best regards,
Ilona Momberger


Eleni Makantani
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Orhan Pamuk Jun 5, 2008

The Black Book

It's certainly been translated into English and several other languages. It's not relaxing - it's overwhelming - it makes you travel, dream, laugh, cry, think...

Just, take care on the beach - I've already got sunburnt because of it...


Damian Harrison
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Against the Day Jun 5, 2008

Pynchon's latest 2kg volume will keep you busy for a couple of weeks. It might not be everyone's idea of relaxation, but its certainly a wonderful read!

[Edited at 2008-06-05 11:19]


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"On Chesil Beach" Jun 5, 2008

by Ian McEwan

Only 160 pages long but a *true masterpiece* - like everything else he's written, Atonement, Saturday, Enduring Love (my all-time favourite novel) and many others.


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Bill Bryson, of course Jun 5, 2008

Travel + humour!

The one I liked best is "Down Under" (about Australia).
And travelled to Australia after having read it.

Nice holiday to you!


Ivana Friis Wilson  Identity Verified
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Siri Hustvedt: What I loved Jun 5, 2008

An amazing book, an easy read, but really makes you think. My favourite in the last 10 years.

The author is the wife of Paul Auster - she is actually better than him!


Niraja Nanjundan (X)  Identity Verified
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Paulo Coelho... Jun 5, 2008

...makes relaxing and thought provoking reading. Try "Like a Flowing River" or "Manual of The Warrior of Light."

Short stories are also good for the holidays. I recently read a nice collection by Doris Lessing.

Happy reading!


Barbara Wiegel  Identity Verified
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Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveller's Wife Jun 5, 2008

If you haven't read this book yet - it's a fantastic read. Intriguing science fiction concept paired with a touching love story - I loved it and couldn't put it down.

Happy reading and enjoy your time off!



Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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The Remains of the Day Jun 5, 2008

by Kazuo Ishiguro. MUCH better than the movie they made!!


Annelise Meyer  Identity Verified
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The curious incident of the dog in the night-time Jun 5, 2008

by Mark Haddon, one of the most pleasant books I've read latelyicon_smile.gif



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The Birth House by Ami McKay Jun 5, 2008

You can read a description here:

A not-too-taxing read (important if your brain's on holiday and you've got kids running about), but extremely interesting and poignant. Set in rural war-time Nova Scotia.


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The Secret of Ivan the Terrible, by Piotr Homyakov Jun 5, 2008

Political & crime thriller. I translated it last year. It was available on last time I looked. When I read the printed copy, I found it still had a few typing errors in it, in spite of all my proofreading. I kept urging them to get another native English speaker to proofread it, but they never did.


Andrea Riffo  Identity Verified
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... Jun 5, 2008

Anything by Julian Barnes.


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