Ten books Tuesday: Short of time? Read something short.

Adult Summer Reading Club 9th December, 2013- 31st January, 2014

Ten Books...
Short novels of 200 pages or so. You may read them in one sitting or read them ten minutes at a time- these are short, (but not always sweet) novels for everyone and anyone who doesn't have much time to read!

Blood and circuses by Kerry Greenwood

The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is feeling dull. But is she bored enough to leave her identity, her home and family behind and join Farrell's Circus and Wild Beast Show? There have been strange things happening at the circus. And when Phryne is asked by her friends Samson the Strong Man, Alan the carousel operator and Doreen the Snake Woman to help them, curiosity gets the better of her. 

Readalike authors: 
Agatha Christie
M.C. Beaton- Agatha Raisin mysteries
Janet Evanovich
Mary Daheim
 Susan Wittig Albert

The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror. This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real... 

Readalike books:
The coldest girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
River of stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Terry Pratchett
Raymond E. Feist

The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes

  • Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.

    Readalike books:
    The remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
    The sea by John Banville
    Telegraph Avenue: a novel  by Michael Chabon
     Of mice and men by John Steinbeck

The Testament of Mary  by Colm Toibin

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall-Smith

Precious Ramotswe is asked to discover who is spreading vicious rumors about a new beauty salon. Meanwhile, her assistant, Grace Makutsi, is adjusting to the news that she is expecting her first child. 

 Readalike books:
Killed at the whim of a hat by Colin Cotterill
The hard way by Carol Lea Benjamin
The murder at the vicarage by Agatha Christie
The spellman files by Lisa Lutz
The mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

The Turning  by Tim Winton
  • A collection of stories set in western Australia includes the stories of brothers who shun one another, ex-lovers who reunite to remember their incompatibility, and a man who returns to the site of a frightening childhood event.

    Readalike books: 
    Now showing by Ron Elliot
     The secret lives of men by Georgia Blain
    Transactions by Ali Alizadeh

The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett

 Obliged to borrow a book when her corgis stray into a mobile library, the Queen discovers a passion for reading, setting the palace upon its head and causing the royal head of Great Britain to question her role in the monarchy.

Readalike books:
White teeth by Zadie Smith
The unlikely pilgrimmage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Fool by Christopher Moore
Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger

On Chesil Beach by Ian Mc Ewan

  • On their wedding day, a young couple--Florence, daughter of an Oxford academic and a successful businessman, and Edward, an earnest history student with little experience of women--looks forward to the future while worrying about their upcoming wedding night.

Readalike books:
Eleven minutes by Paulo Coehlo
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Women in love by D. H. Lawrence
The French Lieutenant's woman  by John Fowles
North and south by Elizabeth Gaskell

This is how you lose her  byJunot Diaz

The housekeeper and the professor by Yoko Ogawa]
  • A relationship blossoms between a brilliant math professor suffering from short-term memory problems following a traumatic head injury and the young housekeeper, the mother of a ten-year-old son, hired to care for him.

    Readalike books:

    The space between us by Anna McPartlin

    Veronica by Mary Gaitskill

    The grass is singing by Doris Lessing

    Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan
    Paula Spencer by Roddy Doyle