I've been meaning to post this topic for a while. I'm afraid it's one of my favourite subjects and I love hearing what other people are reading - plus I get loads of great recommendations for the book pile.
I've just finished reading a couple of fairly dark books: I think I'm the last person in the world to read the fantastic, Stoner by John Williams (I used to be a bit sniffy about books that everyone else was reading - but then I read things like One Day and Cloud Atlas and now I bow to the wisdom of crowds). And the other is Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel - a strange and wonderful post apocalyptic thriller.
So I felt in the need for some light reading relief...
I'm reading Nina Stibbe's Man at the Helm - a bittersweet (and very funny) story of the attempts by two sisters (and their little brother) to find a man for their divorced mother.
I found an article by Nina Stibbe about her own childhood and there's a great section of dialogue... (.if you don't like this, then you probably won't like the book)
One afternoon in the spring of 1976 I was in the toilets at school when Sally Jackson’s older sister, Chrissie, peeped over into my cubicle and asked for a drag on my fag. She told me that her parents were getting divorced.
“They nearly split up on Valentine’s Day a few years ago,” she said, “but decided to stay together for our sake.”
I remembered the deep freeze accident. I passed my fag up. Chrissie took two drags. A double drag that only a real smoker can do. Exhaling through the nostrils while taking a puff.
“Bad luck,” I said
“No, it’s good,” she said. “We’ve been living under a cloud for years and now we’re getting a bassett hound puppy.”
“I didn’t know you were living under a cloud,” I said. “Sally never said anything.”
“We put up a united front,” she said. “We were so jealous of you, you know, being divorced and always having chips.”
So, over to you. What are you reading at the moment?