“House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton
If you are hoping for actual mirth, go elsewhere. A description of Lily Bart’s descent of the social scale. It didn’t encourage me to try more Edith Wharton.
“A Dance with Dragons” by George RR Martin
If you like this stuff, it will keep you going. I am not a massive fan but I find fantasy stories moderately entertaining in general and this falls into that camp.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by JK Rowling
It’s a play. If you can get over that, it’s alright. Better on stage than on the page, I imagine.
“The Light Years“, “Marking Time” and “Confusion” all by Elizabeth Jane Howard
I am loving this series of books about an upper middle class English family, the Cazalets. The first book begins in the mid 30s and I’ve just got as far as the end of the war. I am feverishly waiting for the library to contact me and tell me that they’ve got in volume four. I cannot recommend this series highly enough and don’t know how I managed to miss it until now.
“Vinegar Girl” by Anne Tyler
This is a retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew”. I like Anne Tyler’s books very much but this one is, frankly, a bit forgettable.
“The Taming of the Shrew” by Shakespeare
I went back and reread the play after reading “Vinegar Girl”. If you ask me, it’s nothing to write home about.
“Love and Other Man Made Disasters” by Nicola Doherty
This is a sweet, funny romantic tale for teenagers. I really enjoyed it; not my normal cup of tea and I should caveat that the author is nearly related to me but that would not make me lie to you. I am told it would make an excellent stocking filler for the young teen in your life.
“Bedsit Disco Queen” by Tracey Thorn
A surprisingly entertaining autobiography by one half of the band Everything but the Girl.