Good books to read in 2023

Read or wanting to read any books you think others would appreciate too?

Here is one (of 3) you can enjoy in French or English. French haute monde. Social exclusion. A female force.

Rather telling that when searching the Optional Tags drop down to set up this post, search for ‘reading’ only produced ‘bread’.
:smile: In so many ways

There is only one book to read….


Major thread drift Peter…title of the thread is GOOD books to read.


Poisson d’avril in errgh, january !


I’m quite enjoying Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon. And finding it a useful guide to the French intellectual, perhaps. He’s quite up himself, but he’s also honest about himself in a refreshing way.

I’m looking forward to trying out recipes from this one I’ve just bought. We want to eat less meat. I love in particular Indian food with coconut sauces.


Half price in Folye’s at Royal Festival Hall on Friday. From hero to zero in three days. is that a record?

And a triumph for the advertisers

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I am cruising through the slightly lighter autobiographical souvenirs d’enfance series by Marcel Pagnol.

It really is fun to visit places we have read about and glimpse remnants of the past but I expect Didier Eribon has much more to say than a mere travelogue.

Any Ken Follett book is good to read… in any year… :+1:


Ripping page turners!

For a different kid of ripping, plus laughs, I rather enjoy a Jilly Cooper.

I read all the Anthony Trollope novels a long time ago. When I met my SIL (ex Oxford LMH) she asked what I was reading. I answered “Trollope”. She said, “Oh, Joanna Trollope, how nice.” You may hear the tone.

I hadn’t known the existence of Mrs Trollope until then but looked her up and have been very happily since read her wonderful novels.

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I am reading this one at the moment though it’s not exactly new - 1979. Fascinating nevertheless.

I love a visit to Barsetshire! I also love going to Riseholme and Tilling :slightly_smiling_face: wonderful how books take you places.

Meow :roll_eyes:


Funny how you can rediscover books and really enjoy them having been put off them at school. Anthony Trollope and Mrs Gaskell fell into that category! It was probably 25 years before I retried them and really loved them. However, I have never returned to either Dickens or Sir Walter Scott. Fancy forcing a 12 year old girl to read Guy Mannering…

Other books from a previous era that I enjoy include any of Barbara Pym’s works.

However in terms of more recent books, since I wanted something more lightweight in my current circumstances, a friend recently recommended Salley Vickers and I tried one and quite enjoyed it, rather to my surprise. I’m about to start on “The Cleaner of Chartres” which had rave reviews.


The Inspector Rocco series by Adrian Magson (set in Picardy).

Death on the Marais

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I still like to reread the classics, happy boyhood memories…



No Wall Too High: One Man’s Extraordinary Escape from Mao’s Infamous Labour Camps

Xu Hongci

The title says it all and I can throughly recommend it. The author was an enthusuastic follower of Mao, and then one wrong word, mentioned without thought, and he soon found himself imprisoned for a very long time.

On a similar theme, a really great book :
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

At the moment I am reading Christopher Hibbert’s ‘The French Revolution’.

And the next up is a classic I have never read:
R.F.Delderfield’s ‘To Serve Them All My Days’

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The Island by Victoria Hislop is a book that has stayed with me.
It is about a Cretan island called Spinalonga just off the seasick village of Plaka which is used as a leper colony and how it is entwined in four generations of the Petrakis women.
Incredibly moving.

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I’ve got several of the roasting tin ones. But for Indian, especially twists in baking, I have all of Chetna Makan’s.

Do you read Biggles too? Many of those, and The Saint series by Leslie Charteris, big faves, are back on Amazon.