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Does anyone enjoy reading?

whistleswhistles Posts: 976Member Chatterbox
This is something I do over the winter.
Not getting on that well with current book but will persevere, half way now so want to know how it ends. 
Can't read Sci Fi, but like romance, general topics I suppose nothing complicated. 
I actually read teens books too- just as good.  :)

Over to you.

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  • susan48susan48 Posts: 1,235Member Chatterbox
    Hi
    i used to love reading, my hobby but now I can’t concentrate.
    love thriller, police fiction.
    Mybe I should try again, been 3 years since I read, or mybe audio books
  • charlenecharlene Posts: 544Member Chatterbox
    Love a good 'who done it', Ruth Rendal is one of my favourites.  Also love historic novels, like The White Queen.
    When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 976Member Chatterbox
    I can watch Ruth Rendell but not read the book.
  • GeniedebsGeniedebs Posts: 56Member Talkative
    I love reading and have done since an early age. Tend to enjoy historical fact, crime and true crime. I do an awful lot of reading for research about my ancestors.
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Got a copy of Dan Browns book Origin.......at Christmas as a gift....it’s a great book .....still reading a wee bit each night, but concentration a bit ropey so three months in Ive still not finished it.

    Used to devour a book a week, but not now unfortunately.

    Got my yearly sub to Good Housekeeping magazine as another Christmas gift which is great as the short articles and recipes are easier to read....but some days it’s like pushing treacle up a hill as nit as sharp as I used to be.

  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Not .......nit 

  • deb74deb74 Posts: 155Member Chatterbox
    hi read all the dan brown books but not read that one. i tend to read a lot of thriller and horror books, my favourite author is shaun hutson. his books can be a bit scary though!
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Just finished Origins by Dan Brown.......it’s taken me 4 months!

    Now started Italian Ways On and off the rails from Milan to Palermo by Tim Parks.

  • BarbiesnemesisBarbiesnemesis Posts: 83Member Chatterbox
    I love to read - its difficult these days to concentrate/hold a book but I try...
    I love thrillers too and Fantasy books (not sure of the genre) books like Lord of the Rings or Louis de Berniere's, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman; also William Horwood's series called Duncton Tales. I could go on and on - but I won't :p
  • JennysDadJennysDad Posts: 1,653Member Chatterbox
    I read almost entirely on Kindle these days, for portability and for being able to enlarge the text to a point where I'm not struggling. May be tempted to go to audio books next. Currently re-reading the 'complete works' of Charles Dickens and now enjoying "The Old Curiosity Shop" again.
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    deb74 said:
    hi read all the dan brown books but not read that one. i tend to read a lot of thriller and horror books, my favourite author is shaun hutson. his books can be a bit scary though!
    Hi @deb74
    I recommend latest book by Dan Brown....Origins......very good read.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 976Member Chatterbox
    Tried a Kindle couldn't get in with it.
    I love the feel of a book. Plus if I drop it the worse that can happen is I lose the page.
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Hello @whistles
    I too just love the feel of a book and also there is not the bright white glare from a tablet device to deal with either when handling a well loved book.

  • whistleswhistles Posts: 976Member Chatterbox
    I think as well is not really that easy to hold.
    Saves me money anyway.  :)
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Yes the library has got a great stock of books to choose from
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Another way to save money if you can’t splash out on a new book
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 976Member Chatterbox
    Victoriad said:
    Yes the library has got a great stock of books to choose from
    Yes and I think you can borrow cds and dvds? 
    Least you used to be able to.
    There  is a fab charity shop that sells books for 50p. Brilliant place. Just need to get the table and chairs plus coffee machine and that's my day out. 
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Our library has a wee coffee shop which was council owned and very cheap, now it’s privately operated....but if you need a cuppa it’s handy.

  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 568Member Chatterbox
    I love reading. I like crime thrillers and enjoy using amazon kindle app on my tablet. I lose days reading when I can’t do anything else. I couldn’t read for a couple of years due to my health but I perservered and now I can again. I also love researching online. 
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  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Any titles you recommend?

  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 3,872Member, Community champion Brian Blessed
    Any of the Janet and John series :)
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Any of the Janet and John series :)
    Hahah ;)
    Are you a fan of the Ladybird Books too  ;)

  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Personally I like Oor Wullie  ;)

  • JennysDadJennysDad Posts: 1,653Member Chatterbox
    I love Oor Wullie and the Broons (?) if I've got that right. 
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 568Member Chatterbox
    Hahahaha anyway I use an app on my tablet to limit the glare and there are loads of reading apps with free books. I also enjoy teen sci fi books occasionally. I will give anything a go if the plot grabs me from the start. Apart from black depressing horror or bloody gore. I’m a bit of a fan of fairies and angel stories for adults 
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  • bobives789bobives789 Posts: 14Member Whisperer
    I have been an avid devourer of books since I was 5 years old, it has always been my greatest passion. I lost an eye in 2013 and have not read a book since, I just cant motivate myself to struggle with trying to focus with 1 eye. its just not the same.
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Hello @bobives789
    Heres a suggestion........what about going to the library and getting hold of an audio book?


  • bobives789bobives789 Posts: 14Member Whisperer
    tried them, they send me to sleep
  • sheilyh789sheilyh789 Posts: 5Member Listener
    i love to read I have books on my kindle just can't concentrate at the minute
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    tried them, they send me to sleep
    Ah something better than sleeping tablets......must consider this next time I need a sleep ;)

  • SimonPSimonP Posts: 6Member Whisperer
    The best thing I've  ever bought is my kindle. I'll read anything and everything apart from romantic fiction. I set myself a target of 52 books for last year and passed it in June!

    This year I've still read but not quite so avidly. I was reading library books by the time I was 3 and have spent as much time reading as I can. I'll even read ingredient lists if there's nothing else
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
  • JennysDadJennysDad Posts: 1,653Member Chatterbox
    Hi @bobives789
    Would it help at all to get the Kindle program onto your computer? You could then enlarge it to any extent that was useful to you.
    Best
    Richard
  • Gill53Gill53 Posts: 9Member Listener
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  • sandyp196sandyp196 Posts: 102Member Chatterbox
    I love reading but it costs me a fortune in library fines. I find it difficult to get books back on time and am always gettig fined. It's £5 per book. 
    I love crime novels. Iv read the entire patricia Cornwell collection,  Karin slaughter toO.  I got quite depressed when there was no more books to read, but then the library suggested karen rose. I checked and she had quite a generous catalogue so I would 'give her a go.. She is now my favourite and I'm working through the books in sequence.  I love how main characters in one book get token mentions in following books so I get an idea what happened to them.
  • bobives789bobives789 Posts: 14Member Whisperer
    why not try charity shops, you may find some tiles that suit.
  • SugarCoatedSugarCoated Posts: 33Member Whisperer
    I used to love reading would complete several books a week. Now I lose interest after a few pages and give up. Ahhh the good old days 
  • JennysDadJennysDad Posts: 1,653Member Chatterbox
    Hi @SugarCoated. Nice to meet you. Is there a particular reason that you give up?

  • SugarCoatedSugarCoated Posts: 33Member Whisperer
    i lose interest really quick. even tried reading some of my favourite books  but i kinda zone out, not sure how to explain. 
  • JennysDadJennysDad Posts: 1,653Member Chatterbox
    :smile: No obligation to explain, @SugarCoated - was only wondering if there might be some way we could help. Don't forget we're here if you think of anything.
    Warmest best wishes to you
    Richard
  • Rossi46fanRossi46fan Posts: 10Member Whisperer
    Would be very much an avid reader, narrow field though.

    Action such as Mitch Rapp, Jack Reacher, Gunny Swanson.

    New Scottish writer in that genre is great; Jack McSporran and his "Maggie Black" series.

    I'm biased though :D I won a coffee mug from him.

    Also like police procedurals: Ian Rankin, Anne Cleeves etc.
  • bobives789bobives789 Posts: 14Member Whisperer
    anyone here interested in computers? or internet
  • JennysDadJennysDad Posts: 1,653Member Chatterbox
    The interiors and technology remain a mystery to me, but I love computers and the internet. 
  • Rossi46fanRossi46fan Posts: 10Member Whisperer
    Same, spend too long on em maybe though.

    Great learning assistant.
  • JennysDadJennysDad Posts: 1,653Member Chatterbox
    I've been trying to push computer based learning for at least a decade. Trying to get it made policy. Still a battle, but still fighting.

  • susan48susan48 Posts: 1,235Member Chatterbox
    My aim for this year is to try reading agin, been 3 years since I last read and it was my Bobbie but  on concentrate.

    maybe start which the disability handbook Iv just ordered.

    Not very exciting but I’m scared to try incase I can’t then feel Iv failed.



  • susan48susan48 Posts: 1,235Member Chatterbox

    sandyp196 said:
    I love reading but it costs me a fortune in library fines. I find it difficult to get books back on time and am always gettig fined. It's £5 per book. 
    I love crime novels. Iv read the entire patricia Cornwell collection,  Karin slaughter toO.  I got quite depressed when there was no more books to read, but then the library suggested karen rose. I checked and she had quite a generous catalogue so I would 'give her a go.. She is now my favourite and I'm working through the books in sequence.  I love how main characters in one book get token mentions in following books so I get an idea what happened to them.
    I love those types of drive novels too. James Patterson is good too. Try your charity shop or doctor surgery or eBay.

  • ShadowdragonShadowdragon Posts: 10Member Whisperer
    HI

    I read quite a bit, I have a Kindle unlimited subscription, Maybe this would be good for you @sandyp196 its £8 a month, cheaper than £5 fines. I love Sci-fi and Fantasy novels. Although I do try to avoid the ones where there are 12 books in a series as I kinda get bored of the characters after book 3 hehe..

    A good one turned into a series was "The Expanse" on Netflix about to go into Series 3, it followed the books quite accurately unlike some.

    Another is Altered Carbon great books, but series didn't do it justice.
  • ShadowdragonShadowdragon Posts: 10Member Whisperer
    @bobives789 I have a degree in computer science and a bit of a geek hehe
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 568Member Chatterbox
    @bobives789 I know my way around a computer and I love researching on the Internet. Should have been a private investigater in another life as I am very curious and determined. 
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  • BigBaffieBigBaffie Posts: 1Member Listener
    Hi, I love reading and will give any genre a try. I don't have a television, I subscribe to kindle unlimited and I read 4+ books a week. My favourite genres are crime, thrillers, Sci-Fi, fantasy and factual.
  • GeniedebsGeniedebs Posts: 56Member Talkative
    I love reading, my disability does not allow me to do anything more than a certain amount of walking each day and I have that mentality in which I am always curious. 

    Always have several books on the go, both fiction and non fiction. At the moment, two true crime books set in the 19th century and a book on domestic servants which is for research, as several of my ancestors were in that occupation.
  • ShadowdragonShadowdragon Posts: 10Member Whisperer
    I imagine the same kinds of hobbies come up for people with disabilities as it narrows the field of options, and which hobbies have accessibility. I wouldnt not be able to hold a large book to read for any length of time but my phone i can plus use a holder and its hands free.

    I think Computer access and reading are bound together now with Kindle/e readers and apps on tables/phones. My carers wife works in a charity shop and they cant sell the books they are donated anymore, they cant give them away sometimes. Unfortunately its becoming a dead media, £6 for a book or get unlimited kindle for £9 a month, especially if you read 4 books a week.

    the same goes for DVDs, people are just not buying them Second hand or new as you can stream/store online now a lot cheaper. £10 for a DVD or wait a month and watch on Netflix etc for £10 a month.

    Wow I wrote an essay sorry :)
  • GeniedebsGeniedebs Posts: 56Member Talkative
    Shadowdragon. You do make some good points though in an essay. :) 

    However, I  love scouring charity shops for anything they might have. I recently purchased one, in a local charity shop, Frith's British Compendium which has been very useful to my research and which I might not have got elsewhere at the grand price of £1.50.
  • ShadowdragonShadowdragon Posts: 10Member Whisperer
    @Geniedebs that's great. The trouble with the area I live in the charity shops only have top quality items and charge nearly the same as high street prices, they are more like boutiques than charity shops. No rummaging in them where we are. Plus due to rates in the area out local village is pretty much charity shops and estate agents.

    To keep on topic our library only opens part time due to lack of demand, We did have a book shop but it closed as there was no demand :( It is very sad to see.
  • GeniedebsGeniedebs Posts: 56Member Talkative
    It is very sad to hear that your library only opens part time. Is your village populated  more by newcomers, of a younger age, who are more likely to use the internet, kindles or other electronic technology on the whole?
  • ShadowdragonShadowdragon Posts: 10Member Whisperer
    @Geniedebs yup no demand for their services anymore, even the older end of people i know use technology now, even my 79 year old mother in law has a tablet, which i maintain :neutral: she has her bible on there and plays scrabble etc.
  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    My friends and I swap our magazines that we have bought.
    Once we finish them we pass them round to each other.

    Could you do something like this with books amongst friends and neighbours or any clubs you attend or even your Carers etc?


  • GeniedebsGeniedebs Posts: 56Member Talkative
    Oh that is in contrast to my mother, aged 88, who has no wish to be connected to broadband. She manages to pay bills, order new clothes and do everyday things without using a computer. But, I wonder how long this will last.
  • ShadowdragonShadowdragon Posts: 10Member Whisperer
    @victoriad A schoolkid a few years ago for a project came up with an idea that really took off, we have unused phone boxes that are turned into trust libraries, where people put books and take books, as they are worth nothing people are happy to leave them in an unsecured place. I think the schoolkid won an award. Great idea too.

  • VictoriadVictoriad Posts: 1,780Member Brian Blessed
    Fabulous idea.
    Even other places could be used if no phoneboxes......perhaps supermarket, pub or post office?

  • GeniedebsGeniedebs Posts: 56Member Talkative
    I think leaving  books in pubs is a good idea. But turn the music down or off, I like quiet for those who like reading with refreshment.
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 568Member Chatterbox
    Tesco where I live has book donation shelf. You pay donations 
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 13Member Listener
    I love reading but have little time to do so. I normally get books from the charity shop and if I like them I will get the full series online from ebay or similar as second hand. I prefer factual books, but in the last 15 years got in to fiction with certain authors, mostly Terry Pratchett, David Gemmell, David Eddings, Raymond E Feist, now look for things along those lines. I find it an escape and lets my brain do what it needs to do in order for me to get with the rest of the day.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
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