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mel_4earsmel_4ears Member Posts: 33 Courageous
What are you reading at the moment? What have you just finished? Or what are you eyeing in the bookshop?   :open_mouth:

I am currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R R Martin.

Pride and Prejudice: it is actually the first time I've read it, and I haven't seen any adaptations (I've been avoiding them on purpose). My first Jane Austen was Northanger Abbey, which I read last year and really enjoyed.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is my first George R R Martin book. I'm really, really enjoying it.
Fibromyalgia, hearing aids, depression, anxiety, OCD 

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  • dolfrogdolfrog Member Posts: 372 Pioneering
    Well, My temporal Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), the brain having problems processing the gaps between sounds, is the underlying cognitive cause of  my developmental dyslexia. So i have been avoiding books all of my life lol, I prefer to watch films or television series based on books for me a better way of doing things.  
  • ScoliFibroGirlScoliFibroGirl Member Posts: 40 Courageous
    I’m currently reading Limitless by Alan Glynn
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,899 Scope community team
    I'm about to start 12 Rules for Life. The author, Jordan B. Peterson, seems to be a polarizing character.
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    Hi @mel_4ears, I love this idea! I have just finished reading Matt Haig's books: Notes from a nervous planet and reasons to stay alive. I found both of them so interesting! At the moment I have just started little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng and I'm loving it at the moment. It was a recommendation from my aunty an it is yet to disappoint!
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  • Connie00Connie00 Member, Community champion Posts: 255 Pioneering
    Hello everyone 

    I find it really difficult to sit and read, I don’t do sitting for very long, I love my Audio Books my favourite author is Martin Cole and all read by Anne Aldington . it takes me back to my childhood my life London, I have read 28 of her books, she is a brilliant author,  she mainly writes about crime, the mob the underworld, I can’t get enough of it. Anne Aldington she is an excellent Narrator.

    I tend to listen to these stories when I do ironing or just daily chores, they keep my mind off my pain, and allow me to do a bit more housework.


    @Connie00


  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,814 Disability Gamechanger
    I’m currently reading what is your child’s learning style. We are trying to determine this. 
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 1,638 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @mel_4ears,
    Jane Austen's books are wonderful and Pride and Prejudice is a classic.  I'm sure that you would enjoy film/tv adaptations of her books too as they are really good.  I like Jane Austen novels too, but am currently reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I am getting really caught up in the plot and find it hard putting the book down at times to get on with other things - lol!  I find reading really relaxing.  :smiley:
  • brydiedwardsbrydiedwards Community champion Posts: 31 Courageous
    I've just finished A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis... Very enlightening. I love Jane Austen and have started so many of her books but can never seem to get all the way to the end! When you've finished I highly recommend the Joe Wright adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, I've seen it a million times with my mum and it never gets old. 
  • Hart86Hart86 Member Posts: 371 Pioneering
    How are you finding that book @April2018mom, has it helped?? 

    I love reading and listening to audio books and really need to make more time for it when concentration allows ❤️
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Member Posts: 2,903 Disability Gamechanger
    I've just read "every colour of you" by Amelia Mandeville on Kindle, an interesting fictional insight into being a friend of someone with depression.
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  • bonnielassiebonnielassie Member Posts: 25 Courageous
    I've just started reading 'Find me' by J S Monroe. I'm really enjoying the way it is drawing me in to the plot. I got it from Kobo (the slightly cheaper version of Kindle!). I've noticed a couple of typos so far but nothing that has put me off!
  • mel_4earsmel_4ears Member Posts: 33 Courageous
    @Chloe_Scope Matt Haig's books are amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed his Reasons to Stay Alive and I've just bought Notes on a Nervous Planet. I love his kids' books too. The Christmas ones and the troll ones. How did you get on with Little Fires Everywhere? I've heard a lot about that but never read it.

    @Connie00 Well thank gosh for audiobooks! I'm glad you still get to experience stories and novels. Do you have a favourite narrator?

    @Ails I really want to get to Deborah Harkness. Have you finished it yet? Did you enjoy it?

    @brydiedwards I am one chapter into the last volume of Pride and Prejudice and I am struggling. I managed to finish Northanger Abbey though, but I had to keep taking breaks from it and reading other things. And I was enjoying that one much more than this one. The first volume was ok but volume two lost me. I've come this far though, I WILL finish!

    I am currently reading The Bone Queen by Alison Croggan. It's quite a dense literary fantasy set in a mining village. I am falling in love with the mining aspect. It's so nostalgic.


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  • brydiedwardsbrydiedwards Community champion Posts: 31 Courageous
    @mel_4ears  Mansfield Park is the Jane Austen book I've managed to get the furthest into but I can't even remember why I stopped reading. I'm sure you will! It's a shame when it becomes a struggle to get through it but almost makes it more gratifying once you've finished. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    @mel_4ears, you'll definitely love his second book! I'm really enjoying it, even if I am about a third of the way through it. Unfortunately I've been quite busy so haven't had chance to read much!
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  • bonnielassiebonnielassie Member Posts: 25 Courageous
    I finished 'Find me' last night. What a fantastic book! I usually go for murder/mystery/thrillers, and thought this would be the same. It was a thriller but had a lot of different themes which were really interesting and enjoyable. I recommend it!
    On a different topic, but one that has been mentioned above a few times, I read Mansfield Park for my English literature A-level. I really enjoyed it, and don't know why I didn't read more of her books. I'll keep them on my 'must read' list then I should get round to it..
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 1,638 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @mel_4ears,
    Deborah Harkness writes so well.  This is the first book of hers that I have read and am really enjoying it.  I will be trying more of her books after this one.  I am still currently reading "A Discovery of Witches" and am dipping in and out of it just now in-between doing other things, but I intend finishing it soon.  The series on Sky was great too!  :smile:
  • WaylayWaylay Member Posts: 888 Pioneering
    Just started reading "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind", by Yuval Noah Harari, but it'll take me a long time - my concentration is too bad to be able to read much of it at once.

    Have been reading "Where Song Began", by Tim Low, for a while. Again, requires a lot of concentration, so going slowly, but it's fascinating! It tells the story of the evolution of songbirds, which occurred largely in Australia, and how Australia's birds are more likely to be "intelligent, aggressive, loud, long-lived, and to live in complex societies."

    Also dipping in and out of "The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma", by Bessel van der Kolk, but I find it to be very emotionally taxing, so I only read a bit at a time.

    My go-to read is "Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People", by Frances Ryan, the Guardian columnist. Her writing could use a bit of editing, but the content is great. She pulls together everything that has been done to us in the past 9 years, and gives case studies. Well worth a read!


  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 419 Pioneering
    Ive just finished Tom Clancys the bear and the dragon all 1028 pages of it but a great read, if anybody is looking for a book that will make you laugh one minute then cry another try Tommy Rhattigan "1963 jam and bread" or the follow up book "Boy number 26" , both books could be filled with self pity but they are anything but.
  • deb74deb74 Member Posts: 532 Pioneering
    I am just about to finish death day by Shaun Hutson. He is a brilliant author if you like horror and thriller books. He has got an amazing imagination!
  • Iamgettingthere67Iamgettingthere67 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    I haven't really settled to a book these last few weeks although I am "sort of" reading a couple. I am interested in the praise on here for Matt Haig. I haven't read any but I do have "The Humans". Has anyone read it? Is it any good?
  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 177 Pioneering
    I haven’t been able to concentrate enough and to follow the storyline to read a book  for the past few years despite trying often. However, this past week, I have managed, to read two to three pages at a time of High Murder.  I’m only a chapter in but it’s good so far. Fingers crossed I’ll finish it. 
  • bonnielassiebonnielassie Member Posts: 25 Courageous
    Hi @sheZZa
    I used to be like that- I used to be a fast knitter but I've got a cardigan in my bag that's taken about 6 years because of my lack of concentration. Now I'm flooring about like a butterfly. I've started loads of things but finished none. However I've chipped away at it and started to feel some kind of achievement! I'm definitely working on the thing I have reneging and 1x1. I'm getting them finished! Keep it up - 3 pages will soon become half a chapter, then a full chapter and so on. You'll be finished a book before you know it. Is the book a story you are enjoying, cos that's really important, otherwise you're living room starts to feel like school!
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    I hope you enjoy the book @sheZZa! Like @bonnielassie said, a few pages at a time will turn into the whole book!
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  • Tammyjane33Tammyjane33 Member, Community champion Posts: 456 Pioneering
    I love reading self help books when I can. 
  • WaylayWaylay Member Posts: 888 Pioneering
    edited July 2019
    No progress on any of my books lately. No concentration. Have "read" "The Book of Bunny Suicides" (comics, dark dark dark humour). Had it years ago, but housemate brought a copy home last week. Made me *snortlaugh* multiple times.
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,847 Disability Gamechanger
    The Keeper of Lost Things was really entertaining
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    @pollyanna1052, I read that book last summer and loved it!
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    Hi everyone! I go on holiday next week (very excited!) and would love to take a book with me. Do any of you have any recommendations?  o:)
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,814 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2019
    Hi everyone! I go on holiday next week (very excited!) and would love to take a book with me. Do any of you have any recommendations?  o:)
    I read Once in a Lifetime yesterday! It is good. This book is about a sixteen year old girl called Flossie who experiences heartbreak and learns from it. Very funny! I give it 8/10. Recommended if you love romance. I was at the library yesterday and saw it. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/39402892-once-in-a-lifetime
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,847 Disability Gamechanger
    I ordered Billy Connolly`s biography from the library. It`s in ! Looking forward to reading about the Big Yin!
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    Thank you @April2018mom and @pollyanna1052!
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,814 Disability Gamechanger
    Has anyone heard of the 50 book challenge? We should do that next year and see what happens!
     
    For more book recommendations- check out this link https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/what_were_reading/3646570-50-Book-Challenge-2019-Part-Six
    This is a long detailed list of what other people in Britain are reading. 
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,847 Disability Gamechanger
    I ordered Billy Connolly`s biography from the library. It`s in ! Looking forward to reading about the Big Yin!
    I`m now reading BILLY by his wife. it`s very good. Oh he did suffer from awful abuse......about 5 chapters in now....didnt know he was a fully fledged folk singer....more to learn
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,814 Disability Gamechanger
    I need some children’s book recommendations! Any suggestions will be appreciated. The twins are nearly 3 now so books written for the 2-3 age bracket are preferred please. 
  • CressidaCressida Member Posts: 390 Pioneering
    Just finished The Woman in the Window AJ Finn and Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

    Only Child was a digital book and narrated by a Zach Taylor a 6 year old who survives a school shooting in which his 10 year old brother and 14 others perished. Very touching story of a broken family from the child's view. Haunting.

    The Woman in the Window I believe is a book club favourite, worth a read. A film is in the making.

    Now listening to the Diary of Anne Frank.

  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,847 Disability Gamechanger
    I need some children’s book recommendations! Any suggestions will be appreciated. The twins are nearly 3 now so books written for the 2-3 age bracket are preferred please. 
    Do you get chance to visit the library? They have a wonderful array of children`s books
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 1,693 Disability Gamechanger
    @April2018mom In case you haven't come across it, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle....  children can put their fingers through the holes that the caterpillar munches through. Then there's, 'Where's Spot? by Eric Hill; the great illustrations in the early Tony Ross books, also those illustrated by Richard Scarry, 'Each Peach Pear Plum' & 'The Jolly Postman,' both by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Classics such as the Beatrix Potter books, Dr Seuss, & Michael Bond's Paddington Bear.
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,814 Disability Gamechanger
    chiarieds said:
    @April2018mom In case you haven't come across it, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle....  children can put their fingers through the holes that the caterpillar munches through. Then there's, 'Where's Spot? by Eric Hill; the great illustrations in the early Tony Ross books, also those illustrated by Richard Scarry, 'Each Peach Pear Plum' & 'The Jolly Postman,' both by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Classics such as the Beatrix Potter books, Dr Seuss, & Michael Bond's Paddington Bear.
    Thank you! 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,814 Disability Gamechanger
    What books would you recommend for a 22 year old adult? I have visited my local library and browsed at bookshops but am struggling to find something new to read. 
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    Morning @April2018mom, what ind of books do you like to read? 
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  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 1,693 Disability Gamechanger

    Hi @April2018mom if you're after fiction, my favourite author is Robert Goddard. I'm not sure what category he would fit in, but his novels are compelling, & also well-written, with so many 'twists in the tale.' His earlier novels I consider the best. If you're after light reading, Santa Montefiore also writes well; again I would say her earlier books are better.


    Iain Pears is an author who surprised me; I enjoyed his art world mysteries, but couldn't put down 'Stone's Fall' which was so completely different. As with many authors I find some books great, & others not so good.


    If you like 'crime' novels my favourite author is Peter Robinson. I also like Simon Beckett (who writes about forensic anthropology).


    Just mentioning the authors whose books I intend reading yet again. There’s also Katherine Neville’s ‘The Eight,’ Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s ‘The Shadow of the Wind,’ C.J. Sansom’s ‘Winter in Madrid’……..to name just a few!


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    I might have to look up Peter Robinson and Simon Beckett. Thanks @chiarieds! :)
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  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,847 Disability Gamechanger
    I finished reading BILLY...thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Now 3/4 way through Listening to the Animals...The story of Noel Fitzpatrick aka The Supervet. Another amazing read. I love biographies.
  • Pete2Pete2 Member Posts: 86 Pioneering
    Not reading anything at the moment but when i do its mostly Stephen King ive read his.......The Stand......Carrie........Needless Things.......Insomnia.....Cujo.......Pet Cemetary.....Misery.......It.......The Tommy Knockers......Geralds Game......Salems Lot.....if i were to chose the best it would be a hard choice, but his The Tommy Knockers would be first then It a very close 2nd.   Mostly now i read my astronomy year books.
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,847 Disability Gamechanger
    Just finished reading Pamela Stephenson`s book on analyzing her self. Very, very, very good.
    I love reading...helps me forget about chuffing PIP for a while!
    Next!
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,847 Disability Gamechanger
    Gonna start a new book today... Marie Curie and her Daughters....love reading
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    I hope you enjoy the new book @pollyanna1052

    I started reading 'It's not okay to feel blue and other lies' at the weekend, a very good book so far!
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  • mrbuttonsmrbuttons Member Posts: 206 Pioneering
    i have just finished the Skeleton Crew by Sthephen King on audiobook. its a collection of short stories including The Mist. i think i will try his latest novel, The Institute, next.
    i enjoy his style of writing because he goes into great depth with his character's backgrounds and the scary bits are no too scary or gory.

    i also like the series of books by Kieth C Blackmore narrated by RC Bray, they are post apocalyptic thrillers about small bands of survivors following a zombie apocalypse. they are funny, gory and well written.

    i prefer audiobooks to ctual books because i find it hard on the eyes and difficult to physically hold the books.
     anyone else prefer audiobooks?
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    Hi @mrbuttons, I too like audiobooks because I am partially sighted. This means my eyes can very easily become strained. The books you have mentioned sound really interesting!

    Do you have much on your 'to be read' list?
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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 419 Pioneering
    Two books I can recommend are "1963" and "boy number 26", by Tommy Rhattigan, both harrowing tales but told without any self pity, the first tells the story of his growing up in early 1960's Manchester intertwined with his brush with Hindley and Brady, the second deals with his time in a children's home and the abuse he suffered, the second book isn't for the feint hearted but the first will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. Both are available on amazon.
  • Tammyjane33Tammyjane33 Member, Community champion Posts: 456 Pioneering
    I've just finished reading a book called the prison doctor and I couldn't put it down, it's fantastic. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 5,620 Scope community team
    My daughter has got me reading a book called "Vox" with her. It's not my usual read but it's been better than I thought it would be. 
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    My daughter has got me reading a book called "Vox" with her. It's not my usual read but it's been better than I thought it would be. 
    I've heard of that! What was it about?

    I'm reading a book called "The Holiday", because we can all dream!
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,814 Disability Gamechanger
    I just finished reading Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart. It is about a single working parent and his daughter with a heart problem. If you love romance novels, then I recommend this book. 
  • figspowartfigspowart Member Posts: 3 Listener
    The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel. It's the 3rd in the Thomas Cromwell series. Great to have such an absorbing read to fall into at the moment!
  • benjamo30benjamo30 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Would recommenced " The spy and the Traitor"  by Ben Macintyre if people enjoy  crime/ spy thrillers-    its based on true events, and is rather cleverly written: Half of it is done as a normal story  and then half is extracts from interviews with the spy who the book is about.  
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,665 Scope community team
    I've just finished the book I was reading, just trying to decide about what to read next!

    I have been using BorrowBox which means I can loan audio and e-books which has been great during lockdown!
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