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JenCoJenCo Member Posts: 113 Pioneering
Hoping to add to everyone's reasons to be cheerful by sharing a few of my favourite books. 
I would love some recommendations in return :)

Read this:
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemmingway
If you're feeling this:
Overwhelmed
Because:
It'll remind you that sticking to it and doing your best is always worth it. Even if the outcome isn't what you're hoping for, someone, somewhere will see you trying and love and admire you for it. 

Read this: 
Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett
If you're feeling this: 
Ignored
Because: 
Your goals are worth pursuing however difficult it may be to reach them... and it'll cheer you up! I promise.

Read this: 
The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
If you're feeling this: 
Like you have no control
Because: 
As an Old King said, ‘If you really want something, then all the Universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’.

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,328 Scope community team
    I love this @JenCo

    Read this: 
    The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald

    If you're feeling this: 
    Like you want to explore the meaning of life.

    Because: 
    It looks deeply into social class, relationships and mystery. It's a short book but it gives you a lot to think about.
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,876 Member - under moderation
    Too many to count! 
  • JenCoJenCo Member Posts: 113 Pioneering
    Too many to count! 
    Do you have a top five @April2018mom
    ?? :)
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,876 Member - under moderation
    I have a top ten

    1- Little Women
    2- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    3- Once in a life time 
    4- Black Beauty
    5- Ballet Shoes
    6- How to Kill a Mockingbird
    7- Girl on the Train
    8- The Hunger Games
    9- Anne of Green Gables
    10- Malory Towers
  • JenCoJenCo Member Posts: 113 Pioneering
    Yes @April2018mom
    :) I love these!

    Well if we're going to share top tens...

    1. Equal Rties - Terry Pratchett
    2. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemmingway
    3. The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
    4. El Deafo - Cece Bell
    5 Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
    6. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
    7. Saving Fish From Drowning - Amy Tan
    8 Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett
    9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
    10. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,328 Scope community team
    edited March 12
    @JenCo, both man's search for meaning and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time would be in my top 10!

    1. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
    2. House Rules by Jodi Picoult
    3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
    4. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
    5. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
    6. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    7. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    8. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
    9. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
    10. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

    That was so hard to only pick 10!!!

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  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    A pity there is a social distance and essential travel only! 

    Having a clear out! Unfortunately, too late! 

    I have 20 very large bags of books that i cant take to the charity shop because of the Coronavirus! 

    Mixed authors ! 
    Hardback and paperbacks! 
    About 2 thousand books! 
    New and second hand(from the charity shop)! 

    :(
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,876 Member - under moderation
    What books did you read lately? I need new suggestions. 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,876 Member - under moderation
    gaz1960 said:
    A pity there is a social distance and essential travel only! 

    Having a clear out! Unfortunately, too late! 

    I have 20 very large bags of books that i cant take to the charity shop because of the Coronavirus! 

    Mixed authors ! 
    Hardback and paperbacks! 
    About 2 thousand books! 
    New and second hand(from the charity shop)! 

    :(
    I need new books. Message me. 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,876 Member - under moderation
    I have one more that I liked. It is called Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart. This book is about a single working dad and his daughter with a heart condition as well. Recommended if you enjoy romance books. 
  • figspowartfigspowart Member Posts: 14 Connected
    I always find Middlemarch by George Eliot very comforting because of the compassion and kindness of the protagonist. Also it is a story about human failings but also the human capacity to be selfless and forgiving.
  • JenCoJenCo Member Posts: 113 Pioneering
    gaz1960 said:
    A pity there is a social distance and essential travel only! 

    Having a clear out! Unfortunately, too late! 

    I have 20 very large bags of books that i cant take to the charity shop because of the Coronavirus! 

    Mixed authors ! 
    Hardback and paperbacks! 
    About 2 thousand books! 
    New and second hand(from the charity shop)! 

    :(
    WOW! 2,000 books!?
    Some charity shop is going to have a ball with those once business is back to usual. 
  • JenCoJenCo Member Posts: 113 Pioneering
    What books did you read lately? I need new suggestions. 
    I'm reading The Murmur of Bees currently. It's stunning but does reference the Spanish Flu pandemic heavily in the first half soooo... maybe hard going in light of recent events o.O 
    https://www.goodreads.com/pt/book/show/41574681-the-murmur-of-bees
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    I'd like to keep them,i hate getting rid of books! But,with what's going in,if anything happens to me, then my Son would have to do something about them! Trying to clear as much stuff so less for him to take care of. 
    Those are what I've read over the past three years,! Just never got around to taking them to the Scope charity shop.  
  • Bridget14Bridget14 Member Posts: 58 Courageous
    My book is Her Benny by Silas K Hocking. Read it as a child and to date have yet to read a book which meant more to me. Have several copies, (presents) which every so often comes out and re-read. Expect in the next weeks.
    It is about lives of Benny and Nelly Bates growing up in the slums of Liverpool.
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering

    Legend....David Gemmell  plus ALL his books!  Best books ever! ALL of his series! Best writer ever! 

    Clifford D.Simak......Waystation.

    Xanth series,Piers Anthony. 

    Door in to Summer.......Robert A.Heinlien

    The wierdstone of Brisingamen......Alan Garner 

    The Moon of Gomrath......Alan Garner. 

    The Belgariad books,.....David Eddings! 

    Sharpe series..........Bernard Cornwell.







  • Sorry_SusanSorry_Susan Member Posts: 29 Connected
    To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
    I read this once a year, it is so good.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,328 Scope community team
    That's a great book @Sorry_Susan! I've read it twice!
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  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    2 thousand,plus books! 

    Thinking of putting up a folding table at the bottom of the drive,HELP.YOURSELF SIGN! 

    And Harper Lee! 

    To kill a Mockingbird! 

    And Go set a watchman! :)


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,328 Scope community team
    Good choice @gaz1960
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  • laura222laura222 Member Posts: 70 Pioneering
    @JenCo your recommendations are so compelling I just had to start on them. First is Equal Rites and I’m loving it so far. 

    Thanks!
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    Good choice @gaz1960
    Seems to be a popular choice, from quite a few people on here! 

    It was turned in to a great film! 

    Would really like to make sure the 2,000 plus books i have,go to help the charity,and help provide support for anyone on the front line of the Coronavirus! 


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,328 Scope community team
    That truly is very kind of you @gaz1960
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  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    Being nice and being kind doesn't get you anywhere, but its just the way i am! Old fashioned! Help others! 

  • Bridget14Bridget14 Member Posts: 58 Courageous
    gaz1960
    Agree about being nice and kind not getting you anywhere. But doesn't it make you feel good.
    You can't help being who you are carry on and it's a pleasure to know you.
    Keep yourself safe. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 6,383 Scope community team
    gaz1960 said:
    2 thousand,plus books! 

    Thinking of putting up a folding table at the bottom of the drive,HELP.YOURSELF SIGN! 
    A few people around here have started doing this and it's proving very popular. People are picking up a book on their daily walk and sometimes switching them out for their own books a bit like a contact-free book swap.
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  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    Put up a folding table at the bottom of the garden/driveway!

    Loaded up with a mixture of different genres of books and authors! 
    A big sign saying ,"help yourself,FREE "!

    Not a single book taken! :/

    Obviously, the village population are either defunct in able to read anything unless it has picture's, or suspicious about anything being given away as FREE!  :/ 

    At least they didn't steal the table! OMG! 

    Take the table and leave the books! OMG! 

    Anybody else having the same reaction?

    Sad times! :/


  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    Anyone want these books? 


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,328 Scope community team
    It's really kind of you that you are doing this! I hope someone is interested in a book soon. :)
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  • JenCoJenCo Member Posts: 113 Pioneering
    laura222 said:
    @JenCo your recommendations are so compelling I just had to start on them. First is Equal Rites and I’m loving it so far. 

    Thanks!
    Hurrah! I hope you're still loving it. It's one of my favourites.
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    It's really kind of you that you are doing this! I hope someone is interested in a book soon. :)
    No joy so far! 

    Tomorrow,and Saturday are supposed to be a hot and sunny,sooooooooo,going to set up the folding table at the bottom of the garden/driveway with a large selection of the books,with a very big "help yourself " sign! 

    Apart from having an hour or two at the allotment today,and each day,today planted onion sets,seed potatoes, and carrot and spring onion seeds,and garlic,(and social distance is not a problem,there are only 4 plot holders,its private land,and very rare more than one of us is there at the same time),I've been sitting in the living room again today, looking out the window while making masks out of T shirts,for my once a week trip to our village shop,better to support  them than one of the main superstores! Use it or lose it! Especially now! 

    Not seen many people walking past the house, occasional jogger or dog walker, its a quite rural village. 
    But I'll put the table out,and books out and see what happens!  




  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 6,383 Scope community team
    Have you had any uptake yet @gaz1960? If you're getting little footfall past your house that may explain it. Such a nice thing to do though. :)
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  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    No Adrian, only a couple of books gone from the table on Saturday and a couple more on Sunday. 
    At least i gave it a go. 
    Hopefully when restricted travel is eased,i can start taking them to the Scope shop. 
  • EmmaR_ScopeEmmaR_Scope Scope Posts: 15 Connected
    @gaz1960 what  a wonderful idea, here in Leeds we have a 'free little libarry' scheme where you take a book and leave a book....sounds like you're starting a similar venture where you live - Good for you!
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  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    Well,as stated,live on the outskirts of the village,so not many passing bye,unless anyone going to the local pub,500 yards from me,which is if course closed,or to the local store,a mile abd a half away!

    Slightly of topic,but, the food at the local is superb! A pity they are closed because of the Coronavirus! If anyone looking for a great meal,after the restrictions are lifted,especially a Sunday lunch, with local sourced meat and veg from local farm's, the Anchor at Hurley Common! OMG. 

    Back on topic! Lol 

    Been re-reading the "Sharpe" series books by Bernard Cornwell. 

    Great books,and a great TV series with Sean Bean! 

  • LissytaliaaLissytaliaa Member Posts: 9 Connected
    I read a book recently called ‘The Unhoneymooners’ in about 4 days. You can download it on your IPad for 99p. It is brilliant, and kept me laughing every time I read it - I struggled to put the book down! Very sweet romantic comedy, and well worth the read  :)
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 84 Pioneering
    Today,on my way back from doing some shopping, someone in the next village had put out a large tray of  books  for "free",at the bottom of the driveway outside their house. Hope they have more luck than when i put mine out! 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,328 Scope community team
    I'm glad others are also doing such a kind thing @gaz1960. I'm sure your efforts are greatly appreciated and your generosity will be noticed. :) 
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  • JenCoJenCo Member Posts: 113 Pioneering
    Has anyone read The Wife Between Us yet? Just finished.... not massively impressed despite rave reviews. 
    Starting Lord of The Rings again to make up for it :)
  • EmmaR_ScopeEmmaR_Scope Scope Posts: 15 Connected
    JenCo said:
    Has anyone read The Wife Between Us yet? Just finished.... not massively impressed despite rave reviews. 
    Starting Lord of The Rings again to make up for it :)
    @JenCo i have not read it, but have also seen the revews, will be watching this to see what others think!!
    I've just read Unnatural causes by Dr Richard Shepherd, not what i would usually read but I couldn't put it down, he's pathologist that has been involved in lots of famous cases, really fascinating and easy to read, sad and funny in places, he writes really well.

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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 4,030 Disability Gamechanger
    Can’t believe I’ve only just discovered this thread. No fave books but I’ve finally cracked a backlog of 29 including some pretty heavy stuff. Currently having a much lighter moment. So, these.










  • JenCoJenCo Member Posts: 113 Pioneering
    @mikehughescq
    Gary Larson is fantastic! Enjoy :)
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 4,030 Disability Gamechanger
    Been rearranging books on shelves today. I read a terrifying amount for someone who struggles to do more than a chapter at a time.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,328 Scope community team
    JenCo said:
    Has anyone read The Wife Between Us yet? Just finished.... not massively impressed despite rave reviews. 
    Starting Lord of The Rings again to make up for it :)
    @JenCo, what is it about?

    I'm re-reading the Harry Potter series at the moment. :)
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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 4,030 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 17

    A very short story Sufficiently short I’ve read it’s 151 small pages tonight. Sufficiently confusing inadequate to start again 10 pages in just to ensure I knew which voice was which. I’m not sure about the ending at all but the book is as haunting as reviews suggested. A book to leave you with a slightly disturbed uneasy feeling.

    A recommendation? Hmm, you decide.

  • GrinchyGrinchy Member Posts: 72 Pioneering
    Great thread, i'm rereading a lot of terry pratchet at the moment, the discworld series of books, very interesting reads
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 4,030 Disability Gamechanger
    I bought this around 1989. For many reasons I’ve never read it. That changes tonight.. 


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,328 Scope community team
    edited May 19
    How are you finding it @mikehughescq?
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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 4,030 Disability Gamechanger
    How are you finding it @mikehughescq?
    A lot easier than I thought it might be. Don’t know what took me so long.
  • Uncommon_nameUncommon_name Member Posts: 9 Connected

    A very short story Sufficiently short I’ve read it’s 151 small pages tonight. Sufficiently confusing inadequate to start again 10 pages in just to ensure I knew which voice was which. I’m not sure about the ending at all but the book is as haunting as reviews suggested. A book to leave you with a slightly disturbed uneasy feeling.

    A recommendation? Hmm, you decide.

    That made me both want to read it and not want to read it all at the same time! 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 4,030 Disability Gamechanger
    That’s a good thing I think. 

    I’ve another book by her to read - Little Eyes. The reviews make it sound fascinating and disturbing. Always a great mix.

    I’m a bit of a one for reading outside my comfort zone.
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