Can you recommend a book to read?

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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » July 29th, 2019, 1:51 pm

I am currently reading, and really enjoying, Himself by Jess Kidd.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » July 29th, 2019, 6:19 pm

I'm currently reading the Essex Serpent, which I am enjoying though I think there are a few horrible little anachronisms (people keep going to cafés rather than tea shops or coffee shops and addressing the merest acquaintance by their Christian name)
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Pepper Pig » July 29th, 2019, 6:36 pm

I hated the Essex Serpent. I thought it was terribly overblown.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Busybee » July 29th, 2019, 6:42 pm

StokeySue wrote:I'm currently reading the Essex Serpent, which I am enjoying though I think there are a few horrible little anachronisms (people keep going to cafés rather than tea shops or coffee shops and addressing the merest acquaintance by their Christian name)
Pepper Pig wrote:I hated the Essex Serpent. I thought it was terrible overblown.


I found it difficult to get into, and gave up after a few tries.

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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » July 29th, 2019, 8:28 pm

Hmm, I’m only a fifth of the way through and so far I like Imp, am a little confused by the nursemaid’s sudden elevation to the ranks of the left leaning middle classes, she will buy sandals and join the newly minted Fabian society. at any moment
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby suffolk » July 30th, 2019, 6:42 am

The Essex Serpent was Book at Bedtime when it was newly published and it just didn’t ‘hook’ me then ... later I obtained it via a book swap and thought I’d give it another chance but I found it contrived and unbelievable ... I gave up on it and put it back into the book swap ... can’t believe it won Book of the Year :?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby cyprusmoira » August 8th, 2019, 1:43 pm

I am reading The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson, not as highbrow as the above books but very readable. He is very keen on the proper use of the apostrophe

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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » August 8th, 2019, 5:54 pm

I am reading The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris now.

Was supposed to be reading La Belle Sauvage...
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Catherine » August 8th, 2019, 11:12 pm

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is very good
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » August 9th, 2019, 9:12 am

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aero280 wrote:And I'm still reading the Susannah Gregory books. Lots of them set in the Middle Ages (Matthew Bartholomew) and Restoration Era (Thomas Chaloner). Another set of whodunnits...

i blame you for the fact that i've just bought the third, fourth and fifth volumes of the bartholomew series from the internet.


i still blame you. i'm half way through the fifth so will have to go and hunt for some subsequent ones.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » October 4th, 2019, 9:10 pm

I’m reading A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s about a very grumpy old man who desperately misses his wife. It’s such a wonderful book...I can’t recommend it enough.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby aero280 » October 5th, 2019, 9:30 pm

I'm just reading the latest Sara Paretsky novel. Another whodunnit! :)
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » October 5th, 2019, 10:08 pm

I read another Jess Kidd. The Hoarder. Very good indeed. I am having a reading hiatus at the moment. Need to decide what to read next, especially as going on (a short) holiday.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » October 10th, 2019, 1:34 pm

thinking that this was the place to put this link - if you like jamie oliver.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » October 11th, 2019, 8:09 pm

He looks v young on that.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby dennispc » October 13th, 2019, 4:05 pm

Catherine wrote:The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is very good


Just finished it. It’s tough to read at times but a truly wonderful story.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » October 13th, 2019, 9:29 pm

I noticed at the airport that there is a sequel out.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby aero280 » October 14th, 2019, 9:20 am

I have just finished a book called "The Devil's Feast" by M. J. Carter. It's a whodunnit murder mystery set in the 1840s and it takes place almost exclusively in the Reform Club and its revolutionary kitchen run by Alexis Soyer.

If you like that sort of book, it's the most recent in the "Blake & Avery" series of books which start out in India and the East India Company.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » October 14th, 2019, 9:58 am

i had a patient, when i was at college in london, whose address was the reform club (lord ...... of......) he gave me a five pound 'tip' - my rent was four pounds a week.

i am reading the twelfth chaloner book that i found in a charity shop - i have just bought the first five (cheaply) from 'abe' - i still blame you, aero.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby dennispc » October 24th, 2019, 8:34 am

Going away for the weekend, picked up Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’, ‘Hard Going’ from the library. Murder mystery based in UK and joy of joys, the lead detective wasn’t having marital problems. I get a bit fed up with marriage breakdown stereotypes. Some humorous and evocative descriptions of individuals.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » October 24th, 2019, 8:52 am

I am currently reading Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and loving it. Will be lending it to mother. It may be a children's book. Not sure.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » October 24th, 2019, 9:55 pm

Just finished A hope more powerful than the sea by Melissa Fleming about the true story of Syrian refugees crossing the sea to Europe. Horrific and moving...especially bearing in mind the news today. I found the last few chapters heartbreaking but it’s a must read.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » December 6th, 2019, 8:35 pm

Has anyone read anything by Fredrik Backman? I mentioned A man called Ove upthread but I’ve since read My grandmother sends her regards and apologies and Britt Marie was here. They are such lovely books :luv: I’ve now ordered everything else he’s written from the library.

I’ve got Snow in the Garden by Shirley Hughes to read with the girls over Christmas, it’s as much for me as them :D . My 4 year old has been enjoying reading so much since starting school, it’s amazing. The first time she read a whole book to me made me cry :shock: As such an avid reader it’s amazing to have her loving reading for pleasure as much as me :luv:

Trying to make time to pick up Christmas cook books to flick through when I have a moment too. Has anyone got a favourite?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby MagicMarmite » December 7th, 2019, 6:12 pm

I've just read, "The Nickel Boys", by Colson Whitehead, heart breaking, but a great book.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » December 8th, 2019, 11:55 am

OneMoreCheekyOne wrote:I’ve got Snow in the Garden by Shirley Hughes to read with the girls over Christmas

my kids loved 'dogger' (and a lot of shirley hughes really), - and 'messy baby' (by jan ormerod), when they were tiny.
i used to read to them a lot but when i got fed up of reading some of the same books over and over again, i used to change the words or put bits in for my own amusement. my daughter used to get stroppy and tell me off and insisted that i read it properly. my son would swivel round and grin at me.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » December 17th, 2019, 9:42 pm

Ah we love Dogger! “...and then Bella did something very kind” :luv: :D

I’ve read Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy and The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper in the last week or so. Both very easy reads to dip in and out of. I picked up a pile of six books from the library today that I’d ordered. Goodness knows when I’m going to get time to read those over the coming weeks!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » December 30th, 2019, 10:39 pm

I am reading, and very much enjoying The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Although I am wondering what the point of writing it in the present tense is. At best, you stop noticing it after a while. The present tense can work but I am not sure it sits right in a novel-lengthed piece, but apparently it's fashionable. I am still really enjoying it though.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » January 14th, 2020, 12:42 pm

I have just finishd Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver. I good read... not sure what to read next.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » January 14th, 2020, 8:13 pm

I’ve just started the latest Louise Doughty book, platform seven. I enjoyed Apple tree yard so I hope this is good. I read another Fredrick Backman book recently - Beartown which I loved as much as his others.

FILs wife has just lent me the latest Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion) book in the series so that’s next. Does anyone else read them?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » January 23rd, 2020, 8:52 pm

I am now reading The Binding - Bridget Collins.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Pepper Pig » January 23rd, 2020, 9:55 pm

My best chum bought me this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mudlark-Maikle ... 469&sr=8-1

I'd heard some of it on Book of the Week. It's charming!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » February 3rd, 2020, 12:51 pm

Enjoyed The Binding a lot. Now reading The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Pepper Pig » February 3rd, 2020, 1:26 pm

I've just finished the audiobook of The Secret Commonwealth. It had very mixed reviews as a book but Michael Sheen is knockout. As a result am now rereading La Belle Sauvage.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » February 3rd, 2020, 3:38 pm

I confess I have not yet finished La Belle Sauvage. It's been a reading WIP since it came out in hardback. The Secret Commonwelath is on the beside table pile too. I can't quite understand why I have not gobbled it up as I did all the volumes of His Dark Materials, albeit a couple of decades ago. A colleague, who is a superfan (as in, camps out to get the book at midnight) was not very keen on The Secret Commonwealth.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Pepper Pig » February 3rd, 2020, 3:45 pm

It's very wordy Herbi. I'm not sure I'd have stuck with the book itself, but the Audiobook is great. Can't wait to hear what happens next.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » February 6th, 2020, 12:44 pm

I loved both La Belle Sauvage and The secret commonwealth. I can’t wait for the next instalment.

I’ve just read The turn of the key by Ruth Ware (author of The woman in cabin 10). It was an enjoyable easy read thriller and I loved the twist at the end, very unexpected.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » February 14th, 2020, 1:25 pm

Book club discussed The Artificial Silk Girl by Irmgarde Kuen
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JA3F6W0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_image_o01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
We loved it, it’s the diary of a young German girl during the Weimar Republic, mainly to do with her adventures with making a living and men. It’s only a short novella and very easy to read but gives you an insight into the period
Don’t bother with the audiobook though, it really annoyed me that the narrator, who has a very strong US accent hadn’t bothered to learn any German pronunciation and, for example, kept saying pfenn-ing not pfenn-ig for pfennig (penny) I also wondered why one of the men seemed to be called Coral, which seemed improbable, I guessed he was maybe called Karel, but when I looked at the text just plain Karl :lol:
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » February 14th, 2020, 5:54 pm

just finished 'the guernsey literary... etc' - a cosy, little read.
now starting on the opposite (in weight) - 'tombland', c.j.sansom's latest in the shardlake series. i do enjoy his stuff so i'm assuming this will be equally as good.
i'm awaiting, from abe, the next batch of the other series i'm working my way through.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » February 14th, 2020, 5:56 pm

Husband is reading that. He is a fan. As was my father.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Pepper Pig » February 14th, 2020, 5:59 pm

I loved Tombland, particularly the interaction with Princess Elizabeth.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » February 14th, 2020, 6:01 pm

i was very happy when i saw it in a charity shop - i could have waited my turn for a friend's copy but maybe i'm not that patient, and anyway the air ambulance got a donation.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Busybee » February 14th, 2020, 7:23 pm

I also enjoy CJ Sansom, I got a copy of Tombland at a book rummage in Sunday. Toilet Twining charity got my donation for it, there were three copies - it must have been a popular Christmas present!

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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » February 15th, 2020, 9:54 am

OH thinks it's longer than it needs to be, but is enjoying it. He's reading my mother's hardback copy. (It's phyiscially too big for her to read!)
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » February 15th, 2020, 10:19 am

the paperback is mighty weighty , too - and difficult to read under the covers.
maybe she needs a lectern‽‽ (it is the size of a reasonably large sized bible).
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » February 15th, 2020, 10:21 am

Busybee wrote:Toilet Twining

i am intrigued how do you twine a toilet - or is it a form of lavatorial guerrilla knitting?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » February 15th, 2020, 4:06 pm

Husband says the main character is stying in the the hotel we stayed in in Norwich last November :)
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » February 15th, 2020, 4:12 pm

no spoilers -i've only just started it!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Busybee » February 15th, 2020, 11:11 pm

scullion wrote:
Busybee wrote:Toilet Twining

i am intrigued how do you twine a toilet - or is it a form of lavatorial guerrilla knitting?


:lol: https://www.toilettwinning.org/

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