Can you recommend a book to read?

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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 28th, 2018, 9:24 am

I still haven't started Blackberry Wine, it is still perched on my coffee table waiting, and then my friend yesterday gave me a couple of little house warming gifts including Molly And The Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley. Has anyone read it? So now I'm torn!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » April 28th, 2018, 10:14 am

you're allowed to read both!
- toss a coin.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » April 28th, 2018, 10:16 am

I was wondering if I should have both on the go at once.....not done that in a while!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Catherine » April 28th, 2018, 12:03 pm

TeresaFoodie wrote:I was wondering if I should have both on the go at once.....not done that in a while!


If you enjoy reading Tessa why don't you join a book club? Waterstones do their own one. It would get you out socialising too
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Pepper Pig » April 28th, 2018, 12:17 pm

I’d second that Teresa.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » May 17th, 2018, 12:48 pm

I've just finished The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale.

I absolutely loved it. I'd be very surprised if it doesn't get turned into a film. Highly recommended.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toymakers-Robe ... 1785036343
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 22nd, 2018, 5:20 pm

I just bought the complete works of Shakespeare in paperback (gulp) from a charity book stall. Before I dip in, I will need a magnifying glass, then where do I start??? I doubt this is going to be bed time reading if I am going to get my head round any of it. Could be nice weather picnic material?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » May 23rd, 2018, 7:06 am

i have just started reading Joanne Harris's Peaches for Monsieur le Curé, inspired by Tezza's mention of Blackberry Wine.

But I am also reading the Chalk Man, Love in a Cold Climate and possibly something else. I an;t seem to settle at the moment... I think I shall on the Joanne Harris though.
Just read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman
). Was cautious at first, but enjoyed it in the end. Not sure how realistic it is about certain things, but hey ho.
Also recently read Love, Simon (Becky Albertalli)
Coming to the sad conclusion that it's a light read or stalling on things for months at the moment. Both books are going on the book swap/give away shelf newly instigated (by me ;) ) at work.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » May 23rd, 2018, 7:51 am

TeresaFoodie wrote:Before I dip in, I will need a magnifying glass, then where do I start?

Start with the sonnets, the short poems, to get into the language maybe?

Then go for the comedies, I'd star with Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelth Night or As You Like It, as those seem to me to be the simplest.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 23rd, 2018, 8:28 am

Thanks for that Sue. I will take your advice because I just picked William up and the page opened at Merchant Of Venice. I've read part of act 1 scene 1 and it is like reading something in a totally foreign language. I think I could get into it and find it very rewarding, but gently does it!

After my wardrobe is up in the bedroom today, and my bed gets moved in alongside it, I will have lost my bedsit arrangement and will have my own reading quarters away from the TV. Funny thing. When my belongings were moved out of storage in March, the delivery men put a very nice but unknown, white, glass topped bedside table in my flat. Never seen it before, no idea where it came from, I queried it, they said keep it. So there's my new bedside cabinet, just the right size for lamp, glasses and bedtime books!

I must actually start Blackberry Wine! And will keep my eye out for the Peaches novel. :tu:
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » May 23rd, 2018, 9:16 am

My top tip for reading Shakespeare:
There's a temptation to read it one line at a time, like nursery rhyme. This doesn't work. Do read aloud, it helps, but try too follow the sense

Take the most famous speech in Merchant
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings;

Read as:
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath.
It is twice blest: it blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes the thronèd monarch better than his crown.His scepter shows the force of temporal power, the attribute to awe and majesty, wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings;
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » May 23rd, 2018, 9:47 am

I think you get used to the language, Tezza. I had to adapt two plays for work a while back. You kind of get into it.

The peaches novel is the third 'Chocolat' one.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » May 23rd, 2018, 10:02 am

I don't think I've read a bad Joanne Harris book...the Chocolat series are particular favourites.

I've not read any Shakespeare since school so I definitely can't help with that!

I've just started The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. "If you knew the date of your death, how would you live?" Has anyone else read it yet?


The NEW YORK TIMES Top Ten Bestseller

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they're about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.

Such prophecies could be dismissed as trickery and nonsense, yet the Golds bury theirs deep. Over the years that follow they attempt to ignore, embrace, cheat and defy the 'knowledge' given to them that day - but it will shape the course of their lives forever.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Meganthemog » May 23rd, 2018, 11:19 am

I've just finished He said, She said by Siobhan Kelly. It is interesting to see how what you think you know can completely unravel. I enjoyed it.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby sueturnersmith » May 23rd, 2018, 11:36 am

Tessa I would recommend Much Ado About Nothing as a good Shakespeare starter. I saw an open air performance of this at Trelissic gardens, and loved it. We sat on the grass eating a picnic of crab sandwiches, and watching the play, which is very funny, complete with a few ‘ad libs’ from the actors. When I got home, I dug out my Shakespeare book and read the play. I thoroughly enjoyed it, having seen it performed in such a wonderful setting.
If you can watch one or two performances of the lighter plays, you will probably find the language easier to follow, and can then start to read some of the plays, having a better understanding of what it is all about.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Catherine » May 23rd, 2018, 12:56 pm

StokeySue wrote:My top tip for reading Shakespeare:

Take the most famous speech in Merchant
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings;




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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby StokeySue » May 23rd, 2018, 1:11 pm

I have a memory of a group of GCSE girls I was playing volleyball with were given it as home work, they had some questions to answer, and they couldn't get into it at all
So I coached one of them in how to recite it so it made sense, while they all participated as a group

When we got to the end of it, they though it was quite straightforward

I was just shocked that they'd been given it as homework before anyone taught them how to read Shakespeare - isn't that what English classes are for? (This was some time ago, teaching is a bit different now)
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Busybee » May 23rd, 2018, 7:20 pm

Ive just finished The Sealwomans Gift by Sally Magnusson. I really enjoyed it, based on true events a lovely story of Iceland and the Middle East and its folklore, although at heart it is a love story.

It must be popular, it’s fairly new and I had to wait a couple of months to get a copy via the library.

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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby scullion » May 23rd, 2018, 10:45 pm

For Shakespeare I would watch 'ten things I hate about you ' and then read 'the taming of the shrew' (which the film uses for its base).
I did the play for o level and have loved Shakespeare ever since. The last version we saw was by the globe theatre on tour, down at the minack a couple of years ago, by an all female cast. It was brilliant and played the ending in a totally different way to how the o level did it leaving us all rather stunned.

I would also dip into the sonnets first though, there will be quite a few lines you'll recognise.
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Rocky » May 23rd, 2018, 11:52 pm

OneMoreCheekyOne wrote:I don't think I've read a bad Joanne Harris book...the Chocolat series are particular favourites.

I've not read any Shakespeare since school so I definitely can't help with that!

I've just started The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. "If you knew the date of your death, how would you live?" Has anyone else read it yet?


The NEW YORK TIMES Top Ten Bestseller

It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they're about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.

Such prophecies could be dismissed as trickery and nonsense, yet the Golds bury theirs deep. Over the years that follow they attempt to ignore, embrace, cheat and defy the 'knowledge' given to them that day - but it will shape the course of their lives forever.


I'm fascinated by this so thank you. Will look it up. Apologies if it has been mentioned but I am reading a Gentleman in Moscow and am finding it delightful. Is it on anyone's radar?
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby KC2 » May 24th, 2018, 9:50 am

Rocky wrote:
I am reading a Gentleman in Moscow and am finding it delightful. Is it on anyone's radar?


Yes, it's this month's book group read and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I'm almost half way through. Would definitely recommend it thus far!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby Herbidacious » May 29th, 2018, 8:46 am

The Joanne Harris book I am reading describes making peach jam. She leaves the peaches to sit with sugar over night, then does a quick boil the next day. I really want to make this now!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby TeresaFoodie » May 29th, 2018, 9:12 am

I'm quite excited this morning as I have just moved my bed and bedside spot lamp out of the living room and into the bedroom. Away from the TV at last. First thing I did after putting fresh bed linen on, move my Blackberry Wine, Shakespeare works, a PD James short mysteries book and my novel about a cat cafe onto my bedside table! :bounce:

I'll properly be able to READ and comment here rather than dip in and then having nothing to say about it. :grin:

Normality on the reading front has been resumed!
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Re: Can you recommend a book to read?

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » August 5th, 2018, 6:20 am

I wholeheartedly recommend Witch Light by Susan Fletcher.

Set in the 1600s, it’s narrated by a young girl who tells her story to a priest whilst she’s imprisoned and awaiting execution for being a supposed witch.

It’s absolutely beautifully written.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Witch-Light-Su ... op?ie=UTF8
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