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Read any good books lately?
06 Mar 2017, 01:02
Good evening,

There used to be a book club thread on here sometimes, I thought I'd try to revive it a bit. Has anyone read any good books lately? I've been struggling to read as much as I'd like due to having 2 jobs and being exhausted most of the time. I do listen to audiobooks though in my car and when I walk.

The last book I listened to was called "The End of Your Life Book Club." It's a great book for book lovers, but also just a good book. It's a true story about a man whose mother is diagnosed with cancer and while she gets chemo and waits for appts. etc, they talk about books. It's also about her life and their family, etc. I really enjoyed it. It is just a little bit sad in the end, but not what I would call a tear jerker.

I definitely recommend it!

Looking forward to hearing what others have read recently!
Re: Read any good books lately?
06 Mar 2017, 07:16
I blushingly admit that I almost always only do very light reading, mainly crime. Usually I prefer UK crime writers, but a friend of mine recommended the Michael Connelly novels, mostly set in LA - and I am addicted! I borrow e-books from the library and that makes it quite easy to read the novels in order from the first. Most the baddies (and some of the goodies) end up dead, rather than being arrested and going to trial, and there is lots of gun violence (of course!) which I am not so keen on, but the plots are quite clever and the books are hard to put down. I like the fact there are assorted characters that appear from time to time in different novels.

I have read a slightly more serious novel recently "Olive Kitteridge", which is a series of short stories that revolve around the same community with lots of repeat characters in each story. I have seen the TV series based on the novel, which I also really enjoyed. I found both very touching.

PS @Cblasz, thanks for all your ideas for helping keep this forum going!
Re: Read any good books lately?
06 Mar 2017, 11:41
Hey @Sassy1 - I don't think there's anything wrong with "light" reading. I think any reading is worthwhile if you find it enjoyable! I often read YA (young adult) books. They are easy to read, but still have interesting plots and themes. (and of course I can pretend I'm doing it for my students!)

One of the books mentioned in the book I read, was Olive Kitteridge, so maybe I'll have to check it out.

Thank YOU for helping me try to keep this forum alive! We are going to miss you when you are away!
Re: Read any good books lately?
06 Mar 2017, 13:11
I love Lisa Scottelini's books, her style of writing is easy and fun to read and her stories normally have an interesting plot twist.
Re: Read any good books lately?
06 Mar 2017, 15:57
Since reading the first of the Cormoran Strike series in the forum book club, I've read the other two. I don't do much reading these days. I enjoyed the last one.
Re: Read any good books lately?
06 Mar 2017, 16:44
My latest book club book is A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale which I really enjoyed. Another recent hit was Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
Re: Read any good books lately?
07 Mar 2017, 20:02
Good to hear about the books people have enjoyed - I will see if our e-library has any of them.

Yesterday I saw the film "A street cat named Bob" and I would like to read the book, as it is a true story. The film was nice, with lots of lovely shots of London!

You are right, @cblasz, I know there is nothing wrong with light reading! :grin: :grin: :grin:
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