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tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 10-Apr-2019 12:15 Message #4738371
What was the last book that you read, what is the current book that you are reading, and have you got anything lined up to be the next book that you read?

Mine are :-

Last - Peter Kays 'Saturday night Peter'

Current - Stephen kings 'End of Watch'

Next - Linwood Barclays 'A Noise Downstairs'
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fosy  Male  Leicestershire 10-Apr-2019 12:24 Message #4738372
"this is going to hurt", an account of a junior doctors working life, from diaries he kept.
he specialised in gynae and ob,s...or as doctors referred to it "brats and twats".

very humorous !
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The_Snow_Covered_Fool  Male  Cheshire 10-Apr-2019 14:09 Message #4738380
First Light - Geoffery Wellum's autobiography.

Very well written and insightful of the Battle in the air in WWII.



Chris.
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Gilpin  Female  Middlesex 10-Apr-2019 14:33 Message #4738384
Dickens' 'Old Curiosity Shop'. Never read it before and it's really funny in parts.

Doreen Tovey's cat books. True stories of the antics of 2 Siamese cats, very well written.
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 10-Apr-2019 18:42 Message #4738390
The last one was Alex Grey's latest, the one I'm reading now is Linda Fairstein's latest the next ones are one non fiction on the fallacy of gender in the brain and another crime fiction novel for my bedtime story.
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warmundeft  Male  Wrexham 10-Apr-2019 19:33 Message #4738396
Recently finished Pat Barker's 'Noonday', which, while it is quite capable of standing alone, turns out to be the last of a trilogy - so that might give me a target for coming browsing sessions in the local library.

Currently (downstairs) engaged with Steven Amsterdam (2016) 'The Easy Way Out', told from the viewpoint of a male nurse employed by the Physician-Assisted-Dying section of a hospital (not quite placed it geographically yet, but with references to '961', I guess Oregon, USA). So far living up to it's cover blurb: ' . . insight, . . brio, . . poignant, . . raises questions of life, death and love'.

By the bedside is an old favourite, Arthur C Clarke's (1963) 'Glide Path', although, strangely, the print seems to be smaller than previously remembered.

Standing by, up for it's second taste of enjoyment, is the fourth episode of Manda Scott's Boudica Quartet, but even before my first time of reading, I had a fair idea of what the end of that story involved. Whichever of her pen-names she works under (also MC Scott), the reader needs to keep their wits about them - the penalty for failure to do so is lots of backward riffling
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bella111  Female  Devon 10-Apr-2019 20:10 Message #4738397
Ann Franks Diary just finished read it years ago but thought I would read again.
Now starting on Agatha Raisin Series
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Judance  Female  Berkshire 10-Apr-2019 22:11 Message #4738402
Working my way through Ian Rankin's Rebus novels .. on no 7 or 8 of 20 odd. I tend to get into a series and have to read them in order. Previously I've read Michael Connelly/ Val McBride/ Kathy Reichs and the like.

I'm also reading Michelle Obama's Becoming and Jasper Fforde's Early Riser.
It depends how I'm feeling which I pick up.
Waiting is the last of my Christmas present books Mitch Albom's The next person you meet in Heaven

On to the last couple of chapters of my latest Rebus ...need to go and find out how he gets out of this one!
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JustLyn  Female  Cheshire 10-Apr-2019 22:38 Message #4738405
I've just finished Nick Clegg's "Political Divide" on audio driving to and from work. I always liked him and voted for him in two general elections. He did the narration himself and he gives fascinating insight into coalition with Cameron. Even more, his experience with Osborne and Gove and more positively with William Haig.

I'm halfway through Prof. Alice Roberts "Tamed", a series of how humans developed and influenced evolution of dogs, wheat, maize. Ive just finished potatoes and about to start the chapter on chickens. Crikey, ill never take chips for granted again!

Next on my list are from recent visits. Selected writing from John Ruskin, and two substantial booklets on Edward Macintosh and William Morris.
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Nigel_In_Devon  Male  Devon 11-Apr-2019 10:44 Message #4738436
Funnily enough, I've recently downloaded Adam Kay's book Fosy. Reading it whenever I get time. Loved some of his work under the Amateur Transplants name.
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 11-Apr-2019 11:44 Message #4738443
I read Tamed by Alice Roberts and really enjoyed it, I thought it a facinating way of looking at prehistory through the lives of domesticated plants and animals, the chapter on apples is facinating.

Jude, have you tried Alex Grey? I think if you like a good crime series then you'd enjoy these, she's often reviewed as doing for Glasgow what Rankin did for Edinbrugh.
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fosy  Male  Leicestershire 11-Apr-2019 12:04 Message #4738448
nid,

not aware of the one you mention, will have to have a look.
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Judance  Female  Berkshire 11-Apr-2019 15:11 Message #4738451
Thanks wh .. I'll have a look at those .. once I've read the nest dozen or so Rebus!

On a slightly different tack, does anyone read books after seeing the TV adaptations or vice versa and find them annoyingly different?
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 11-Apr-2019 18:36 Message #4738456
I have done, but some are amazingly faithful to the books, Phillpa Gregory's White Queen was very faithful to the books as was I Claudius and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I hate it when I really enjoy a book and then watch a film or tv series and the only thing they have in common is the name of the characters.

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terry  Male  West Yorkshire 12-Apr-2019 18:19 Message #4738513
Trying to get through, 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep' by Phillip K Dick but since moving on land plus stopping driving I'm finding reading books difficult, mainly because there seems to be so little time now.
Can't recall the last book, was either some book by G.I. Gurdjieff, or 'The Occult' by Colin Wilson, or one of the 'Dragonflight' series by Anne McAfferey. It seems years ago now.

Next book, probably some flippin' rubbish the kids'll pick for my funeral at the rate I'm getting through this Androids one.
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Phoenixnights  Female  Nottinghamshire 14-Apr-2019 20:47 Message #4738635
Last one was The Librarian - not that impressed but it was set in the 60's and made me feel rather nostalgic. It was a Book Club book so wanted to finish it.

The one I'm reading now is Meet me at the Museum - which I am loving. About a house wife in the UK and a Museum curator in Holland who strike up a friendship via letters they write to each other.

Whats next ? Who knows ! I have 103 books in my To Be Read pile so it depends how I feel on the day ...
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HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire 16-Apr-2019 07:43 Message #4738747
No Exit by Taylor Adams. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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MrNatural  Male  Essex 20-Apr-2019 19:54 Message #4739017
Last was Johnny Marr's biography

Current: I have some kind of problem reading fiction now and ground to a half on Journey To the End of the Night by Louis Ferdinand Celine despite having read it about five times already.

Next - would hope it would hope it would be Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust as I wanted to read it every fives years and I'm due to again but as I say (although it's largely autobiographical) for some reason I struggle with fiction now.
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HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire 22-Apr-2019 07:06 Message #4739052
Some of my most enjoyable reads have been by authors I’ve never heard of with titles I’ve now forgotten.
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jackie4lost  Female  Dorset 23-Apr-2019 13:44 Message #4739103
Lynwood Barclays -A noise downstairs great choice I read it when it first came out. Have the Steven King one on my bookcase. Just finished reading Harlen Cobens- Runaway too many other books in my bookcase to mention mostly crime novels
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mancers  Male  Greater Manchester 27-Apr-2019 21:10 Message #4739327
Kevin Kennedy’s autobiography. The Street to Recovery, a good read about alcohol abuse and the fight back.
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warmundeft  Male  Wrexham 7-May-2019 08:48 Message #4739660
At long last ! There on the library shelf, just at eye-level, 'Schindler's Ark'. Like most who saw the film (title changed to 'Schindler's List') the impact was powerful. Reading the book added a depth of perception that left me feeling, by turns, nauseated and uplifted - so much so that there were times that I felt unable to continue reading for a while.

As so often occurs, came the frequent wondering: 'How might I have behaved in that situation ?'

And then at the end, as if echoing my own comparison along the lines of then and now, Thomas Keneally draws attention to the sixty million displaced people presently in the world and guides us towards a realisation that a solution today cannot, must not, be reduced to the methods of the Third Reich, starting out with name-calling (over many centuries) and proceeding to utter destruction.
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 7-May-2019 11:11 Message #4739674
I finished an older Alex Grey book last night and now I don't know what I want to read, I've not got a non fiction on the go and I fancy something a bit deeper, so it may be a case of visiting "old Friends" such as Phil Rickman's, Merrilly Watkins or Elly Grifiths, Ruth Galloway


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