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  • MirabelleMirabelle Owl Whisperer Kensington.Posts: 1,020 Fanatical Poster
    Heey!

    Without hesitation I recommend you In Search of Lost Time: The Way by Swann's Volume 1 by Marcel Proust. Though a little difficult to begin with, Proust’s serpentine seven volume novel, In Search of Lost Time, is arguably the greatest ever written and indisputably one of the masterpieces of world literature. Translated from French, Proust's wonderful novel was written in 1913 and is evocatively poetical in style making the book an enthralling read, one which I will probably return to many times.

    I also suggest the Classics, here are some favourites of mine: Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens - his books perfect for winter reading; Lewis Carrol, Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Frances H Burnett, Anne Brontë and my current love being The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón whose the opening paragraph of Chapter One 'The Cemetary of Forgotten Books' had me hooked:

    "I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetary of Forgotten Books for the first time. It was the early summer of 1945, and we walked through the streets of Barcelona trapped beneath ashen skies as dawn poured over the Rambla de Santa Mònica in a wreath of liquid copper".

    WOW. Just. Wow - I am unable to put the book down!

    To make your bookworming much cheaper, get an amazon account and buy their out of print books for as low as 1p and pay postage, or go to www.abebooks.co.uk for the same, where they state what condition the books are in. Aunty's latest bargain from amazon was The Renaissance of Italian Cooking by Lorenza De'Medici, a beautifully illustrated cookbook with glorious colour photos and I only paid £1 + postage of £3.75 as a pressie for her, and another by Leslie Forbes, A Table in Provence for little more. If Lorenza's book could still be bought, it could cost as much as £50

    Other than mainstream books and classics, my other genre is LBGT fiction of which a great favourite was When The River Flows Out Of Its Bed by Gaëlle Cathy. I've been reading another of her's, One Breath at a Time, but lesbian fiction may not be to your liking.

    You don't need to buy an ebook, for amazon will give an app for your phone to read ebooks on. Though reading a real book for the love of paper in one's hand is very lovely, books will stack up to the point where one has no more room. Therefore a Kindle ebook reader means carrying virtually a whole library in one's bag. In our country house is a library of books and already are stacking up on the floor. This is why ebooks are so useful.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Belle
    'If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance'.

    - Howard Gardner
  • AifeAife LondonPosts: 2,169 Moderator
    Hey @Meggles

    You should definitely read The Girl on The Train, that book was so good I couldn't put it down! I also recently read a book called Brain on Fire which was really good too, I think they've made it into a movie now.

    I'd also recommend The Light Between the Oceans and Behind Closed Doors!

    All the best,

    - Aife
    Maybe somethings don't get better, but we do. We get stronger. We learn to live with our situations as messy and ugly as they are. We fix what we can and we adapt to what we can't. Maybe some of us will never fully be okay, but at least we're here. We're still trying. We're doing the best we can. That's worth celebrating too ❤
  • EyepatchEyepatch Posts: 413 Rampant Poster

    Here are some I enjoy no matter how many times I read them-

    Artemis Fowl 
    The knife of never letting go
    House of Leaves
    Kafka short stories
    Tokyo Ghoul (Manga)
    Fahrenheit 451

    Whats your favourite book? :) 

    "Sometimes we find ourselves stuck between choosing what is right, and what is easy." 
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    I'm reading a great book, a real page turner called Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

    Also a lovely book described as 'Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect' called Happy by Fearne Cotton.

    Prior to the above I read Working with Anger and Young People by Nick Luxmore. I loved reading his stuff, helping me help Sophie through her difficult times. I found Nick Luxmore's book nice and easy to read and Sophie was helped enormously. :)

    Sophie read a lovely book by James Patterson called Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports. It was first published in 2008 and still reads good. She's read other books by that author and enjoyed every one of them.






  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 7,596 Boards Champion
    Aife said:
    Hey @Meggles

    You should definitely read The Girl on The Train, that book was so good I couldn't put it down! I also recently read a book called Brain on Fire which was  really good too, I think they've made it into a movie now.

    I'd also recommend The Light Between the Oceans and Behind Closed Doors!

    All the best,

    - Aife
    Id also recommend Behind Closed Doors. Was the last one i read.

     I liked the Girl on The Train book too. I wouldnt recommend the film though - watched that after. -was so slow and boring
    Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings 
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    The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan is a beautiful tender book, flawlessly written capturing my heart, my whole emotions. It's a charming story of self-discovery which I totally recommend. The book received Richard & Judy Reader's Award and is a Sundaty Times best seller. :)

  • Kasa2103Kasa2103 Lonely Ugly Disgusting Stupid Dancing Snake South EastPosts: 2,612 Mega Poster
    How about Sister Sister by Jess Bright? I have read it before. It is about 2 girls who never realised that they are sisters. However, one of the sisters has aplastic anemia. Nobody except her sister is a close match for a bone marrow transplant. But a fear of needles has got into the way. Can she conquer her fear or will she let her sister die? It was impossible to put down.

    Overall, I would rate this 6 out of 5 stars.
    I'm sick of covering up.
    I'm tired of feeling so broken.
    I'm tired of falling in love.
    Sometimes I'm shy and I'm anxious. Sometimes I'm down on my knees. 
    So I won't wear makeup on Thursday.
    Cause who I am is enough.
    And there are many things that I could change so slightly.
    But why would I succumb to something so unlike me?
    I was always taught to just be myself. 
    Don't change for anyone.
  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 7,596 Boards Champion
     Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine -  by Gail Honeyman
    I find hard to like any book. But i really like this one. 

    Really recommend🙂

    Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings 
  • A literary classic: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

    This book has everything. It's thought provoking, nostalgic, humorous, charming,...Stephen Chbosky changed how I see life, how I see myself and others. My fiancée read it and wowed as did our youngster Peggy who now has her own treasured copy.





  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 7,596 Boards Champion
    Not recommending as only read a few pages. 

    But has anyone read this?

    looks quite good anyway
    Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings 
  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 7,596 Boards Champion
    Shaunie said:
    Not recommending as only read a few pages. 

    But has anyone read this?

    looks quite good anyway
    Dont recommend. Kinda boring
    Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings 
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  • ItaliaItalia Posts: 124 Staff Moderator
    Guilty Feminist - by Deborah Frances-White. 

    Funny, plus gives a really easy to follow overview of the history of feminism.  If your not into reading, check out her podcast!  So funny :) 
    "Let everything happen to you. Beauty and Terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final"
    - Rainer Maria Rilke 
  • Kasa2103Kasa2103 Lonely Ugly Disgusting Stupid Dancing Snake South EastPosts: 2,612 Mega Poster
    The Hate You Give.
    The one where crow is sailed in a box and that man rescues and looks after her.

    I'm sick of covering up.
    I'm tired of feeling so broken.
    I'm tired of falling in love.
    Sometimes I'm shy and I'm anxious. Sometimes I'm down on my knees. 
    So I won't wear makeup on Thursday.
    Cause who I am is enough.
    And there are many things that I could change so slightly.
    But why would I succumb to something so unlike me?
    I was always taught to just be myself. 
    Don't change for anyone.
  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 7,596 Boards Champion
    I want to read Thin but not sure if that would be triggering or not
    Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings 
  • Millie2787Millie2787 Carer/Craft Lover Posts: 2,524 Mega Poster
    Just about to start this so will let you know how it goes 
    “ I believe that you have the power to achieve whatever you put your mind too, You are living a life’s most people won’t  ever understand but that’s what will Be the root of all your determination and success. You have a soul full of love and kindness and I just know that despite all the hardship, a life’s of happiness awaits you and I’m very proud of you, just keep holding on” 
  • chubbydumplingchubbydumpling DurhamPosts: 392 Moderator
    If you're into horror, I recently finished The Good House by Tananarive Due. Truly, truly chilling. It's one of those books you can't put down once you get going.
  • SkyeIsNotTheLimitSkyeIsNotTheLimit EarthPosts: 86 Miniposter
    One Day is a wonderful book, waaaaay better than the shoddy film  :)
    I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent
  • MsBingoMsBingo Posts: 64 Miniposter
    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood!
  • AifeAife LondonPosts: 2,169 Moderator
    I've just finished reading This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. It was so good! Has anyone else read it? 
    Maybe somethings don't get better, but we do. We get stronger. We learn to live with our situations as messy and ugly as they are. We fix what we can and we adapt to what we can't. Maybe some of us will never fully be okay, but at least we're here. We're still trying. We're doing the best we can. That's worth celebrating too ❤
  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 7,596 Boards Champion

    Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings 
  • GreenTeaGreenTea The moonPosts: 1,870 Postholic
    What's this book about @Shaunie
  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 7,596 Boards Champion
    GreenTea said:
    What's this book about @Shaunie
    The girl looks in peoples eyes and sees numbers. And it is their death date. I've only read like 5 pages lol. But it seems good. My dad brought it for me cause he liked it and thinks i will
    Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings 
  • MountainPeakMountainPeak Posts: 63 Miniposter
    I read 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' a while ago and I keep re-reading it because it was so good! Has anyone else read it?
  • GreenTeaGreenTea The moonPosts: 1,870 Postholic
    I read 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' a while ago and I keep re-reading it because it was so good! Has anyone else read it?


    I have it. Yet to read it though
  • MountainPeakMountainPeak Posts: 63 Miniposter
    @GreenTea You should read it, it's great! 
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