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What Book or Kindle Book are you reading ??

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AnninGlos Report 5 Sep 2018 16:24

Hope you enjoy it more than I seemed to have done then if you find it Tess.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 4 Sep 2018 22:30

Thanks Ann, the reason I was asking is that I have (very) recently found that a second cousin, once removed, lived and worked in Chile for many years.
This set the wheels of memory spinning. I thought that I might have read a book by a Chilean author. Digging deeper, I wondered if that auther was Isabel Allende. I checked her on the internet and saw that she wrote "House of Spirits" and the name rang a bell. However the description didn't.

Might check in at the library when I go on Saturday to see if I can get House of Spirits or any other book by her.


AnninGlos Report 4 Sep 2018 16:45

Tess I have only read one of Isobel allende's books and from my listings that was House of spirits back in 2001. My only remarks were hard to read, set in S America. So can't really help you there.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 3 Sep 2018 22:58

Just finished "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory (reconnended on this thread some time ago).

have read other books by philippa gregory and always enjoyed them.

I knew very little about Mary (Boleyn) before I read this book, except that she was the sister of Ann Boleyn and had been mistress to Henry the eighth before Ann.

Was surprised by a lot that I learnt, found it interesting,learning about mary and "her take" on her sister Ann.

Well worth reading.
Off to the library again on Saturday with a list of recommended books from here.

Have also had Isobel Allende (of Chile) recommended by someone else. has anyone else read anything by her? If so, what did you think?


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 27 Aug 2018 13:42

Can't remember which author/book I was looking for on my last visit to the library, but ended up with "The Magdalena Curse" by F.G. Cottam instead.
Had never heard of this book, or indeed the author, but as it was a light book, so easy to carry/hold, I went for it.

The actuall weight was the only light thing about it! A horror story that I found rather scary. Not my usual read at all. According to The Times it is "Atreasure trove of dark dreams and sinister sorcery" The bulrb on the back starts "It only takes a couple of visits to convince Dr Elizabeth Bancroft that Adam hunter is not just having bad dreams. He is a child possessed"
I had to keep on to the end, jsut to find out what happened. So if you like scary books, this is for you.

On a lighter note. was also looking for a specific book by Cecelia Ahern, an author familiar to me. it had been recommended on here, (or perhaps I should say they). Anyway, wasn't on the library shelves, but many other books by her were. I choose one of the slimmer books (easier to hold). "A Place Called Here" didn't realise till I got it home, that I had read it before. Nonthe less I read it again, and am pleased that I did. This time I found it far more serious and somber than before. Not really sure why. Couldn't remember all parts of the story, so it was still a voyage of discovery. I enjoyed it this time too. Just in a different way. Not as lighthearted as I remembered it being. Made me think a bit more this time. For anyone else wondering if they have read it "Here" is where a lot of "lots and missing" things go, including socks and people.


AnninGlos Report 24 Aug 2018 09:01

Thanks Mersey, I see it is £3.99 (I think) onAmazon for kindle but I may be like you and buy the book.


Mersey Report 23 Aug 2018 23:13

Yes Ann it's the new one ....I bought it in Asdà the other day...


AnninGlos Report 23 Aug 2018 21:56

Love Lucinda Riley not read this one, is it a new one? I am sure somebody did tell me there was a new one.

Anyway it sound intriguing so I will look out for it. And I often read actual books as well as the kindle, I do find with the kindle that it is difficult to back track to check something, much easier with a proper book. :-)


Mersey Report 23 Aug 2018 17:51

Hi there you lovely lot :-D :-D <3

Just catching up with the thread and the books being talked about.

I have not read the Handsmaid Tale but have watched the series....I have to say
although I was gripped and rather intrigued as to where the story was going . It
is not a book I would read. It has a very dark, and sinister feel to it,so much evil in it. Some of the
characters were so evil especially the Colnol and the story that surrounds him
and the new life he thrives for from others.....

I have started reading The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley..

After having read part of the authors notes about the writing of the book and it being to some extent a period piece. She writes if it were set into todays world the plotline would be totally implausible due to the advent of technology, especially in the terms of high tech gadget that can now be used especially in security...so it got me to thinking I would buy the actual book not on kindle and follow the story...I have to say there is nothing nicer than feeling an actual book in your hand......

1995, London.
When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of ninety-five he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core . . .
Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist, assigned to cover the legendary actor’s funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over seventy years. As she peels back the veil of lies that has shrouded the secret, she realizes that there are other forces attempting to prevent her from discovering the truth. And they’ll stop at nothing to reach the letter before she does.

Happy Reading !! :-D <3 <3


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 10 Aug 2018 20:50

While at the library I also looked for bboks by Jodi Taylor, and found instead _
"The Accident" by C.L. Taylor

A suspense, (and tense) mystry novel, set in the present day.

Sue Jackson has the perfest family but when her teenage daughter, Charlotte, deliberately steps in front ofa bus and ends or in a coma she has to face a very dark reality.

Retracing her daughter's steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte's diary and is forced to delve into her daughter's private world.
In her hust to discover the truth, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her (and her daughter0 and is compelled to delve into the murky depths of her own past

Not quite my usual type of reading matter, but glad I read it.

Not good for radio, but would be edge of the seat drama, great as a film made for telly.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 10 Aug 2018 20:37

I think that I may have read "Handmaiden's Tale" when my son was A-Level age (he is now 44) and "doing it" at college. Will have to read it again if I can get it from the library.

have now got a few more books/authors to add to my (ever growing) list.

last time I went I was looking for a book by someone with the surname Ley (or Leys). Instead I found - "The Colour of milk" by Nell Leyshon.

As I was reading it I thought "this would make an excellent radio play" and later noticed that it had already been "heard on BBC Radio 4"

Has anyone else heard or read it?

It is set in (just) pre-Victorian times. And is all told in one voice that of Mary, a young girl from a poor farm who is sent by her father to care for the vicar's invalid wife, nearby.
To quote mary " ....in this year of 1831 i am reached the age of 15, i am not very tall and my hair is the colour of milk. my name is mary and i have learnt to spell it m.a.r.y. i want to tell you what it is that has happened but i must be ware not to rush at it like the heifers at the gate..." And so Mary's tale begins. She tells of her life on the farm, and then the different life working for the vicar and his wife.
A short book, way more interesting than I have made it sound. I felt so much involved with mary and her story.

Would love to hear the radio play and highly recommend the book. (Especially to anyone who had Ag. Labs or women in domestic service in their tree).


SuffolkVera Report 9 Aug 2018 17:48

I had wondered about reading The Handmaiden’s Tale. I haven’t seen the TV series but I got put off a bit by some of the write-ups about it and thought it’s not for me. Now I have read Det’s review I might have a go at the book.

When I was in a folk museum recently I picked up a paperback for 50p from a bookstall they had. It was by Reginald Hill, the author of the Dalziel and Pascoe and the Joe Sixsmith books. It turned out to be half a dozen short stories and I really enjoyed them as they were a little bit different, although all with a crime and detection theme. One of them was a completely different take on one of Hill’s own books which worked best if you already knew the story.

I have also just read Close Call by Stella Rimington. This is one of her Liz Carlyle series and is involved with the international arms trade and preventing weapons getting to the wrong people. I like her books as I find them mostly believable. If you don’t know Stella Rimington, she worked her way through the secret service to eventually become Director General of MI5, so she does know what she is talking about, and is very good on how the different agencies work and interact.


AnninGlos Report 6 Aug 2018 17:21

she has not watched the TV series, her Dad said it was '18' and theya re parents who abide by the warnings.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 6 Aug 2018 16:20

It’s a good choice for that. Let’s hope she & her tutor aren’t influenced by the TV series.
Margaret Atwood’s preface & interviews are quite revealing. If I recall correctly, it was written/published in 1984.


AnninGlos Report 6 Aug 2018 16:07

The Handmaidens tale is on my Granddaughters reading list for A level English Literature.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 6 Aug 2018 15:21

The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

I’d bought the download as I wondered what everyone was talking about. We haven’t watched either the previous nor current TV series.
A recent TV guide synopsis said something about Offred being shipped off to a Colony. That didn’t happen in the book.
Any intercourse describe in the book was consensual in so far as it was Offred’s duty to be a ‘vessel’ hoping to procreate a child for the Commander & his wife. There was no passion involved.

A series of environmental disasters had reduced the fertility rate. The feminist movement were protesting about female sexualisation. Various religious groups jumped on the bandwagon, fought a war with those of opposing views & implemented laws to ‘protect’ the females. They weren’t allowed to work, to read or to write & were heavily protected. All money they owned was transferred to their spouse or male guardian. Think strict Islamic purdah.

Young women or women of fertile age who had previously had a child, were given to the leaders wives as ‘handmaiden’ in the tradition of Abraham, his wife Rachel & her servant Leah.

If a child wasn’t sired by a ‘Commander’, the wife would quietly suggest to her handmaiden that she slept with a trusted male servant.

The book ends with Offred being spirited away into an underground railway, hopefully to freedom. There’s an epilogue set a number of years later at an academic conference. Interestingly none of the speakers have a Caucasian name. This probably relates back to the fall in birth rate effecting mainly the ‘white’ populated western countries.

I was a little hesitant starting the book, thinking it would be heavy going. It certainly not that.


On a (slightly) lighter note, Close to Home by Cara Hunter.

The last confirmed sighting of 8 year old Daisy was when she left school. Her parents don’t realise she’s missing until their BBQ family friendly party ends late at night.

The story, told through the eyes of the investigating police, casts suspicion first on one nuclear family member then another. Throw in a connection to the remnants of a local pedophile ring, and you’ve too many suspects to shake a stick at!
All have reasons to have been suspected of doing harm to Daisy.

Everyone has been damaged by a disjunctional family dynamics. The mother, if anything, is a narcissist.

There’s a fantastic ending - no one saw that coming!


SuffolkVera Report 23 Jul 2018 15:44

I read C J Sansom’s book Lamentation, which is the 6th book in the Matthew Shardlake series. Shardlake is again thrust into the world of politics and court intrigue as Catholics and Protestants battle for power. Henry VIII is dying and both factions want control over his successor the young Prince Edward. Shardlake is working for Catherine Parr who has written a religious book which has been stolen and which could incriminate and endanger her. Quite an involved plot but a good book.

I thought I would also try one of Sansom’s other books as I like his Shardlake series so I read Winter in Madrid. It is set in the aftermath of the Spanish civil war, around 1940. Again it is quite a complex plot ; basically a spy story, mixed with a love story and intertwined with historical fact and real people. There are several twists in the story including a surprise on the last page which had me thinking “what happened next?” and wanting more. Very good read.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 14 Jul 2018 00:36

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory has also probably been recommended on here.

The title is a little misleading as it's really about the last Tudors (plural) but told through the eyes of the 3 Grey sisters
Lady Jane "The nine days Queen", Katherine & Mary.
Like most of our generation, I know a reasonable amount about Elizabeth I - The Heart of a Man and all that. This book focuses more on her insecurity, the lengths she went to, to protect her claim to the throne & how it affected the lives of the surviving sisters.

Pandora's Boy: Flavia Albia 6 (Falco: The New Generation) by Lindsey Davis

"On the Quirinal Hill, a young girl named Clodia has died, apparently poisoned with a love potion. Only one person could have supplied such a thing: a local witch who goes by the name of Pandora, whose trade in herbal beauty products is hiding something far more sinister.

The supposedly sweet air of the Quirinal is masking the stench of loose morality, casual betrayal and even gangland conflict and, when a friend of her own is murdered, Albia determines to expose as much of this local sickness as she can - beginning with the truth about Clodia's death."


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 13 Jul 2018 23:57

Finished Capital by John Lanchester and enjoyed it.
Set in the early 21st Centuary in Pepys Road, London, it tells if its various inhabitants. They come from a variety of backgrounds, and cultures. It also tells of their helpers, e.g. decorators and child minders. As well as a traffic warden (come asylum seeker) . A real motley crew.. it was interesting from cover to cover.

Also read -
"The Marble Collector" by Cecelia Ahern. Which was recommended on here, but I can't remember how by.
I had read previous book by thr author and liked her stylr.
However, I found it a little difficult to get into at first. The story is told by two people Fergus Boggs, who tells mainly in the past. and Sabrina, his daughter, who is telling the story of her present, maily set on one day.

However, as soon as I got used to the change between narratives I settled down firstly to enjoy it, and then to be captivated by the story. Really wanted to know what happened next 9in the case of Sabrina) and what had happened before, in the case of Fergus. Till at the end ...... (no, I won't tell you, read it and see).
So thank you to whoever recommended it.

Also read "The Glass Palace" by Amitav Ghosh

A family saga set in Burma, India and Malaya, starting well before the first world war. We follow the story of orphaned 11 year old Rajkumar, who is an Indian boy newly arrived in Mandalay in Burma. A time of turmoil, when the British wage war on the Royal family who are exiled to India. As we follow Rajkumar's progress, we find out about the exiled Royal family and their servants.

The story moves between India and Burma, and on to Malaya (with some connections to USA.
It is exciting and informative, but I also found it challenging. I knew very little about the history of India, Burma or Malaya (except from the British point of view). So it was mainly new to me a a lot to grasp (and hold on to).
At the end of the book we follow Jaya, the grand daughter of Rajkumar on her quest for information of her family.

It is probably a book that I shall revisit in the future, as I may glean more information that way (a sort of pleasurable revision)

Recommend this book, especially if you have visited or have an interest in the far East.

Of to the library tomorrow with my book os "Lists of Books" hoping to find something that has been recommended.


'Emma' Report 11 Jul 2018 15:18

Just purchased Spectacles by Sue Perkins for my kindle,
99p on Amazon.

Looking at the write up and customers reviews looks like
I'm in for an enjoyable, funny read.