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Lyd12 profile image
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I am enjoying for the second time of reading, a book by Lesley Pearse - Remember Me. It is about a young girl imprisoned for theft and shipped to Australia, in 1786. It is based on a true story and well written. If I could get out I would be hunting the shops for other of her books. I have read Promise Me, but she has written many others, my best friend at bedtime! Tell me yours!

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sassy59 profile image

I really enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing, can’t recall the author. It was made into a film. I’m reading Harlan Coben’s Darkest Fear at the moment. Not for you I wouldn’t think. Did you ever read The Giver of Stars by Jo Jo Moyes? Very good.

Enjoy your books Iris. Xxx❤️

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Lyd12 in reply to sassy59

I too enjoyed the Crawdads book, passed it on to my grand daughter.

Bevvy profile image

I also like Lesley Pearce and have read many of her books including Remember Me. I have a kindle so don’t need to brave the shops to get more books. Just download in a few seconds. Am a BIG fan of kindle and also of reading, so always got books on the go! I have various different health issues so find kindle far easier to hold and read from than regular books. Still have masses of regular books to reread and do so when well enough, but kindle is my go to machine.

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Lyd12 in reply to Bevvy

I have a kindle but prefer books, must get used to it. Thanks.

teenieleek profile image
teenieleek in reply to Lyd12

Me too Iris, but books take up so much space and the charity shops have so many that no one buys. I do use my kindle but it’s just not the same as a real book in my hand. I also won’t pay full price on kindle, not for something that’s often badly edited and full of grammatical errors. The 99p ones are fine, I’ve even spent £2.99 (!) but any more and I’ll go to Waterstones and get three for two.

Morrison10 profile image

pleased you have time to read! I have to Nebulise twice daily, takes 2 hours, then use spirometer, which drives me mad, sterilise all equipment inc Aerobika, and do two sets of exercises. Add on domestics and my day has gone, just hope it’s keeping me on my feet. Best regards Jean x

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eleanordigby in reply to Morrison10

Can I ask, what do you nebulise that takes two hours? can’t you read while you nebulise and while you do the breathing exercises? That’s what I do. I nebulise Ventolin and Atrovent four times daily, and 7% saline and colomycin twice daily, but it doesn’t take four hours. Sounds like you need a faster nebuliser!

Also I don’t sterilise the equipment every time, just follow the instructions which are to wash and rinse in hot soapy water, sterilise only weekly. I’m always looking for ways to cut down. Breathing exercises are the most time consuming, half an hour twice daily

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pegbl in reply to eleanordigby

when I was in hospital a while back I was on the nebuliser the nurses just left it on my cabinet and gave me the solution to put in ….I was in 10 days and it was neve cleaned changed or sterilised in all the time I was in just used the same one 🤷‍♀️Xxx. peg

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eleanordigby in reply to pegbl

Oh my days, that’s dreadful isn’t it? And have you got bronchiectasis? Think how many different germs are floating around a chest ward. I get given disposable bowls and soap liquid. I take a kitchen roll in, to stand equipment on to air dry it, I prefer not to use their paper hand towels

Oshgosh profile image
Oshgosh in reply to Morrison10

my nebuliser was replaced recently by Mediquip,

It’s much faster,takes me less than half the time.

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eleanordigby in reply to Oshgosh

which one is that if you don’t mind me asking?

Oshgosh profile image
Oshgosh in reply to eleanordigby

it’s a Salter was supplied y Mediquip.

I’ve just edited it. Spellcheck just does what it wants x

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eleanordigby in reply to Oshgosh

you’re not the only one, and it’s not just spellcheck, I think they’re must be a tech problem with HU as there are so many sentences with endings missing etc it’s weird

Maverick77 profile image

I’ve read most of her books they are great😉

Damon1864 profile image

iI enjoyed reading The killer beside me about Ted Bundy it was really interesting. The woman and friend who worked on the helpline with him it really opened my eyes to how heanagedto fool so many people. Have a good day and take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxxx 🌻🌻

hypercat54 profile image

I have seen her books but never read one. I have just been re-reading Nicci French 'Until it's over'. It's about a group of housemates in London. The main character is a bike messenger and the story is about a psycho fellow flat mate who falls in love with her.

I have read a few of her books and she is fantastic.

Izb1 profile image

I have just cleared out loads of books to the charity shop but kept a few back that i will re-read. Starting with the Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker x

Bevvy profile image
Bevvy in reply to Izb1

Thank you for recommendation. I have added to my Amazon wish list.

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Izb1 in reply to Bevvy

I hope you enjoy it Bevvy, I did the first time round x

eleanordigby profile image

haven’t come across this author so looked her up and one of her books is on kindle for 99p

At first I couldn’t get used to a kindle but now I prefer it! So much lighter & 000s of books only 99p. See one you like & get it instantly, or re-read all the classics. Right now you can get a set of ALL Thomas Hardy’s novels for 99p! You can even download & read a free sample first, I do that a lot. Or if you change your mind you have 14 days to return it for a refund.

I like anything by Elly Griffiths or Anne Cleeves. Also loved A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth and my favourite so far for 2022 is Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith. I haven’t enjoyed all “his” novels but this one is amazingly well written. Of course many trans activists gave it 1* on Amazon without even reading it because they hate JK Rowling

Karenanne61 profile image

You can also borrow ebooks and audio books from the library on a tablet/phone, sadly not kindle. For my bedtime reading, on my kindle, at the moment I'm obsessed by the'Mapp and Lucia' stories. The originals are by E. F. Benson and a couple of modern authors have added to the collection trying to emulate Benson's style. I have just read 'Mrs Harris goes to Paris' as a paperback librarybook, as the film is getting good reviews but not impressed.

Littleeak profile image
Littleeak in reply to Karenanne61

I love borrowbox but am disappointed that it's not compatible with kindle.

Hellytheelephant profile image
Hellytheelephant in reply to Littleeak

I don' t know if it' s the same all over, but Borrow box is now compatable with Kindle- I borrow books all the time

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Karenanne61 in reply to Hellytheelephant

Oh! Have you got a newer kindle?

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Hellytheelephant in reply to Karenanne61

I ' ve got a Kindle 8 bought earlier in the year, but my husband has a much older model and has been reading Borrowbox on there for a while.

They also have a huge range of audiobooks, and you can request books!

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Littleeak in reply to Hellytheelephant

ooooo..... I'll have to check again. My kindle is a basic ereader not a kindle fire. I've got borrowbox on my tablet & mobile but prefer to read on the ereader due to the light settings

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Hellytheelephant in reply to Littleeak

Mine is a kindle fire. I have very specific need for dark background, large setting and it' s very good . ( I don' t work for them!)

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Karenanne61 in reply to Littleeak

Me too.

MoyB profile image
MoyB in reply to Karenanne61

I'm going to see Mrs Harris Goes to Paris this evening! I hope it's good. Trouble is, I tend to fall asleep in the evenings so if any bits are dull, I'll be snoring. Lol! xx Moy

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Karenanne61 in reply to MoyB

I read the story because friends had loved the film. I'm sure you will enjoy it. Hopefully, as it's the cinema, you'll stay awake. I'm finding it hard to stay awake in the evenings too. 💤

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MoyB in reply to Karenanne61

What I saw of the film was great - however, I missed some of the crucial bits due to being unable to keep my eyes open and so my husband had to fill in the gaps for me afterwards! The thing is, I didn't even know I'd been asleep until my husband and my friends that we went with were discussing the film and I didn't remember any of what they were saying, including the dress going on fire!

I'm absolutely hopeless in the cinema or the theatre as I reach a point where I simply cannot stay awake. I did manage the Fishermen's Friends 2, which surprised me. Trouble is, I often wake in the night and end up being up for a couple of hours. I still wake up the next morning at the usual time, so a couple of days later, it all catches up with me. Ah well, all the time I've got my husband to fill in the blanks and stop me snoring with a dig in the ribs, I'll keep trying!

xx Moy

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Hellytheelephant in reply to MoyB

That film sounds fun- let us know what you think.

MoyB profile image
MoyB in reply to Hellytheelephant

See my reply to Karenanne61. I'd make a useless film critic! Lol! xx Moy

teenieleek profile image

Since you enjoyed the Crawdads, maybe try Elizabeth Strout or Anna Quindlen.

INK45 profile image

Sister Joan Mystery Series: 10 books, and I read them all in a couple days, extremely entertaining, the characters are captivating, the plots full of twists, + insight into life in a convent , but always in a light vein

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eleanordigby in reply to INK45

I like those too! Sad that the author has died so there’ll be no more ☹️ Ellis Peters’ Cadfael novels about a medieval apothecary monk are great too, but she’s also dead!

MoyB profile image

I read every night before I go to bed but am hopeless at remembering the authors as they are all books that are passed on to my by friends, or given as presents. I know I like Lucinda Riley and I'm on the lookout for a few more of the Seven Sisters series, having read three of them so far. I also enjoyed several books by Jo Jo Moyes and am always on the lookout for any of hers that may be sitting on friends' shelves!

I've just passed on a really good book about elevators being sabotaged in New York high rise buildings. It was a great read. The word 'Elevator' is prominent in the title but other than that I don't have a clue what it was called or who wrote it - hopeless, aren't I? Main Characters involved were the Mayor ie Richard Headley; Delgado (detective); Bourque (? spelling) who was also a detective; Barbara (journalist); Petrenko (dead body) ... I could go on but these are the main ones to look out for in the blurb if you're interested.

I've got a complete change now called 'Dear Mrs Bird' and I'm enjoying reading it. It's written in the first person and is about a young woman who changes her job in the hope of becoming a war correspondent for a newspaper but who ends up as the typist for the Agony Aunt (Mrs Bird) instead. The way it's written is very amusing as the language is very much of the time.

I used to like Tess Geritson but can't find any of her books these days for some reason. I also used to like Ian Rankin's books but now I struggle to follow them as they can be a bit complicated and, as they're set in and around Edinburgh, some of the dialogue can be a bit hard to follow.

Jeffery Archer - OK but I prefer other authors, although I recently read one of his that was about a young boy and his mother escaping from Russia during the communist rule.

I'm really hopeless, aren't I? I can either remember the title or the author but rarely both!

xx Moy

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Hellytheelephant in reply to MoyB

If you like Jojo Moyes then I can recommend Mhairi Mcfarlaine.

MoyB profile image
MoyB in reply to Hellytheelephant

Thank you. I'll make a note of the name. xx Moy

kathbrad3 profile image

i have read all Lesley Pearce's books also read Nora Roberts Karen Rose and Wilbur Smith to name afew

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I recently enjoyed You Should Be So Lucky by Adele Parks, Before I Do by Sophie Cousins, and Mad About Him by Mhairi Mcfarlane.

Ergendl profile image

Have you tried buying second hand books through It's where I go to, to buy any physical books I want where I have a title or an author or a subject. The site lists books put on by independent bookshops in the UK and beyond - including my local one, Copnall Books, so when I buy from there I can collect and not pay delivery charges. The last book I bought was a beautiful recently published illustrated book on Heraldry which cost me under £10 from a bookshop in the Home Counties and was delivered to my door.

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teenieleek in reply to Ergendl

I’ve bookmarked the website, looks useful, thank you.

kibera profile image

I've recently discovered Lesley Pearce's books and am currently reading 'Hope'; currently on Ebay there's a new collection bundle of 11 of her books for around £25 and its on my 'would like' for Christmas list! In the past I have also liked the 'Miss Read' books, her descriptions of village life characters in the 1950's brings memories of what life was like in the village I grew up in

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Karenanne61 in reply to kibera

I love the Miss Read books. They are so gentle and easy to read. They are still my 'go to' books when I'm in need of cosseting.

Tykelady profile image
Tykelady in reply to Karenanne61

Absolutely. I went to a village school just like hers.

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Karenanne61 in reply to Tykelady

How lovely! I went to an amazing city school and an average town school.

Australia06 profile image

Not to nitpick Nana, but are you sure the book is set in 1786? Being Australian we know the first English people didn’t arrive here until 1788! She might be a bit early! No problem haha, hope you’re doing well xx

woodwalker profile image

without being guilty of advertising, look on line for WOB as they are now called. World of Books. They have an unbelievable stock of used books of which I have purchased many .. and postage free. They are certain to have some of hers for you,

horseygirl_0103 profile image

I havent read a book in years

Tykelady profile image

Cosy mysteries for me. Although at present I am reading 'I'll Die After Bingo'. It's by Pope Lonergan, a stand up comedian (usually something I despise) but also a Quaker and a recovering addict who did 10 years working in care homes. The language is a bit ripe and rude at times but the back story about how care workers are overworked and underpaid comes through.

Louiss profile image

juse finished a Kitty Kelly book entitled "THE ROYALS". which was banned here. Quite an eye opener some unfortunate disclosures from a book which took 4yrs research. What a family, glad they're not mine. Worth a read.

Anniebeen profile image

I read A Man Called Ove a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. It was unlike the books I usually read - I like mysteries/crime. One of my favorites is Jacqueline Winspear; her Maisie Dobbs series takes place over many years and I have become quite "involved" with the characters in the books. Another favorite is Louise Penny. The stories take place in a small village near Montreal in Canada and I am on my third reading of the series. It is just so good! My library will send a book to my Kindle and/or laptop and also will send someone with audio books for me (I am on oxygen 24/7 and have difficulty getting out). I enjoy the audio books while I am in the kitchen doing kitchen things.

watergazer profile image

I have read the first 2 books by Richard Osman. I didn’t enjoy the first book however his second one “The man who died twice” was much better and I’m keen to read the next one. X

Karenanne61 profile image
Karenanne61 in reply to watergazer

I'm on the reserve list for this at my library, it could be a while before it's my turn. Charity shops after Christmas are often good for best sellers/popular books.

watergazer profile image
watergazer in reply to Karenanne61

Books are so expensive these days x

Lyd12 profile image
Lyd12 in reply to watergazer

very rarely do I buy books in bookshops, charity shops have plenty and in good condition.

Karenanne61 profile image
Karenanne61 in reply to watergazer

That's why my daughter and I love charity shops and village fetes. I read very quickly too so often think about value for money.

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eleanordigby in reply to watergazer

his first, Thursday Murder Club, was one of the very few books I gave up on! found it very boring and didn’t care about any of the characters. If “the man who died twice” happens to come up on kindle for 99p I’ll try it, although I’ve got 105 books on my kindle waiting to be read, and a stash of about 20 paperbacks on my chest of drawers 🤣

watergazer profile image
watergazer in reply to eleanordigby

I agree it was boring however I found the second one much better x

Poppy2525 profile image

Hi Lyd

i have just gone onto Amazon and most of her books are on there and if you are prime you can get it the next day

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