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Calling All Readers!

This is our May 2020 Reading Rabbits Book Posting. You can post your comments and suggestions about any book/magazine/newspaper that does/doesn't have to do with any medical issues on this posting. You can mention about your favorite authors, as well. This posting will be pinned to the Pinned Posts for easier access.

I had started reading: "The Outsider", by Stephen King a few days ago. It started out a little slowly, but it's picking up some steam. The story is dealing with a crime that was done to a young boy that was on a Little League team and a lot of the evidence from the witnesses that are being interviewed by Detective Anderson say that they believe it was the actual Coach who was behind the horrible crime. The boy was 11-years-old.

I'm right now on page 46. The book is 561 pages when you include the Author's Note from Stephen King. I will give some updates on how far I have gotten when it's possible.

Okay, now to you! What have you all been reading since last month's Monthly Book Posting? Can't wait to hear all about it!

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Hi,

I'm not reading a book at the moment because I'm busy doing an Open University Future Learn screen writing course. If I get a chance to read a book I will put a post on the site.

TT x.

Activity2004
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in reply to ThyroidThora

The Open University Future Learn Screen Writing course sounds fun. How many weeks/days is it?

There are loads of online courses that start on various dates throughout the year. The screenwriting course is just 2 weeks but it has been extended so that those accessing it can finish it. I recently completed a creative writing course that lasted 8 weeks. You enrol online and when the course start you get an email that you click on, log on and then start that week's learning. A new email is sent every week for that week's modules.

Activity2004
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in reply to ThyroidThora

This sounds really good to know! Thank you for letting us know about it.πŸ˜€πŸ‘

Jerry
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Hi Leah, I’m glad you’re enjoying The Outsider so it will be good to hear how you get on.

I’ve just finished reading Jack Kerouac’s lost novel The sea is my brother and I love how he writes because you can imagine yourself being there as his writing is so descriptive as he captures the mood the smells and how he describes the emotions of his characters is so astute I do envy people who can write like this.

It’s about a merchant seaman who meets some people one is a college lecturer who is disenchanted and he joins him and goes to sea on a merchant vessel and it’s captivating.

A great post Leah πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Activity2004
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in reply to Jerry

Wow! I'm glad you enjoyed the Lost Novel. How long was it? It seemed like you had just started it a little while ago recently. :-)

Jerry
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Hi Leah it's only 145 but whats great is there are other short stories of his. 😊

Activity2004
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in reply to Jerry

That reminds me of some of James Patterson's books. They have very short chapters, but still have a lot to say in the stories themselves. :-)

Jerry
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I like that as it keeps the interest up 😊

Activity2004
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in reply to Jerry

Yes! That's right and you feel like you have accomplished a goal every time you finish a book. :-)

crazyfitness
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I'm not really a book reader but I do read a lot of magazines, mainly true life story and health ones.

Activity2004
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in reply to crazyfitness

That's okay! What magazine or article are you reading about this week so far?

crazyfitness
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I read Love It, Take a Break, Bella, Woman's Own, Chat etc. I read an article last week about a young lad that had the same condition as my 4 year old granddaughter, JIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis), it was interesting.

Activity2004
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in reply to crazyfitness

That's good that you were able to catch up on all those articles/magazines. My goal is to read as many books and be done with them by the time the lockdown ends for all of us (no matter where we are living). :-)

crazyfitness
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in reply to Activity2004

I think you might succeed in that one. The current situation isn't going to end any time soon.

Activity2004
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in reply to crazyfitness

I have a feeling you're right about that one. The worst part is, if you listen to the TV or radio, everyone is being told any day now it'll be done, but I know that's wrong.

crazyfitness
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in reply to Activity2004

I know, I look at the worse case scenario and stick to it. If people stop going against the rules then it would be over sooner.

Activity2004
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in reply to crazyfitness

I believe it! There was a news report today at breakfast saying that there were people all together and throwing some party. I don't get how they think they are above the rest of us and not think they won't get sick! It's terrible, but what can someone do if they are home watching this? I haven't been out of my house since I stopped working at the end of Friday, March (don't laugh!) 13th.

Bella_Figura
Bella_FiguraReading Rabbits

I have so much to say about this, hopefully I will get to it tomorrow. And it's World Book Night next week...!

But wouldn't it be a nice thing to post this to the Positive Wellbeing in Isolation group as well? I would be up the creek without a paddle without reading, I must say! :-D More on this one soon...

Activity2004
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in reply to Bella_Figura

The posting will be posted on Positive Wellbeing in the next few weeks. I do their postings at the last week of each month for the new month. Thank you for asking about it! :-)

The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins, only on chapter 4 but very interesting.

Activity2004
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in reply to Nugger

That's great! When did you start "The Selfish Gene"?

Nugger
Nugger
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Couple of days ago, bit busy knocking bathroom to bits lol

Activity2004
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in reply to Nugger

Oh, new tiles for the bathroom? A few years ago, I had to get a repair person to come and put in tiles since some started to fall off the wall. First time for anything-- and everything, I guess. :-)

Nugger
Nugger
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Not a tile in this house! Going to change that

Activity2004
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in reply to Nugger

Okay. I hope everything works out with the tiling.:-)

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits

I just finished off head over heels by Jill mansell this evening.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That’s fantastic! How did you like the ending?

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits
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All the characters in the book ended up having their lives changed romantically at the end and yes I enjoyed it and it took my mind off the covid 19 situation for a while.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

Nice! I will have to see if I can google the book in the next few days. Sounds great to me!πŸ˜€πŸ‘

Finished book "The Choice" by Nicholas Sparks. I'm not good at doing book reports but I did enjoy the book. Not very mushy which I appreciate!

Activity2004
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in reply to whatgoingon

I’m glad you enjoyed The Choice. How long was it?

You don’t have to do book reports, but you can always tell us a little about the books you read. We have a badge with the Reading Rabbitsβ€” same as the monthly book posting’s name. Would you like to have a badge? I can assign it to you for the HE group.πŸ˜€πŸ‘

Kitten-whiskers
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I have been so looking forward to this Leah, I am always looking for new reads

These are the ones I have on the go

1) Pure white and Deadly, How sugar is killing us and what we can do to stop it, by John Yudkin.

2) My Life by David Jason

3) The Stranger's Wife by Anna-Lou Weatherley

4) The Assistant by S K Tremayne

The one I was reading last month - House of lies by Ian Rankin was a bit of a disappointment, the book just never really took off.

Activity2004
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in reply to Kitten-whiskers

Wow! That’s a great list of books to be starting soon. Sorry the House of Lies wasn’t the way you were expecting it to be. There had been a book I read years ago like that and I kept going to see if it was going to get better!πŸ˜€πŸ‘

Kitten-whiskers
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in reply to Activity2004

Yes bit like with me, never mind. I have these great books, i will keep you posted 😁

Activity2004
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in reply to Kitten-whiskers

Sounds great to me! Can’t wait to hear all about them!πŸ˜€πŸ‘

bobbybobb
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I read the Focus, the Science Focus, New Scientist, National Geographic. Book wise, I tend to go for true stories. xx

Activity2004
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in reply to bobbybobb

That's great to hear, bobbybobb. :-) Who's your favorite author?

bobbybobb
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I don't read much fiction but I am a fan of Stephen king, Charles Dickens. I like psychological thrillers based on true events. A Short History of Nearly Everything, that was a good read. xx

Activity2004
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in reply to bobbybobb

This sounds really good! How is it so far?

bobbybobb
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I read it a couple of years ago. I've not bought a book for a while now and have just started browsing for a good read. I had to stop reading for a while due to a surgery I had but that's pretty much settled down now. xx

Activity2004
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in reply to bobbybobb

Is everything okay?πŸ˜€πŸ‘

bobbybobb
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Oh yes, every is fine now, I had a brain surgery about 20 months ago, so it takes a while for everything to settle back down. So I've just started browsing the books looking for one that will attract my attention. xx

Activity2004
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in reply to bobbybobb

That’s good to know! I’ve had a few surgeries over the years.

For reading, I read Carrie as my first Stephen King book when I was 13 years old.πŸ˜€πŸ‘

bobbybobb
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in reply to Activity2004

I am a big Stephen King fan, I enjoyed his books and his films and he always turned up in his films a bit like Alfred Hitchcock. I think IT had to be my favorite. Do you know all his books, well mostly all on them where based on night terrors he suffered from all his life. That's where he got all his ideas. xx

Activity2004
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in reply to bobbybobb

The book, From a Buick 8 was because of a car accident years ago.

bobbybobb
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He certainly did scare us for a few decades that's for sure. xx

Activity2004
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in reply to bobbybobb

You said it! Nothing scares me anymore.πŸ˜€πŸ‘

bobbybobb
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I think I'm the same although clowns freak me out a bit. xx

Activity2004
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in reply to bobbybobb

They scare a lot of people I know.

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I enjoyed reading that book. I am a huge Stephen King fan. I hope

You enjoy it.

Activity2004
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in reply to Hidden

Thank you! I’m on page 58 right now of The Outsider.πŸ˜€πŸ‘

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits

Just started another Jill mansell book this afternoon called you and me always which is getting good!

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That's great! How far have you gotten in "You and Me Always"? I'll try to find some time to look it up and see if I can get it on my Wish List for a gift. :-)

catgirl1976
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in reply to Activity2004

I'm about halfway through.

Once I start a book I get engrossed in it and can't put it down so decided to read this afternoon after I had been to the shop and a walk.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That’s a great idea! I plan to do some reading later today, too.πŸ˜€πŸ‘

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

Would you like to have a Reading Rabbits badge?

catgirl1976
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in reply to Activity2004

yes why not! How are you and bunny the cat getting on? Baby is fine and still getting her usual weekly treat.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

Congratulations! Your badge is assigned, now.

Things with Bunny are good. No worries, but she did scratch a little too closely to her eye recently. Not a good idea since none of the Vets here are willing to see non-emergency appointments for pets and/or humans.

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits

Just finished you and me always by Jill mansell this morning which I really enjoyed especially the scene where life changed at the drop of a hat for one of the characters who kept having dating disasters and got what she wanted at the end of the book showing that life can change unexpectedly at any time.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

HI catgirl1976,

The ending of your book reminds me somewhat of how "The Things We Do For Love" ends up ending. Things aren't always how they seem to be and they are always a surprise every so often. :-)

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits

Started a new book tonight called sunshine at the comfort food cafe by Debbie Johnson which I am enjoying some far.

Reading books isn't cancelled though for entertainment.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That’s one thing that is good! I would be really bored if we couldn’t read anything.

Enjoy the new book. Can’t wait to hear more about it soon.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆπŸ“–πŸ‡

catgirl1976
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in reply to Activity2004

Just finished sunshine at the comfort food cafe by Debbie Johnson and I really couldn't put it down once I had started it!

Hopefully I will start another book later on today. I find reading takes your mind off problems.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

Yes, that’s one reason why I love to read!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‡πŸ“–πŸŒˆ

catgirl1976
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Just started a great book called the seafront tea rooms by Vanessa Greene about a tea room in Scarborough which I am enjoying so far and I am over halfway through it as I couldn't put it down!

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That’s fantastic news! Can’t wait to hear more about it!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆπŸ“–

catgirl1976
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in reply to Activity2004

Just finished off the seafront tea rooms just now and I really enjoyed it!

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That’s great! What’s your next book you will read?πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆπŸ‡πŸ“–

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits
in reply to Activity2004

I think unchained Melanie by judy Astley will be next on the list and summer at the kindness cafe by Victoria Walters are the next ones on the reading list.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

Are they romance novels?

catgirl1976
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Yes they are to an extent and I am having a great night in so far with summer at the kindness cafe.

When this has blown over I will carry on having books as company on weekends as I have enjoyed getting wrapped up in them.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That's a fantastic idea! I love to read on weekends and during the week if it's possible. :-)

catgirl1976
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in reply to Activity2004

Thing is when you have nights in on the weekend it saves money and you don't have to make an appointment to go anywhere like to a pub or a restaurant.

There's always the option of ordering in as well at home and it's nice and private as well.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That’s a good point. Order food sometimes for carry out and then read at your own pace.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆπŸ‡πŸ“–

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits
in reply to Activity2004

Its a case of when one door shuts another one opens up.

I can't change what's happened as that's beyond my control but what I can do something about is my attitude towards it.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That’s right! Not everything can be controlled by everyone. We have to deal with things as they come upβ€” good or bad.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits
in reply to Activity2004

Last year my abusive parents had demanded I stay at that job that I left back in November due to bullying off management there and I had said about the bullying and all they said was I was to ignore them!

If it had been colleagues on my level then yes with them I can ignore them as there's not a lot they can do to me but some things you shouldn't ignore though and problems don't just go away because you ignore them.

Then they had this warped idea that staying in that job had magical powers to keep me safe from another blood clot which was crackers really as anyone can have a blood clot even those who have no history of them and they can happen to people sat at home minding their own business and no mine wasn't all to do with looking for another job when it happened! It probably would have happened anyway no matter what I did or didn't do as things can and do happen and no one is to blame same as this outbreak no ones to blame its just one of those things that happens.

Then after I had been ordered to stay at that job I had an interview for a post at reception at a and e at one of the local hospitals and had gone anyway and tried my best but it wasn't to have been.

Then after work that Friday the day I had the interview I had received a lecture about staying at that job and I had been at the end of my rope that evening and had shouted what part of I don't want to be at that f ing job anymore don't you understand and my friends had said how I must have been at the end of my tether to have shouted that as they say I wouldn't have shouted that for no reason and they said how what had upset me was their attitude rather than the job in itself as I do know the worst thing is I don't get the job and that's not the end of the world is it?

Then because I stood my ground I have ended up being punished by not being spoken to and this has gone on for nearly a year now but I feel it's an accidental favour and I'm better off as I'm enjoying the peace and quiet not having to put up with that rubbish!

One thing I have learned is it's not the silly things in themselves that cause the problems no there's always something deeper going on as I feel all that was just done to be spiteful for the fun of it myself due to their own insecurities and if it wasn't the job hunting in itself it would have been something else!

I will do what I feel is the right thing for me as nothing is guaranteed to anyone in this life.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

You're exactly right for saying what you did. If your parents and friends don't understand that, it's on them. When the time comes for you to get a new job/career, you'll know it. :-)

catgirl1976
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My friends were absolutely shocked when I told them what I had done that Friday night when I had sworn the way I had done saying I must have been really cross to have done that and how I wouldn't have sworn like that for no reason!

To be fair my friends have been extremely supportive after I was devastated after I had left that job last November.

I am fine about it now and have accepted it and time has helped me come to terms with it.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That's good that you can except everything and that time has helped you do this.

Ghounds
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I would be terrified by Stephen King. I have too much imagination for horror stories! I'm currently reading a Reginald Hill crime novel, "Good Morning, Midnight" . I read it for the first time a few years ago but can't remember the ending. Quite a few of his books were made into the tv series Dalziel and Pascoe.

Activity2004
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in reply to Ghounds

Sounds interesting! Is the show the same as the book?

Ghounds
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in reply to Activity2004

Not quite, I think the phrase "edited for language" might apply...however the swearing isn't gratuitous and reflects the character and culture Hill is writing about. There are also a fair few literary references but the books are still accessible. The plots are well thought out and I find the characters believable. I have enjoyed detective and mystery fiction since childhood, starting out with the Famous Five and Secret Seven! As an only child I spent hours and hours with my face in a book.

Activity2004
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in reply to Ghounds

That sounds interesting! I like romance, mystery, horror and a few other types of books.

Once I finish "The Outsider", I will read " Elevation" also by Stephen King.

Ghounds
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in reply to Activity2004

Barbara Erskine and Ruth Rendell are as scary as I go 😁. Some of Ruth Rendell 's are chilling.

Activity2004
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in reply to Ghounds

I'll check those out soon. Great suggestions! Thank you! :-)

Activity2004
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in reply to Ghounds

I can assign the Reading Rabbits badge to for you on here, too. :-)

Ghounds
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Thanks.😊

Activity2004
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in reply to Ghounds

You're welcome! :-)

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits

Halfway through unchained Melanie that I started yesterday by Judy astley.

I had taken this book with me to outpatients when I had my 3 month check up with the specialist after I had blood clots in my lungs as company to take my mind off the appointment as i had been frightened!

I had ended up discharged from the clinic after the appointment and i had cried in relief!

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That’s fantastic! I’m very happy for you and everything went well.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

catgirl1976
catgirl1976Reading Rabbits

Just finished unchained Melanie this afternoon and as always it was enjoyable and a light read.

Activity2004
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in reply to catgirl1976

That's fantastic to hear. What are you going to start reading next? :-)

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