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Calling All Readers!

This is our August 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 Sea Is My Brother: The Lost Novel", by Jack Kerouak on Saturday, 7-11-2020 and now I'm on Chapter 4; page 70. It's where Wesley Martin and Bill Everhart ended up being in Boston, Massachusetts trying to get rides by getting two different guys to give them rides after they got an idea to hitch hike to New York. They got the second driver to take them to a hotel and then they went to find some food at a food cart down the street.

Okay, now to you! Can't wait to hear all about what you've been reading lately. :-)

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Thank you! I have been really enjoying it so far.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

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I have been reading Bucket To Greece, by V. D. Bucket, the authors name when you read the books becomes clear😊. There are six short books on kindle, and they follow a retired couple moving to Greece. Very easy reading with lots of humour, I would recommend them if you want an easy read that makes you smile.xx

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I will have to check them out soon later this week. Thank you for letting us know! They sound interesting.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆπŸ“–πŸ‡

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I'm reading Zadie Smith's first novel "White Teeth". I'd heard a reading of some of her essays last year or the year before on Radio 4, and thought she was brilliant, such an exciting writer. And then last Sunday I got The Guardian's "Bookmarks" email, and noticed that the book club were reading "White Teeth" in July. I ordered it, and got about 2 chapters in, and then suddenly life took off at a rate of knots, and I have got no further! It's my bedtime reading, and bedtime has been (ahem!) *far* too late in the past couple of weeks! So I can't tell you anything much about it yet, because I realised already that I love the way she writes, and it's going to be a great pleasure to read. But I haven't gotten fully involved with the characters yet.

I did have a total binge on a pre-ordered audiobook, though. You can tell I'm a Radio 4 fan, because I pre-ordered Jenni Murray's book "Fat Cow, Fat Chance", about how she has struggled with her weight all her life.... up until relatively recently. There won't be many surprises in terms of new knowledge for readers, but I got through this full-length book in a day because I carried it with me and listened non-stop all day. I love Jenni Murray. She's been one of my radio favourites for more years than I care to mention. I think it might have been better for me to have read it than listened to it, but honestly, I haven't the time to do more actual reading at the moment.

I'm still reading 11 books on Goodreads, but of course, you can't retain 11 books at once. Really, I could only pick up about 3 or 4 of those now and be back into them almost immediately. But this is where my reading is at the moment. I wish I had more time.

I am afraid I am still sulking since I was six and realised that there would never be enough time for me to be able to read *ALL* the books. What I'm trying to do now is enjoy audiobooks as well as podcasts and BBC Sounds app, so that I get a variety of different approaches to books. I could read paper books for a couple of hours a day without feeling in any way like I'd overdone it, although I don't think I'd often have time to spend a whole day reading, as I used to in my teens. Not that many teenagers would do that these days - unless they'd had an operation on their thumbs and couldn't use their mobile phones any more!

I'm curious. I would love to know how other people read. What do you think of Kindle? I have a Kindle app on my Amazon Fire tablet, but honestly, it's not the same thing. A young man I rather like with a channel on youtube keeps saying I should buy a Kindle Paperwhite because it's a game-changer. I wouldn't read one of those in bed, because of the lights and keeping one awake. But he's really got me thinking, perhaps I've been too harsh. My mother and both brothers really rate Kindles. But I like to hold a paper book in my hands. I like to see how far into it I have gone by looking at the bookmark - and although you can see the percentage you are through the book, I'm not sure it's the same.

I should maybe have made this a post on its own - the bits about Kindle. What do you think? I'm serious, I don't have enough cash to venture a couple of hundred £££s on one if I'm not going to get on with it. I don't know anyone with one that I could borrow either. I need opinions!

More on the actual content of my reading later on - well, probably in August!

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I have a Kindle, but it won’t charge its battery anymore, so I don’t want to get a new one. My brother and his wife got it for me years ago before they had children. So, I just read books in hand and read other things by members of the groups.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

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I much prefer paper books than my kindle fire but I have been forced to use it during the pandemic as I have run out of books and read at such a rate that amazon ones would become too expensive for me. My kindle has the library app downloaded but only accepts e-books. Can’t wait for both book club and the local library to open again so that I can have a good browse

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I love reading, but can't do much, I still enjoy reading the paper book, but it Strain',smy right eye, I usually read on Google books, on my phone, got Kindle as well, but don't read much on it. This Vivid situation has been so bad, that I don't feel like doing much...

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What books do you read using Google and the phone?πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

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SheepishReading Rabbits in reply to Hidden

Hi, I had one of the first kindles and I loved it. Sadly it wore out. Now I just use the kindle app and read on my phone or ipad. I use the blue light filter reduction on phone or ipad. I like the fact that I always have a book with me no need for a separate device. I absolutely adore paper books and have a whole room of bookcases but due to my arthritis in hands it is difficult to hold a book.

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Thank you. I also have hand issues (after RSI) so that's something else I should bear in mind. It's just that the one I would want is well nigh Β£200.00 and that's a lot to invest if you're not sure about whether you'll get on with it.

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I have a Kindle app and use it but much prefer a physical book, especially if I know I will want to read it more than once. I do find hardbacks too heavy now though 😁

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Well I'm still staying in so doing a lot of reading and listening. I'm very much into escapism and don't read many books now that have true life in them. I have Kindle Unlimited and tend to find books in that program. My favourite genres are paranormal, mysteries and police dramas.

I have just started Sarah J Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses, there are three books in the series so far now. It follows Feyre a young human girl taken to the spring court because she killed a Fay in wolf form.

I have also been doing a lot of historical reading as I'm working on my family tree online at Ancestry.

Hugs to all Reading Rabbits

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Hello, Sheepish. I can understand anyone wanting escapism in these interesting times! I also found it a good experience to escape in periods of time, in that I got very into Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" trilogy and spent much of the early days of lockdown in 1536! I can recommend that trilogy if you like a great big book to read.

I don't know if you'd find these interesting or not, but I love the fantasy novels of Anne McCaffrey (she wrote a lot about dragons on a planet called Pern) and Marion Zimmer Bradley (these may not be easy to find any more, but she wrote so many good novels about a planet called Darkover. But it may be that fantasy is a bit too "out there" for you. It's just a thought. I have enjoyed those novels a great deal.

That's great news about doing family history on Ancestry. My Uncle went on there once, but it gave him the answer we all knew already about a Cousin of ours.

The books you've been reading lately sound interesting. How long are they?

Would you be interested in James Patterson's "The Women's Murder Club" series? I'm reading those books when I don't read Stephen King or other books by other authors. I have books 1-19 so far in the series.:-)

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Hello everyone. I mentioned last month I read the first in a series of 12 mystery/thrillers by Elly Griffith. It was so good I ordered the rest. The second in the series was just as good, dealing with the discovery of some human remains at the site of a building development. The characters are well written and believable and the plots are well thought out. No irritating loose ends! A little danger but not too frightening for me as I live alone and have a lot of imagination lol. I started the third last night.

I have also read a book of short ghost/supernatural stories by Kate Mosse. I read Labyrinth a few years ago and enjoyed it. Perhaps unwisely I was reading them at bedtime but they aren't frightening stories, more thought provoking and occasionally a little sad. Definitely worth a try!

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That sounds really great! Glad you are enjoying the series. I do a lot of reading at bedtime. Some of my stories are by Stephen King, but I don’t get scared.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

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Thank you! I have always read in bed, much to the annoyance of my dog who thinks I should turn the light out. Stephen King is way out of my comfort zone. My ex once made me watch some of Carrie. I actually cried in fright when she rose out of the ground. Is that Carrie? I'm pretty sure it was King anyway. I did manage to watch the Hallowe'en films though! πŸ˜‚

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Yes, Carrie is the one with the hand coming up from the grave/ground. They have a sequel.

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Think I might give that a miss thank you πŸ˜ŠπŸ™„πŸ˜±

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It was on the TV a few years ago. Not sure how it was possible since the sequel was based around Carrie’s daughter who also was able to do the same as Carrie. I saved it on a VCR/DVD disc.

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He also wanted to watch The Shining.... Terrifying. Thankfully I can't remember much. Another Stephen King...

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Yes. That's right. I have the book, but haven't read it, yet.

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Don't think the film was especially true to the book but it won't be on my reading list!😨. Hope you enjoy it though. I have a slight worry I may not have time to read all the books I would like to!

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You can always take your time and read when you’re free. I have to schedule a time for reading if it’s not before bedtime.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

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Luckily I'm a fast reader!! 😳

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That’s good to know!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆπŸ“–πŸ‡

Hello can I just say if any is nervous about reading Stephen King,try ONE FLEW OVER THE COOKCO NEST(may have spelt that wrong) it remains one of my favourite books.

It's not horror just a thoughtful read.

Thank you for letting us know! I completely forgot about that one!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

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I saw the film, profound story.

Well I feel that after a lifetime of reading heavy books, I now enjoy lighter, family saga books. I like period dramas and those set in 19th century north of England. I can usually be found with gardening or cookery books in my hand.

That sounds wonderful! :-) How many plants do you plant in the garden when you're not reading? Do the garden books help with ideas/suggestions?

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

Oh yes along with hubby, I am a very keen gardener. We have flower beds interspaced with veggies. The bottom of the garden is raised vegetables and we love our greenhouse. The garden books give us ideas and the cookery books help plan our healthy diet. I was diagnosed with CLL in 2018 so healthy diet and lifestyle are very important.

What veggies do you plant?

Beans, peas, spinach, kale,cabbage, courgettes, salads and sprouts in raised beds. Potatoes, sweetcorn and carrots in tubs and polystyrene boxes recycled from local gym and pub. Tomatoes, chillies and peppers in greenhouse.

It's great fun and so much healthier than shop bought.

Those are some of my favorite things to eat.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ Do you have pictures?

Tomorrow, pouring down now x

Okay! Love seeing pictures!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

Have been trying to attach photos of garden as promised but nothing happens. Don't think I can attach as a reply, only as a new post and then only one photo.

Yes, you can take a picture and then create a new posting. You can always link this posting to your new posting so everyone knows it goes with this one.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆπŸ“–πŸ‡

Hi just. A thought can any body re member their very first adult/grown up book. Mine was Little Women. There were no books in our house and this was bought as a Christmas present by my aunt.oh how loved that book.

This is a great question. Unfortunately, the closest thing to adult/grownup book reading that I can remember is my first Stephen King book I had ever read. That was "Carrie".

Update: Still on Part 2, but on page 164. Will be doing the posting for September later this month. Please look for it coming in the next few weeks (before the 1st of September). :-)

Hi all, it's been a while.

My reading has changed a bit this month as I am back at work so can't spend all day with a book.

I am still working my way through the biography of Mary Douglas, and am finding it fascinating. I have also read "Ready Player One", by Ernest Cline (this will be the 6th time in 3 years) and I am currently reading "The War of the Worlds" by H.G Wells. This was a strange choice for me as I don't normally read this genre (weirdly, I watch a lot of movies from the genre, just read about it much), but I am really enjoying it.

This sounds really good. Glad your enjoying everything that you're reading and also glad to hear that you were able to get back to working. :-) Do you get to read on your lunch break?

I don't get a lunch break. If I'm lucky I get 15 minutes to eat my dinner, but because of staffing I usually eat in fits and starts. I read before or after work and on my days off.

That’s great that you can do reading on the weekend.πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆπŸ™πŸ“–πŸ‡

The new posting is going to be posted soon this coming weekend for September. Keep your eye out for it!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŒˆ

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