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mel_4ears Member Posts: 33 Courageous
What are you reading at the moment? What have you just finished? Or what are you eyeing in the bookshop?   :open_mouth:

I am currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R R Martin.

Pride and Prejudice: it is actually the first time I've read it, and I haven't seen any adaptations (I've been avoiding them on purpose). My first Jane Austen was Northanger Abbey, which I read last year and really enjoyed.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is my first George R R Martin book. I'm really, really enjoying it.
Fibromyalgia, hearing aids, depression, anxiety, OCD 


  • dolfrog
    dolfrog Member Posts: 441 Pioneering
    Well, My temporal Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), the brain having problems processing the gaps between sounds, is the underlying cognitive cause of  my developmental dyslexia. So i have been avoiding books all of my life lol, I prefer to watch films or television series based on books for me a better way of doing things.  
  • ScoliFibroGirl
    ScoliFibroGirl Member Posts: 54 Courageous
    I’m currently reading Limitless by Alan Glynn
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,176 Scope online community team
    I'm about to start 12 Rules for Life. The author, Jordan B. Peterson, seems to be a polarizing character.
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  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,545 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @mel_4ears, I love this idea! I have just finished reading Matt Haig's books: Notes from a nervous planet and reasons to stay alive. I found both of them so interesting! At the moment I have just started little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng and I'm loving it at the moment. It was a recommendation from my aunty an it is yet to disappoint!

  • Connie00
    Connie00 Member Posts: 252 Pioneering
    Hello everyone 

    I find it really difficult to sit and read, I don’t do sitting for very long, I love my Audio Books my favourite author is Martin Cole and all read by Anne Aldington . it takes me back to my childhood my life London, I have read 28 of her books, she is a brilliant author,  she mainly writes about crime, the mob the underworld, I can’t get enough of it. Anne Aldington she is an excellent Narrator.

    I tend to listen to these stories when I do ironing or just daily chores, they keep my mind off my pain, and allow me to do a bit more housework.


  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,872 Connected
    I’m currently reading what is your child’s learning style. We are trying to determine this. 
  • Ails
    Ails Member Posts: 2,256 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @mel_4ears,
    Jane Austen's books are wonderful and Pride and Prejudice is a classic.  I'm sure that you would enjoy film/tv adaptations of her books too as they are really good.  I like Jane Austen novels too, but am currently reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I am getting really caught up in the plot and find it hard putting the book down at times to get on with other things - lol!  I find reading really relaxing.  :smiley:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • brydiedwards
    brydiedwards Member Posts: 31 Courageous
    I've just finished A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis... Very enlightening. I love Jane Austen and have started so many of her books but can never seem to get all the way to the end! When you've finished I highly recommend the Joe Wright adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, I've seen it a million times with my mum and it never gets old. 
  • debbiedo49
    debbiedo49 Member Posts: 2,904 Disability Gamechanger
    I've just read "every colour of you" by Amelia Mandeville on Kindle, an interesting fictional insight into being a friend of someone with depression.
  • bonnielassie
    bonnielassie Member Posts: 26 Courageous
    I've just started reading 'Find me' by J S Monroe. I'm really enjoying the way it is drawing me in to the plot. I got it from Kobo (the slightly cheaper version of Kindle!). I've noticed a couple of typos so far but nothing that has put me off!
  • mel_4ears
    mel_4ears Member Posts: 33 Courageous
    @Chloe_Scope Matt Haig's books are amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed his Reasons to Stay Alive and I've just bought Notes on a Nervous Planet. I love his kids' books too. The Christmas ones and the troll ones. How did you get on with Little Fires Everywhere? I've heard a lot about that but never read it.

    @Connie00 Well thank gosh for audiobooks! I'm glad you still get to experience stories and novels. Do you have a favourite narrator?

    @Ails I really want to get to Deborah Harkness. Have you finished it yet? Did you enjoy it?

    @brydiedwards I am one chapter into the last volume of Pride and Prejudice and I am struggling. I managed to finish Northanger Abbey though, but I had to keep taking breaks from it and reading other things. And I was enjoying that one much more than this one. The first volume was ok but volume two lost me. I've come this far though, I WILL finish!

    I am currently reading The Bone Queen by Alison Croggan. It's quite a dense literary fantasy set in a mining village. I am falling in love with the mining aspect. It's so nostalgic.

    Fibromyalgia, hearing aids, depression, anxiety, OCD 
  • brydiedwards
    brydiedwards Member Posts: 31 Courageous
    @mel_4ears  Mansfield Park is the Jane Austen book I've managed to get the furthest into but I can't even remember why I stopped reading. I'm sure you will! It's a shame when it becomes a struggle to get through it but almost makes it more gratifying once you've finished. 
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,545 Disability Gamechanger
    @mel_4ears, you'll definitely love his second book! I'm really enjoying it, even if I am about a third of the way through it. Unfortunately I've been quite busy so haven't had chance to read much!

  • bonnielassie
    bonnielassie Member Posts: 26 Courageous
    I finished 'Find me' last night. What a fantastic book! I usually go for murder/mystery/thrillers, and thought this would be the same. It was a thriller but had a lot of different themes which were really interesting and enjoyable. I recommend it!
    On a different topic, but one that has been mentioned above a few times, I read Mansfield Park for my English literature A-level. I really enjoyed it, and don't know why I didn't read more of her books. I'll keep them on my 'must read' list then I should get round to it..
  • Ails
    Ails Member Posts: 2,256 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @mel_4ears,
    Deborah Harkness writes so well.  This is the first book of hers that I have read and am really enjoying it.  I will be trying more of her books after this one.  I am still currently reading "A Discovery of Witches" and am dipping in and out of it just now in-between doing other things, but I intend finishing it soon.  The series on Sky was great too!  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • Waylay
    Waylay Member Posts: 971 Pioneering
    Just started reading "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind", by Yuval Noah Harari, but it'll take me a long time - my concentration is too bad to be able to read much of it at once.

    Have been reading "Where Song Began", by Tim Low, for a while. Again, requires a lot of concentration, so going slowly, but it's fascinating! It tells the story of the evolution of songbirds, which occurred largely in Australia, and how Australia's birds are more likely to be "intelligent, aggressive, loud, long-lived, and to live in complex societies."

    Also dipping in and out of "The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma", by Bessel van der Kolk, but I find it to be very emotionally taxing, so I only read a bit at a time.

    My go-to read is "Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People", by Frances Ryan, the Guardian columnist. Her writing could use a bit of editing, but the content is great. She pulls together everything that has been done to us in the past 9 years, and gives case studies. Well worth a read!

  • woodbine
    woodbine Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,755 Disability Gamechanger
    Ive just finished Tom Clancys the bear and the dragon all 1028 pages of it but a great read, if anybody is looking for a book that will make you laugh one minute then cry another try Tommy Rhattigan "1963 jam and bread" or the follow up book "Boy number 26" , both books could be filled with self pity but they are anything but.
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  • deb74
    deb74 Member Posts: 782 Pioneering
    I am just about to finish death day by Shaun Hutson. He is a brilliant author if you like horror and thriller books. He has got an amazing imagination!
  • Iamgettingthere67
    Iamgettingthere67 Member Posts: 16 Connected
    I haven't really settled to a book these last few weeks although I am "sort of" reading a couple. I am interested in the praise on here for Matt Haig. I haven't read any but I do have "The Humans". Has anyone read it? Is it any good?
  • sheZZa
    sheZZa Member Posts: 244 Pioneering
    I haven’t been able to concentrate enough and to follow the storyline to read a book  for the past few years despite trying often. However, this past week, I have managed, to read two to three pages at a time of High Murder.  I’m only a chapter in but it’s good so far. Fingers crossed I’ll finish it. 


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