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What are you reading?

Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,002

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I'm in need of some new reading material so looking for suggestions. 

What are you currently reading?
Do you have a book you'd always be happy to recommend?
Is there any book you always go back to and could read again and again?
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  • GarzaGarza Member Posts: 130 Pioneering
    I have just finished reading Richard Osman's - The Thursday Murder Club, found it very entertaining and a second book is due out in September I believe 

    I am not reading Right Said Fred by Freddie Flintoff, his view on modern society, fame, lockdown etc, I like him so I am enjoying this 

    I have read all of the Tom clancy books, many of which have been made into films and TV series

    I read the Sir Caption Tom book just after christmas found that really interesting

    Hope this helps, it may be useful if you give an idea of the kind of things you enjoy reading, genres etc ? 
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,358 Pioneering
    Hi @Adrian_Scope
                                    Hope you're well. Please can I ask, do you have specific genres you are interested in or are you interested in non-fictional such as autobiographies? I appreciate you may be open to anything, I would recommend Jamie Redknapp's autobiography, as a football fan I found it really interesting. Thank you. 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,522 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm reading atm a Jack Higgins book "exocet" its set during the Falklands war and Argentinas attempts to overcome the French arms embargo on Argentina, written in 1983 a year after the war.
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  • CressidaCressida Member Posts: 839 Pioneering
    Hello @Adrian_Scope at the moment I'm listening to the Jack Caffery series of books by Mo Hayder

    I first read them 10 years ago and was looking for something to listen to through my Audible account. I read a lot and favour detective series. I also like Val McDermid and especially her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series. (I have re-read these).

    I would recommend that you read them in order (especially the Jack Caffery series). I especially enjoyed the Mo Hayder series as the later books are set near my home town. 

    Just remembered the Nicci French series about Freda Klein. These are also a good read.

    I'm always looking for recommendations so will follow this thread with interest :)

  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,705 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 26
    A book I tend to read various chapters from again and again is ‘how to see yourself as you really are’ by the Dalai Lama. 

    The book Im reading atm is ‘wisdom of the ancients’ by Neil Oliver, it’s well written but I’m not entirely sure about it as I’ve only lately been given it as a birthday present. non fiction.
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,187

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    I'm currently reading How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, the new Bill Gates book. Thoroughly interesting so far, really enjoying it.
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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,637 Disability Gamechanger
    What sort of stuff would you normally read @Adrian_Scope? Fiction? Popular science? 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,002

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    Hmm, I have pretty broad tastes. In terms of fiction, I've been reading a fair bit of historical fiction lately, but I'm always partial to some hard sci-fi and even the odd thriller.
    But I find popular science (astronomy in particular), humour/comedy, or even philosophy to be the easiest to pick up and put down which is a big plus when you have kids running around.
    Essentially I'm an annoying fence sitter without any strong preference, but it does mean I'm easily pleased and always willing to give most things a go!
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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,637 Disability Gamechanger
    Ah, the one genre I can't do is historical fiction. No idea why. Just can't engage with it. 

    On the popular science front I recommend Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. Some of the science has been exposed as being inaccurate but generally he's spot on... and terrifying. The guy who challenged it is Stuart Ritchie and he's written an excellent book called Science Fictions. I've also recently read Pale Rider by Laura Spinney, which topically is about the Spanish Flu and more recently The Rules Of Contagion by Adam Kurcharski which is about all things viral whether medical or social media. Taken together I now feel fully able to challenge all of the nonsense written about pandemics and vaccines but also they're just a damn good read. If you fancy a full on challenge then try Behave by Robert Sapolsky. It's huge but it's also the best science book I have ever read. Covers an incredible amount of ground and will blow your mind. Not one to pick up occasionally though. 

    On the fiction front thriller wise I really liked Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay and I'm about to start reading Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener about her life working in Silicon Valley. Very dark and very funny apparently. 

    If you want something different try How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt. It's essentially the story of the MP3 but it reads like a thriller. A genuine page turner. 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,207 Disability Gamechanger
    My favourite author is Robert Goddard, & I would heartily recommend his first 2 books if you like historical fiction, altho they are hard to categorize, as they also lead you down the path with many twists & turns, alternating with the present day. His first book, 'Past Caring' starts in the early 20th century about a former Cabinet member. His 2nd, 'In Pale Battalions' is about WW1.
    For pure historical fiction, I have read Barbara Wood's 'Green City In the Sun' 3 times, which is about early British settlers in Kenya, & the founding of Nairobi from whence the book gets its title, & events which followed.
    I believe you've mentioned playing chess, so, combining your interests, I would recommend Katherine Neville's book, 'The Eight,' which combines chess, Charlemagne, the events leading up to the French Revolution, & the present day, which I have just re-read.
    I perhaps strangely like revolutions, & the Spanish Civil War, reading both fiction & non-fiction. I've read C.J. Sansom's 'Winter In Madrid' twice, another very good read. An absolutely excellently written book is Carlos Ruiz Zafon's, 'The Shadow of the Wind,' set in post-war Barcelona, & with a love of books at its core, but it's just such a joy to read (as it has been very well translated).
    Combining fiction & philosophy, if you haven't read Jostein Gaarder's 'Sophie's World,' another book I've kept a copy of, you might enjoy that, tho my son preferred 'The Solitaire Mystery.'
    As far as scientific (or at least medical interest goes), I defy anyone not to be intrigued by the title, 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat,' by Oliver Sacks, a neurologist...eminently readable.
  • gillian72gillian72 Member Posts: 304 Pioneering
    @Adrian_Scope I'm reading ur discussion on scope atm lol 😜
  • QuintyQuinty Member Posts: 47 Courageous
    A great book on Rafa Nadal the star of the tennis world. Its his biography. He has OCD you know. He has a lovely family, and goes through his childhood...he loves to cook, along with his brillient tennis career. A lovely man. 
  • Caz_AlumniCaz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 626 Pioneering
    Like a lot of people in lockdown (it would seem??) I've done quite a bit of re-reading stuff that I've enjoyed in the past and wanted to go back to.

    So, top of my list is 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood. I love her use of language and it's such a powerful story. 

    Has to be the book for me though, not the TV series!
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