Currently reading

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A fair few of us mention reading as a stress helper so I thought we might share what helps us escape

Currently I am reading The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. It was a film with Judi Dench and Kevin Spacey which I enjoyed. I am liking the book more as it slowly builds the characters and landscape of Newfoundland., with a few unexpected twists and a mystery unfolding. Not a fast read but well worth it.

Now, what are you reading?
Mrs A,
I have several books on the go. On my kindle I'm reading "The Girl with No Name," Diney Costeloe. I'm also re reading the paperback "Mindfulness a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world. " by Mark Williams and Danny Penman and dipping into a text/ reference book about self injurious behaviour in autism. Oh yes and need to finish "Endal," about a true story about a therapy dog which someone at school lent me.

I love reading but don't get much chance especially now S is older and goes to bed so late, I used to read once he went to bed.

Melly1
Used to love reading. Autobiographies, tales of the black country ( my parents were from Dudley, Dad spoke yam yam lol) . Books by Katie Flynn and similar. Now I'm struggling. Every time I try, my mind wonders to hubby in the nursing home etc, and can't concentrate. Can flick through a magazine. Hoping and trying to move forward . Xx
I'm reading a John Connolly at the moment, 'A Song of Shadows'. We're in the library two or three times a week. I love crime stories (although I get the hump if I guess 'who dunnit' before the end) and travel books, plus any kind of amazing feat type stuff - Ed Stafford walking the Amazon, Dame Ellen MacArthur sailing around the world, that sort of thing. I take out a lot of art and craft books as I like having a go at stuff (badly, in most circumstances). I like poetry as well and reading/re-reading the classics, although that always makes me realise how much I skim over things now instead of reading them properly. I've got a stash of self help books at home (legacy of a messed up family) that I read through as and when needed.

My son takes out loads of super hero books, anything about wild animals (especially baby ones) and I keep taking out educational ones for him about art and history that he ignores :)

They do a good scheme at our local library for DVDs; children with special needs can borrow them free of charge and for adults they have a scheme where you pay £50 a year and then can borrow as many films through the year as you want to. I love films but I don't watch telly so to be able to borrow as many as I like means they work out very cheaply and I can keep watching the same one if I want to :)
When Mum is sleeping and I've caught up with any household chores, I am currently reading Kate Morton's The Lake House. :)
I have rather an aquired taste in reading. :lol: My last purchase to be read goodness knows when was a Poor Law Report on Pauperism in Aston and Birmingham in 1856
Melly1 wrote:Mrs A,
I have several books on the go. On my kindle I'm reading "The Girl with No Name," Diney Costeloe. I'm also re reading the paperback "Mindfulness a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world. " by Mark Williams and Danny Penman and dipping into a text/ reference book about self injurious behaviour in autism. Oh yes and need to finish "Endal," about a true story about a therapy dog which someone at school lent me.

I love reading but don't get much chance especially now S is older and goes to bed so late, I used to read once he went to bed.

Melly1
IVe had that Mindfulness book since it came out and I often dip in and out of it and have lent it and recommended it to a few friends. I also listen to the CD and find it very useful.

I have just ordered The Girl on the Train to make up an order to get free P and P from Amazon. I always have a book on the go and at the moment am reading a book by Pauline McClynn (of Mrs Doyle fame)
I've been recommended that mindfulness book too. Must get round to getting it. I'm currently on The Burgess boys by Elizabeth Strout. Some interesting themes developing but its such small print its taking me ages. :(
I must admit to trying my first Lisa Jewell while away recently and it fitted the bill of an easy read but not too chick lit, which was good as I loathe Chick lit
I love crime books. Currently reading The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver. Another crime writer I have recently found is Alex Gray, whose books are set in Glasgow. Ann Cleeves is another author I love. The problem is that I like to work my way through their books when I find a different writer but our local library users seem all to prefer the same kind of books as me!

I would be lost without a book to read, always have been a great reader. I remember when the kids were young, I would be knitting their jumpers etc and reading a book at the same time.

Favourite pastime is sitting in the garden, in the sun under the parasol reading my latest book. Think I managed that once this year, as we have had very little sun, plenty rain though so haven't had to water the garden very much.
I love reading, but have to be in the right mindset, like you Pet, I'm too preoccupied at the moment to focus on more than an article etc in a magazine etc When I do get engrossed it is great escapism.

Irene, I love reading in the garden in the sun too.

Yes that my Mindfulness book is well read. I highly recommend it. I use it and the recordings often.

Melly1