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I'm dreadful - I either read 'rubbish' (and I mean 'rubbish'!) fiction, real popcorn stuff, or I read (very slowly! ) history non-fiction (not as erudite as Henrietta's mind!), but more 'popular history'. I love 'history of the world' type books.

I find, as I age, I simply haven't the patience to get into 'good fiction'. I certainly can NEVER read crime novels - partly because these days they seem to be horrendous gruesome, so many of them (ditto on the telly!), but mostly because I am far too impatient not to immediately read the last chapter to find out who did it....

I have a few 'fave' authors that I re-read over and over again, from Jane Austen (joy!) to Georgette Heyer, to Brenda Jagger to Eva Ibbotson and even my fave Mills and Boon vintage authors. I know them inside out by now, but they are very comforting and enjoyable to read.

I don't like taking risks on new authors any more alas.
I have literally just finished my book so will have to find something else that appeals among the many Kindle samples I have! It was The Girl With No Name by Diney Costeloe. It's set during WW2 and tells the story of a young German girl called Lisa. She is Jewish and her family have to flee from the Nazis but they get separated. She ends up in England and taken in by a couple there, but following an accident in an air raid she wakes up in a hospital with no memory of who she is. I really enjoyed this and got through it much quicker than usual.

The book I was reading right before it was a YA novel called Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I saw the movie and really enjoyed it, then when re-watching it I happened to notice it said it was based on a book. I really enjoyed the book too and was very disappointed when it ended!

I go through bouts of not being able to settle on anything to read, so that's my challenge for today!
Started new book last night. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It's a psychological thriller and so far so good.
I'm reading "Songs of Love and War" by Santa Montefiore. Bought it last month to read on the plane on the way to Crete, but then needed something to read when M was in hospital having his teeth out. I've read other books by her, like the writing style, interesting rather than challenging. I like books that take me away somewhere.
Just when thought had the mystery solved it got going in a different direction ! :D :lol:
I can't recommend the Flashman series of novels enough for some light relief. Very,very funny and always bring a smile to my face.

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@ Penny , Hi, read Girl on A Train sometime ago, it's a good thriller and hope you enjoy it :)

@ Charles - Thanks, will look out for them, sound good :D

Meanwhile, one chapter of the Lake House to go and though not as good as some of Kate Morton's others, glad persevered all the same :)
Sue_1608123 wrote:@ Penny , Hi, read Girl on A Train sometime ago, it's a good thriller and hope you enjoy it :)

@ Charles - Thanks, will look out for them, sound good :D

Meanwhile, one chapter of the Lake House to go and though not as good as some of Kate Morton's others, glad persevered all the same :)
SUe .... I must have the attention span of a gnat because I keep having to go back to previous chapter and see which character this chapter is about. :lol: I wish they wouldn't keep doing that!
I've found that my taste in reading matter has changed - is - nothing too complicated or with too many characters!
I love gruesome true crime books, enjoy some poetry once in a while.. I used to enjoy martina Cole books but they got a bit 'samey'' after the first few.
I'm currently reading "no time for goodbye" by Linwood Barclay; enjoying it very much. Its fiction, about a 15 yr old girl who comes home from school to find her parents and brother gone.... Think I may go read some of it now, I'm desperate to find out what happened to them!!
A few weeks ago i went to an event called "A Blind Date with a Book", essentially a book swap but each one was wrapped in plain brown paper with just 4 or 5 words of description written on the front e,g "classic, romance, Yorkshire, madness"
It was fascinating trying to work out what was what. The idea being if you picked one you'd already read you enjoyed it again or tried something new.
I decided to go for it and pick something I wouldn't usually go for, thriller, dark, American, modern
And I loved it!! Have stayed reading into wee small hours for past 3 nights to finish Lee Child's Persuader. Not gory and somehow unputdownable. What a surprise. :)

My daytime reading is Mindfulness by Mark Williams as recommended on here and loving that too. It helped me not feel guilty about spending 4 hours 'just reading' in the garden today :)