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Old 16th March 2012, 13:48
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I would like to know what books people have liked reading in this age group.

I havent read a book for a long time due to a long term relationship ending -but I know in the past- I read to escape a lot of the time.

I dont know if Anita Brookner has been mentioned before-but I think she is a superb writer.

Other names Margaret Forster, EM Forster, Mavis Cheek.. so many.

So what others have people enjoyed.
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Old 16th March 2012, 14:57
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I tend to read mysteries and thrillers.

I'm quite into Nordic Noir like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Wallander.

On the flip side for a comfort read I read M C Beaton who writes lots of fluffy murder mysteries like The Agatha Raisin series.

I like historical fiction as well, things like Wolf Hall or The People's Queen.

I should say I listen to audiobooks as much as I read them so get through quite a lot.
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Old 16th March 2012, 18:24
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James Herbert, Peter Straub, Dean Koontz.
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Old 16th March 2012, 18:33
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I've always loved reading fantasy adventures and science fiction. I still like reading them.

To be honest when I visit the local library, I go straight to the teenagers/young adults book section, where there are some really cool books to find.

Another reading favourite of mine - graphic novels!!!
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Old 16th March 2012, 21:00
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I love fantasy novels - China Mieville is an author who springs to mind for that genre, I love Terry Pratchett's books, I am also a fan of Victorian crime novels such as Lee Jackson's 'London Dust'. Christopher Fowler's 'Bryant & May' detective series are a great read and a good laugh too. At the moment I am reading 'The World That Never Was - A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents' by Alex Butterworth - an extensive history of anarchist and socialist 'terrorism' in the late 19th century/early 20th century. The next book I will be reading is Gordon Carr's 'The Angry Brigade - A History of Briatin's First Urban Guerilla Group' ...I read a lot of political stuff too
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Old 16th March 2012, 23:10
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I've only been reading "fluffy" short books recently. Mainly just to unwind at night before sleep.

In the past though, my favourite genres are horror/supernatural and fantasy adventure
some of the authors I've enjoyed are
Clive Cuzzler
Dean Koontz (twilight eyes is my fav)
James Herbert (the fog - fav)
Stephen King (the stand -fav)
Terrry Pratchet - Discworld series
Brian Lumleys Necroscope series (horror 5 books)
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Old 17th March 2012, 00:49
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I mostly read non-fiction. I just finished The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

It made me angry.
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Old 17th March 2012, 01:05
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I mostly read non-fiction. I just finished The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

It made me angry.
I've always had an interest in politics but that book was a real eye-opener. If you've not already read Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins I'd recommend that as well. John Gray's False Dawn is also well worth reading - it's a few years old now but its assessment of globalised capitalism has turned out to be eerily accurate.
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Old 26th March 2012, 18:38
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Thank you to everyone who replied-its been interesting to learn what you all like.

Im relatively newish to the computer - but up until about 5 years ago I would always read in the evenings.

I dont know if I ever will get back to it - to be honest - but you all have given me plenty of ideas so thank you again.
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Old 25th April 2012, 10:57
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Reading 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian' and 'Before I go to sleep'. Anyone else. Today's the day for reading, due to the weather. Wish it was like this every day when I'm at home.

Theo
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Old 25th April 2012, 10:59
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Originally Posted by Phool
I tend to read mysteries and thrillers.

I'm quite into Nordic Noir like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Wallander.

On the flip side for a comfort read I read M C Beaton who writes lots of fluffy murder mysteries like The Agatha Raisin series.

I like historical fiction as well, things like Wolf Hall or The People's Queen.

I should say I listen to audiobooks as much as I read them so get through quite a lot.
Do you like Phillipa Gregory, Phool?

Best

Theo
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Old 25th April 2012, 11:08
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I mostly read non-fiction. I just finished The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

It made me angry.
I read this recently too. Quite an eye-opener. Highly recommended.



I usually read fiction. My favourite is fantasy I guess, but I'll read most genres.

If I had to recommend one author, it would be Salman Rushdie.
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Old 25th April 2012, 13:05
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I dont know if Anita Brookner has been mentioned before-but I think she is a superb writer.
Yes I like her style.Her main characters are generally lonely and repressed which rings a bell with me.Some sharp insights into human nature, but all done very subtly.

I haven't read much since the internet came along.
Favorite books by favorite authors:
George Elliot - Middlemarch
Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda
Milan Kundera - The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Graham Swift - Waterland
William Boyd - An Ice Cream War
David Nobbs - The Pratt series
George Orwell - Keep the Aspidistra Flying
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Old 26th April 2012, 16:48
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I read 'The sisters brothers' recently, it was really good, glad I stumbled across it in the library. I would highly recommend it.
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Old 26th April 2012, 19:04
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I read at least a couple of chapters every day of mainly fiction - horror/mystery anything that takes my fancy really; my latest one that i'm near the end of is Stephen King's 11/22/63 based around the JFK assassination it's really good.
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Old 26th April 2012, 19:42
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Do you like Phillipa Gregory, Phool?

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I don't think I read it but I watched The Other Boleyn Girl. Might try some of her stuff.
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Old 28th April 2012, 19:48
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Think you might like it if you enjoy historical fiction - it is very readable but very loosely based on fact.

Cheers

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Old 23rd March 2013, 15:58
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Yes I like her style.Her main characters are generally lonely and repressed which rings a bell with me.Some sharp insights into human nature, but all done very subtly.

I haven't read much since the internet came along.
Favorite books by favorite authors:
George Elliot - Middlemarch
Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda
Milan Kundera - The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Graham Swift - Waterland
William Boyd - An Ice Cream War
David Nobbs - The Pratt series
George Orwell - Keep the Aspidistra Flying

I have just enjoyed her latest novel - Strangers.

She now needs to write another one. Meanwhile I have a few books floating about but not too sure about them..
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Old 23rd March 2013, 20:14
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I do enjoy some adult fantasy books, Robin Hobbs series about FitzChivalry, the bastard son of a king who has a special ability to link with animals especially his wolf. He is also a bit of a sad loner. I also enjoyed the CJ Sansom books about Shardlake the medieval detective who also happens to be a bit of a sad loner(I see a pattern forming. )

Oh and Bernard Cornwell's books about Uthred the Viking/Saxon warlord although I have never read any of the Sharpe books.
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Old 8th April 2013, 23:14
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I've just read One Day by David Nicholls which I really enjoyed...I'm also trying to read Life of Pi - I loved the film but I'm struggling a bit with the book.
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Old 9th April 2013, 09:10
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Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time.
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Old 10th April 2013, 15:17
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James Herbert is the only real fiction i read. most of my books are on history with alot being on world war 11
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