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Initial post: 7 Apr 2014, 09:13:05 BST
James says:
I read quite often, but it's usually non fiction, learning about something that's taken my interest. However I would like to read something different, a story, escapism I guess, something easy to read to take my mind away from real life. I sometimes struggle with massive books so a smaller one would be good to begin with. Any recommendations?

Posted on 7 Apr 2014, 11:56:22 BST
What sort of things do you like? I guess that's the first information one needs.

I quite loved A Long Way Down Funny, albeit about a serious topic, but easy to read.

If you're new to fiction, I'd recommend to read the first few paragraphs/pages, to see if the 'voice' speaks to you. In fiction it's really all about that.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2014, 22:08:20 BST
LEP says:
Go onto Amazon Search, Books, above and type in quick reads. This will give you a listing of books which are short and easy to read.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014, 00:34:02 BST
Kay says:
You could read A Festival Of Cherries by Mandy Baldwin?

Posted on 16 Apr 2014, 02:18:21 BST
I would recommend the Agatha Raisin books by M C Beaton. These are light hearted whodunits with Agatha being the deliciously awful heroine. I have recommended these to lots of people and, not one, didn't enjoy them. M C Beaton also writes the Hamish Macbeth novels and, she has written a set of 6 Edwardian and 6 Regency themed books. They are all guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If you go online to The Book People (whose prices are brilliant) the Raisins and the Macbeths are only £9.99 for 10........so, hows that for a bargain?!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014, 08:41:25 BST
I Readalot says:
Great recommendation but I don't think Amazon will be too happy about the last part of your post, as this is a retail site it is against their policy to suggest people go elsewhere to buy books and posts with this kind of info often get deleted by Az You will probably get away with it this time as you didn't actually provide a link.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014, 18:02:58 BST
Hi, as soon as I posted my recommendation, I realised I shouldn't have mentioned the last bit ha ha, but didn't know how to change it. Glad you like the M C Beaton books, I'm reading the "Poor relation" set and, as always, the characters are brilliant!

Posted on 16 Apr 2014, 19:54:30 BST
James says:
Thanks for the suggestions I will look into them and read the first few pages online and the back cover to see if they appeal. I really don't know what I'm looking for, I just want to explore fiction and see what it can offer. Something that can hold my attention, that's well written, easy to follow and takes me somewhere else. My friend recommended the book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, I have no idea what it's like but he enjoyed it and I have borrowed it. Anyway thanks again for the suggestions which I will look into.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014, 20:15:10 BST
Last edited by the author on 16 Apr 2014, 21:04:46 BST
Let me know how you get on with Agatha. Herman Hesse (?) is that Winds of War?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014, 20:38:59 BST
I Readalot says:
I still have quite a few of them still to read but they are fun easy reads and, as you say, always with brilliant characters. Incidentally you can change a post by clicking on the edit button (right hand side), there have been one or two occasions when I have needed it :)

Posted on 16 Apr 2014, 21:10:20 BST
Thanks for the heads up for editing my comment :-)
I find any of M C Beatons books are brilliant to bridge the gap between other books! I usually love thrillers, with a high body count, historical novels and memoirs/biographies, all of which need a break between them! What's your book genre.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014, 22:03:51 BST
I Readalot says:
I read most genres but I do enjoy crime thrillers, high body count and the psychological. I also read a fair amount of urban fantasy Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, for example. Thanks to Karen who has been posting for a while now I finally got round to starting the Rivers of London Series, police procedurals with magic and a fair few gruesome deaths, funny though! Historical fiction as well and I really enjoy books that are strange and completely defy being slotted into any genre.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014, 22:16:26 BST
Hi, I'm not sure if I fancy fantasy, my dear hubby would have enjoyed those. I do however, love psychological thrillers and have just bought some by an author I used to read a lot of, Margaret Yorke. Sadly, she died a couple of years ago but, it's been so long since I've read her that, I'm not remembering them, so that's good. Thanks for your posts, it's nice to make a note of others recommendations. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014, 22:37:31 BST
I Readalot says:
If you like psychological crime then you should try Karin Fossum (Norwegian), one of the biggest names in the genre in Nordic countries but sadly not read enough in UK. These threads can be really useful, the What are you reading now thread is worth taking a look at. Unfortunately there are aren't as many people contributing as there used to be but hopefully it will pick up again.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014, 23:36:00 BST
Thank you for that, I've made a note. As we're talking European, Henning Menkell (Swedish) author of the Inspector Wallender books, is very good. You may have watched them on tv but, like me, you may prefer to read than watch!
I shall say, bye for now and hope to catch up in the future. Thanks again for the recommendations! :-)
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