What do you read?

Don't enjoy sci-fi or fantasy fiction, at all.

I love a crime thriller/drama/historical book though. Anything by Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Hilary Mantel etc. Also really like domestic noir (Girl on the Train etc.) and Scandinavian stuff like the Stieg Larsson series. I run a book club and we tend to read what we call "supermarket reads", which we usually enjoy.
Same here, I love crime thrillers especially the scandanavian ones, Jo Nesbo etc
 
I am currently working my way through the Philip Pullman trilogy of 'His Dark Materials' Absolutely loving them, so much better than the TV show. I have also read Tiger in the Well by the same author and loved that one too.
Over the summer I read quite a lot....anything I could get my hands on
Another of my fave authors is Khalid Hussainy, He wrote 'The Kite Runner' based in Afghanistan
I like historic novels Philippa Gregory is a brilliant author, specialising in Tudor Royals, She wrote The Other Boleyn Girl.

Have you tried Alison Weir? She has a series named six Tudor queens, starting with Katherine of Aragon :)

Same here. It has to have a good bit of reality for me to enjoy it. I mainly listen to books now as I find holding a book or swiping on a kindle too painful. There's a ton of ancient murder mystery on YouTube so I have been listening to that. Written in 1900s onwards.
I recommend West Cork if you haven't already listened to it, It's about Sophie Toscan du Plantier who was murdered at her home in Ireland. It's well put together, I listened to it from morning to night... and still can't make up my mind who did the deed!
 
I love sci fi and fantasy so am re reading the books of Xanth by piers Antony. They're old but I love re reading them, that plus horror like Stephen King or James Herbert. Not so much romance though
 
Love a bit of scifi/fantasy, read all of Mr Pratchett's, Ian M Banks, Asimov, Tolkein. I've read most of James Herbert's horror books.

Just finishing the 'Commandant of Auschwitz', which is an interesting if harrowing read, was watching the series on Netflix which trigger me buying this book.

As a result of the above I am in need of some humour, so about to read 'This is going to hurt - the secret diaries of a junior doctor', basically all the daft things humans do and try to pretend they were an accident.
Just read the medical one. Funny. Like James Herbert. I have a signed one of his I was given 30 years ago for a birthday present.
I have lots of signed spike milligan books too & recently bought my son a signed copy of a Christopher Paolini book ( fantasy fiction) that he was chuffed to bits with!
We have several 1st edition Harry Potter books, but sadly not the ones that are worth anything :rolleyes:
 
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I read mainly non-thrillery murder mysteries (Ruth Rendell, Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth, W.J. Burley, Ellis Peters and the like) as well as Regency-ish novels (both contemporary - Jane Austen, Brontes etc; and Georgette Heyer (but not any of the dreadful, poorly researched, sex mad rip-offs of GH) !)
I also enjoy rereading all the classic early teen girls books and school stories - Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, A Little Princess, Chalet School, Malory Towers etc as well as Eva Ibbotson's teen books.
As you can tell, I like my reading to be comforting, not scary or challenging :D
Ooh, Malory Towers! I And Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Grimm's fairy tales, which I now read to my grandson. This lead to me watching 'Grimm' on TV. I like murder mysteries - authors as above - but also Colin Dexter, Michael Connolly. SF by Dean Koontz (like S. King!). I like histories, the Plantagenets and Tudors, and the 'Sharp' series by B. Cornwall. Currently reading through one of Quintin Jardines murder mysteries.
 
Love crime fiction. I've just read, " The Couple Next Door" & " The End of Her", by Shari Lapena. " Those people", by Louise Candlish.

Read everything by Peter James, Peter May, James Robinson, Ann Cleeves, Harlen Coben, Henning Mankel & Sue Grafton & more.

Like a bit of Nordic noir.

I do read other types of fiction:

Recent reads have been; " The 5 people you meet in Heaven" & have" The Ocean at the end of the Lane" to read next.

I can sympathise with others on here - how does reading hurt?! - so I read as much as I can, when I can.
I read far too fast & can get through a book in one sitting, which is quite annoying. I don't like audio books as the readers don't read it properly!! I have a 'voice' in my head of how it should be read & how characters sound.

Any recommendations gratefully received., not non-fiction, I'm not keen on auto/biographies, There's no one famous/historical that I care enough to read about! :laughing:

Also Netflix recommendations?
 
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Love crime fiction. I've just read, " The Couple Next Door" & " The End of Her", by Shari Lapena. " Those people", by Louise Candlish.

Read everything by Peter James, Peter May, James Robinson, Ann Cleeves, Harlen Coben, Henning Mankel & Sue Grafton & more.

Like a bit of Nordic noir.

I do read other types of fiction:

Recent reads have been; " The 5 people you meet in Heaven" & have" The Ocean at the end of the Lane" to read next.

I can sympathise with others on here - how does reading hurt?! - so I read as much as I can, when I can.
I read far too fast & can get through a book in one sitting, which is quite annoying. I don't like audio books as the readers don't read it properly!! I have a 'voice' in my head of how it should be read & how characters sound.

Any recommendations gratefully received., not non-fiction, I'm not keen on auto/biographies, There's no one famous/historical that I care enough to read about! :laughing:

Also Netflix recommendations?
Although I did read book on Henrietta Lacks...
 

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Love crime fiction. I've just read, " The Couple Next Door" & " The End of Her", by Shari Lapena. " Those people", by Louise Candlish.

Read everything by Peter James, Peter May, James Robinson, Ann Cleeves, Harlen Coben, Henning Mankel & Sue Grafton & more.

Like a bit of Nordic noir.

I do read other types of fiction:

Recent reads have been; " The 5 people you meet in Heaven" & have" The Ocean at the end of the Lane" to read next.

I can sympathise with others on here - how does reading hurt?! - so I read as much as I can, when I can.
I read far too fast & can get through a book in one sitting, which is quite annoying. I don't like audio books as the readers don't read it properly!! I have a 'voice' in my head of how it should be read & how characters sound.

Any recommendations gratefully received., not non-fiction, I'm not keen on auto/biographies, There's no one famous/historical that I care enough to read about! :laughing:

Also Netflix recommendations?
Love Peter James' "dead" series with Roy Grace.
 
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Ah books, my favourite subject...

First off I'll throw in my agreement with the following books/authors already mentioned in this thread:
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
  • Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson (I've only read the first trilogy and not the second, but still)
  • Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Other sci-fi/fantasy recommendations:
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (I've read most of her novels but this one remains my favourite)
  • Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor (made even more enjoyable if you read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy first)
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing/A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
  • Both Recursion and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Illuminae trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (actually, Jay's Lifelike and Nevernight trilogies are also good)
  • Wayfarer series by Becky Chambers
  • Anything by V. E. Schwab, but the Shades of Magic trilogy in particular
  • Anything by Patrick Ness (More Than This is my favourite of his works)
Don't be put off by some of the above being YA - I'm in my 30s and still loved them.

Some recommendations from other genres:
  • The Strays of Paris by Jane Smiley
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
  • Anything by Fredrik Backman (the Beartown/Us Against You duology is my personal favourite)
Hopefully these lead to some of you discovering a new favourite :)
 
Forgot to mention, for the Sci Fi fans, The WOOL trilogy by Hugh Howey. They are brilliant! They really should be made into films. I think I read James Cameron was interested but nothing in pipeline as yet.
 
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Love crime fiction. I've just read, " The Couple Next Door" & " The End of Her", by Shari Lapena. " Those people", by Louise Candlish.

Read everything by Peter James, Peter May, James Robinson, Ann Cleeves, Harlen Coben, Henning Mankel & Sue Grafton & more.

Like a bit of Nordic noir.

I do read other types of fiction:

Recent reads have been; " The 5 people you meet in Heaven" & have" The Ocean at the end of the Lane" to read next.

I can sympathise with others on here - how does reading hurt?! - so I read as much as I can, when I can.
I read far too fast & can get through a book in one sitting, which is quite annoying. I don't like audio books as the readers don't read it properly!! I have a 'voice' in my head of how it should be read & how characters sound.

Any recommendations gratefully received., not non-fiction, I'm not keen on auto/biographies, There's no one famous/historical that I care enough to read about! :laughing:

Also Netflix recommendations?
If you haven't yet, try TF Muir and Helen Fields, both similar to Peter James.

The Death of Mrs Westerway by Ruth Ware
Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

And one I'd recommend to anyone is Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shephard - a top forensic pathologist. I honestly couldn't put this down. He dealt with everything from Hungerford to the Marchioness collision on the Thames. It is sad, funny at times, and very thought-provoking.

Netflix...
Harlen Coben - The Stranger and Safe
The Break
Bordertown
La Mante
Paranoid
Top of the Lake
 

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If you haven't yet, try TF Muir and Helen Fields, both similar to Peter James.

The Death of Mrs Westerway by Ruth Ware
Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

And one I'd recommend to anyone is Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shephard - a top forensic pathologist. I honestly couldn't put this down. He dealt with everything from Hungerford to the Marchioness collision on the Thames. It is sad, funny at times, and very thought-provoking.

Netflix...
Harlen Coben - The Stranger and Safe
The Break
Bordertown
La Mante
Paranoid
Top of the Lake
Also read Unnatural causes and Humble Pi , and others along the same lines- Traces by Patricia Wiltshire ,All that remains by Sue Black, This going to Hurt, Admissions: a life in brain surgery, Dopesick, The Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown (not as good).
Have read Factfulness, but didn't find it as useful/enjoy it as much as I had hoped.
Liked The secret barrister, and to a lesser extent Fake Law.
Reading Anna McNuff at mo- kind of travelogue.
anything by Jon Ronson, Bill Bryson ,
Strongly recommend Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
If only they didn't speak english- Jon Sopel...
Looking at my kindle list now, full of stuff I've yet to get round to..
 
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If you haven't yet, try TF Muir and Helen Fields, both similar to Peter James.

The Death of Mrs Westerway by Ruth Ware
Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

And one I'd recommend to anyone is Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shephard - a top forensic pathologist. I honestly couldn't put this down. He dealt with everything from Hungerford to the Marchioness collision on the Thames. It is sad, funny at times, and very thought-provoking.

Netflix...
Harlen Coben - The Stranger and Safe
The Break
Bordertown
La Mante
Paranoid
Top of the Lake
Watched most of these, couldn't get on with Top of the Lake, don't know why, it seemed my cuppa.

Would recommend

The Chalet ( French)
The Dark ( German)
Behind Her Eyes
What Happened To Monday
Glitch
Bloodline ( the series, not the film)
Good Morning Veronica

A friend here has said she is addicted to Netflix lately!
I'll be looking up your book recommendations, thanks. :)
 
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Ah books, my favourite subject...

First off I'll throw in my agreement with the following books/authors already mentioned in this thread:
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
  • Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson (I've only read the first trilogy and not the second, but still)
  • Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Other sci-fi/fantasy recommendations:
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (I've read most of her novels but this one remains my favourite)
  • Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor (made even more enjoyable if you read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy first)
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing/A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
  • Both Recursion and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Illuminae trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (actually, Jay's Lifelike and Nevernight trilogies are also good)
  • Wayfarer series by Becky Chambers
  • Anything by V. E. Schwab, but the Shades of Magic trilogy in particular
  • Anything by Patrick Ness (More Than This is my favourite of his works)
Don't be put off by some of the above being YA - I'm in my 30s and still loved them.

Some recommendations from other genres:
  • The Strays of Paris by Jane Smiley
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
  • Anything by Fredrik Backman (the Beartown/Us Against You duology is my personal favourite)
Hopefully these lead to some of you discovering a new favourite :)
I may have read The Priory of the Orange Tree three times already :love: I love that book!
 
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