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lonewolf56
4 days ago
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I am currently listening to Demi Moore's autobiography. It's well written and compelling (narrated by her.) She had a dysfunctional childhood, with a narcissist for a mother. Neither of her marriages was exactly stellar. I don't want to give anything else away, but I recommend it.
lonewolf56
4 days ago
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I am currently listening to Demi Moore's autobiography. It's well written and compelling (narrated by her.) She had a dysfunctional childhood, with a narcissist for a mother. Neither of her marriages was exactly stellar. I don't want to give anything else away, but I recommend it.
shrew1742
24th Dec 2019 15:02:56
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I have almost finished "The Downing Street Years" ( Lady Thatcher).

I did start reading this book about twenty years ago, but it was always in dribs & drabs
as I was still working full time. During the past month I have gradually worked my way
through it and I now admire her even more than when she was Prime Minister. An extremely
far sighted lady of whom we will probably never see the likes of again.

A few of you may think 'and thank goodness for that' regarding my last sentence. Yes,
she - as most of us have done - made mistakes, but on the whole the country was
left in a better state after her Premiership. She leaves the current crop of political leaders
standing as regards leadership.
Response from Wilf made on 24th Dec 2019 17:48:22
I agree she totally changed the country and society and made it entrepreneurial. She was a leader like Churchill. As for all the rest of the PMs they are political pygmies compared to those two.
MaryPoppins56
23rd Nov 2019 16:59:39
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I am currently reading 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FIne'. It is very funny and tragic at the same time. It portrays the nature of loneliness very well.
Carbuff
20th Nov 2019 15:35:52
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3/4 of the way through "The Collectors" by David Baldacci. He is one of my favorite story tellers and this book does not disappoint .
dsr25
30th Oct 2019 07:56:22
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I’m reading (well listening via Audible!) to Plague of Shadows by Michael Wisehart, which falls under the fantasy genre. It’s the second book of the Aldorian Chronicals.

I’m enjoying it, but maybe not as much as the Dragonlance books or the Trudii Canavan series.
destry
30th Oct 2019 00:22:18
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Currently I am reading a psychological thriller which has a Rosemary's Baby feel to it, called "Lock Every Door" by Riley Sager. It's not bad...an easy read. On audiobook, of which I am addicted to because I can "read" while I paint or do chores, I just started another psychological thriller called "Someone We Know" by Shari Lapena. I flip between thrillers and sci-fi usually. Even better when they are sci-fi thrillers. lol Just finished Stephen King's latest " The Institute" on audiobook. Wasn't too bad. Not his best, but not his worst either. Binge listened, so not boring.
Yodama
29th Oct 2019 10:20:16
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The Lost Hall of Records by John Van Auken and Lora Little, Ed.D.
A storehouse of ancient records discovered in in unexplored jungle of Yucatan was discovered concerning human history,


I have read this before, but it needs another read, so many facts to take in. Not to everyones taste but defintely mine.
Yodama
11th Aug 2017 22:44:25
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The Hidden Science of Lost Civilisations - The Source Field Investigations. By David Wilcock.
Quantum physics and consciousness research, tying science and long lost traditions of ancient wisdom to predict the future.
Response from MaryPoppins56 made on 28th Oct 2019 17:23:35
That sounds fascinating. I'll look it up.
Response from Yodama made on 29th Oct 2019 10:07:30
Hope you enjoy it Mary.
CaroleAH
19th Sep 2017 11:24:55
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I have recently finished "The Miniaturist" a debut, best-selling novel by Jessie Burton. It was the choice of our U3A book group - one friend said that it was the worst novel she had ever read and another said that it was her best so it was with some trepidation that I started it. I have to say that I didn't enjoy its themes of homosexuality (terrible punishment for those caught in 17C Amsterdam), racism, oppressive religion and bigoted class system all interwoven with the actions of the enigmatic miniaturist who seems to be a clairvoyant. Has anyone else read this novel and what did you think about it?
Response from MaryPoppins56 made on 28th Oct 2019 17:22:28
I read it and thought it was very good. Did you see the tv adaptation? I think it was on last year. I thought it was brilliant.
Response from CaroleAH made on 28th Oct 2019 17:48:05
HI Marypoppins,
I didn't watch the TV adaptation of the book as I really didn't enjoy it. Some of the members of my book group, like you, thought that the novel and the TV programme were brilliant and want us to read "The Muse" which is Jessie Burton's second novel.
RoC
9th Dec 2016 18:52:33
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Mine at the moment is "The Book Thief " by Markus Zusak.
I'm only halfway through, but it is extraordinary !!!
Response from MaryPoppins56 made on 28th Oct 2019 17:27:06
I loved the film!
Lyndaw
19th Sep 2017 21:41:31
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It is since quite a while since I read 'The Minituarist' and that with in a book group. As I recall, we were all a little disappointed with the novel, it did not live up to the hype.
Response from CaroleAH made on 19th Sep 2017 22:57:25
That's what most of our group felt as well (eleven members). Our marks out of ten ranged from four to eight with an average score of six. One of our criteria for judging a book is whether we would recommend it to a friend and our resounding answer was No!
Response from MaryPoppins56 made on 28th Oct 2019 17:21:01
I loved that book and the television adaptation was brilliant!!
MaryPoppins56
28th Oct 2019 17:18:26
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I prefer reading a real book although I do have lots of books on my tablet which I usually forget about! I am currently reading'The Last Tudor' by Phillipa Gregory. I love her books. I love the way she brings historical characters to life and shows history from the woman's perspective. She always depicts strong women characters and how they do their best to have some influence in societys. which do not allow women any autonomy.

I also love and have read many biographies and novels set during WW1 and 2. I enjoy reading about ordinary people who are living through exraordinary times and how they try to live their lives with some dignity. It never ceases to amaze me how brave ordinary people were during those awful times.
printsa
26th Oct 2019 19:23:25
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Working my way through Kingsley Amis. Currently on That Uncertain Feeling
Pottop
4th Oct 2019 19:39:22
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I've enjoyed The Salt Path by Raynor Wynn. As well as enjoying this I felt that by buying it I was contributing to her in some very small way. However, it did awaken something within me especially as I was looking after my Mother 24/7 at the time of reading and I vowed that when she died (she was 99 at the time) I was going to leave home and run away (except I did it already at 17)! Ha.

She has since died, sadly and I am now thinking about that "grand walk". Raynor Wynn's fault, but it was such fascinating reading. I didn't realise that it could be possible except her circumstances dealt her such a blow in life that there were very little options in life other than to "go for a walk".
Response from Tr1sh made on 4th Oct 2019 22:00:14
I don't seem to have much time to read these days but The Salt Path sounds interesting. I might check that out.

Very hard to lose a parent no matter what age they (or we) are.
CaroB4
2nd Aug 2019 15:19:36
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I am currently reading "Force of Nature" by Jane Harper...which is keeping me guessing as yet!

I also enjoy Patricia Gibney's DI Lottie Parker series...have just finished the latest one. I like the way the private lives develop and intertwine with the story from the beginning. I made sure I read them in order.
wampus
12th Jan 2018 18:32:13
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Hi have just finished reading the last of the Harry Bosch detective series. I have lived nr Los Angeles and the series is very authentic and we'll written, if you like Jack Reacher you will like these,
Response from CaroB4 made on 2nd Aug 2019 15:13:49
My husband read all the Harry Bosch Jack Reacher novels during his period of illness ie the last two years to 3rd June...and he got a lot of pleasure from them. A nurse at the hospital asked him why he liked Jack Reacher so much..."Because he is naughty" was his response! Naughty indeed! I am not sure the nurse fully understood what "naughty" meant in this case!
NellC
2nd Jun 2019 12:05:58
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Great fan of Ellie Griffiths and Louise Penny, look forward to their latest books.
Topsie
22nd Oct 2018 13:26:43
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I have just finished reading The Girl Who Wanted To Belong by Angela Hart. This book gives an insight to the problems Carers have to cope with. I have read all of her books also Casey Watson who is also a Carer. These two ladies have had extra training to cope with really difficult children who have not known the love of parents. All their books are good and interesting. The difference they make to a child is amazing.,
Response from Topsie made on 3rd Jan 2019 19:21:43
I agree with you. I have read all of Cathy Watson, and Angela Hart books. Also Cathy Glass but she hasn't had the extra training for really difficult children. It is a real and disturbing insight to how some children are treated by their biological parents. It is interesting to read how the Foster Parents gradually help these children to have a normal childhood and are then either moved to a long time Foster Carer or adopted.
CaroleAH
22nd Oct 2018 15:50:14
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Our U3A Book Group has just read "The Keeper of Lost Things" a first novel by Ruth Hogan. The majority of us (9 out of 11) thought that the book was brilliant and this is the report which I put on our website:
We had an interesting debate with many diverse opinions. Comments ranged from “the worst book I have ever read” and “boring” to “wonderful”, “clever plot, loved it” and “just as appealing second time round”. Most of us had great empathy with the Down’s Syndrome young woman, Sunshine, who was very much in tune with everyone’s feelings, spoken or unspoken, and who had an often quirky way of expressing herself; she always described herself as being “dancing drome”. The verdict of the majority was that this was a super first novel which left us feeling good!
Scores out of 10 ranged between 2 and 10 with an average score of 7.
I would be interested to hear if you have read it and what you thought about it.
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