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What are you reading?

Amazon offer a very useful feature by way of a free Kindle app download for tablet/laptop or PC. The app is entirely free to download and use, then most books in their book section offer a free sample download (bottom right of screen) of the first chapter(s) to try before you buy, no obligation. I’ve currently downloaded about 300 samples from various genres and authors to dip into. Having read and got a feel for the contents and style, I find many I would not actually buy, but several I would. Good way to virtually browse and all for free.

Wakefield, West Yorks.

Fossil wrote:

Fossil
10:15 27-Aug-20
930

Still reading “Hallelujah” by Father Ray Kelly, the singing priest. About halfway through this book telling the amazing story of a how a boy grew up, became a priest in Ireland and won the hearts of millions with his singing.
Have a look at these:

Absolutelly wonderful – thanks for posting these again, Alan!

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

Still reading “Hallelujah” by Father Ray Kelly, the singing priest. About halfway through this book telling the amazing story of a how a boy grew up, became a priest in Ireland and won the hearts of millions with his singing.
Have a look at these:


And this one from the Semi Final of Britains Got Talent 2018.


London

Academic research papers may not be everyone’s idea of armchair reading but this site offers an absolute gold mine of 26 million (yes 26 million) academic research papers on each and every subject imaginable in the arts and sciences, many of them current. Whether your interest is Art or Archaeology, the Romans or the Rennaissance, Descartes or Drama, Shakespeare or Sociology, Quarks or Quantum Mechanics, Politics or Parapsychology, German or Geography, there is undoubtedly a whole sheaf of virtual papers just for you on your chosen subjects, free to download and peruse for your pleasure. Site link here:

http://www.academia.edu

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 26 Aug 14:29
Wakefield, West Yorks.

Thanks for sharing your reading preferences @northernblue

northernblue wrote:

I have found maps in Kindle books to be invariably useless and photos marginally less so

Quite right. The Kindle is great for being able to hold multiple books, all the content none of the weight. Also being able to read in full sun without screen reflection/glare. What I have done in books, where there are maps or photos to study, is look at them on an iPad using the Kindle app, in fact I have sometimes had the map open on the iPad whilst reading the book on the kindle.

Cruzeroqueen1 wrote:

Authors I particularly enjoy are…..

I enjoy most of those too but I rarely reread a book. I have started to re-read some of the John Grisham books as it must have been 20/30 years since I first read them. Incredible to think it was 1989 when “A Time to Kill” was published.

Essex UK

coolonespa wrote:

coolonespa
07:16 20-Aug-20
925

@northernblue wrote:

a handful of collections

Would you mind sharing with us what books you are collecting?

@Cruzeroqueen1 wrote:

if it is an author whom I like to ‘collect’ I will keep it

As a matter of interest fo you keep it for nostalgia purposes or will you eventually re-read it?

Authors I particularly enjoy are James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman, Lee Child, Stephen King, Deen Koontz,
Dennis Lehane, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben, Jeffrey Deaver, Tess Gerritson, Kathy Reichs, Mark
Billingham, Jody Picoult, Peter James, Michael Connolly and Greg Isles. And I do re-read some, after a
suitable gap of a few years.

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

@coolonespa That’s an interesting question as I’ve never been asked about my reading habits, which are rather narrow. I mostly read non-fiction plus fictional titles based on historical events, as well as the occasional pure fiction action title. I tend to buy non-fiction in hardback, particularly where maps and photos are an important part of the content. I have found maps in Kindle books to be invariably useless and photos marginally less so. I have two hardbacks on pre-order from military historians James Holland and Rowland White to join others on my bookshelf. I also have a large collection of what might be termed ‘hobbyist’ books covering various transport interests, though this part of my collection is largely static with few additions in recent years. The most recent Kindle title that I have (re-)read was the omnibus edition of James Barrington’s Paul Richter series – an excellent collection of special operations/ secret service-type stories, loosely related to real world events. I also have an eclectic selection of autobiographies on my Kindle, the most recently read being that of DJ Jonnie Walker.

@northernblue wrote:

a handful of collections

Would you mind sharing with us what books you are collecting?

@Cruzeroqueen1 wrote:

if it is an author whom I like to ‘collect’ I will keep it

As a matter of interest fo you keep it for nostalgia purposes or will you eventually re-read it?

@Grey-Wolf wrote:

seems to offer no real solution

A product of our time. We have no end of platforms where folk can criticise others but few offer a visible alternative. I understand a labour MP got savaged on GMB a few mornings ago for going on to criticise the government for this & that but when challengedas to what she would do, was clueless.

Essex UK

Currently reading “The Answer” the latest (non fiction) book by David Icke, came out last week, 640 pages, colour plates, banned in WH Smiths & Waterstones, grand expose of the power cabal up to and including living world leaders, 5G, artificial intelligence and with additional end chapters on Covid -19 as most of the book was written before the pandemic. My chief criticism of Icke is that he seems to offer no real solution to the world horrors and atrocities endured by humanity in his final chapters. With a title like this, maybe this book is the exception, I’ll let you know when I’ve finished it.

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 19 Aug 15:39
Wakefield, West Yorks.

I prefer a real book any time. I get most of mine from our local animal sanctuary charity shop, and
if it is an author whom I like to ‘collect’ I will keep it, and all the others are returned there.

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain
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