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bessiebuncounter Posted 2 years ago
Hello. Just joined. What’s everyone reading?

I want to diversify my reading and stop clinging to my comfort zone of Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux et al.  So my current favourite genres are travel and humour…SUPRISE! I need to try other areas of literature.  So hoping this will offer inspiration to go forwards and prosper (quite literally, in the most literal sense) I’m going to stop now as I am wandering into the waffle zone.

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    • Barbara 21st August 2020 at 3:38 pm

      HI I am Barbara, and my favourite genre is crime fiction. I have read many crime writers and attend Bloody Scotland – a crime writing book festival in Stirling held every year in September – not this year because of you know what – that nasty virus – Stephen Leather; Alex Gray; Peter James; James Patterson; Lee Child; Flynn; – all these authors, to name but a few, are all very good.


      • polly 27th August 2020 at 9:42 am

        I’m reading Nicci French at the moment, but feeling its bit same! Need some intellectual inspiration, but with a good storyline.

        Polly x

        • jchughes2772 27th August 2020 at 2:31 pm

          Hello Polly

          I highly recommend Amanda Craig.  I have only read her latest, The Golden Rule, but am so excited about this author.  The book I mention has a good plot, is engagingly written and deals with many important issues of today, especially those effecting women.

          Happy reading


        • polly 27th August 2020 at 3:58 pm

          Thanks Joan,  I will give it a go.


    • nelsonjohn444 26th August 2020 at 2:21 pm


      I am currently studying history with the OU and like to read history books. My current book is, Seeking A Role : The United Kingdom 1951 – 1970 by Brian Harrison.

      The worrying thing is, much of the stuff that is being written about, I can remember!!

      • Deleted User 25th October 2020 at 1:47 pm

        May I suggest you consider reading Andrew Marr’s new book “Elizabethans”? It’s a social history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, in a nutshell. There’s some fascinating stuff in there, and like you, I remember quite a lot of it! It was a very good read as well, and it comes in audiobook form if you like that better.

    • mfasr61 26th August 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Hi, my fave author is Stephen King, and I have read all of his -thriller, horror, psycho, mystery stuff being my fave genre. Recently discovered John Connelly who may be lining up to be my next fave. Having said all that, my all time fave book is When rabbit howls – Truddi Chase, a very disturbing autobiography dealing with dissociative identity disorder, I have had the book donkeys years and read three times. Sounds heavy, but a seriously good read.

    • Deleted User 27th August 2020 at 11:13 am

      Hi, I’m really into historical fiction at the moment, and reading the Saxon Stories series by Bernard Cornwell (also known as the Last Kingdom, currently on Netflix). Set in the ninth and tenth centuries, the back story is how England was formed from the four kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia, Northumberland and East Anglia told from the perspective of a fictional character who is part Dane, part Saxon. I’m on book 11 of the 12 book series and a little bit sad that it’s about to end, so I’ll be looking for another similar series soon!

      • janieshep 4th September 2020 at 12:05 am



        i am absolutely hooked on this series too ! As a lover of historical fiction it is a great tale to see how just over 1,000 years ago , life was so primitive but formed the foundations of our modern world

        also no psychological police drama -just do or die – amazingly restful really !

        • janieshep 26th October 2020 at 11:16 pm

          I soo agree Jonathan  with that about the lack of psychological stress and drama …and how surprisingly relaxing even therapeutic  is ‘do – or die ‘!

      • Deleted User 25th October 2020 at 1:44 pm

        I absolutely love anything Bernard Cornwell writes. He’s really got the knack of creating credible characters you care about and weaving a tale. Although I’ve seen these books in the TV version (a bit like the Sharpe novels), I haven’t got around to reading them in book form yet. They are a treat I still have in the treasure chest of books on my To Read list! I’ve read his King Arthur/Merlin series, though – but I might have missed one somewhere in there…

      • mark-e-mark 26th October 2020 at 12:54 pm

        These sound great, I’ve not read any Bernard Cornwell but I’ve had them recommended a few times – maybe time to give them a go. If you’re enjoy entertaining books based on historical characters – I enjoyed Conn Iggulden’s “Emperor” series, which follows Julius Cesar from child to… well, Cesar! Naturally a lot of the details about his life are unknown, so it’s not 100% historically accurate as it simply can’t be. However, there are enough real characters and events to make it fascinating and to be transported back to those times. Which I’d much prefer to do in a book vs real life time travel to that more brutal world!

      • melayahm 29th October 2020 at 7:20 pm

        Have you read Cornwell’s Winter King trilogy? Only one of his I’ve read, as I love the Arthurian myth. Told from a different point of view and Very different take on the  characters!

      • Roger Bulpitt 17th December 2020 at 1:05 am

        I guess you are also reading Bernard Cornwell’s series about the Napoleonic wars

    • sara.graham6060 29th August 2020 at 1:40 pm

      Hi, my reading tastes are rather eclectic anything from horror to the classics. I agree with some of the recommendations I love The Lord of the Rings, The Shining and To Kill a Mockingbird. If it’s got words I’ll give it a go. I lucky dipped a new author, Barbara Erskine, so if you like ghost stories which capture past encounters surrounding the modern area then give her a go. Let me know what you think.

    • Richard 29th August 2020 at 4:56 pm

      T V choice

    • jsaskew5 31st August 2020 at 9:00 am

      Read ‘Fierce Invalids Back From Hot Climates’ by Tom Robins. This Other Eden by Ben Elton

    • Kathy Smith 3rd September 2020 at 7:26 pm

      Just finished ‘The Salt Path’ Raynor Winn – not many books I recommend everyone should read but this is one. Inspirational, thought provoking, generous of heart and reminded me that all you need is love to survive. A beautiful real story.

    • lizanne_19 3rd September 2020 at 9:09 pm

      I am reading Right Behind You by Rachel Abbott, started it yesterday and struggling to put it down!

    • Deleted User 25th October 2020 at 5:25 pm

      Dean Koontz – Life Expectancy.

    • Carolynjayne 25th October 2020 at 11:02 pm

      Linwood Barclay, James Patterson, Martina Cole and one that sticks to mind is Shadow in the Wind (not sure of the author), The Teacher was recommended to me in the salon the other day. Tattooist of Auschwitz is a great read!

    • lizanne_19 26th October 2020 at 8:19 am

      I have just finished the Woman in the Window, amazing read and twists! Also The other Half of Augusta Hope, Pretty Baby – by Mary Kubica, am reading about two books a week to help travelling to work more pleasurable! Presently reading The Shape of Lies..


    • lounic50 26th October 2020 at 9:26 am

      Hi, i have bits and bobs of most genres as i worked in a library. currently i like crime and have just finished Elly Griffiths – Ruth Galloway series and am working through Kate Ellis- Wesley Peterson series and Anne Cleeves – Shetland series. i use fantasticfiction.co.uk which is fab for checking authors work and whats new out.

      • PhilB 26th October 2020 at 7:56 pm

        I adore Elly Griffiths work and am update to date with the Dr Ruth series, and have just finished the postscript murders, which was another excellent read.

    • Mia 27th October 2020 at 11:16 pm

      Hi I’m Mia I love crime physiological thrillers Reading Blake pierce serious but as long as it’s not a girly book, I’m happy to try most things

    • mandyw 29th October 2020 at 9:23 pm

      I was in a similar rut. Steven King and Dean Koonz being my go to authors but shortly after I joined the Rest Less community the was an article about ’50 books you must read before you die’. I am now on my 5th book from that list-The Handmaids Tale and I am thoughroly enjoying my reading.

      • bessiebuncounter 30th October 2020 at 7:59 am

        Hello Mandy

        That’s a great idea.  I have, since posting that enquiry spread my wings a bit.  Now reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.

        1. Roz
      • Jill08 30th October 2020 at 9:26 am

        Hi, I’m Jill and recently started The Handmaid’s Tale (recommended by my son’s girlfriend) and couldn’t get to grips with it🙁. Would you recommend going back and having another bash at it?


        • mandyw 30th October 2020 at 10:30 am

          To be honest I watched the series first which gave me an understanding of the book. I read the book to fill out the story so it’s difficult to say if you should try again. I tend to give up on books if I don’t get into them straight away. I Vann recommend a book that I found enthralling, The Book Thief by Markus Zuskas…it made me cry but so well written

        • Suzbee 1st November 2020 at 10:41 pm

          Try the audio book, I listened to the 2nd book on audio, The Testaments, brilliant

    • janedefrancesco 30th October 2020 at 10:00 am

      I love a thriller/ murder mystery and also love history

      the shard lake Series by c j Samson are Amazing
      also you can’t beat jack reacher booked by lee child’s

    • Honeybee1 30th October 2020 at 4:59 pm

      My favourite authors are Sidney Sheldon and Jeffrey Archer, my favourite book of all time ‘Kane and Abel’. Does anyone know of an author who writes in a similar vein to Sudney Sheldon.

    • DAWNE 1st November 2020 at 11:33 pm

      Hi all, i am new to the group so just a few authors i enjoy.

      Ann Rice

      Robert J Crane

      K F Breene

      Ivy Asher

      I love supernatural books.

    • ElizabethS 20th November 2020 at 9:49 pm

      I love detective books or mystery ones currently reading Karen rose or karin slaughter

    • Deleted User 20th November 2020 at 10:29 pm

      C J sansom, the Shardlake novels

    • Rachel29 21st November 2020 at 11:03 pm

      I’m having a bit of a non-fiction thing at the moment. History books by Ian Mortimer but currently reading a biography of Charles II by Antonia Fraser.

    • Duncan 24th November 2020 at 5:29 pm

      Still slogging my way through the “Sword of Truth” series by Terry Goodkind

    • loislane 6th December 2020 at 7:39 pm

      Everything I can, I’m on a mission reading many different books and am up to 446 since January 1 this year.

    • Magval 7th December 2020 at 9:56 am

      I’ve just joined. Currently reading Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees. Interesting and quite tense read, I’ve reached the point where events are building up and there will be a betrayal . The author is new to me and I like her style so will probably try some of her other novels.

    • Roger Bulpitt 17th December 2020 at 1:03 am

      Yes you Bessie