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Reader's Block. - Please help!
« on: April 05, 2016, 09:59:46 PM »
Hi Folks,

Can anyone recommend a book that's a nice easy read yet brings out all the emotions at various points? A real life drama type of thing. Sorry to be vague but I've kind of hit reader's block.

Thanks in advance,

Andy
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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2016, 09:54:40 AM »
If you want "real" life, there's American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson. For fiction that's only semi-real (a bit of a fantastic element), I might recommend Pears and Perils by Drew Hayes.


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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2016, 06:52:52 PM »
If you want "real" life, there's American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson. For fiction that's only semi-real (a bit of a fantastic element), I might recommend Pears and Perils by Drew Hayes.


Thanks for the recommendations. I'll download the samples and see how I go ;)

Andy
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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2016, 07:19:19 AM »
You may like The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff 1982.

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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2016, 10:06:47 AM »
You may like The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff 1982.
Thank you, I will add these samples too :)

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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2016, 04:23:31 PM »
A book that brought out all the emotions in me is A Fine Balance (Vintage International) by Rohinton Mistry. It's "easy reading" in the sense the writing is so beautifully done, but not necessarily easy in content. But it remains my favorite book.

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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2016, 08:15:08 PM »
A book that brought out all the emotions in me is A Fine Balance (Vintage International) by Rohinton Mistry. It's "easy reading" in the sense the writing is so beautifully done, but not necessarily easy in content. But it remains my favorite book.
Thank you Carrie. I've just read the intro and it sounds good. I'll download a sample and see how I go ;)

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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2016, 06:05:02 AM »
Thank you Carrie. I've just read the intro and it sounds good. I'll download a sample and see how I go ;)

Andy

So much great description about India too. Hope you enjoy it!

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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2016, 08:46:16 AM »
So much great description about India too. Hope you enjoy it!
Yes I've been to India which should make it even more interesting. In fact, grandmother was born there in 1910 as her father was an officer in the then British Army. Anyway, thanks once again for the recommendation Carrie.

Andy
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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2016, 09:41:59 AM »
Any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books (pick your topic...cats, dogs, golfing, writers, moms, dads, you name it). Anthologies of personal experiences that include a "chicken soup moment" (emotional turning point).

Full disclosure...I was and editor on 2 of these, so I know how they're crafted and edited. You can expect laugh out loud to tears, and cathartic as well.

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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2016, 05:16:37 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions Amy.

Not sure animal themes are my thing, but then sometimes we can be surprised at what we do like. It's not always what we thought we liked either ;)
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2016, 06:41:21 PM »
You may find the Boys in the Boat enjoyable...

It tells the improbable tale of a group of young rowers from the University of Washington on a quest to win gold at the 1936 Olympics held in Germany under Hitler's regime.



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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2016, 10:19:58 PM »
You may find the Boys in the Boat enjoyable...

It tells the improbable tale of a group of young rowers from the University of Washington on a quest to win gold at the 1936 Olympics held in Germany under Hitler's regime.


Thanks for the suggestion Joseph :)  Apologies for the delayed response but I've been away for a while.

Best regards,

Andy
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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2016, 05:15:55 PM »
No worries.

Hopefully, you were reading some good books!


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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2016, 07:23:22 PM »
No worries.

Hopefully, you were reading some good books!
Yes, getting back into the groove now Joseph. So many books, so little time ;)
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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2016, 10:52:06 AM »
This is the first time I heard "Reader Block". I thought there's only one for authors. I supposed authors and readers are kind of pairs  ;D

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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2016, 07:37:42 PM »
This is the first time I heard "Reader Block". I thought there's only one for authors. I supposed authors and readers are kind of pairs  ;D
It's perhaps because I spend most of my days writing 5ngela. I think it became hard to switch from one mode to the other. By that I mean switching from writing, rewriting, proofreading and editing to reading for pleasure. Anyway, that was then and this is now. I'm back to reading more and it's just great ;)
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Re: Reader's Block. - Please help!
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2016, 06:33:11 AM »
It's perhaps because I spend most of my days writing 5ngela. I think it became hard to switch from one mode to the other. By that I mean switching from writing, rewriting, proofreading and editing to reading for pleasure. Anyway, that was then and this is now. I'm back to reading more and it's just great ;)

I see. Thank you for your insight. I suppose I too have one when I am in my "low". It feels like I don't want to read anymore. But it's much better now  :)