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poor concentration span, can you help me get back into reading please? I miss it.

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yoink Tue 18-Oct-16 11:41:45

The baby years (and pressures of studying) have totally messed with my concentration span. The last thing I read all the way through was The Goldfinch, but it was so good that everything to follow it seemed so boring or poorly written by comparison!

I keep picking up books to read at bedtime and then get distracted by my phone (damn you MN!).

So please, any gripping and/or fascinating books to get my concentration span back up to strength?

I've enjoyed non-fiction like David Sedaris and Jon Ronson too btw. Oh and I enjoyed I Am Pilgrim blush but I generally avoid things with lots of violence against women like the scandi thrillers.

I'd really appreciate any suggestions from you expert lot.

SatsukiKusakabe Tue 18-Oct-16 12:08:10

Where'd You Go Bernadette is great.

I take it you've read the Secret History by Donna Tarrt?

Kate Atkinson - I really liked Behind the Scenes at the Museum but Life After Life and it's follow up are good too.

The Luminaries is excellent, clever and well written, intriguing plot.

I read and liked True Grit earlier this year, which might not be your usual cup of tea, but was short and sweet and compulsive. (Also Donna Tartt's favourite book, she wrote the intro to my version)

yoink Tue 18-Oct-16 16:46:50

Thank you Satsuki

You're right, I LOVED the secret history, and that would be exactly the kind of read I'm after.

And True Grit could be a good call - something I would never have picked up without a recommendation.

Where'd You Go Bernadette also looks like a nice light read that could work.

bumpetybumpbumpbump Wed 19-Oct-16 07:29:22

Do you like psychological thrillers? They can be pacy and fast moving and easy to read-might get you into reading again?

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Wed 19-Oct-16 07:53:07

Have you read We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves? I found it really unputdownable. I also read A Thousand Splendid Suns in about two days, but it made me cry - which I hardly ever do at books.

SatsukiKusakabe Wed 19-Oct-16 09:27:24

Yes Bernadette is very easy reading but sharp and funny and a bit more to it than the cover would suggest.

Also I just finished Slade House by David Mitchell, creepy and a short page turner. His Bone Clocks is also quite easy reading if looking fir something different.

I'm not into police procedural type crime, but enjoyed the Shardlake historical detective novels by CJ Sansom. Very easy to read, but well written and researched, been much passed round the family as well.

yoink Wed 19-Oct-16 18:57:21

A psychological thriller could be just right (not gory though). Can you recommend any?

I was enjoying We Are All... until, you know, The Thing and then it lost all value for me. A Thousand Splendid Suns made me cry too (post-natal, what was I thinking??)

I'm compiling a wish list with all these suggestions - thank you!

bumpetybumpbumpbump Wed 19-Oct-16 19:06:02

I've started the burning air this week and I'm looking forward to bed time now to read !!!
Anything by Sabine durrant, mark Edwards...others will come along and help me hmmhmm

VanderlyleGeek Thu 20-Oct-16 14:30:40

American Housewife by Helen Ellis is a collection of short stories--some only a few pages long--that is often deeply satirical. It runs the gamut from creepy book clubs to beauty pageant contestant "rescue" programs.

Satsuki is absolutely right about Bernadette; it's great on many levels. Semple just published another book, Today Will Be Different, but I've not yet read it.

EverySongbirdSays Thu 20-Oct-16 15:25:46

The same thing happened to me, though illness not pregnancy related, and I really struggled for 12 months.

The book that got me back in was Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and I've since read a further 4 books. Yay!

Boisderose Thu 20-Oct-16 15:31:54

I second the Shardlake series. Not too gory, intriguing plots and well written enough not to make them feel too scuzzy

SatsukiKusakabe Thu 20-Oct-16 16:08:36

That is such a good description of them, boisderose, grin@ well written enough not to make them feel too scuzzy

Can't wait to read the new Semple, Vanderley enjoyed the sample, but 7.99 on the Kindle is a bit too dear for me at the moment.

VanderlyleGeek Thu 20-Oct-16 17:21:55

I hear you, Satsuki. The hardback is $35 and the ebook is $17.99 here!

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Fri 21-Oct-16 07:12:12

yoink - by "the thing" do you mean the twist about Fern's identity? That's what makes the book so brilliant! Or have I misunderstood?

P1nkP0ppy Fri 21-Oct-16 07:19:05

I totally agree with yoink about 'We are Al....' and Fern's identity, I completely lost interest in it and didn't bother to finish the book.
I too seem to be unable to settle with a book at the moment, I've start eight and not completed any 😟
Will certainly try some of the ones recommended here, thank you.

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 21-Oct-16 07:44:44

It does seem like the twist was a very dividing moment, loads of people seemed to have chucked it at that point - not sure why though? It was quite interesting after, I just carried on reading... I did have a feel that all was not as it seemed through the build up, so maybe I was less pissed off?

Not the best book ever, but a good read and a bit different.

CurtainsforRonnie Fri 21-Oct-16 07:48:05

Watching with interest.

yoink Fri 21-Oct-16 09:09:34

TheOnlyLivingBoy - Yes! That's what I mean! I was so disappointed I ditched it shortly after the reveal. I had no interest after that. But I know loads of people who loved it, so I know I'm in the minority.

Guys, this is making for a great wish list smile

yoink Fri 21-Oct-16 09:18:52

I should make a contribution for others following.

I've just started Remarkable Creatures which a friend recommended ages ago and I'd forgotten about. I've read for three nights on the trot, just a few pages at a time, but this is more than I've read for a year or two!

It's about some Edwardian fossil hunting women and so far I'm interested enough to want to pick it up again.

SpaghettiMeatballs Sun 30-Oct-16 21:30:07

<marks place> I was going to post a very similar thread asking what I've missed in the past 5 years.....

The past five years have been the leanest of my life book wise. I've gone from at least a book a week to a book a month. Like you I can't entirely blame my 4 and 2 year old as some of it is distraction caused by my phone.

I really want to turn this around and get back into reading almost as frequently as I used to.

SatsukiKusakabe Mon 31-Oct-16 10:32:20

I got off reading in my second pregnancy, was in a lot of pain during and after, couldn't walk, and not getting any sleep and my concentration just went. I read four books the year of my pregnancy, four the year after, but then 20 last year and so far this year I've read 60, so you can get it back.

AdoraBell Mon 31-Oct-16 10:36:08

Mind if I tag along please? Also struggling to read anything as concentration level has fallen off a cliff hmm

minifingerz Mon 31-Oct-16 11:12:41

I can no longer read. Too tired.

However, I've got through about 600 novels in three years since joining Audible.

I listen while I walk the dog/shop/do housework.

I really recommend it!

MermaidofZennor Mon 31-Oct-16 14:30:29

Audible is brilliant but I find I often struggle to find uninterrupted listening time - a few hours during school time but not at weekends, evenings or school holidays.

SpaghettiMeatballs Mon 31-Oct-16 18:02:24

I think another problem I have is that I wait for time to read when I just need to grab what time I have.

E.g. Just had 15 minutes sat down with a cup of tea after DC's dinner and decided it wasn't worth getting my book for 15 minutes so browsed mumsnet instead.

When I was younger I would sit and read a book cover to cover and I think I need to remember those days are gone and 15 minutes to read a chapter or two is fine and better than not reading!

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