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Stuck in hospital - books to cheer me up..

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Taytotots Wed 17-Apr-19 12:00:17

Stuck in hospital for at least a week after emergency surgery. Any recommendations on books to cheer me up? I've like recently Eleanor Oliphant, Major Pettigrews last stand, Eureka Street, Catch 22, Jeeves and Love in a Cold Climate, so i guess i have fairly broad tastes.

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codenameduchess Wed 17-Apr-19 12:04:40

I'm reading Eleanor Oliphant now and it's brilliant!

I've recently enjoyed;
Friend request
The corset
Column of fire (which follows pillars of the earth and world without end)
A prayer for Owen meaney

CurbsideProphet Wed 17-Apr-19 12:07:25

Do you have a kindle? I'm reading (and really enjoying) Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things. I read A Man Called Ove last month and enjoyed that too. Both have shorter chapters, which might be easier for you in hospital with the noisy distractions etc. Hope you have a quick recovery flowers

Taytotots Wed 17-Apr-19 12:15:43

Thanks codename and duchess. I think i read the keeper of lost things but did enjoy it. Forgot my actual kindle but do have the app on my phone. Yes short chapters might be best. Have someone checking my bp every five mins it seems.

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SmokeAndBone Wed 17-Apr-19 12:27:57

You might like Alexander McCall Smith Scotland Street series (starts with 44 Scotland Street).
Gentle, funny, relatable character. Short chapters as it was originally serialised in a newspaper.

Pashazade Wed 17-Apr-19 12:37:53

Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
Oscar Wilde detective series by Giles Brandreth
Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
The Assassins Prayer by Ariana Franklin
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
English by Ben Fogle
(Random selection from my bookcase!)

Taytotots Wed 17-Apr-19 23:15:38

I do like alexander mcall smith smokeandbone and the Isabel Dalhousie ones too. For some reason i can't get along with the no 1 ladies detective agency though or that would keep me busy. I'll check and see if more out but i think i've read them all.
Thanks pashazade i will look those up.

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Taytotots Thu 18-Apr-19 02:09:17

Update there are now 12 Scotland street books..i think.i have only read five smile.

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PomBearWithAnOFRS Thu 18-Apr-19 06:24:02

Gervaise Phinn (but not "All the Lonely People" cos it's sad!) his autobiographical ones are hilarious.
Gerald Durrell's "My Family and Other Animals" and the two sequels are funny too - gentle humour.
Pip Granger's books are good - "Not All Tarts Are Apple" is the first one - her turn of phrase is just perfect, and they have "real" likeable characters and are engrossing.

Modestandatinybitsexy Thu 18-Apr-19 06:37:10

On a hospital theme you could read This is going to hurt: the secret diaries of a junior doctor
It's such a funny memoir and you can easily dip in and out

DancelikeEmmaGoldman Thu 18-Apr-19 07:56:33

I’ve been enjoying Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce crime novels. Sort of English country house cosy crime, if one inhabitant of the house was an underage evil genius. They’re funny and quirky.

Taytotots Fri 19-Apr-19 13:40:32

pombear love gerald durrell. I'll look into the other two you mention - sound good. Dance they also sound great, will look them up. modest i loved this is going to hurt - not sure i'd recommend reading in hospital though grin. I'm going to have to stay in here a while to get through all those.

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TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Fri 19-Apr-19 13:51:41

Have you read Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books? There are loads of them, they are very, very easy to read, you don't need to concentrate hard, and they are laugh out loud funny, especially the earlier ones. They begin with One For the Money.

Taytotots Mon 22-Apr-19 05:48:48

I haven't read those onlylivingboy (carter fan?). Thanks i'll look them up. I did escape from hospital but meant to be taking it easy so should still have time to catch up on reading grin.

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