For my birthday I received a Kobo e-reader. This has changed reading forever for me. I was preparing for a bath the other night and grabbed the Kobo and realised it was out of battery. Could I be bothered to pick up a book and read? Heck no! Holding a hardback book after holding a Kobo is hard, sounds pathetic I know but it’s true! With my precious Kobo you can just balance on something or prop it up or just simply hold it. A quick touch of the screen and voila! the next page. As you can probably tell I am quite taken with my new gadget. It has also widen my horizon with my reading as you have to purchase everything online. So instead of going straight to the thriller shelf in my local charity book shop I’m browsing reading groups etc online. So here are the reads I’ve been through since I last posted.
I had just begun Dead Ringer (see the last post in ‘Book’ category) but it didn’t click with me and even now remember very little about it. The next book I read was in hospital. It was one of the free e-books you can get from the Kobo website. My step-daughter quickly downloaded a few for me before I was taken into hospital. Her selection was quite crap! All period dramas which I have no patience for at all. Due to not being able to download anything in hospital I did try to read a couple, Pride and Prejudice and something else but not even being bored stiff didn’t change my opinion of these types of books. But one, which is not the sort of book I read either, did capture my imagination and was pleasantly enjoyable and interesting to read. Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelor was a pleasant get away whilst stuck in my little hospital cell. There was mystery, thrills and informative history. A little like Dan Brown as far as the plot goes. An old ancient organisation encapturing power and money. I would definitely recommend this book. I would say that as long as you like fiction you’d like this. It has a little of everything to satisfy.
I then continued to read a short story by Karin Slaughter, an author have enjoyed before. I didn’t realise it was a short story when I first downloaded it. The Unremarkable Heart. It was quite a mystery whilst reading it especially since I was waiting for the plot to kick in but normally with short stories (or ones I’ve read admittedly not many) they don’t make much sense til the ending. Well that’s how it went with this one. I was wondering ‘where are you going with this?’ Then BANG! you get it. It wasn’t an amazing BANG! but a BANG! nevertheless.
My latest read was Confessions of a GP by Benjamin Daniels. This was a fantastic read, and I’m tempted to give a copy to every disgruntled patient I see at work. The book is an account of a GP and the many things he deals with. There are funny stories and sad ones. There is also a good insight to the way a GP works and the rules they have to follow. It tells of the demands made of GP by patients and the NHS. Its amazing what some people expect. As I’ve said working within the NHS (I’m a dispenser) its good to see behind the scenes because things aren’t as clear-cut as they seem when you are an ill-informed patient. I definitely recommend this book if happy with the national healthcare or not.