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Elspeth 
Posted: 03-May-2004, 04:38 PM
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When life gets a bit too icky, I like to escape into a book. Some of my favorites are the James Herriot books - All Creatures Great and Small and the sequels.

I also have spent some time with the Anne of Green Gables series and others by LM Montgomery. I know they are considered kids books, but her characters are so real that I love to read them anyway. Her books and the James Herriot books make me believe again that it is possible to like people. biggrin.gif And that places of peace do exist.

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Posted: 03-May-2004, 06:09 PM
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A Terry Pratchett book is always good for a belly laugh. And I love Mercedes Lackey's stuff for cheering-up purposes, but hey, when I want to dive into a book, I'm not picky, I'll read anything that's around the house...


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Posted: 03-May-2004, 11:39 PM
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I have to agree, the James Harriot books are a great escape. One of the great things about them is that you can read just a chapter or so at a time, since they all are pretty much independent stories. How I would love to meet James Harriot (is he even still alive?). I can only imagine what it would be like to hear him tell his stories in his proper Scottish brogue! biggrin.gif

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Posted: 04-May-2004, 05:15 AM
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Alas, James Herriot died a few years back. Made me sad to know there would be no more wonderful books. sad.gif
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Posted: 04-May-2004, 06:34 AM
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Jane Austen's books do it for me 'Sense and Sensibility'[, 'Pride and Prejudice' etc.....

That time period fascinates me - but I'd only want to have been born into the idle rich.... not the 'lower orders'.... too much like hard work cool.gif
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Posted: 04-May-2004, 08:46 AM
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I love the Jane Austen books too, Catriona! I have read them over and over again. I love the styles of that period too... so elegant!
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Posted: 04-May-2004, 12:45 PM
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I'm lucky, I'm living in a house that was built in that period! Just wish I was a member of the higher echelons of society, with the income that went along with it!
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No way! That is soo cool! Is it one of the really big houses, or more like a 'cottage'?
I agree, it would be very nice to be in that high society and your only jobs ("occupation" - as they would say) be shopping, picking flowers, going on walks, dancing, and doing embroidery.
I just wish that that style of dress would come back. The dress I am wearing in my profile pic is one that is from that empire period. I wore it to a historical ball that my family participated in. I really love that dress! biggrin.gif


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Not a cottage, and that's all I'm prepared to say - just in case you think I actually live in regency splendour (with the income to go with it!)

Mind you, I'd like to be a lady of leisure, but I enjoy my work too much to give it up, at least for now! cool.gif
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Posted: 04-May-2004, 08:48 PM
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The James Herriot books are definitely good when you're feeling down, as are the Gerald durrell books. There's just something so comforting about animals and humor!

Its sad to think that both of them have passed away. I still remember buying one of Herriot's books several years ago at a garage sale, and talking to these two little old ladies who sold it to me. They seemed so happy to think that Herriot was still out in England practising and writing books that I didn't have the heart to tell them that he had died.


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Posted: 05-May-2004, 09:47 AM
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You know I can't say that there is one particular Author that I would reach for.

When I'm down, the whole idea is just to escape, since I primarily read science fiction, I just grab one I haven't read yet.


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Posted: 26-May-2004, 12:23 AM
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if someone asks for a good book to cheer them up, I always recommend Janet Evanovich's lady bounty hunter books, starting with "one for the money." my mom told me about them, and said that they were the only things that would make her laugh for the longest time after our father passed away. tongue.gif


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Posted: 02-Jun-2004, 06:22 PM
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I just read something. I usually just grab something from a shelf and plunge into it. Usually I go for something totally unrelated to the events that are taking me down. James Herriot books are good too.


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Posted: 02-Jun-2004, 06:31 PM
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Douglas Adams! I can pick up Hitchikers Guide to the Universe anytime and get a good laugh out of it. Also, Dave Barry, because he is just silly.

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Posted: 02-Jun-2004, 08:05 PM
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George Carlan's Napalm and Silly Puddy biggrin.gif

Other thanthat I don't read a lot of cheery books


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