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  1. I was laid up with it last week. I was lucky. This week I am fine, aside from feeling ridiculously tired. Every little thing I do requires resting afterwards. It was separate bedrooms and me wearing a mask indoors to prevent husband catching it. That was fun! Rest, rest, rest. Take naps, lounge about and let your body get on with fighting this horrible virus. I took paracetemol (tylenol?) before bed, and during the day when I needed it. What got me through was lots of drinks (all kinds except alcohol), ice lollies (do you call them pops or popsicles in the US?), jelly (jello?) lots of fruit, and one night, a plate of chunky chips (Thick cut french fries). I hope you all get better very soon. I will be thinking of you all.
  2. Two great ones from the PI's PI, Phillip Marlowe; Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead. (The Big Sleep) The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back. (The Long Goodbye) The second one makes me chuckle whenever I read it. I know girls like that, and the looks they throw!
  3. I finished The Sweetness At The Bottom of The Pie. A wonderful read, with a terrific lead character. The second book of the series is lined up for me to read soon. A book I have owned for a long time was my next read, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It was an enjoyable tale to settle down with, and I can understand why it was so popular when it was first published. Meanwhile I have bought Signs & Symbols - An illustrated Guide To Their Origins and Meanings. About 30 years ago I borrowed a fascinating book on signs and symbols from my local library. It was the only time I have ever considered declaring a book lost, paying a small fee, and keeping the book. I didn't do that, but neither did I make note of the author or ISBN. So, over the years I have rummaged in second hand book stores, gazed at the bookshelves of others, and purchased books on the subject. One day I hope to find that book, but until then I am happy to keep looking in a haphazard way, and leave it up to the Gods of Reading..
  4. I really loved Whispers Underground. Aaronovitch takes the fantastical and seems to render it ordinary, so within a few pages you are perceiving these extraordinary things as just another aspect of the story being told.
  5. Northern Exposure! Gosh, that takes me back. I have been really busy of late, but with super hot weather due to hit the UK for a few days, I have tried to get ahead of my tasks lists a little, so I can take things fairly easy over the next day or two.
  6. A hot day here. We went for a walk at 6 this morning, which was lovely, but you could feel the heat rising. We have been cave dwellers (indoors with curtains closed and windows open) since midday. We may have a cuppa outside maybe around seven, when it has cooled down again. Tomorrow and Tuesday are due to be much hotter, so we will follow the same pattern to hopefully keep the worst of the heat at bay.
  7. I loved Whispers Underground, muggle not. I hope you enjoy it too. Very little reading taking place here, but I am just going with the flow of it. Been very busy, and when I have found time to sit for a while, I have not found my mojo to be awake. It will return, no doubt.
  8. Haven't been reading much, as we were away (properly and for 4 nights!), and I was too tired in the evening to read. I have come home with a few guide books and a photo of a book my son had that I would love to have, Signs & Symbols Source Book. I have spent the past few days catching up with myself, so hope to be reading some more of the delightful Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie
  9. I have been absent too often from the forum, despite feeling my heart ache at the thought of losing it. Sometimes socially communicating is somewhat beyond me, but it really is a case of use it or lose it for us all. I will have a proper think, and maybe a rummage on some of the old threads, and remind myself of some of the chattier threads and their subjects. I know we had a 'what are you up to' style thread, as a general chatter thread which was a nice way of staying in touch so that it didn't over flood the book activity thread. Oh, and the BGO arrivals, plus others? - I LOVE that you are here!
  10. Poppy and muggle not recommended Alan Bradley's Flavia De Luce series to me, just as I was seeking a read-alongside book to accompany my slow reading of Anthony Burgess' Earthly Powers. Five Chapters in and I am loving it! the character of Flavia is an utter delight. I think the Burgess re read will be taking me a bit longer than I initially planned.
  11. I am sorry to read that megustaleer.
  12. Kudz, I love that you start by saying you don't collect anything, and then realise that you do. I am completely the same with notebooks and pens to the degree that I CANNOT let myself buy any more notebooks as I am running out of room. (Pens take up less room, so......) Paper and book related things go together well with reading I think. Lunababymoonchild's suggestion of sudoku I can give a rousing "I second that!" as an anxiety buster, and can also recommend suguru puzzles. I find them both really calming to do, and there's lots of download & print ones available for free online. Although I can knit and crochet (very badly), if I want to watch tv and do things I stick with crocheting, as when I knit I can't take my eyes off of the needles without things chaotically unravelling.
  13. Well, I can't ignore a double recommendation, can I? I took a wander over to Amazon to see what a'kindling books they had, and discovered I bought The Sweetness At The Bottom of The Pie way back in 2015! (Probably having heard about it on here!) So, it looks like I haver found my 'alongside' novel. Thank you both.
  14. I am quietly and slowly reading a chapter or two every day of Anthony Burgess' Earthly Powers. A need for something a little lighter is growing in me, so I may do something I haven't done in years, and have more than one fiction book on the go. I just have to decide which one. Switching between a reference book and a novel I do quite regularly, and in fact have just started reading a city guide for Chester. More than one novel can take a little contemplating.
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