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Is it ok to recommend a fiction book?

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 LostInHisFog (original poster member #78503) posted at 2:33 PM on Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

I'm an avid reader, love reading and I always chase those kind of books that I fall into and lose myself... but with dealing with infidelity that is a luxury I find so hard to achieve these day, to stop thinking long enough to enjoy reading.

I've wanted to share this since I joined but I wasn't sure if this section is purely for help books?? While I'm here I may as well list the book I'm maybe-possibly-likely breaking the rules over

The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear

by: Walter Moers

It's my go to book, and author, when I need the world to vanish.

Honestly have no way to describe this wonderous imaginative book. Some try and explain "it's a children book for adults" but that doesn't quite cut it. As bluebear (MC) grows so does the language of the book, I've never experienced an evolving book before, but that's what it does.

We start the book with the introduction to a baby bluebear, no larger than a walnut, being swept to his death thanks to the misfortune of being in a walnut heading towards a maelstrom but as bluebear grows so does the writing style, it gets a little ... meaty, as one reviewer writes "But to get some of the jokes, you need to have a passing familiarity with quantum physics, string theory, and academic politics." It is a hoot (at times I snort laugh reading this and I can't name another book that has me doing that of late) and it's just a fabulous world to escape into.

Anyway, this has been a gem for me during this time, sometimes my mind needs that time out and I find it so hard to lose myself in fiction these days so I thought it worth a mention.

(so so sorry if this was for self help books only )

I edit because I'm fluent in typo & autocorrect hates me.

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outofsorts ( member #70701) posted at 3:14 AM on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Totally okay! And appreciated as I need some book recommendations. I've added that one to my list.

I'll pass on another one to repay the favor:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Within the first paragraph of the story you find out that a group of college students have murdered one of their friends. This book tells the leadup to the murder, the murder itself, and then the repercussions. It was incredibly engaging - I had trouble putting the book down! A good friend mentioned that she had read this years ago, was reading the book on the subway ride to a job interview and then was so happy when the interview was over so she could go back to reading again

Anyone else have good recommendations?

Me(BW): 40
WH: 40
Married 7 years, together 20.
Dday 2/22/19
Reconciling

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 LostInHisFog (original poster member #78503) posted at 5:56 AM on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Wonderful!

I'm going to suggest an oldie.

The Seventh Scroll

by Wilbur Smith

An archeological adventure book, booby traps and all.

It is a part of a series, seven books I think make the entire series, this is book #2.

Book #1 (River God) is set during Ancient Egypt times while book #2 is the archeological dig involving the pharaoh's (book#1) tomb, so knowing details about the MCs of book #1, like what the pharaoh liked to eat for example, doesn't matter in book #2.

River God was a great read back in the day but I haven't read it since Dday as I believe the scribe falls in love with one of the pharaohs wives and I don't remember him acting on it but I don't want to face that right now if you know what I'm saying so I jumped straight to book #2 and glad I did.

The Seventh Scroll is a treasure hunting dream book.

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nscale56 ( member #60270) posted at 8:41 PM on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Dresden Files. All of them.

"If it ain't broke you're not tryin'"
The mans prayer--"I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess"

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traicionada ( member #10310) posted at 9:38 PM on Saturday, July 10th, 2021

I ♥️ Bluebear too! My most recent awesome read was The Anthropocene by John Green

Real love is a CHOICE, NOT a feeling...

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outofsorts ( member #70701) posted at 12:45 AM on Sunday, July 11th, 2021

Okay, here's another one you all might like.... Hominids by Robert Sawyer. It's essentially about a Neanderthal - from a parallel world where an advanced society of Neanderthal's populate earth - who suddenly gets deposited in Canada after a science experiment goes wrong. It's an enjoyable read but also really thought provoking - I still think of it fairly often!

Me(BW): 40
WH: 40
Married 7 years, together 20.
Dday 2/22/19
Reconciling

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gmc94 ( member #62810) posted at 2:08 AM on Sunday, July 11th, 2021

I used to be an avid reader, but I've read less than a handful of fiction in the 3.5 years since dday, and am really enjoying "My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She's Sorry" by Fredrik Backman (warning: it does have some infidelity).

I honestly don't know how to describe/what genre it would fit into, but the themes have hit me pretty hard (more than once I've walked into IC with a quote from this book).

I intend to read some of Backman's other works.

M >25yrs/grown kids
DD1 1994 ONS prostitute
DD2 2018 exGF1 10+yrEA & 10yrPA... + exGF2 EA forever & "made out" 2017
9/18 WH hung himself- died but revived

It's rude to say "I love you" with a mouthful of lies

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CheesecakeBaker ( member #78991) posted at 10:26 PM on Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

I've been reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry during this period of navigating my divorce. It's a beautifully written, character-driven story and I highly recommend it.

I also just finished Severance by Ling Ma. It was excellent - I read it all in two days. Content warning: It does deal with a global pandemic (published in 2019!) and may be triggering for some people still reeling from COVID-19.

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