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The writing prompts invite postcrossers to write about a different topic on their postcard’s messages every month. These are just suggestions though — if you already know what you want to write about, or the recipient gives you some pointers, that’s great too!

This month’s prompt was suggested by both Jetske and LenaSophie some time ago on the forum:

In August, write about the last book you’ve read.

So… any good literary tips?

The last book you've read

The last book I’ve read is one I’ve read quite a few times, and regularly return to when I’m feeling overwhelmed. It’s a very short read called How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett. Despite being a book from the early 1900s (and thus available for free at Project Gutenberg), its advice still feels very appropriate in the age of digital distractions. I would recommend it to anyone who feels like they are constantly running out of time, for some refreshing perspective.

What about you? What was the last book you’ve read? And would you recommend it? We encourage you to write about it on the postcards you send out this month.

PS – A quick update on our 150 years of postcards party: events are being planned in 12 different countries already, including museum tours and many meetups. Later today we will check our PO box to see if the first postcards for the UPU postcard exhibition have already arrived. We’ll keep you posted! 😊



53 comments so far

ctr, Germany
Do you know that all IP-addresses in Germany are blocked from

This is what the site writes:about it:
"A Court in Germany ordered that access to certain items in the Project Gutenberg collection are blocked from Germany. Project Gutenberg believes the Court has no jurisdiction over the matter, but until the issue is resolved, it will comply.
For more information about the German court case, and the reason for blocking all of Germany rather than single items, visit PGLAF's information page about the German lawsuit."

meiadeleite, Portugal
@ctr I had no idea, and I'm sorry to hear it. :(

ned44440, Ireland
I love light-hearted feel-good reading like romances.

mikluk3110, Poland
Last time I've read all stories about Sherlock Holmes and I had so much fun! This character is epic :D

hobbymail, United States of America
a delightful semi-autobiographical U.S novel from the 1900s (1948) is Cheaper By The Dozen by Frank Gilbreath, Jr. and his wife who had 12 children And were Professional Time Management Experts! If youhaven't the time, there was a movie (ha,ha).

Bublina007, Czech Republic
LILAC GIRLS from Martha Hall Kelly.

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades. Very nice book!

Cobweb, United Kingdom
The last book I read was The Ravenmaster, by Christopher Skaife - the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London. It's about his life looking after the ravens, and how he came to have the job. He's a natural storyteller, I couldn't put it down!

szendwarf, Hungary
The Choice: Embrace the Possible (2017) by Edith Eva Eger . This is what I've read and it is fascinating. It is a memoir and a beautiful answer to the life.

I really like the historical detectives of B. Akunin, the books of A. Makarevich, especially "Entertaining Narcology")).

Rocky3000, United Kingdom
must have been one of the Jack Reacher stories by Lee Child; I used to read a lot while traveling to work (London underground)... but that stopped somehow; the tube got so crowded and smartphones took these days I am browsing the headlines instead

Rocky3000, United Kingdom
I just remembered... I did read Ben Aranovitch' detective stories "Rivers of London"
Very entertaining.

msquared47, United States of America
Baked With Love by Erin Wright, one of my favorite authors!

Gerda-RD, Netherlands
I've just been back from our 2-weeks holiday in Kent (UK) and I've read the first 5 books of the 7 sisters from the writer Lucinda Riley. And now we have to wait 'till 12 feb. 2020 for the 6th book. One of the 5 books "The Shadow Sister"was written in the area where we were on our holiday. That what funny to walk "together" in Sissinghurst Castle.

cenizo99, United States of America
I just finished reading Lawrence Wright's book: "God Save Texas." It is an irreverent and penetrating look at our state. Some of it makes me sad (the political divisions and hubris of our leaders), some of it makes me proud (our music and BBQ and overall friendliness) and some of it leaves me shaking my head (our state snack: Tortilla Chips and Salsa - Who knew?)
The book is quite a good portrait of the state in a time of great chaos and confusion.

nm_rockhound, United States of America
How The West Was Won - Louis L'Amour

Gen24, United States of America
Seekers by Erin Hunter. It's about bears in the wild. :-)

alison41, South Africa
The Pine Islands - Marion Poschmann. (tranlated into English, from German). A very original beautiful little book. Go to my blog to see more . I read a lot!

arizpublaw, United States of America
A surprisingly readable novel is a new fiction book by Delia Owens "Where the Crawdads Sing." Story of a poor woman growing up in the North Carolina coastal marshlands - see

I think it has been #1 on NY Times list for the last 44 weeks!

Kristi-D, United States of America
Great prompt! What I most want to know is where to get that great "My Library" postcard. My book-loving friends would love to receive that!

meiadeleite, Portugal
@Kristi-D It's from a book of 50 literary postcards called "The Snooty Bookshop", by illustrator Tom Gauld: They're all brilliant!

vlada_123, Russia
The last book I read was the "Invisible Man" by H. G. Wells.

AWEF, United States of America
The Great Revolt by Paul Doherty. One of the zillion medieval murder mysteries I’ve been reading. And YES, Tom Gauld is brilliant! Both as a writer and artist!!!

elos, Netherlands
Well, not my last read book, but postcard lovers of course should read "The Englishman who posted himself and other curious objects"by John Tingey.

Alexander9179, Russia
Every child should read:
“Uncle Tom's Cabin”, Harriet Beecher Stowe
“Oliver Twist,” Charles Dickens
"The Adventures of Cipollino", Gianni Rodari
"Honest Word" and "Republic of SKID", A. I. Panteleev
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Mark Twain
"Son of the regiment", Valentin Kataev
"Peppy Long Stocking", Astrid Lindgren
"Peter Pan", James Barry

Gen24, United States of America
Anyone like warrior cats?

HelenaRudaya, Belarus
Once Upon a River
Diane Setterfield

Watchmen, Ukraine
Yesterday I finished reading some marvelous russian fantasy "Labyrinth of Mönin" by Max Frei.

andyeats, Australia
"His name was Walter" - AMAZING read, had me hooked right till the last word! Actually a kids book? but it had this 47 year old not wanting to put it down. It is a group of school kids & their teacher that find a book in an old house during a storm and they read it so you feel as if you are reading the book with them... All about love, deception and that truth can always win in the end...; It's by Emily Rodda.

Wendy-xiaowen, China
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce.Very impressive.

galdzha, Bulgaria
"Secret history"
Dona Tart

Marusik_G_I, Russia
Stephen King "Long walk"

Flippie, Canada
Hi, I just read; " The Bookshop of Yesterdays" from Amy Meyerson. It's about loving real books in-stat of e-books. Same as we all love real postcards in-stat of e-cards, isn't?
Happy reading to you all, Anneke

justicepirate, United States of America
I read over 100 books per year, so this is great. I just finished a book called The Reader by Traci Chee (first of a YA series).

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day seems like such an interesting book to learn from even today, as so many people work and work and work! Thanks for the recommendation.

surfclub66, United States of America
The last book I read was White by Bret Easton Ellis. It's his first nonfiction book and I loved how easily his writing flows. Now I just started Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen by Kathleen Hale. It's a dark comedy about teen murder and it's very over the top funny.

Talal90Ahmed, Iraq
why we write<m.merical
11 feets balck - muhmoud aladway

Frohnatur_73, Germany
I love the books of Patricia Shaw. My last book I read was "Mango Hill"

FUZY8, Austria
Since I was a child I read Disney Comic books especially with Donald duck and Mickey Mouse :)

stokely, Russia
"Eliza and her monsters" by Francesca Zappia. Couldn't put it down!

hesssteff, Germany
MUC triology by Anna Mocikat.

Rachelrosen, United Kingdom
Thank you for some brilliant recommendations. Mine -
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
Holes by Louis Sachar ( children's book but excellent)

SophietheValiant, Kazakhstan
Currently I'm reading IT by Stephen King. For two long years now! Oh man, I'm so tired of it already. But I still have two hundred pages or so. 😫

EyaBenSalah, Tunisia
A book I really liked, it wasn't my last book but I was so overwhelmed that I recommend tp everyone its name is "Of mice and men" by steinbeck.. I don't even have the words to describe it..

Bookloverread2019, United States of America
Dreams of Joy Lisa See

tuesday_ruby, Indonesia
I am reading the full version of Don Quijote de La Mancha in Indonesian. The translated version was recently launched in Jakarta. It's said that the book is one of the must read books of all time. Trully reccommended. Happy reading!

evolving62, United States of America
I just finished a young adult novel called "The Book Jumper". It was very good. A nice, easy read. I'm in the middle of "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton. I read it years ago, and knew I loved it, but couldn't quite remember the story. So, I've decided to re-read it. Other books I've recently finished that I would highly recommend are "Big Little Lies" (by Lianne Moriarty), "The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley" (by Jeremy Massey), and "Your Heart, My Hands" (by Arun K. Singh). I, as well as my son, enjoy reading very much. I also enjoy Postcrossing! Thank you ... Happy August! It's 81F, windy and sunny here in RI today. The humidity is supposed to break tonight, and I am looking forward to that! Peace to all :)

marina_sons, Russia
Winter Of the World by Ken Follet

chachabells, Canada
The Aggretsuko Guide to Office Life

saikat_das, India
'The Yearling' by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is a great read.

Blackie85, Turkey
1984 by George Orwell. It was terrifying. It is my favourite now.

wooly-britta, Germany
I finished a book of my childhood: Hanni & Nanni by Enid Blyton. It feels like being a child again :)

southafricandogs, South Africa
I am reading now-
White boots-Noel strayfields

bookgirl, United States of America
This isn't the last book I've read-but it a favorite from this summer!

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

A really fun book, I laughed out loud numerous times. An ode to book lovers!

BevV, Zimbabwe
I read too many books a week, but my favourite authors are:
Romance - Nora Roberts and Katie Ashley
Sci Fi - Anne McCaffrey
Westerns - Louis L'Amour
Mom's out there, if you have not read "Love you forever" by Robert Munsch, you must.
I think though, one of my favourite books must be Paul Gallico's 'The Man who was Magic'. (I did enjoy all his books that I read).

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