B is for Books
I’ve always been a voracious reader.
As a kid I devoured everything in sight. You name it, I read it. If there was a series, I wouldn’t stop until I’d consumed the lot:
- Everything by Enid Blyton
- Nancy Drew
- Hardy Boys
- Trixie Belden
- Asterix & Obelix
To name but a few… I still read series, and will re-read at least the last couple in a series before the newest is due out. Sad, I know.
My library card at both the school and public library would be re-issued regularly as it filled up.
In contrast, my husband and I shared a high five this year when we got an email from Miss 15’s school advising that there’d be a fine if she didn’t return the book she’d borrowed.
Why the high five? It meant that she knew where the library was!
I read to escape into my imagination, I read to escape the constant noise in our house, I read to escape the constancy of being the new girl at school.
As I moved into teenager territory, Mum put me onto sagas- things by Colleen McCullough etc- even though I had no understanding of the subject. They at least kept me occupied.
I read everything by Dickens, all the Brontes, Jane Austen, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Thomas Hardy, William Thackeray, and all volumes in the Forsythe Saga- and not just because I was doing extension English.
I even inhaled Mills & Boons- and that was back in the day when none of the heroines had sex before marriage…although their competitor for the hero’s affection always did. Perhaps that was the message Mum wanted me to subliminally pick up…
These days I have a kindle, but I still buy books.
I read at night, I read in the pool, I read in the bath, I read for that 30 minutes between arranging dinner and when hubby gets home. Often I have a few on the go at a time- depending on what I’m I the mood for.
What do I read now?
A lot of chick lit, but I’m tired of the silly stuff. What I love is probably best termed womens fiction. I also read crime fiction, travel memoirs, cookbooks, travel brochures and guides… I also re-read- I’m a fast reader, so find I’m freshly surprised on the next helping.
Over the years I’ve done some serious culling, and regularly donate to the school and aged care fetes. On my shelves (both physical and virtual) at the moment are (and the list is not complete):
- the whole Dalziel & Pascoe series
- Everything by Kerry Greenwood- both Phryne & Corinna
- Shane Maloney’s brilliant Murray Whelan
- Inspector Rebus- all of it
- a lot of Robert Goddard
- Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti
- PD James’s Adam Dalgliesh
- some prized second hand Desmond Bagley’s
- Angela Savage’s Jayne Keeney
- Sulari Gentill’s Rowland Sinclair
- PD Temple’s Jack Irish
- Maggie Alderson
- Emily Giffin
- Lisa Heidke
- Dianne Blacklock
- Jane Fallon
- Nicky Pellegrino
- Freya North
- Ciara Geraghty
- Kylie Ladd
- Ber Carroll
- Allison Winn Scotch
- Bridget Asher
- Katie Fforde
- Erica James
- Milly Johnson
- Jane Costello
- Sophie Kinsella
- Jill Mansell
and heaps more…
What I don’t read:
- I don’t read anything that has a sad or disappointing ending
- I don’t tend to read anything that has won literary prizes- nor do I watch films that have won awards…with some exceptions- generally crime fiction.
- I read to escape what’s in my brain, not to have to work it some more.
- When it comes to crime, I don’t read anything where the crime is described with humungous delight in the gore involved.
- I like everything I read to have a distinct voice
- I like everything I read to have some humour
- I don’t read anything where the kids are snatched- either at birth or at any time during the growing up process
- I don’t read anything where the dog dies
- I don’t read science fiction
- I did read all of Harry Potter, and loved every one of them.
- I did read all of the Twilight books…hmmmm
- I don’t read anything about zombies
I had bookshelves built into the kitchen when we had it redone a few years ago. These shelves hold all my cookbooks….with room for a few travel and food memoirs as well.
Miss 15 has helpfully advised me that I don’t have enough days on earth left to cook all the recipes. Thanks for that.
Exhibit A- in my office
Exhibit E- The Kitchen