I've always been a massive reader. It started in childhood with books about Ramona, magical trees, fairies and witches, princesses, detectives called Nancy and many, many more.
There have been classics I haven't read - like Tolkien, just cause I never really got into them. I didn't love CS Lewis either, but I made up for it through my early teens reading Fiona Kidman, Tessa Duder, Janet Frame, Maurice Gee, Alex Haley and even attempting Tolstoy when I was about 14.....
So give me a book and I will read it. I'm not fussy about genre. I do romance to horror, mystery to fantasy, tear jerkers to war stories, but generally prefer fiction (or escapism as I like to call it....)
Recently a family friend had a pile of books to give away from her neighbour who was moving. Beauty I thought, and I went through the pile able to take what I wanted! There were loads of books in my reading list, and I took a chance on a couple.
The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall was a pleasant surprise, and I plan to hunt out more of her books next time I am at the library. There is a sequel, called the Concubine's Secret, and I think that will be top of the holiday reading.
I also adore Jeffrey Archer, but I find the books follow a similar recipe, so the three I got will have to be spaced out over the next few months otherwise they are just too predictable. The latest I read was Son's of Fortune, a good bit of escapism, but very, very predictable.
There was Four fires by Bryce Courtenay, who I have struggled with since April Fools Day depressed me terribly. Although he does have a few brownie points from The Power of One, so I'll give him another crack.
Several years ago a friend put me onto the Jean M Auel books, and I read the first 3. I was told mistakenly that the author had died, so I put the end to reading the series cos thats just frustrating... (Think Stephen King and the Dark Tower series - give me a break, over 20 years before the first and last books????)
But surprisingly this stash had the first 5 books of the series! I snapped them up, and I am looking forward to the days when I can sit down and read them all, one after the other (And I have just read there is another one being released in 2011).
I do like a good series. I loved the twilight books, trashy as they were. I can re-read books a number of times, and the second time I read the whole series, it was within 48hrs. I'm not sure how many pages that is, but its alot....... I didn't sleep much that weekend!
So here is my stash of books.
I just love books. Reading is good for the soul, and I hope I pass on my love of books to my kids. So far it seems to be working as both are often found asleep in their beds with books around them.