What I’m reading now….
Fifty Shades Of Grey by E L James – I know, I know, not the best start but it’s the truth. I missed out on the craze back in 2011 when EVERYONE was reading it, including my husband. I’d heard it wasn’t great and I was not interested in joining the masses posting about it on Facebook. Since I heard Jamie Dornan was going to be in the film, it piqued my interest somewhat, so I thought I’d better read the book. Big mistake. It’s taken me forever, and I’m still not done. It’s not well written (I actually want to physically maim her inner goddess), and isn’t even that steamy, but I’ll soldier on and get it finished.
Sherlock Homes – The Complete Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle – these stories are soooooooooo good! The Collection is ace, as it’s just loads of short stories which are really easy to pick up and put down. I downloaded it for free from the Kindle store too! The tales are very complex and obscure, as you would expect with Mr Holmes, and considering it was written such a long time ago, it’s timeless writing. I’m probably about two thirds of the way through.
What I’m reading next…
The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding – I read this when I was younger, and my husband read it recently so I thought I’d give it another read. I’m hoping I don’t remember much the second time round!
Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham – I got this for Christmas, and I’m really looking forward to reading it, although I’m sure in some ways it will be very similar to Girls (the TV show) in that it will make me feel uncomfortable, and I won’t empathise much with her. Which is something I don’t usually experience when reading, I wonder how I’ll get on with that.
What I love to read….
Forensic psychological crime thrillers – a la Patricia Cornwell. I LOVE this type of writing. Love, love, love. Any kind of books in this genre I devour easily, even though some can be pretty gruesome. The pathology, forensic & anthropological elements are what I enjoy the most in this type of stories. Other authors from this genre who I like are Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter and Jeffrey Deaver. I’ve read most of the novels written by these authors.
Stephen King – Up until the last 10 years, I’d read all of his books and novellas, including The Stand (one of my favourites, is 823 pages long) and my favourite, Rose Madder is just plain bizarre. But that’s what I’ve always enjoyed – horror written in the most unexpected way.
Judy Blume – when I was a kid, it was like she was writing on behalf of me. Her books, meant so much to me growing up, and I read, and re-read them over and over. My sister must have passed them down to me, I can’t remember buying them, but as a young girl, I really felt she helped me understand the way of the world, without feeling lectured by an adult.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I read this while I was travelling, thanks to a book exchange in a hostel. That same book is now in our house and is tatty and falling apart, and this reflects the story told within. An emotional tale, told from the point of view of Death, and is well worth the read.
What I hate to read….
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller – Sorry, couldn’t finish this one, and I really tried. It’s a celebrated novel, and it is written in non chronological order, which may be why I struggled with it. I should really give it another go…I suppose!
What are your favourite books? What are you reading at the moment?