Binge Reading

Picture from the BBC

Picture from the BBC

Well hello!  Did you enjoy my (rather tardy) book a day feature? Brave book bloggers have soldiered on with July, but I am going to have a break and get back to my more typical posts. I wrote all of the book a day posts in one sitting, which means that I have a whole month's reading to blog about over the next few weeks. 

There is no doubt about it, I have been binge reading of late. It started when The Delightful Mr F and I went on holiday. As always when we go on holiday, a large number of books were packed into the car which, on this occasion, were transported to Wales. Now, Wales is a really beautiful place, but one doesn't generally go there expecting good weather. But, oh how the sun shone! It was truly glorious, and we were installed in a cosy cottage with stunning views. It meant that we spent an entire week sat in the garden looking at the valley below, reading our way through the aforementioned literary delights. 

It was during this week that I discovered something rather intriguing... I am researching it a little at the moment, and will reveal all in a later blog post. However, this revelation has driven me to ditch many rather boring and irrelevant activities in favour of even more reading time. Consequently I have many a good book to recommend to you, once I have written the posts up. 

The books include, a wonderful and touching story about a girl who meets a vagabond, an obese ex-lecturer and his letter writing to an old friend, a man who is advised to carry a towel everywhere, and a young girl in search of her cello playing mother. 

So, what have you been reading over the summer?


#bookaday: Day 29 - The One I Have Re-read Most Often

Hmmm... I really don't know in all honesty. I have several books I re-read. If we count audio books then it is probably the Harry Potter series, as I have listened to the audio books very many times, especially when I am ill. There is something about Stephen Fry's voice which is so calming.

#bookaday: Day 25 - Never Finished It

Now, here is that admission I need to make which I referred to on Day 12... Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was an English GCSE text for me... I wrote my exam essay for that aged 15... and finished the book age 34. Yes, dear reader, I managed to write and pass an essay on a book I had only partially read. I managed an A- which isn't too shabby considering. All that without the internet too. Just goes to show, you can fool some of the people, some of the time.

#bookaday: Day 24 - Hooked Me Into Reading

I could repeat myself ad infinitum about how Over Sea Under Stone was a huge influence on me, but I suspect you are a bit sick of hearing about it now. Instead, here are a few other books which I liked when I was little. Malory Towers by Enid Blyton was a favourite, as was anything by Roald Dahl, especially The Witches. Judy Blume was another repeat read, although I was much older by the time I was reading those. 

I think, looking back, I was raised on standard, but very high quality children's books, so it was inevitable that I would end up a life long reader.

#bookaday: Day 23 - Made To Read At School

OK, so this is a play, and not a novel, but we were made to read it at school. An Inspector Calls by JB Priestly is a cross between a detective thriller and morality tale. One dark and stormy evening a middle-class family are made to think about their treatment of others when an Inspector comes to call. 

It made rather an impression on me when I was at school, and years later The Delightful Mr F and I saw it at a local theatre, where it's power had not diminished. 

#bookaday: Day 22 - Out Of Print

Tricky, tricky, tricky... With Kindle now, many out of print books are popping up again. The Delightful Mr F has a range of very old science books, containing many misguided theories on the shape of the atom and the number planets in the solar system, although to be fair, they don't really seem to be able to make up their mind on that one do they?

A favourite is The Story of the Heavens by Sir Robert Ball. Fascinating to see how things were viewed and presented in 1900. According to Wikipedia, his work is mentioned in Ulysses. Well, who would have thought it?