Books are a marvellous pastime of mine. I do have my own little library and assortment of books from fiction to construction.
My personal library has been back and forth to Canada with me. I believe I brought back about 300 books on my return to the UK last year and I’m sure its nothing to some peoples collections. The UK retail pricing for books is outstanding compared to Canada. I can buy 3 paperback books for the same price as one in Canada. I’m grateful to the UK for competitive pricing. I have since added more paper hoarding to the collection and seem to have added more in the 8 months in the UK than my whole 6 years in Canada.
I have attempted this blog like a Q&A scenario for a change
Who is your favourite author and why?
I have to say Dilly Court, she also writes under the name of Lily Baxter. I have only read Dilly Courts books to date. She has me completely immersed in her work from start to finish. She is consistent, I’ve enjoyed every book so far.
What was the last book you read?
“Ragged Rose” by Dilly Court published Feb 2016, so you will find it on bookshelves now. A story of secrets, heartache, poverty, love and 20th century history. Incredible read.
Which book are you presently reading?
“Me Me Me” by Charlotte Crosby
The book is about Charlotte’s life as a child leading into her reality tv career on Geordie Shore. I know Charlotte is like marmite, you either love her or you don’t. I do find her hilarious and her one liners always has me in giggles. I would give her parents a trophy for their dedicated love & support for their daughter.
Your reading material does seem quiet varied?
Yes that is very true, my genres are from historical romance, autobiographies to true crime only to name a few. I would say that I consider myself diverse but not diverse enough.
What other authors do you read?
Your choice of authors seems more about historical romance?
I do enjoy cultural history, a lot of my reading material does involve the Irish, which I can relate to coming from an Irish Catholic family. I am extremely passionate about history so by reading this material, I do learn something new too and widen my knowledge base.
You also said you read autographies too, why?
I love to read about life experience, good or bad. No one has a perfect life. We all tend to make a lot of assumptions about things and people, therefore reading these types of books can broaden your opinion to be more open-minded.
Is there any books that you read recently that touched you in some way ?
Yes most definitely “Sins of the mother ” by Irene Kelly
OMG the book had me in tears, what an incredible woman on so many levels. She deserves happiness and her family too and I hope she is achieving that.
This is one book that I would give to people who are constantly negative about their life and don’t appreciate what they have now or had previously.
Is there any books you are waiting to be published?
Yes last year I read “The New Arrival” by Sarah Beeson MBE
Again amazing insight into nursing in the 70’s and how her career developed arriving in Hackney, London from Staffordshire. A dedicated nurse who writes about her career progression. The follow up book is going to be the next stage in her career.
Do you have a favourite book?
Yes, ” The diary of a young girl” by Anne Frank. It should be on every child/adults reading list.
Do you prefer a book or e-book reader?
I like a physical book but I do like an e-book reader when I’m on holiday for convenience. I could not bring myself to read all books on a e-book reader, call me old-fashioned at heart.
Are you likely to read a book and then watch the movie or vice versa?
No not anymore. I had read the book “lovely bones” by Alice Sebold. I bought the book after seeing it on Richard & Judy’s Book List, it was a great book. I was so disappointed when I had watched the movie. I’m sure if I hadn’t read the book and had just watched the movie instead, there wouldn’t have been an issue. I kept comparing the movie to the book. Following that movie, if I have read the book I won’t go see the movie or if I have seen the movie I won’t read the book.
Is there any books that have captured the world, which you haven’t read?
Yes Harry Potter collection, which has never caught my desire.
Another one is ” Fifty shades of grey” by E L James. I think I’m the only person that hasn’t read this book. I just don’t have the craving to read this book although I have heard mixed reviews.
I am open to new authors or books, which you would recommend. Please send me your recommendations.