Books, books and more books.

Bedtime reading

My hobbies are listed as reading, writing and travel. It’s one of life’s great pleasures to curl up in bed at the end of the day with a good book and travel to a different world. In a life that is ridiculously busy, where my to-do list always seems longer come bedtime than when my day began, it’s a great way to unwind, to forget about the problems of the day and let go of the guilt about those things you should have done but never got round to. There is something very special about holding a brand new physical book in your hands as you cuddle down propped up on the pillows.

Just as I seem to have a to-do list that’s three pages long, I have an ever-growing number of books on my to-read-next list –  mainly by my writer friends whose new releases I’ve promised to read. There are 402 books on my Kindle alone – I blame the wonderful BookBub – how can I resist all those fantastic discounted and free offers? That’s without all the books sitting on my bookshelves (there is a bookcase in every room in our house with the exception of the bathrooms) many of which have been sitting there for years waiting to be read, including several that date back my student days when my reading tastes were very different. The truth is that 90% never will get read. I’ve promised myself not to download any more books until I’ve sorted myself out. I can’t remember the last time I visited the library.

Non-fiction essentials

At night I read fiction. The two shelves in my study packed with books about writing, publishing and marketing are hardly suitable for bedtime reading. There are also several books on my Kindle on topics such as  how to build a website, use Twitter, get the most out of Goodreads and Facebook plus how to use assorted social media which are best read sitting at my PC working through the various suggestions. Finding the time to read during the day is a challenge. Important though the advice these books offer might be, working through them slips down the pecking order of priority all too quickly. At the end my day, I want to escape into a good novel not add to my must-do-soon list.

A gem of a story

Every now and again, we all come across one of those novels we find difficult to put down. I’ve just finished reading one. Although I like to think I’m fairly catholic in my reading tastes, the truth is that I end up reading mostly what I love to write – crime. The Scrying Stone doesn’t come into that category. Witches and vampires are definitely not my sort of reading so when a friend asked me to read it, I confess I wasn’t expecting to find it the most engaging book I’ve read this year. I met Jacqueline Farrell a few years ago when we did a three-day novel writing course together at The Writers’ Holiday at Fishguard. I was so captivated by the story, eager to find out just how the characters I’d come to care about were going to get themselves out of the latest crisis that several nights I read into the small hours long after my husband was sound asleep. Towards the end, when I couldn’t wait to know what happened next, I even found time to read it during the day. I don’t remember the last time that happened. If you fancy taking a look, The Scrying Stone is available on Kobo, Scribd, PlaysterBarnes and Noble and Amazon and its FREE!

Have you read any good books lately that you’d like to share? 

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