Sunday, April 27, 2014

Book lovers unite!

Since I'm going to be teaching high school English for the next few weeks, I've had to put my reading books aside (reading and some writing) to dive into texts  I haven't read before and some I haven't read for a very long time. I've come to realise over the last few weeks that I'm a lover of all books (given they are written reasonably well) and genres.

I've always loved reading romance and have immersed myself in their pages for the last couple of years completely. I love the first spark of love, lust, attraction that draws the main characters together despite the obstacles and conflict determined to keep them apart. But like a freight train with no brakes the power of love, lust, attraction is too great a force and they collapse into each others arms. I love the HEA. I don't want to feel bereft and hollow at the end of a book (Romeo and Juliet is an exception. It's a tradegy and we know what we are getting ourselves into from right from the Prologue) and definitely not a romance. It's not allowed anyway! As a reader I want to know the characters are in love, together, forever. That's why I love this genre so much. But now I realise as the romance fog lifts, I had forgotten how much I love books just generally. Duh! I guess I always knew it but haven't been reading widely of late and before that I'm not sure what the hell I was doing. I was in a baby producing and rearing haze. I have vague memories of those years. The most prominent are babes suckling at my breast, Wiggles DVD's and flowery flannel pyjamas! And no I'm not posting a photo!

Anyhow, the point of my quite pointless blog entry is that I wanted to say that books are wonderful. Booklovers already know this, I know. But when deciding what you'd like to read next try not to get caught up with literary snobbery or because you may have read one book once from a particular genre or author and vowed you would never touch anything of the like again. Be open-minded. I always tell my children to 'mix it up'. By that I mean try different things, be adventurous, find a balance (to put it in context I usually say this to the boys when they've spent a good chunk of the day on their blasted X Box!) Most readers don't really understand how much time, effort and good old blood, sweat and tears goes into writing a simple, single faceted book let alone a book with layers of subplot, multiple themes and depth.

So, go on 'mix it up'. You won't regret it.

Thanks for stopping by. If you want to know what I'm reading next I'm on Goodreads. Here's the link:


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