Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet.
I thought I would start with a little something about me…
I’ve always been a reader. From a young age, I could mostly be found with my nose buried in a book and I used to love going to the library to choose new books to read each week. I love getting lost in stories and I love to share my favourite books with friends and family. I’m also very much a re-reader and there are certain books I can pretty much read on repeat. However, I’ve been trying to branch out more and more, reading new books and exploring new ways of finding books to read (thank you internet). As well as a traditional browse in a bookshop, I really enjoy reading reviews or watching YouTube videos, finding they inspire me to get reading and helping me to discover new authors and books.
Given my love for re-reading, the idea for this space is that it can be somewhere for me to share my favourite books, the ones I go back to again and again. Hopefully these can serve as recommendations if they’re books you haven’t heard of or had a chance to read and if you have – I hope this can be a place for discussion as I would love to hear your thoughts. However, I do also keep an eye out on new releases and my book collection does increase pretty frequently, so expect some reviews of books that are new to me and not just old faithfuls!
To get to know me and my books a little better, I thought the place place to start to would be a quick round-up of (some of) my favourite books and authors. For the most part, I tend to read contemporary fiction and I mostly seem to go for stories that are about people, relationships and human behaviour, often where you can become immersed in the character’s thoughts and experiences. I do enjoy books with multiple perspectives and multiple timelines, so that’s probably a theme that will crop up quite frequently!
Having said I tend to read mostly contemporary fiction, I have to start by saying that my all time favourite author has to be Jane Austen. I know that it’s not original to love her but I just can’t help myself and I can’t apologise for loving her novels. I read most (if not all) of her novels at least once a year, but my favourite is probably Pride & Prejudice – it was the first of her books that I read, so I think it will always have a special place in my heart! As well as her novels, I enjoy reading about Austen’s work in a wider sense, and I find TV and film adaptations particularly interesting (although book to screen adaptations are a general interest of mine). So I hope to talk about all of these aspects to her work and our interpretations of it over time.
Other favourite authors include Ian McEwan, David Lodge and Maggie O’Farrell, and favourite books include I Capture The Castle, by Dodie Smith, The Paris Wife, by Paula McClain and The Universe Versus Alex Woods, by Gavin Extence.
There is so much more I could say but for now, I’ll leave it here…I have a lot of books that I love, that I’m excited to write about, as well as a stack of books to be read and a wish list of books that I can’t wait to get my hands on (which seems to increase pretty much daily). So, with that in mind I’m off to get reading…