I have a long love affair with books. With stories. With words. Longer even than my love affair with drawing, but only by a year or two.
My husband knows about this affair. How can he not? He helped me pack 55 boxes of books last time we moved. The back wall of our suite is all shelves of books, two rows deep. I’ve probably added three more boxes since we moved in two years ago. That makes the current total 58.
This love affair, in other eyes, looks like an obsession. Or maybe a difficulty with hoarding.
Only someone who does not love books would think that.
My parents read to me when I was two years old. A story before bedtime. Thus begins the love affair and my book collection.
I love books. I love reading, and I am always curious about what other people are reading. So, of course, I enjoy reading people’s book lists, especially those from writers and artists.
Here is what I read during July and August while I was on holiday.
The Owl Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey – Mercedes is one of my favourite writers. She dives deep and at length into what her characters are thinking and I find this inner monologue fascinating. Some might read this and say ‘get on with the story’. Not me. These inner monologues are part of the story, developing the character, connecting with me-the-reader and my personal inner talk experience.
End of Watch by Stephen King – As a teenager, my introduction to Stephen’s writing was ‘Carrie’. The story totally creeped me out, and I loved it. Later I left off reading horror. I came back to him with ‘Lisey’s Story’, and I’ve kept up with his writing ever since.
A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George – A friend introduced me to Elizabeth and her intricate, very human mysteries. I read the one lent to me, then promptly hit the used bookstore for all Elizabeth had written up to that point. Now I wait with anticipation when I hear a new book is coming, and get my order in at my local bookstore. If you are a writer, check out her book on writing fiction ‘Write Away’. I borrowed it from the public library three times and then ordered my own copy.
Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown – Pure fun.
The King’s Man Trilogy by Pauline Gedge – Pauline makes me feel I am right there in ancient Egypt. Heat. The smell of dust. Cool water poured over my bare feet. Linen brushing against my skin. I read her books in the summer to heighten the feeling of being there.
Raiders of the Nile by Steven Saylor – Steven’s writing has the same effect on me as Pauline’s. In his books, I am in ancient Rome. This one happens in the Nile delta, not his usual setting.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling – I admit it. I am a Harry Potter/J. K. Rowling fan. I read this slowly, right after a week of watching all the Harry Potter movies in sequence. I let my inner vision create the movie for me as I read. Fun! Then I discovered the website Pottermore, got myself sorted for Hogwarts by the Sorting Hat, and claimed my wand. (For my fellow Potter fans, I am a Hufflepuff–totally suits me– and my wand is sycamore with dragon heartstring core. Cool.) Continue reading “What I Read on My Summer Holiday”→