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B is for Books

BWhat else could it be but books? I’m a bookworm, always have been and always will be.

I think it ties in with the writer in me. But even before I was a writer and even when I’m going through a dry spell with the writing I’m a reader.  I’m not sure it’s possible to be a good writer without being a reader too.

I read 140 books in 2013 and 100 in 2014. This year I’m aiming for 120 but that goal may move along the way.  I always describe my reading preferences as “I’ll read anything and give it a go but I don’t read horror.

I’m also easy in my preferences as to how I’ll read – paperback, hardback (although I rarely buy those), ebook or audiobook are all good for me.  I love my kindle for it’s portability. Throw it in my bag and it doesn’t add any weight but I’ve got a vast amount of reading material and it doesn’t matter if i don’t like the book I chose or the train is delayed or I finish the one I’m reading I’ve got more to choose from and no added weight to carry.  I love physical books for the feel and the texture and most of all the smell of them.  And who doesn’t love being told a story?  Audiobooks are great for in the background when I’m getting dressed or sorting paperwork or knitting.  But most of all for those times lying in bed in the dark late and night just drifting off to sleep.

Two recommendations:

Letters to The Lost by Iona Grey – this is being published in the UK on April 23rd (and in the US in May I believe) but I was sent an advance review copy of it.  And I was completely and utterly entralled by it.  It’s a romance set during WWII and also 2011. Can’t remember the last time I read a book so incredible.  My review is here.

Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell – this is a women’s fiction book that covers a difficult subject without being sad or upsetting and still manages to be fun in places and generally brilliant. I wished it was longer, it was that enjoyable.  My review is here

I love books and I’m always looking for recommendations so if you have a favourite please tell me in the comments

 

A Writer In A Wheelchair

7 Comments

  • That's Purrfect

    I so agree with your comment “I’m not sure it’s possible to be a good writer without being a reader too.” I worked in local newspapers for many years and it was obvious which of the trainee reporters read a lot – their writing was so much better than their colleagues’. Thank you for the two reviews.

  • Jo Wake

    Thanks for the visit Emma. I totally agree you have to be a reader to write. Not that I write anything but blogs. I cannot imagine not reading. I love my Kindle. I was reading a hard back the other day which was so heavy, my hands were hurting.

    Your book recommendations are interesting.

    Where do you live, we mostly lived in Kent before we emigrated.

  • Jetgirl

    I think this is a great post. I love all kinds of books too and I’m glad you mentioned them all. (physical, e-books, audiobooks…) I keep some of each kind handy at all times, not to mention my notebooks and pens! Thanks for the reviews…I think I’m going to need to pick up “Letters to the Lost.” ! Thanks for the visit 🙂

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