I have been gently prodded and pushed in to starting a blog on my love of books mainly by my daughter, Marissa Farrar, a writer herself, that I feel I must give it a go but as my favourite author, Stephen King, would say, “Be kind to me gentle reader” as I take my first steps forward.
I have been reading since I was a little girl, which is a thousand years ago, first on my Nana´s knee with her reading to me and then me reading to her. The image in my memories is so vivid that I feel that was the start of a love affair with the written story that will be with me I hope for many years to come.
But now for a few of my favourite novels that have resonated in my life.
As I have previously said my favourite author is Stephen King. I have read every novel except Cujo and Pet Cemetary. The reasons for this is that I could not stand the thought of an animal being hurt. Stupid perhaps but that is the way I am. Have I missed out King fans or not? The best in my opinion are The Shining and The Stand both of which I have read and re-read several times. I do love a “big novel” which takes me on a journey and hopefully frightens me along the way.
In recent years I have discovered many new authors via friends´ recommendations and reviews, I will in this first blog just mention a couple of authors and their books which have made a mark on me.
Firstly, Jo Jo Moyes. I had never read anything from this author but was introduced to her by a friend with Me Before You. What a beautiful story which drew me in from the first paragraph. I was hooked and when I had the opportunity to review The One Plus One by Love Reading I grabbed the chance with both hands. I was blown away with this wonderful love story but not just that, there was the side story of a teenage boy who is different. Once I finished I wanted to start all over again and not put it down. Jo Jo you have a fan here.
The next author whom I have discovered this year is Lisa Jewell. What a funny compelling author, I have a few more to read yet (isn´t it a joy when you discover a new author and have a backlog of his/her books to read) but my favourite must be Vince and Joy. A teenage couple fall in love but will they ever become a couple in the years that follow. If you want a good feel read on a wet winter afternoon or that one book to take on holiday, you must read Vince and Joy.
Well that is it for today. My first baby steps. Next time I will be looking at psychological thrillers and the e-book versus the paperback/hard cover.