I adore reading, I just don’t read enough, even less now I have a toddler. We have bookcases in all rooms apart from the bathroom with more in the hallway. Storey time with my toddler is one of my favourite moments of the night, more now that he has started to choose the books and actually stay with me and listen for the duration. I hope he takes after my love of books as his daddy isn’t interested in reading at all now! I kept most of my childhood books and already have them set up in Lucas’s room for when he’s a little older.
I find reading very satisfying and calming, getting lost in the facts of true stories or the imaginative fiction helps me de-stress and unwind from the day. I’m the type of person that will re-read my favourites over and over again, I can’t put my top four in order but they are:
Lord Of The Rings Trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings books were my first obsession, I got the trilogy one Christmas when all my school mates were receiving their first Harry Potter book (I thought Harry Potter was ‘too childish for me’ at my grand old age of seven). I read them every night and found it so hard to put them down, I can’t remember how long they took me to complete, I had to re-read a few chapters in The Two Towers as I found that one the hardest to follow that young, but it wasn’t long. I found it hard to put them down, only giving in when I couldn’t keep my eyes open any more.
The Godfather – Mario Puzo (spoiler in this paragraph if you’ve never seen or read)
It takes me longer than usual to finish a read of The Godfather than another book of the same size, but once I finish the chapter before Sonny Corleone’s death, I have to put the book down for a week or two, if I don’t carry on reading it, he won’t die, right? Once I have had enough mental preparation, I can read through and ‘kill sonny’, as I know it’s going to happen, I always feel personally responsible..
Helter Skelter, The True Story of the Manson Murders – Vincent Bugliosi
Helter Skelter was my introduction into true crime and my only other book obsession, I’ve read other Manson books and plenty of other true crime books but nothing is as gripping as Vincent Bugliosi’s first hand account serving as the prosecutor in Manson’s trial. The book is in two parts, the crimes are described in detail first then it goes onto describe how the police, courts and prosecution managed to gather and piece together evidence to build up the case against Manson and his self described family. An amazing and interesting insight to behind the scenes, especially at that time in my life when I was completely lost and undecided in which direction to go in with regards to subjects, exams and career. Criminology was a path I was considering.
The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis
These chronicles were another childhood Christmas present, when all of the books were on the shelf next to each other the spines made a picture of Aslan. I was unaware that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was more known than the others and shocked when my friends only knew of the one book, rather than the whole set. These are my go to books when needing to read about and immerse myself with courageous thoughts and feelings, thinking about certain Aslan/C. S. Lewis quotes have helped in my real life situations.
Courage, dear heart.
Aslan/C. S. Lewis
I have to read books before watching any film/tv adaptations, I know it’s cliche, but they are genuinely always better! I hadn’t heard of The Game of Thrones before the TV series came out, so downloaded the books onto my kindle app and got reading before I started watching (I’ve finished season 5 and taking a break to watch season 2 of Stranger Things).
I have no ambitions to become a writer or an author but if I did the books I would write would need to be as influencing to people, as my favourites were to me. They would be long fiction crime/mafia novels, printed in a small type writer font on light brown pages, in small soft cover books. That’s exactly how I’d imagine the books I would write.
Photo: Clare S, Nov 2017