What author doesn’t like to read? I certainly do and this post offers an insight into my reading world.

What am I reading?

The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. The series, His Dark Materials, has been sitting on a shelf for years. I have often looked at the books and thought I should read them one day, but I just never did. Now, I’ve finally decided to give The Northern Lights a go and I’m loving it. The depth of language creates an engaging style and the story itself is unique and thrilling.

What is my favourite book?

This is a difficult question to answer. I have favourite children’s books and favourite fiction. Several of my most beloved series include The Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson, The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown, Harry Potter, and The Lord of The Rings. My favourite classic novel would have to be Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. However, I also greatly admire Ian McEwan, Jane Austen, the Bronte’s and many, many others.

Which of my books is gathering dust?

Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly. I’ve tried reading it but I couldn’t get through the first quarter. I always find that there is a ‘right time’ and a ‘wrong time’ for a book and a reader to come together. If you’re not in the mood for a certain book then there’s no good trying to make yourself read it. This happened to me with Little Women Letters – I just haven’t been in the mood. I will finish it sometime but have decided to read a few others first.

What am I waiting to read?

There are too many to list here. I don’t know what I’ll read next, so I’ll just have to see what strikes me. I might try another classic or maybe something more modern which my list is often lacking.

Why do I read?

I read to learn about writing and how to build places and characters from those who already know. Like most people, I also read to escape into another world different to my own. Reading feeds the imagination and nurtures both stillness and creativity.

What is my reading method?

I used to be a slow reader and would deliberately look at every word. If I ever missed something, I’d have to go back and read it again. I’ve now learned to read quickly which enables me to get through more books! However, sometimes it’s still nice to take the time to indulge. I have been known to have a few books on the go at the same time, but this is usually because I start one and then replace it with another.

Where and when do I read? 

I most commonly read in bed, either before I go to sleep or in the morning. I find that mornings and evenings are good times to reflect on stories, issues, and ideas. Train journeys are also a good time to read as there are limited distractions. However, more often than not, I prefer to read in absolute silence.

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