Ever since the advent of the internet and Netflix, my love for books has been put on the back burner. I read voraciously as a child, mainly because I love entering diverse imaginations but also because there was little else to do but read and play with my friends. My love for books did not dissipate overtime, I just became one of those people who list reading as one of their hobbies but cannot remember the last book they read.
I have recently rediscovered my passion for books and have once again become the girl that is always reading. My new job means I have to travel often and so I spend a lot of the time on the train. This gives me ample time to read and boy have I read. So far I have read the following:
PIMP: Story of my life- Iceberg Slim
Girl on the train-Paula Hawkins
Ada’s Rules-Alice Randall
Girl in Times Square-Paullina Simmons
Queen of Wishful Thinking-Milly Johnson
Mr. Fox-Helen Oyeyemi
Portrait of Dorian Gray-Oscar Wilde
Mrs. Dalloway- Virgina Woolf
The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman-Denis Theriault
Double Yoke-Buchi Emecheta
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime-Mark Haddon
The Miracle of Grace-Kate Kerrigan
Veronika must die-Paulo Celho
I only ever read physical books because: I would much rather read an actual book; I don’t have a kindle; what even is a kindle;I could not possibly survive the glare of an electronic device long enough to read an entire book. However if I keep buying books I may have no more space to put them. Reading aside, I derive pleasure from buying the books. I get suggestions from everywhere-a tweet about the book, a poster at the train station, a book someone else is reading, another book from an author whose work I am familiar with, and so on. I like to peruse Goodreads for quotes and sometimes a certain name pops up more than once and that sparks my intrigue and off I go to amazon to see what books the person has written. The act of sourcing the books, reading the reviews and then deciding to buy, the wait for the books to arrive and the excitement when I come home to see a package on the floor. Yay.
I buy most of my books on ebay and I try to get good used copies when I can. Sometimes I go through the sellers entire offering to see if anything interesting pops up, then run offer to goodreads to check out the reviews. Goodreads is a great source of literary information-what books to read, what are people saying about these books. I don’t take the reviews as law though-I can’t even if i wanted to as there are always good and bad reviews on each book. There have been a couple of books that had high ratings on goodreads but I did not like them.
Amazon is also is a good place to get books (of course) and occasionally I saunter into Waterstones and leave with something. I have placed a ban on purchasing new books until I finish all the ones I have now.
I am currently reading my sixteenth book of the year, which is not bad considering I only ever read on my way to and from work. I have already reviewed one of them here and will do posts sharing bits and pieces from all the books. This was initially supposed to be a summary review of all the books I have read as at half-year but I am easily distracted and it has taken me a week to type up these 300 or so words so I will do a series of posts instead.
I do not not have a goal of how many books I would like to read by year end, I just want to read and discover as many worlds as I can.
See ya on the flip side.