Hi and welcome to my page.
Reading books has always been a passion of mine. I remember very vividly as a young child trying to read every spare moment I could afford from waking very early before school to using a torch under the duvet when I was supposed to be asleep. Beatrix Potter – The Complete Takes stood pride of place on my bookshelf for many years as did Enid Blyton’s ‘The Famous Five’. I also remember having a set of the ‘Puddle Lane’ books written by Sheila McCullagh which opened my eyes to how magical and escapist reading can be.
I have turned my reading into as much a part of my everyday life as possible. As an English Teacher I get to explore a range of texts by various writers such as William Shakespeare, Margaret Atwood and Robert Louis Stevenson on a daily basis which is, of course, an absolute pleasure.
On average, I read around 50 books per year. In 2019 I was able to do this comfortably as it was inspired by my participation in reading the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction which was such an enriching and thoroughly enjoyable experience that I aim to do again every year that this prize runs (and hopefully catch up on previous winners!).
One reason I have set up this blog is to record my thoughts and ideas around the books I read. Sometimes it feels a little lonely not being able to discuss how moved I was by a book and so I want this blog to act as a sounding board for those ideas and questions. I would also like to look back at books I have read over time and see what my thoughts were because I can often forget quite easily! It will be intriguing to see if my initial impressions change over time or if I re-read a book what changes or additions I may add as I get older.
I am a big fan of Victorian Literature and last year I took part in an online course entitled ‘Victorian Women Writers’ which was fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable. It covered writers such as the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskill and Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Exploring this area of classic fiction is something I very much hope to continue this year and so recommendations would be very welcome.