Today is World Book Day which is a book blogger’s favourite day of the year. Twitter is alive with recommendations, giveaways, fundraisers, facts and figures, and I love soaking it all up. I wanted to talk to you about the reasons why I love to read so much and to hear about what you love to read and why.
I’m currently busy with my goal of reading 45 books this year, but since I’m just about to finish book 11 I think it may be time to increase that figure to closer to 60, especially since I have a few holidays coming up and tend to tear through the pages when I’m on a plane of lying on the beach (as evidenced by the four hours on a flight to and from Poland that it took me to read Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris.
Reading for me is escapism. I’ve always been a big reader, and am never normally seen without a book in my close vicinity. I have been known to pull over on my commute home to finish a chapter, to spend my lunch hour reading and forget to actually eat, or to almost miss my train stop because I’ve got my head buried in a book. Whether it’s a Kindle purchase or an actual book with real pages and everything, I can’t get enough. I’m also notorious for buying books and never reading them, so a 2018 goal is to go through all my unread books and either read them or donate them to charity. I love losing myself in the thrill of a book, or getting swept up in the life of a character. They don’t have to be particularly exciting or interesting – if I’m able to relate to their lives then it’s a book I won’t be putting down in a hurry.
One theme of World Book Day is to discover new authors, new genres, and to push yourself to read more. I really think it’s important to find out what kind of books you enjoy and to go from there. Someone who has only read crime novels in the past and felt uninspired by them is unlikely to find themselves loving to read. But branch out, try every genre and check out reviews and recommendations beforehand. GoodReads is an excellent place to find new books and you can shelve them for later so you don’t forget them. I used to try and force myself to love fantasy novels because I enjoy fantasy movies and TV series, but not many fantasy books really get me going. I felt like I should love sci-fi books because I’m a giant, uncloseted geek but again, it takes something special to hook me. My current favourite genres are crime, thriller, horror, and (a term I despise) chick-lit. I also love philosophy, motivational, and spiritual books but tend to keep them more for reference than to get lost in their pages.
I’m currently reading…
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Here are just a few of the books that I think you need to pick up at some point this year, some old and some new, but even if none of these take your fancy go forth and read whatever your heart desires!
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
About A Boy by Nick Hornby
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Second Coming by John Niven
The Lake House by Kate Morton