At one time, I was a voracious reader. I’d read three books a week, just devouring them at bed time and on my commute. Nowadays, I rarely read a book before bed, instead caught up in emails and twitter and the like. But recently, I’ve been trying to rekindle (no pun intended) my love of reading.
I am a total nerd when it comes to books about the Tudor period. I think I’ve read every single one of Philippa Gregory’s historical novels, along with plenty more about that era. I have a few more of Alison Weir’s to get through and I’m currently ploughing my way through Wolf Hall, though I don’t like it much. I know pretty much every single breath that was taken during Henry VIII’s reign but I still find it fascinating.
I’m also really into reading anything, fact or fiction, about the Victorians. I find it really mindblowing that in 100 years, the world changed so much and that was a really pivotal time, especially in social history. If I had gone to university and done a degree, which I never have, I’d probably have done it on a topic related to the Victorians.
Another type of book I love to read is a good travelogue, especially ones that are also funny – e.g. Round Ireland With A Fridge and anything by Tim Moore. They’re especially good holiday reads, I find.
The book I finished most recently is The Unlikely Pilgramage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
I don’t know why I picked it up – I didn’t like the look of the cover but something about it made me buy it on a whim in Sainsburys. I enjoyed it quite a lot, the ending was unexpected and I found it quite an emotional read.
I still have Wolf Hall to finish – I’ve been reading it for over 6 months now. I can’t not finish it but it’s really boring. And then I have Bring Up The Bodies, the sequel to read. But I think I need a break from those Tudors, so if anyone has any lighter suggestions, let me have em!
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