I love books. I adore books. I breathe books. Maybe that is why have 1000 and a bit books in the house (no, haven’t read them all yet). There are piles of books everywhere, wich makes K (a non-reader, poor little me) slightly nuts. A house without books, is a house without a soul, I once read. Maybe it’s true, I don’t want to go that far, but I do too find a house without books a tad sad. But since I have discovered crochet I read less. A lot less. In 2013 I read 74 books and in 2012 86. I know this as I kept track at Goodreads. Last year? Uhm … not so many and it is all to blame to crochet. But this year I am going to read again.
Now, I read everything: novels, classics, thrillers, non-fiction, magazines (like CL and CH&I), everything interesting and that grabs my attention. My goal for this year is that I want to (try to) read all of my Charles Dickens novels, or maybe half of them. So far I have only read Great Expectations, which I loved. Btw, I own about every Dickens book there is. The same goes for the novels of Jane Austen and the Brontës, and lots of other classical writers. I am just very fond of costume drama’s. Love, love, love them. It might not come as a surprise to you that I am an utter Downton Abbey addict.
This month I am going to start with Bleak House, next to “Five Days” by Douglas Kennedy, who is one of my favourite authors. I ‘discovered’ Kennedy’s books six years ago whilst on holiday in Egypt. The resort had a big library (yay!) with a couple of his books, in English. They always say don’t judged a book by its cover, but that was exactly what I did. The covers were appealing to me and I started to read the first book. I could not put it down. And then I moved on to the next one. I was hooked.
Meanwhile I’ve read every book he wrote, and my all-time favourites are “Leaving the world” and “The Pursuit Of Happiness”. I have read both books three times so far. This morning the library had another book for me waiting: Five days. So, I am sorry, this is going to be a short blog post. I must read.