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For the last few days/weeks I’ve had something in my head I just can’t shake.  Now I know I’m going to have to give in to it.  When I was younger I read the Anne of Green Gables books, and loved them.  And now *mumbles under breath* years later I’m going to read them again. 

Or should I say finish reading them.  I had a look at them today and found out there’s a few at the end of the series that I’d not read.  I don’t know where this urge has come from.  Actually, maybe I do… 

Since being an adult, until recently, it hadn’t even crossed my mind to read children’s or young adult fiction.  A few months ago I started to think about a book I read as a teenager, Summer Dreams, Winter Love which I think I could still say is one of the best books I’ve read.  I looked for it when I was back at my mum’s house, but couldn’t find it. I’ve been thinking about buying it again since then and re-reading it. 

Then, around the same time, Laura Best blogged about adults reading Young Adult books and it struck me, we can do it, why the hell not?! 

Weirdly enough around the same time, maybe subconsciously, I bought a novel which turned out to be YA and really enjoyed it. It’s like everything’s telling me something.  So long and short – I’m going to read Anne of Gables.  And, the library have it – woo hoo.  But it’s out on loan until about 10th.  Which is good because I’m reading 31 Dream Street and have Twenties Girl to read next.

My boyfriend thinks I should read something suggested by someone else.  Something out of my comfort zone of romance, chick lit and thrillers.  I think he’s thinking Sci-fi.  I’m sceptical, but I think he may have a point.  As a writer I should read as much as possible, and vary what I read.  Who knows, I might be destined to be a horror writer. Although I strongly doubt that.  With this in mind, can anyone suggest a something they think I should read?  Out of my comfort zone?  I tried to tell him Twilight was, but it fell on deaf ears as I’d blogged saying it was basically a romance novel.  Must stop blogging what I think (doubtful).

New books!

I thought as I’m surfing I may as well do something useful and write a blog.  Some may say I could use the time even more productively and do some research for my writing course.  But I’d ignore those people to be honest 🙂

I have 2 new books: one new book I’m reading and one new book I’ve bought. 

My boyfriend moved neighbourhoods recently, and yesterday we thought we’d go and look round the shops – yay!  He dragged me into a charity shop because he wanted to look for old sci-fi books (for him).  Knowing my love of books and need to buy more when I see them I tried to argue, but he had his mind-set, so we went in.  I found about 30 books I would have liked to buy, but limited myself to just one – 31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell.  I’d been looking at her new book in a shop the other day, so she was fresh in my mind.  I’ve read quite a few of hers and really enjoyed them, so this should be a good read.  I’m going to read it next.  I know that’s really bad as I’ve so many that have been sitting on my shelf that have been there for years.  I feel like I could be Phoebe from friends saying I’m not being fair to the other books – although in her case it’s cookies 🙂  I did make the boyfriend pay for it – as he dragged me in the shop I thought it was only fair!

I didn’t finish Destinations, as it’s a collection of short stories I figure I can just pick it up and put it down as I want.  As I’ve read further and further into the book, I’ve found that some of the stories are starting to interlink, showing different versions of the same story or other people who got a passing mention in a previous story – I’m really impressed with that – I think it’s really clever. 

The new book I’m reading is Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  When these books first came out I wasn’t really interested, I can’t work out why, as they’re the kind of thing I love.  It wasn’t until someone recommended them to me that I thought I’d give them a try.  I got this and the second in the Millenium trilogy for Christmas.  I found the first 25 pages a little hard to get into, but that may have been because I was tired last night.  I read another 20 odd today and am really starting to like it.  I think it’s really sad that Stieg died just after sending off the MS so didn’t get to see success of his books.   So sad.

Monday tomorrow, another week of work 😦  But lots more time to do writing 🙂