An electric current is zapping around my brain, my imagination is buzzing...there may very well be smoke coming from my ears, all because I’m finishing a brilliant book and have rediscovered the Joy of Reading!
Mind you, I have always been a keen reader (the family story goes that the very young, pre-school-age Chrissie was sobbing with grief, storybook in hand, and when asked what on earth was wrong, replied with a wail, “I CAN’T READ!” So yes, I took to reading quite early and quickly), but life gets in the way...for a long time I only had the energy to read children’s bedtime books, magazines and cookbooks. I read a handful of books last year, but it was all rather haphazard and sporadic, even with a really good book on the bedside table.
But over the Christmas holiday I sunk my teeth into this behemoth of a book, The Goldfinch, and devoured it! I have about 50 pages left, and let me say, I’m typing as fast as I can so I can go finish it! (Yes, it’s that consuming; if you’re a fan of Donna Tartt’s other novels, you will not be disappointed!)
I feel so much more alive when I’m reading a good book, my brain feels active, I know at the end of the day, after relaxing with some craft, I can enter a world that keeps my imagination alive. I want to keep the momentum with reading, so to that end, I am joining with Circle of Pine Trees and her inspirational Year in Books.
Laura at Circle of Pine Trees emphasised that the goal is to ensure that we find time in our busy lives to read, and also to discover and share wonderful books. It’s a brilliant idea – read a book a month, and we don’t all have to read the same book. I can choose anything, or I can see what others are reading and join with them.
So after The Goldfinch, I have a few novels that are very nearly finished...
The Last Runaway is a new one recommended by a friend...then there are the books that I started when I still had Baby Brain and could barely get my head around The Gruffalo let alone something meatier:
And during those months when life gets in the way, or when I’m just too busy to pick up a novel, I will share a cookbook or craft book, or just read what everyone else is up to.
I am rather happy about all this, the Dormant Bookworm in me is waking!