I Heart Books

my bookcase
Our bookcase

 

In our house we love to read. I have read from a very young age.  I remember my first favourite book was Tilly Mint and the Dodo by Berlie Doherty.

When I was about 8 or 9 I remember winning a competition in school to win a trip to see her and listen to her read chapters from one of her books.

I was so excited, she was my idol and I was going to meet her in person! It was the best day of my young life so far and I came away with a signed book. That was like winning the lottery for a young bookworm like myself.

I continued to read, I read so much my local library had to start ordering me books in from other larger libraries. As I go older I would read anything, this upset my librarian alot when as young teenager I developed a liking for the Sweet Valley High books, remember those impossibly beautiful and perfect Californian twins! And oh, the nightmares I had reading the very tame Point Horror stories….

During my later teenage years and early twenties, I lost the reading bug. It just didn’t fit into my new grown up life but honestly I don’t actually remember missing reading. Sure I read magazines, the odd cocktail menu but not an actual book and honestly I just didn’t feel the need to.

That was until one day, when I was off work to help my sister look after her newborn daughter, the first of the many babies to bless our family, I bought a copy of More magazine and it came with a free book.

Cat by Freya North

Cat by Freya North
The original I still have it over 9 years later!

With baby on one arm and book in the other hand I began to read and I didn’t stop! I couldn’t put it down! I was hooked. I then made enquiries in a local charity book store and managed to get all of Freya’s back catalogue up to that point. I loved how the characters gripped you, how the came alive so you follow them on their journey. She has this way of writing that just draws you in completely, I just get lost in the stories, in the characters and I totally enjoy being taken along for the ride. The characters are intertwined in different books, through different stories, I love this. I love catching up with different characters, for me it helps to bring them alive, so I can better enjoy their stories. Freya writes about the McCabe sister. They have their own books and also appear in others too. Cat, Pip and Fen. Then they are brought together in Home Truths. The stories just effortless to read.

Rumours and Cat by Freya North
The first and last Freya North books I’ve read

Listen me proper fangirling not even sure I’m making sense any more, but

 I absolutely credit Freya North with giving me back my love of reading and for that I will be forever grateful.

I have since amassed quite the book collection with all Freya’s books taking up the all important top shelf to themselves, I have them all up to date including a short story self published and personally signed to me! One of my most prized possessions.

fish and chips by Freya North
Signed by the lady herself

So what type of books do I read/ I must admit I read the same kind of books. Chick Lit it is called. Love or hate that title it’s what I read. It’s what I like and as Olivia says “I like what I like so don’t change me”

I have books from the little Black Dress series, well lots of those, Celia Ahearn, Lindsey Kelk, Wendy Holden to name a few.

One of my other favourites has to be Dorothy Koomson.

The Ice Cream Girls had me in pieces and don’t even get me started on Goodnight Beautiful. She has this way of taking over, dragging me into the story. She takes me right there if you know what I mean, and the emotion she brings out is amazing such a talent.

I also have a Kindle Fire which has so many books on too, none of  Freya North’s mind you as she isn’t a fan of e-readers so all of her books I own in paperbacks.

 

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