Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Never Go To Bed Alone

Whether your married or single, there is never a need to go to Bed alone, when you could take a good book with you. Well what did you think I meant?

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx

Apparently, according to my sources, mainly my Mum, I learnt to read at a very early age and I could not bear to be stopped in the middle of a book. I started reading when I was 3 years old and would hide in cupboards, under the dining table, in the shed, and other assorted places with a book and a torch. It must have been very frustrating when everyone else was ready to go out and I could not be found.

I absolutely love books and whilst I haven't read much in the past 12 months, in the past 38 years I have read hundreds of books. I am quite a fast reader and used to get through a reasonable length novel in 3 - 4 days.

Of the BBC's Big Read Top 100 books, the BBC believe that most people will only have read 6 of the books. I find this very hard to believe myself. Take a look at the list and tell me how many you have read.   I have read 43 of them, so still a lot for me to go at.

I have wanted a Kindle for quite a few years, as it's a much easier way of storing books (my attic is already chocabloc!!) and they are slightly cheaper than buying. Although I do try and get them from the library, but a Kindle is also lighter to hold when lying in bed. However, I have always known that a Kindle was a luxury item that just wasn't justified.

Imagine my surprise then when this is what I received from DH & Sons for Christmas 2011.

 I think because I really wasn't expecting to recieve it, not like the things that we drop hints we want for Christmas, but it was something I would really love, it was all the more exciting a present to get. Thankfully I also received from other family members, who were all in on the secret, some Amazon vouchers to buy books to get me started.

So what am I reading at the moment? 4 Books, "Shoot the Damn Dog", by Sally Brampton, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", by Louis de Berniere, another one to cross off the Top 100, "Will I ever be Good Enough?" by Dr Karyl McBride and I'm working my way through all Lee Childs books about his fictional character Jack Reacher, currently on "The Enemy".

Other authors I love are Clive Cussler, Jodi Picoult and Maeve Binchy.

So tell me, what are you reading and which authors do you love?

In the words of Shirley Bassey (well almost!)

" To All the Books I've Loved Before,
Who've travelled in and out my door,
I'm glad they came along,
I dedicate this blog,
To All the Books I've loved before.

To all the Books I once caressed,
and may I say I've held the best,
for helping me to grow,
I owe a lot I know,
to all the Books I've Loved Before"

In other news

I now need to go back to making a few cards as payment for tomorrow's crochet lesson. Here's the first of them:-

I don't know how many more I can get done before midnight, but Au Revoir for now.

Lots of Love Arwedd xx


  1. I'm a bookoholic too! I'll have to look at that list...does it change every year?
    Jane x

    1. No, I think it was written down in 2003 and is a permanent list, but I'm not all that sure!? I'm sure there are plenty of new books that should make it on to there in time.

  2. I've read 60 of the books & some of those I haven't read, I have read others by the same author

    1. Hi Hester, thanks for stopping by. I think 60 is pretty good going, so I will have to try and catch you up, once I can bear to put the crochet

      Arwedd x

  3. Can't leave your followers at 5 now, can we?
    Love from Mum

    1. I really am delighted that I have any Followers at all!! I have some difficult people close to me and so it really does mean a lot to me that at least someone out there values me, even if those others don't!! I'm welling up, so should stop being sentimental and pull myself together, *sniff*, suffice it to say thank you so much!

  4. I have read 53 - thought that was quite good - might download the list and try to get through it - great idea and an interesting post - thank you. Good luck with the crochet x

    1. 53 is definitely very good. Ashamed to say DH had only read one, so I guess he is one of the ones bringing our average down!! I'm not sure whether the gender issue is a big factor in reading? I know my Dad will read a book, but other men I know aren't interested unless its a car

      Definitely having a breakthrough on the crochet front.

      Arwedd xx

  5. I love your card! :)
    I've been hinting for a Kindle for my 50th birthday present :)
    I love reading but tend to read mostly non-fiction books at the moment.

    1. Thanks, the stamp on the card is the Kanban Moulin Divas one, which I knew FM would like. Here's hoping you get the Kindle, mine goes everywhere with me!!

      Arwedd xx