How does a good book make you feel?

Sometimes when I’m reading a book, particularly if it is a good book, I get distracted. My mind starts to wander from the story line and I find myself pausing and simply enjoying the word dancing in rhythm on the page. You see a good book will do that. It will sneak under your skin and into your subconscious and make you dream about beautiful phrasing, effortless dialogue and alluring imagery. Or is that just me? Is it simply the writer in me that admires such breathtaking writing?

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A few of my favourite things Part II

Continuing on from last week’s theme, I bring you a few more of my favourite things. This time, all things books and reading.

I have an off / on relationship with books which I am not proud of. I love reading and I love the intellectual and emotional journey that books take me on but ashamedly when life gets overwhelmingly busy it is the first thing that gets neglected on my ‘to do’ list. Reading is one of those pleasures that I feel I must deserve or earn. The housework must be done, the children tendered to, work up to date and all must be good in the world before I feel I can indulge myself in a book.

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Book Review: The Great Gatsby

If you Google “American Literature” , chances are you will come across classics such J.D. Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye’, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingird’ and of course F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. However, accolades for Fitzgerald’s masterpiece were few and far between at the time of the book’s release in 1925 and … Read more