Welcome to my blog, The Secret Life of Books
My name is Shirley and I adore books. My passion is crime fiction, however this year 2016 I am challenging myself to read books other than crime ( I know, how very dare I ) already it has been a revelation.
My first memory of books is when I was around 7, and I remember being so excited on Christmas Day at the thought of receiving the new Brer Rabbit book by Enid Blyton, that I tore off not only the wrapping paper, but the dust jacket as well. A hardback girl even then!
My progression to Famous Five, Secret Seven, Nancy Drew, (you can see where this is going) and my love for solving mysteries and crime fiction began.
I now collect signed first edition hardbacks and will also purchase a reading copy to give away. (sad I know) Books are so personal to me and I love to know the author has signed the book he/she has worked so hard to produce. Finding Goldsboro Books was another wonderful way to collect these precious books, (and bankrupt myself, but who needs food) and scouring shops both new and secondhand everywhere I go.
I am not a kindle reader, as I need to hold the book, and as a reader I have to be connected to that book, at that time. I may start a book only to find it is not the right time, and go back to it months later, but go back I will.
Here are just a few of my favourite 5 star books I have read this year (what a year it has been already) in no particular order:
- In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings – Wow! I cried, I was tormented, haunted, a stunning read. I bought at least 7 copies to give away. Beautiful book
- The Widow by Fiona Barton – Stunning debut
- Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave – A real departure for me but such poignant writing
- To The Bright Edge of Tomorrow by Eowyn Ivey – Carried me all the way to Alaska and I fell in love
- Wicked Game by Matt Johnson – A debut that blew me away with its power and tension and I love Robert Finlay
- NightBlind by Ragnar Jonasson – Ari Thor Arison is a wonderful character and July cannot come soon enough for BlackOut wonderful series
- The Plea by Steve Cavanagh – Eddie Flynn, Eddie, Eddie Eddie, I want to go out for a beer with him and just listen, he is a character I will want to read about forever, and, he is funny as ****, I kid you not. That line ” I sense a disturbance in the force” had me just weeping with laughter. A bloody marvellous book.
There are many, many more fantastic books I have read and I shall be posting further reviews soon, and a little giveaway.
Finally, I do believe books have a secret life, they tease and tempt and give me sleepless nights, and disrupt my working days, but I forgive them as they are family and I will always hold them close to my heart.
Please leave any feedback or comments you wish, this is all very new to me, and I would welcome support, however minimal.