My post this week is about my reading choices
I love reading and have grown up with the opportunity to be able to read books as I wanted if I could get them from the library. My mother was a teacher and was always encouraging my sister and me to read.
The first books I remember reading were by the wonderful Enid Blyton, such as The Famous Five. I loved the adventures Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog had and often felt I was with them. I also read her Secret Seven books as well. I then went to Mallory Towers and The Chalet School books by Eleanor M Brent Dwyer.
Of course I got introduced to the classics as well such as Heidi, Little Women (which has remained one of my all-time favourite books) and many others.
I got introduced to Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights), Thomas Hardy (Far From the Maddening Crowd), Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) and Joseph Conrad (The Rover) during my time at school when I studied English Literature GSCE (O level as it was called then).
I was also lucky enough to be awarded two prizes at school, one for effort in my fourth year and one for history in my fifth year, which were book tokens so I bought my fist non-fiction history books.
During this time when I was 15 or so I discovered Jean Plaidy (I also read her books as Victoria Holt) and through her I expanded my love of historical fiction. Though I have to admit for a few years I only read anything to do with the Tudor era such as The Shadow of the Pomegranate, The Sixth Wife, Murder Most Royal and many more. I strayed into the Stuarts as well. Margaret Campbell Barnes was another favorite author.
Over the years though I did start reading the odd book about other eras, I also read books set in the American Civil War as romance ones although I cannot remember which ones.
Because of Dorothy I then went looking for more authors and discovered my other favourite of Sharon Kay Penman. I read her Sunne in Splendour which I loved and then discovered her Welsh trilogy about Llewellyn the Great and his grandsons Llewellyn the last and Davydd his floored brother, and of course as being Welsh I was then inspired to seek out more Welsh history. I also read her Plantagenet series.
I then discovered Facebook and my life changed again. I joined many history groups and my love of fiction has increased with many others such as Elizabeth Chadwick, Helen Hollick, Anne O’Brien, Paula Lofting and Susan Higginbotham. These authors write about different eras and this is wonderful as my interest and knowledge has now grown. I have also bought many non-fiction books on the advice of others, such as The Winter King by Thomas Penn and The Woodvilles by Susan Higginbotham
I then decided I wanted some lighter reading and discovered Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens, which is a Regency romance. I was hooked and have now gone on to read many more of this genre and Georgian and Victorian romances as well with a lot of the authors now becoming Facebook friends.
I hope you have enjoyed my eclectic choice of books and how they have altered my life.
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