As MiniStylist is still of school age - and we could still be fined if we take her out of school quite as much as I'd like to travel - the majority of our trips are done for the year (although we have a couple of daycations to Bristol and London before Christmas).
However, this means I can indulge in my other favourite past time - reading.
Yup, Mini is back in the classroom, and I'm back on the Kindle app.
Please note: I do love a paperback, but I can download ebooks from my sofa. In the warm. Great news for authors in that my friends then have to buy the ebooks, too, instead of us all sharing a paperback, as we did at university. Not so great news for my book-folding friend in that she has no ready supply of books to turn her amazing craft skills to.
I'd love to share with you the books that have kept me awake until four am, or have helped me to burn dinner, because I've become so involved with the characters and the plots. The books that I shout about on public transport, whenever I spot another reader, or recommend to friends, or can be found yakking about on Twitter.
I'd love for you to let me know if you've read the books, too, and what you thought of them, ... and I'm always happy to hear new recommendations.
Here are the reads for Autumn:
First up is Rosie Walsh's The Man Who Didn't Call (also known as Ghosted in other countries). This novel had been on my radar, but it was an enthusiastic tweet from Stephie Chapman (also a brilliant author) one night, and that elusive few minutes needed to download a sample onto my phone, while I carried on parenting, that brought the book properly to my attention.
I ended up reading this most of one day, doing to books what I usually do with a box-set binge.
Walsh lures you in to that perfect summer day in the British countryside, when you meet someone who'll change your life forever in less than a week; you've already changed his life.
And then he disappears......
I had to pop to
the shop for dinner, and continued reading the book on my phone as I
walked the five minutes. Then promptly forgot what I went to the shop for, and ended
up looking like a befuddled shoplifter. Finally remembered, brought
dinner home, then the plot went a beautiful kind of haywire again, and I
nearly burned dinner.
A week or so later, in love with reading all over again, I happened upon an Emma Cooper 99p sale on Kindle, for The Songs of Us.
The Twitterati amongst you will know that I quite like music, so the opening chapter of this book, where the main character, Melody, uncontrollably sings the Arctic Monkey's Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor, at her son's assembly, had me hooked.
And dinner got burned again.
And then I stayed up until 4 am that Sunday morning, completely ugly-crying along with the humanity this book contains.
Isn't it time we side-stepped the snacking that is social media occasionally and delved into the world of fine reading?
As you were...terrorising the tea, maybe?
Disclaimer - I am a nut for Kindle, because I can literally read a novel anywhere, but all books, devices and opinions are my own; I received no money for this post. You're welcome.
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