I’m a little late with my February books basically because it was a terrible month for my reading, I only completed one book and it was a very small one, Clockwork by Phillip Pullman. It was one my husband had in his stash for school and I can’t leave a Philip Pullman book unread. It only took me an hour or so to read so you can tell how small it is but quite a quirky, dark little tale, as you would expect if you have read his other books.
I did start World Without End by Ken Folett but I have only read the first few pages. The problem I am having with this book is that it is so big, over 1200 pages, and the text is really small. The book is so heavy that I can’t read it in the bath, which I usually like to do. Still, I’m determined to keep it going; my husband bought me this for my birthday last year. He nearly always buys me a book, often one he has chosen himself so that is why I especially want to read this. I read Pillars of the Earth a couple of years ago and despite the size of his novels they are surprisingly easy to read and very gripping. I know that once I get going with it I won’t want to put it down!
I have also started a book on my Kindle which has caused some controversy in our house, it is All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot. My husband thinks it is ridiculous, that I should be embasrrassed, I am only 30 but there is a reason I love these books! When I was younger, maybe around 13/14 I started to raid my parents bookshelf. I read a lot so when I had gone through my Sweet Valley High stash from the library I would choose one of their books. That is how I first read James Herriot and when I had to admit that it was my next book and posted my photo on Instagram I was surprised so many others said the same! They are more popular than I thought and this makes me happy. I downloaded it from Amazon daily deals and I am really enjoying it! It is quite a big book but the beauty of his novels are that you can just pick them up and read a couple of chapters as they are all little anecdotes, you could come back to it at any time and enjoy it.
I thought I would also share a couple of book related bits each month that I’ve been enjoying. This month I finally got round to watching Books and Quills on Youtube; my friend Vicki from Let’s Talk Beauty has been telling me for ages that I would really enjoy them and I do! It definitely inspires me to read a little more and it is great to see what books are out there, not that I really need to add to my ‘to read’ list! Also my husband introduced me to this great website, Abebooks, which is an online shop for second hand books. Obviously charity shops are a great place to pick up old books but we can’t often get to one and you don’t know what they are going to have so this a great alternative. He’s ordered a few books though it and they have all been in great condition, good to bear in mind if you are on the look out for something in particular.
If you are joining in and have done a post about what you are reading please let me know as I would love to have a read!