(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)
This hour I want to talk about something I struggle with at the moment, which I never, ever, thought I’d struggle with in my life.
I love reading. When I was a child I read all the time: while I was eating dinner, with a torch under the bedcovers at night, whenever my mum would let me! I continued reading as a teen and went on to study a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, where I started writing a children’s novel (which may never be finished since I discovered scrapbooking!). I even taught creative writing workshops to children in the years since university, only winding down the courses about a year ago (see more about that in an old post HERE if you are interested).
The trouble is, I don’t seem to be able to move on from reading children’s books! My ‘How I love to read’ mini-book that I made a few months ago was full of children’s and young adult’s novels. If I try really really hard to think of an adult novel that I love, I can only come up with one – Persuasion by Jane Austen.
I love the anticipation of the drawn-out love affair, and I fall in love with Captain Wentworth every time I read it.
So my question is, how do I progress past Persuasion?
My trouble is I don’t like to read anything too depressing. I really don’t like it when a main character dies – especially at the end of the book. This has happened in a few books that I’ve picked up off the shelf in the Library, and it makes me want to throw the book at the wall. I like happy endings! When I read I want to escape and enjoy it. Plus I’m a worrier and I think too much – when bad things happen in books I can’t stop thinking about it for days, and worrying about it happening to people I know – it even keeps me awake at night.
A friend of mine recommended Lisa Jewell to me, so I recently read The Truth about Melody Browne:
Which I did enjoy. There were some sad moments in it, and I won’t say whether the ending was entirely happy or not (I don’t want to spoil it if you want to read it), but it was an ending I was satisfied with. I got caught up in Melody’s story and didn’t want to put the book down. The only thing that was missing was a bit more romance – I don’t always need romance but I was in the mood for it at the time!
Another book I want to read, but haven’t got hold of yet, is Austenland by Shannon Hale (not surprising considering Persuasion is my favourite adult book!):
I’ve heard good things about it, and I’m kind of assuming it will have romance and a relatively happy ending, as it is aimed at the same people who would read Austen novels!
So my question for you is what else should I read? I really want to have more choice. Lately I’ve been picking up old Bunty annuals and reading through them, as I’m so desperate to read, but I’d rather have something more grown up – I’m with kids all day long after all, so it would be nice to excape into an adult novel! Please help me progress!
Create a mini-book about the books you love
Write a blog post about something you struggle with that you’d like help progressing with
Make a book mark or book journal
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See you again in 60 minutes! x