Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I'm at the tail end of my Christmas/New Year holidays, and have so far been disappointed by my reading efforts - only a few novels have been consumed, and the pile left unread is quite big considering my usual appetite. My goal for the next week is to read, read, read before my brain has to deal with the reality and responsibility of work again!

My reading tastes are quite eclectic. I'm just as likely to have my head in a biography as I am to be reading science-fantasy, and I also take great pleasure in candy-covered chick-lit. I'm also working my way through 'the classics' - I can get quite caught up in the societal rules laid out in Pride and Prejudice and then delight in the commentary on the same in any Oscar Wilde play. My favourite genre at the moment, however, is historical fiction. I love reading the detail of characters' lives set against an unfamiliar era. Most interesting is the inclusion of the minutiae of daily life: eating and bathroom habits, fashion, transport, housing.

Quoting from books is another pastime. As a teenager, when others were writing lines from their favourite songs in their diaries and the singers' names on their pencil cases, I was finding words of wisdom and enjoyment in novels and by authors. Two of my favourites have been put together below - printed on raised card and backed quite aptly on an original Don Quixote page.

Which reminds me, I may have to add Don Quixote to the reading pile. I struggled with the complicated and drawn-out plot when I was younger but now may be more successful. If only I hadn't chopped my copy up...

"She is too fond of books, and it has addled her brain!" Louisa May Alcott
"It would be so nice if something made sense for a change"
Alice in Wonderland

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