It’s approaching Christmas and New year as I am sure that you are aware. It’s hard to miss with all the tinsel, baubles and Christmas good cheer being paraded around and sold at a new low low price. But, Christmas and its theme of giving, forgiveness and new beginning got me thinking.
I love books and have been having an ongoing affair with them since I was a teenager, I started off with the magic and swashbucklery of the Fantasy genre, then when I hit my pretentious late teens I started in on the classics. I managed to get through Great Expectations and a number of others; no matter how much I tried though I just couldn’t get past the famous first lines of Moby Dick, ironically enough it’s my very own white whale. It evolved then to Urban Fantasy, which led me to Paranormal Romance, which opened up the Romance genre in general. I find myself in more recent months starting peruse Thrillers and Mysteries, my journey through the book world is ever evolving and expanding.
What does this have to do with Christmas and it’s benevolent themes I hear you ask? Books have given me a lot, comfort, escape, entertainment, education, there seems to be a book for every occasion. In return I spend my time and my money celebrating them, both on Under the Covers and through encouraging/pestering those around me to give a book a try.
But, I find that at times I can be very typically British; there isn’t an emotion that I don’t like to supress in some way. I’m not given to a crass exuberance of emotion and I very definitely don’t trust them. As for my humour…dry as dust most of the time. I am also aware that of all the reviews on Under the Covers, mine are normally the more cynical… so much so, that when I give something more than 3 stars Annie, Angela and Francesca are shocked.
So, I’ve decided to indulge in that exuberance of emotion I was decrying earlier and in the spirit of Christmas, instead of using this post to moan about what the book world is lacking for me, I’m instead going to use it to celebrate. Celebrate how reading and books have made my life that much better. So here it goes:
I love books, even the ones I don’t like. I love the authors who take the time to write them for us. I love the publishers who take those works and put them out for the taking. I love all my fellow readers who are willing to chat with me in genuine concern about the lives of fictional characters. So, Merry Christmas everyone and I hope 2017 is full of good books and good times.
Phew, that was painful! What about the books do you love?
SIGNED copy of SHARDS OF HOPE by Nalini Singh
Hardcover copy of DARK CAROUSEL by Christine Feehan
ARC copy of AN ENCHANTED SPRING by Nancy Scanlon
DEJA WHO by MaryJanice Davidson
STARK AFTER DARK by J. Kenner
ARC copy of MULBERRY MOON by Catherine Anderson
CARTEL by Lili St. Germain
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