When I was young I was a bit of a book worm: I read, and I read, and I read. Even when I got older I still loved reading and would always have a fiction book or two on the go. I was never so much into non-fiction but have always enjoyed escaping into a world which offered something beyond my own. When I went off to university and ended up studying literature, I could hardly believe my luck in that suddenly reading, that pastime that I loved, was being considered ‘work!’ How lucky was I?
It was through reading fiction that I discovered the world of D/s and was finally able to articulate to HL the fact that I was sexually submissive and that I wanted us to try a D/s lifestyle, and so I continued reading all the D/s fiction I could get my hands on. After a while of indulging in book after book, I realised that fiction is just that, and it was getting me no closer to learning about the sort of dynamic I wanted. Then I started blogging.
These days, all that I read are other blogs, and I have to say that I miss curling up with a good book. It’s not that I don’t want to, more that I just don’t have the time what with all of the other commitments that I have. I don’t watch TV either as really all of the time that I am sitting down is spent on my lap top, writing or reading or engaging on social media. I want that to change and writing this post is partly my way of pushing myself to do that.
I am going to make a commitment to read each day. I am going to read a novel, and not an erotic one at that. Hopefully listing some of the books I love and why will help me to make the sort of connection with reading again that I want to, and remind me what it is that I have given up, as I do not believe in there being no time. There is always time, it is just about what you choose to spend it on. I am not in work at the moment but have been wearing one of the pin badges pictured above. Luckily no one asked me the question but at least when I get back, I will be able to answer.
One of my favourite books is The Great Gatsby and I wrote about why I love in it in this post . I don’t think I can do a top 5 as there are so many novels which have appealed to me in different ways and for different reasons so these are just a few of the ones which spring to mind right now and cover a range of different genres.
‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by Ken Kesey.
This is a clever novel and I love everything about it, the characters, the narrative style, and the message that is being given about society and the methods it uses to try to suppress individuality. It is hard going and sad at times, but definitely something that I would recommend if you want a novel to make you think.
‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte.
The classic romance with a wild lover who is dark and interesting and mysterious. The writing is brilliant and although I first read it many years ago this novel has earned its place on my bookshelf. I expect most of you have read this book before but for those who haven’t it is just one of those books.
‘The Comfort of Strangers’ by Ian McEwen.
Although never made clear, I assume the novel is set in Venice and its sado-masochistic undertones drew me in, long before I knew that I had an interest either in Venice, or in that sort of thing. This story and the images it created in my mind stayed with me long after I finished reading and anyway, I love Ian McEwen’s writing.
‘The Time Traveler’s’ Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This is a lighter sort of novel than those listed above but one I enjoyed none-the-less. I like the idea of time-travel and the element of danger in being pushed and pulled back and forth in time, without causing issues to your own story-line was one that I enjoyed escaping into.
‘The BlackHouse’ by Peter May.
Part of a trilogy set on the Island of Lewis, this is essentially a murder mystery. I really enjoyed the small community setting and the cultural detail but I was engaged straight away and drawn into the story, as the mystery was slowly uncovered.