Still at work but pace is a bit slower, so have had a few daily coffee/book breaks. In the evenings there’s neither ferrying of kids to and from school/activities nor homework and having 7 days off work at the end of June to the beginning of July for Eid-ul-Fitr have helped.
I love my Kindle,yet, there is still nothing like cracking open a paper book – the smell, the feel, the look of the cover and a personalised inscription by the author. Having heard the author read from the text in your hand and give an insight into their writing alchemy heighten the thrill.
Last March, I attended the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, just as well given the …but that’s another post…maybe.
After every talk I attended, I had to know the fate of these characters, I bought the books and lined up to have the authors sign them. I was on a high for days after. Months later and reading the books, I’m having multiple highs as I lose myself in their words and worlds.
In the last few weeks I’ve read:
- Coming Home by Annabel Kantaria
- A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
- The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela
- Me, You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield
- The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange
And though this writer was not at the festival, I got her book because the title and the cover intrigued:
- A Cupboard full of Coats by Yvette Edwards
They are all strong contenders for my recommended read to our book group when we reconvene in September.
In a couple of weeks, we’ll be heading to Blighty and I can’t wait to lose myself in Foyles in Westfield, Stratford and in the charity shops’ book sessions. I’ll treat myself to a few ‘real books’.
Until then it’s back to the Kindle.
What are you reading this summer?