B is for Books

I’ve always been an avid reader – according to my Mum, I was reading by the time I started Kindy (not quite 4 years old). I really have no idea whether that is normal or not.

But it did start an ongoing love of reading. I would read under the blankets for hours after I was supposed to be asleep, and then once I got older and didn’t have a ‘set’ bedtime as such I still read until quite late at night. I walked into things A LOT because I’d always be reading instead of looking where I was going.

I particularly like sci-fi and fantasy genre books, but I’ll give anything a go at least once. ‘Brain stuff’ and other science-y topics fascinate me (e.g. Oliver Sacks – his books being a major reason behind why I want to go into psychiatry), and I also like biographies and historical fiction.

I’m currently working my way through my Terry Pratchett collection again, as some lightweight reading to help me relax from my uni work. Hubby may argue with me about the books being lightweight – he recently started reading “The Colour of Magic” and is finding it rather confusing. Which I find a bit strange considering how much he loves Douglas Adams and the weirdness that goes with HHGTTG, but you get that. I’ve directed him towards some of the ones that have slightly more straight-forward story lines (e.g. Going Postal, Guards! Guards!, and Pyramids). Hopefully once he’s got the hang of Terry Pratchett’s style he’ll enjoy the other stuff more – I really do love The Luggage 🙂

Another of my go-to easy-read favourites is LotR and The Hobbit. I’ve read both of them SOOOOOO many times I have them pretty much memorised, but they’re great for if I just want to melt into a familiar world and escape. Heck, I even taught myself to speak and write in Elvish in high school. I’ve forgotten most of it now, but I can still vaguely understand the bits they use in the movies. (NERD ALERT)

If I’m looking for an escape into another world read, I also often go back to the Wheel of Time series. It’s a huge series of seriously long books, and that’s fantastic. I’ve been thinking that I should re-read it because I was a little disappointed by the final book, but that might have been because I devoured it so quickly (I was a little impatient waiting for it to come out, and I read the book in 48hrs. I think I slept about 3 hours in that time).

I also love Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. I actually haven’t read any of his other books yet, and even this series took me several years to get to because I wasn’t sure I’d like it – HOW WRONG I WAS. The series is so up my alley it was a little bit spooky. Post-apocalyptic cowboy on a journey to save the world and avenge his past? I’ll take a double serving of that, thank you…

I’ve started reading ASOIAF twice so far, and each time I’ve gotten halfway through the second book and gotten busy with uni work and not read it for a month or so – then when I come back, I’ve forgotten what was happening with half the characters :S So I’m going to try it again over the xmas break when I won’t have Uni for 3 months.

~K

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8 thoughts on “B is for Books

    • There’s a little conjecture as to the validity of the similarity – I find the style of humour is similar, tending towards the blatantly ridiculous, but that their writing styles quite different. Other people say the opposite, or that they’re not alike at all. I guess it depends what aspect of Douglas Adams you’re looking to find in Terry Pratchett.
      I actually started reading Terry Pratchett well before I discovered Douglas Adams, and I read the HHGTTG books well after I’d seen both movies multiple times. I really enjoy Terry Pratchett’s sense of humour, and after watching the movies I judged Douglas Adams’ humour to be similar (so I read the books).
      I’d recommend NOT reading the first couple of books first, especially if you haven’t read Terry Pratchett’s writing style before, because they can be a little too scattered for the casual reader. My personal recommendation of a “first book” would be Pyramids, Guards! Guards!, Mort, or Going Postal. Going Postal is a particular favourite of mine.

  1. I think you may be my bookish soul mate 😛 I love Terry Pratchett, have read almost all of his books and yes, I have re-read the LoTRs and The Hobbit too many times to count. The Wheel of Time series is a little dense and I admit I haven’t read the entire series yet. Have you read the Wizard of Earthsea series by Ursula le Guin? You should try it, you’ll love it. I’m currently reading the Long Earth books by Terry Pratchett and loving them. Have you read those yet?

    • I’ve read a bit of Ursula Le Guin, but never really got into it because the library never had the rest of the books in the series 😦 I honestly can’t remember that much about it, I might try again this Christmas when I’m off from uni for the summer 🙂
      I haven’t read any of Terry Pratchett’s newer stuff yet – if it isn’t Discworld, I haven’t got there yet haha. I’ve got all the Discworld novels as ebooks, so I’m working my way through those at the moment.
      I’ve also rediscovered the Outlander series (thanks to the appearance of the TV adaption) and I’m going to reread those too. I was directed to the series way back in high school by our librarian after I devoured every single Philippa Gregory book we had in the library and went looking for similar reading material.

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