I have always been a voracious reader, teaching myself as quickly as possible even before school started, so that I could enter the magical world of books. Growing up I was, literally, surrounded by books, and to this day I feel uncomfortable in houses which don't have obvious collections of books.
Don't get me wrong, ten foot teetering towers you have to squeeze through to get to a chair in your study (JBC you know who you are ;o)) may not be quite my cup of tea, but I need to have books around me, and even at my busiest times will have a couple on the go, preferably ones I can dip in and out of.
To my regret, I dropped English Literature after O level (yep I'm that old, just!), but have since mugged up on what I would have missed and more; but during my first degree, wallowing in the joy of reading and reading and reading, I found Russian literature. For that I will be eternally grateful to the lovely Stephen and Joscelyn Carter at LGU. That discovery led me on to studying for a Masters in Russian Literature, and beginning a, later aborted, PhD in the same.
However, my reading tastes are not solely literary, and are - um - eclectic to say the least! Everything from heavyweight history and politics to popular fiction, and from biography to anthropology. I read like a crazy person during my first pregnancy, learning everything possible about pregnancy, labour, birth and parenting, and it took me on the most incredible journey into attachment parenting. I have continued to read as much parenting literature as I can get my hands on, but novels have largely fallen by the wayside of late.
I was therefore delighted last week to hear that I had been chosen as one of the Idealo Holiday Reads Challenge bloggers. We were asked to create a wish list of books we would like to read this summer, up to the value of £25.
I already have lengthy wish lists on Amazon for myself, the girls, etc, but I decided this list would be pure reading pleasure. Nothing I thought I 'should' read, nothing too serious, just some jolly good reads, just for me, and novels only. I thought this was also probably most in keeping with the idea of the challenge itself, the idea of 'holiday reads', even though we have no holiday planned yet, but that's another story!