One of the things I particularly enjoy about reading blogs is the number of new books I come across. Reviews of new craft books are invaluable but I also enjoy reading about other books. I learned of Persephone books first from Jane and have since enjoyed reviews on her blog and others. Jane offers wonderful reviews of books as does Karen and I can't promise to offer anything so eloquent but it strikes me that thanks to a number of blogs I have read a few really wonderful books in the last couple of years, books that otherwise I might have missed so I will try to tell you about what I am read from time to time in the hope that someone else might benefit from something they might otherwise have missed.
Books are a constant in my life and books and I go back even further than knitting! I really enjoyed reading Simmy's recent post about the importance of books in the life of her and her family. As a child I was lucky enough to always have books to hand and remember when it was possible for me to buy a new Malory Towers or Famous Five every week with my pocket money, it seems to me that this would not be possible for my children, perhaps I do not give enough pocket money or books are more expensive? Bazaars and second hand shops were absolute treasure troves to me and indeed many of my books are still picked up in the same way. Actually come to think of it I don't give any pocket money although Dylan does earn 20p for practising his guitar (and I sort of resent that but it does seem to be working a treat). We are generous with books though and Dylan now romps through a wide variety of titles by himself while Tilly "reads" regularly and appears to have memorized quite a number of her favourites from cover to cover.
Nowadays I don't hang on to books the way I once did, I try to set as many as possible free with the exception of children's books, cook books, craft books etc. Moving to this small cottage was a considerable downsize and many books had to go (actually several hundred of them are still in the rented storage unit which we still cannot quite seem to downsize!). However, downsizing apart, it would seem there are still a few books in the house.
I love reading to the children although my heart does fail a little when faced with the prospect of "walking through the long wavy grass" for the 780th time. Consequently I frequently buy new books to read to them, Tilly still loves pictures but Dylan and I are more excited by adventure. Recently Roald Dahl has offered some form of compromise and we have a wonderful colour plate edition of Wind in the Willows which we are about to embark upon, it will be the second time around for Dylan but he is looking forward to reading it again.
Swallows and Amazons arrived today and I am looking forward to sharing this on the sofa, I haven't read this book, somehow missed it as a child so it should be a real treat for all of us. We love rhyme books too, Dr Zeus is very popular with adults and children and as for Spike Milligan, what could be more fun than to go exploring in the Ning Nang Nong.
I think perhaps I will "review" one book each week, perhaps the one I am reading or perhaps a children's favourite. I do hope I won't bore anyone too much but rather introduce you to a new book every now and again.