I’ve been a bookworm for as long as I can remember and it comes as no surprise that my love of books and reading is what inspired me to want to be a writer myself.
Reading is important if you are a writer. You can find ideas and inspiration from other books. You can identify the genre you enjoy and would like to write for. You can find what works and what doesn’t work, what tense you prefer and how to craft your own story.
I try to read every day. It’s part of my wind-down time before I go to sleep, so you won’t find me reading literary classics or contemporary literary fiction. For me, reading is a form of relaxation and an opportunity to escape to another world for a short time, but we take from books what we need. There is something for everyone out there.
I used to do a monthly review of the books I’d read. I haven’t done that for a while, so I thought I’d catch up by sharing what I have read recently.
The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks
I turn to Nicholas Sparks’ stories when I want an easy read, a bit of a romance and a solid story. I haven’t been disappointed with any of his books so far, and this one is no different.
The story follows the separate lives of ninety-one year old Ira and student Sophia. Ira is stuck in his car, injured, after he skidded on some ice and his car went off the road. As he struggles to stay alive, the image of his long-dead wife, Ruth appears, urging him to hang on. Together they look back on their lives together.
Sophia is a college student whose privileged life is thrown into disarray when she meets, Luke, a boy with a secret that could potentially destroy their relationship.
Fate brings the lives of Sophia and Ira together and the result is a lesson in love, friendship and respect.
After I Left You – Alison Mercer
A chance meeting with an old flame brings back memories that Anna would rather forget. She’s put her Oxford University days well and truly behind her and hasn’t spoken to or seen any of her friends since.
No one else knows why Anna cut them off. It is a secret she has carried around with her since the last night they were all together. As she begins to rebuild her relationships with her old friends, the story takes us back through Anna’s time at university and the events leading up to that fateful night.
Without You – Saskia Sarginson
Seventeen year old Eva goes missing at sea and is presumed dead. No body is found and the strain of being unable to find their missing daughter is taking its toll on her mum and dad. Eva’s younger sister, Faith, refuses to believe she is dead. She believes Eva has been taken by the wild man to the island that sits just off the shore where they live. Everyone knows the stories of the wild man are just that – stories, so they won’t take Faith seriously.
The reality is, Eva has been taken hostage and IS being held captive on the Island. Her fight for survival sees her develop a relationship with her captor that is based on mutual respect and dependence. Being taken away from her family and everything she holds dear, forces Eva to come to terms with a few things in her own life. She realises that if she ever gets to go home, she will never be the same person again.
The relationship between Eva and her captor is fascinating. His volatile personality means that you are never sure which way it will go and this brings a level of suspense to the story that makes it a gripping read.
The Last Day – Emily Organ
Fifty three year old George believes that the 12th September 1985 is the day he will die. He has dreamt about this day since he was twelve years old. The story takes the reader through this day, as George looks back on his life, the mistakes he has made and the regrets he holds.
The big question is, will George survive and will he get the chance to make amends with his wife and daughter? The author keeps you on your toes throughout this entire story, as George makes his way through the most eventful day of his life. I had no idea which way it was going to go. I can’t really say anymore than that without giving it away!
I would highly recommend all of these books. If you read any of them and enjoy them too, please let me know.
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