Total number of books …
I have absolutely no idea. All I know is that I’ve long since run out of shelf space. I now have teetering piles of books all over the living room floor. But I don’t care because I think people who have tidy houses with no books are 'a bit odd'.
Last book read …
I’m in the middle of ‘Into The Blue’ by Robert Goddard. So far, so gripping. He was recommended to me about two years ago and I read one of his other books, which I didn’t really enjoy. However, I found this one at a book sale for 50p – so I had to buy it – along with about six others – because you do don’t you?
Last book bought …
'First Draft in 30 Days' by Karen S Weisner. I think you can all guess where I’m going with this one …
5 meaningful books …
Oh, tough one!
Villette – you can keep sappy Jane Eyre – Lucy Snowe is the girl for me!
Lucy’s romance is with someone unexpected. He is not a natural hero, but if she can’t have him, her heart will break.
He is no Mr Rochester, no Heathcliff, no Mr Darcy from the pages of a Jane Austen. But he is what Lucy wants.
He is stern, abrupt and sometimes rude. Yet Lucy finds in him something she has failed to find in anyone else - understanding and trust.
The Trial of Stephen Ward by Ludovic Kennedy
Because I think it says a lot about ‘justice’ in this country. And '10 Rillington Place', by the same author and for the same reason.
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
This one started my lifelong obsession with Agatha Christie. It’s still my favourite for the far-fetched premise and clever solution.
The Chamber by John Grisham
It illustrates perfectly why we can’t live in a world where capital punishment is acceptable. I’m guessing George Bush has never read it. (and, as I’ve just realised, ‘10 Rillington Place’ is all about the other reason why capital punishment isn’t a good idea. So Mr Bush should probably read that too!)
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
… just because!