Our Book Shelf


Why do I want a blog about the books I read, have read and want to read well all book lover know, there is nothing as fantastic or exciting when reading a book you just can’t put down. For most of us, the relationship starts early in life being read to by our parents, grand-parents and such and then with one of the first books you learn how to read with i.e. The John & Jane Books, or the “Ladybird Books such as “Chicken Licken”.

Then we grow older and if we were lucky, books or book vouchers became a part of our birthdays and Christmas, and we then started to read at school I remember that some of my favourite books were the ones we read as part of English literature lessons.

Maybe we then start to read what is in fashion/popular for myself;

In the 1960’s it “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess and “To kill A Mocking Bird” by Harper Lee or how about “Valley of the Dolls” by Jacqueline Susann, although I have to say that I only read these from 1968 onwards.

In the 1970’s it was “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, “All Creatures Great, and Small” by James Herriot, “Master, and Commander” by Patrick O’Brian, the spy novels of John le Carré and the crime novels of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, the books by Dick Francis and don’t forget the fantasy of J. R. Tolkien.

In the 1980’s, some of us started going through a fantasy and horror period, with books such as The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike, Pyramids by Terry Pratchett, the horror stories from Stephen King, sci-fi from Frank Herbert, and some of my favourites are from Terry Brooks, I mean of course today’s teenager’s have twilight, but;

in the 1990s we had “interview with the vampire” from Anne Rice, and don’t forget the power of the magical wizard blockbuster from a writer like J. K. Rowling, or “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman or an addictive piece of historical fiction.

Fiction or Non-Fiction, Fantasy or Thrillers, Legal or Medical Mysteries, Naval or Ancient Rome Novels, I resolutely believe that reading is a treat and one that’s very good for you did you know the united nations acknowledges literacy with all kinds of essential things, including ”ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.”?

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