August is archive month. Posts from the past
What books are always with you? The first book that came into my head was Little Women, read at age 9.
I was enamoured by the Virginia Andrews books… My Sweet Audrina especially… don’t know why!
Oh dear never read them or heard of them until now…quick Google search later…she wrote so much! Were her books popular in the UK? How did they pass me by?
She wrote for children I gather and adults (Flowers in the Attic sounds very dark). Do you still read her? I gather a ghost writer has taken over since her death.
They were mainly for adults but I think I read my first at around 12… I was an advanced reader.
Yes the ghost writers have kept her style up, but they are nothing like her original books!
Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
I write Spiritual Fiction which clearly does not appeal to the mainstream, for quite often I get messages from those who read my Moksha Trilogy (3 books on enlightenment) that say they loved the read and are re-reading them because they are loaded with spiritual gems. And how happy that makes me! Genuine words of appreciation even from a few are worth more to me that the millions of dollars some mainstream writers earn. Honestly.
Thanks for the reblog – always appreciated. It is wonderful the way changes in technology over the past 10 years or so have allowed niche fiction (for want of a better phrase) to reach its readers. One size does not fit all. (And as for money, even in mainstream fiction not that many authors make a living purely from writing.)
I have several. Winnie-The-Pooh follows me everywhere but so do Crime And Punishment, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Three Men In a Boat. A psychiatrist may make something of that list.
Hmm. What would a psychiatrist say about your choices? Well-grounded, imaginative, intelligent and empathic would be my bet. That is a seriously good list and I am now a bit worried about what mine would say about me.
Did you read Winnie the Pooh as a child? I was aware of Christopher Robin et al of course but really came to the books when I read them to my own children.
A book I read 36 years ago at the age of 15 has held a life-long fascination for me. That book was the true crime Vincent Bugliosi penned masterwork HELTER SKELTER (published 1974).
In a lot of ways I wish I could cite a more ‘happy subject’ book to adore but perhaps that’s in keeping with the idea books that leave a mark pick us equally as much as we pick them.
I like the idea that books that become central to us, that stay with us even if we never see those words printed on a page ever again, pick us. Perhaps they reflect who we were at different times in our lives, the things that we were striving towards. The Narnia books made a deep impression on me as a child. I felt somewhat cheated as a teenager when I discovered that they were crafted around Christian theology, but made my peace with CS Lewis as an adult when I fell back in love with his writing.
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