It’s a wonderful thing when you think you have all of your favourite author’s books and then, just by chance, you find one that you’ve never seen before on a second-hand book stall. It’s pretty close to being one of the best things EVER in the whole world.
When I found a collection of Terry Pratchett’s short stories, A Blink of the Screen, this was me:
They ran all the way from his very early work to Disc World short stories featuring characters from his novels. Fair to say, nothing else got done and the children were completely neglected until I’d read it. I may even have to read it again very soon 😊.
You know what’s the best thing? When you get to the end of a book and you think, “Oh my God, that was awesome. I need to write this author’s name down and see what else they’ve written.”
Guess what’s even better? When you do that twice in a week!
I am going to review both books so I won’t give any spoilers here. What I will say though is that I Crawl Through by A.S. King and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver were both surprising and that’s what kept me reading. And I don’t mean there was a twist at the end, I mean that they had a unique take on things and while the themes might not have been anything new, they way they were presented was.
Finding an author, not just a book, who’s work you enjoy is reading gold. Honestly. And I can’t wait to read more of their work.
When’s the last time you had a moment like that? Do you have favourite authors or do you ‘read around’?
I often hear people bemoaning the reading habits of the ‘youth of today’. Apparently they’re too busy with their eyes on a screen to have their nose in a book but according to this article, published early last year, that simply isn’t true. My own experience says otherwise as well, which isn’t just great for me as a YA author, it’s great for society as well.
Books are wonderful teachers, they let us live vicariously without the risk of failure (or injury). We experience love, loss, triumph and witness the consequences of taking risks. Books don’t only help us become the best version of ourselves, they also help us to be interesting people to be around.
So, what if you’re a young person who doesn’t love to read? Maybe novels aren’t for you but don’t be put off trying graphic novels, audio books or short stories. Chances are, when you find a medium you enjoy, you won’t be able to stop.
Do you like to read? What books are into at the moment?