It was just days after I left a comment on a friend's blog about how I'll never understand twitter, that I logged into my twitter account and now I'm hooked and there's no going back.
And then, a few weeks after leaving yet another comment on a different friend's blog about how I'll never quite get used to reading books from a .pdf file and here I am - doing nothing but reading the trashy romance novels that Harlequin have given away for free.
Funny, isn't it? How things happen? Clearly, I'm not very self-aware. Because I think I was also putting pressure on myself to blog everday, when what I really needed was a mini-break from it all. (even though my google reader is pushing 1000 - I'll get around to all your great posts eventually!)
Anyway, I like books with romance in them, but I never thought I'd enjoy these Harlequin/Mills and Boon type books as much as I have. If you click on the link above, I've skipped over the weird vampire/witch blood story entirely and have left the stories involving babies to last because that's not really my thing, but I've been suprised at the rest. I'm not a total convert, but they really did drag me out of my reading funk. I think I just needed to try something new. And maybe I've been craving a love story. Luckily, they're showing The Thorn Birds on TV and that's fit into my recent mood perfectly.
I've been to the library this morning and now I feel all excited about reading again. I had to return everything that I had checked out before. I had some great books, but it felt like too much pressure to read them because it's the next in the series or because everyone says this book is really good so I must like it, and so on... so, for the second time this year, I just returned everything, wiped the slate clean and started again. I actually felt relieved when I'd left those books behind. Is that a normal reaction? It occurred to me that I haven't shared my library list in awhile, so here they are:
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The Gathering by Anne Enright
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
Engleby by Sebastian Faulks
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt
Where should I start?