The Harry Potter Replacement


I read the first four Harry Potter books (consecutively and in a very short space of time) during the same year that I decided that what I really wanted in life was to be a writer. Of course I only admitted the writing thing years later, but they did sort of happen at the same time. I shall never be a JK Rowling and the chances of me writing fantasy are pretty slim, but I think the existence of Harry Potter did a lot for a lot of us, and I am no exception. After that I wrote sporadically and waited impatiently for books 5, 6 & 7 to be published. And then I wrote the first draft of my novel. And then I got divorced. And then I stopped reading for almost two years… Continue reading

I went for a walk and came home with 8 books…


553086_707049375978917_697486606_nI do truly seem to have a problem. I bought 8 new books today. Well, they’re new to me but technically second hand. Hubby and I went for a walk on the beach and ended up strolling through the flea market. I can’t walk past books. It seems an impossibility. And second hand books are the worst because I am more likely to be able to afford them than new books.

So today I have 8 new ones. My TBR pile keeps growing and reading time seems to be getting less and less.

I like to think of it all as an investment though. For one, no book is a waste of money if you actually read it…so there is that. But I like to think that one day my personal library will be so big that I’ll be able to open a little second hand book store of my own. And I won’t even have to fork out any money for inventory…