Sorry about the lack of posts, I've been suffering from a severe lack of inspiration.
Ever since I was a child I have been an avid reader. I nearly always had a book on the go and read late into the night under the covers. Occasionally my mother would say 'you'll ruin your eyes reading in that bad light!' but I'm 45 and have near perfect eyesight, so I guess she was wrong. I'm actually quite disappointed as I think I'd look rather good in glasses.
So, one of the advantages of being in between OU courses is that I have plenty of time to read, and I am enjoying an interesting selection of books from the library at the moment. I finished the biography of Myra Hindley of Moors Murders infamy, extremely well written and objective. I can't remember the author's name but it was titled 'One of your own', highly recommended.
Then I read a Daisy Dalrymple mystery which was beautifully innocent. Set in a Devonshire coastal village in the 1920s, Daisy is the wife of a Scotland Yard Detective Inspector who is supposed to be on holiday but of course gets wrapped up in the suspected murder of the local philanderer. I loved the insight into 1920s manners and the tail end of the staid Victorian generation who frowned upon the young people and their improprieties.
I am now reading an interesting novel called 'I am NOT a Serial Killer'... hmm catchy title you say! It is the (fictional) story of a 15 year old sociopath who is obsessed by serial killers; written from his point of view and quite disturbing.
I have two or three random crime novels lined up still to go. Given that there is no purchasing involved, I am enjoying picking authors that are totally unknown to me, just to see what they are like. I do have a quick glance in the book to see what the style of writing is like, but other than that I just go by the precis description of the story. It is so easy to get locked into one author, or just the 'best selling' ones, and not try any of those on the perimeter.
It is probably obvious that I enjoy crime novels (they have a whole section to themselves in the library, so I am obviously not alone). Although they can be predictable and formulaic on occasion, not half as much as love stories which tend to bore me unless they are exceptional. I cannot abide Chick Lit, it drives me into a frenzy! Unfortunately I am not as willing to experiment with love stories, I'm sure there are some very well written ones out there.
I've always fancied that I could write a novel, or at least short stories, but I don't think I have the patience. So I'll leave it to others, and just spend time enjoying the fruits of their labours!