Saturday, 28 May 2011

The 1001 Club...

For those of you who know me well, the heading above may clue you in to what this post will be about and for those of you who don’t know me well or even at all, I will try to enlighten you.

I am a bit of a reader.  I love books.  I don’t care if they are paperback, hardback, e-book, audiobook or written on a block of stone, I just love them.  I find it a sad thing when people say they aren’t much for reading as they don’t have time or they think it’s a bit of a waste of time to be sitting down with a book.  I disagree with them.  There can be nothing better than taking a well deserved time out with a good book.
Books take you to another time and place or into another persons life.  What is not great and exciting about that?

I have many favourite authors and some of them are listed as links on my blog.  I am always on the look out for a new author or genre.  I have recently started into the more serious side of the Science Fiction genre and am surprised that I didn’t get hooked into it earlier.  What fantastic stories being told!  The most recent books I have read are Quarter Share and Half Share by Nathan Lowell.  These were originally done as free audio books from the authors website but have been released into paperback and e-book formats.  Now I’m no great authority on this genre, as I’ve stated I’ve only just gotten into it, but these stories kept me hanging on to the last word.  I am about to commence listening to the next installment, Full Share, on my iPod over the coming days.  I cannot wait to hear what else is happening with Ishmael and his progress through the ranks on board the “Lois McKendrick”.

It’s never hard to find books to read but I got to thinking about another book I received as a gift a few years back.  It’s called “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die”, and I decided I was going to give it a go and try and read them all.  I will be honest with you and tell you that I may not finish all these books but I will attempt to.  Sometimes there are books that no mater what you do, you just can’t get into it and make it through to the end.  I have found a few books like that over the years and although it’s inevitable that you won’t like all the books you pick up, you do get that feeling that you just didn’t give them a real chance.  Here’s hoping I can persevere and make it through the list.  I will also try to give some reviews on the books I do get through, but I’m not very good at writing reviews.  I’m just not critical enough to give very concise reviews on the books I read, so be prepared for a lot of “It was really good.  Enjoyed the character’s a lot”

Now, I have read some of the books already, but I think to get into the true spirit of things I’m going to read them all again.  First up on my list is “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” by Jules Verne.  I’m only up to chapter three but so far so good. His writing is a bit circumlocutory, however it currently seems to add to the feel of the story – I figure learned men of the day did waffle a bit getting a story out, a bit like some politicians nowadays.

If anyone else is thinking of partaking in this personal challenge, I’d love to hear about it either here in my comments or if you have your own blog let me know so I can check it out.
Take care and I’ll post again soon.

“TV.  If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six.  Open your child’s imagination.  Open a book.”  ~Author Unknown

“We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.”  ~Henry Miller

“Books are immortal sons deifying their sires.”  ~Plato

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