Did you miss me? I most certainly missed you guys!
Thank you for all your lovely comments. I am feeling a lot better now. I spent the weekend resting and managed to finish two books, so yay me!
I have to do a post soon of all the lovely awards I have won from some fantastic blogs. I really appreciate them and I often forget to publish them, so I will try and be more organised and show them soon.
Family life is still stressful, as hubby's dad is constantly on our minds and our rabbit Max is still not quite out of the woods. Also my girls are really giving me a hard time at the moment. They tend to argue quite a lot, which I am told is normal for twins.
I realised over the weekend that I managed to complete two challenges last week.
I finished Trish's Non Fiction Five challenge and the In Their Shoes challenge. I really enjoyed reading the non fiction books and have found I really enjoy travel journals. Here are my five non fiction books.
1)Bad Blood by Lorna Sage
2)Cinnamon City by Miranda Innes
3)The Funny Thing is.. by Ellen Degeneres
4)Waiting on Manana by Miranda Innes
5)Angels in My Hair by Lorna Byrne
Here are my In Their Shoes challenge books.
) Stori Telling by Tori Spelling
2) Dear Fatty by Dawn French
3)Bad Blood by Lorna Sage
4) Angels in My Hair by Lorna Byrne
Out of all of these books, I would have to say the two by Miranda Innes were definitely my favourite ones, as her books kept me entertained all the way through. I know I have said it several times before, but you really need to read these! I am not on commission, so don't worry, I just like to see good books read a wider audience.
Over the last week, a friend of mine lent me a Maeve Binchy book for my letter Q on my A to Z titles. Now I have always been a bit dubious about Maeve Binchy, I wrongly classified her as a writer I did not want to read, along with Danielle Steel and Catherine Cookson which are two writers that have never really grabbed my attention. Not that they are not good authors, as they are and they sell millions of books, they just weren't for me. So with trepidation, I started reading Quentins and found I could not put the book down!! It was absolutely fabulous.
The story revolved around the restaurant Quentins, which is about to be the focus of a documentary. The book delves in and out of the lives of the restaurant staff and the filmmakers and you get a real feel for the place. I loved the characters, they all had interesting aspects to their personalities. I love the feel of the restaurant, it was the kind I would love to own. This book was just brilliant, so brilliant in fact,that when I noticed Tara Road by Maeve Binchy on sale in the charity shop, I just had to buy it. Tara Road has some of the characters from Quentins in.
I found Maeve Binchy reminded me of Debbie Macomber quite a lot, as they both write about real life and breathe life into their characters.
So I have learnt not to have prejudices about any writer in the future that I have not actually read. I will not turn my nose up until I have actually read one of their books. I shall gently slap my hand at showing such bad behaviour. So you can remind me of this later in the year, but I will now challenge myself to read a Danielle Steel and a Catherine Cookson book by the end of the year. If I don't, you can all sent me abusive comments!
Is there any authors that you choose not to read just because you believe they are just not for you? Have you actually read the authors you sometimes turn your nose up?