Stephen King’s On Writing. This book has been recommended lots of times, but I’ve never read it. I think it’s because I had a nasty experience when I last read a Stephen King novel. I was 16 and babysitting on a farm in the middle of nowhere (Yorkshire). It was a stormy night. All the children were in bed. I was alone. The novel absolutely terrified me. I wanted to read on, but I was too afraid. I sat for hours listening to the wind and the strange noises. Then I had to walk home across a field with only a torch to light my way. Since then, I’ve avoided anything written by Stephen King.
My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher. It’s a children’s book that was recommended when I was working as a teacher of English. I found it interesting for the voice of the narrator.
Marcus Sedgwick was holding a master class at my university, so I wanted to read at least one of his books before I met him. I bought White Crow from a book event at school a few months ago. Marcus writes for children, young adults and adults. White Crow is for children aged 13+.
Prayers for the Stolen was a recommendation from my friend Laura. I loved it.
Crime novels are not usually my thing. In fact, not my thing at all. My mum, on the other hand, loves them. When I received my MA reading list, my tutor recommended Elmore Leonard for the dialogue if nothing else. So, I found a second-hand copy of Road Dogs and started reading on the way to my writing class on Thursday night. I got through chapter one. I went to my class. On the way back, I was so hooked I almost missed my tram stop! When I told my mum, she was delighted – not that I’d almost missed my stop, but that I was enjoying a genre she loves.