For as long as I can remember I’ve been a reader. Not just a little bit of a reader but a really big reader. I can remember at aged 8 my dad coming into my room, looking at my book covered bed and asking me which book I was reading and me replying, all of them. In my collection, of ongoing reads, I had Amelia Jane, The Fantastic Five and Milly Molly Mandy to name a few. If I couldn’t decide I’d just read them all a few pages, each, at a time. My dad was bewildered. I’m not surprised, as an adult I’m pretty bewildered how I managed it too.
It’s safe to say I’ve always been a little bit of a book addict. I feel quite strongly that I have an addictive/obsessive personality. It’s one of the reasons I’ve never tried drugs. There was always this fear in the back of my mind that I’d do it once and then get sucked down the rabbit hole and not be able to get back out again.
If I really like a book I can usually finish it in a day sometimes two days depending on how busy things are. The problem is when you’ve read a lot of books and you come across a series of books you can really buy into it’s hard to start reading again once it’s over.
I’ve had this problem for the last 6 months. I read and then re-read all the Harry Potters. They are an amazing series but they were also my downfall. I’ve found it incredibly difficult to pick up another book and fully buy into the story since I finished them. It’s almost like I’m grieving the loss of the characters from my life. I’ve become a Potter addict!
It’s even gone so far as to affect my sleep. I can’t switch off without loosing myself in a story for half an hour before bed. I find myself still awake often at 2am and with a 7 month old and 2 rowdy boys (8 and 9) this is not a good way to live. Coffee is always close at hand in our house!
|Caffeine – How I Survived the 2am Bedtime|
I decided I needed an “ease myself back in book”. Something easy to read that doesn’t require too much thought (Game of Thrones I’m pointing at you on the shelf right now). But something interesting enough that it holds my attention and makes me want to turn the page.
To my relief I found The Bones of You by Debbie Howells. It’s a great “who did it” story set in a small village. I was a little bit apprehensive, when I first started reading. The opening scene with Kate (one of the main characters) was a bit melodramatic which put me off and made me take the book less seriously initially. However, when I put that aside and decided to give it to page 100 (my dads rule “if there’s nowt happening by page 100 then bin it”) I was really pulled in by the story.
The books unusual as it tells the story in the first person from 2 different perspectives. One character, Kate, gives the story in the present day whilst another character, Rosie gives an account of the past in relation to the ongoing “who did it” story a great and unusual way to provide background to the characters. This adds great depth to the book and leaves you changing your mind again and again as to what angle the book is going to take and where the story will lead. At well over half way through I was still guessing as to how things were going to pan out and it wasn’t until the writer wanted me to know that I finally understood and the penny dropped. Very clever writing.
Overall this is a really good read. It would make a great holiday book or a good “in between” book. If your a series addict like I am and your waiting for the next release this is a great way to bridge the gap between books as it’s not too heavy and it’s a stand alone story. The last thing you’ll want is to be sucked into another series.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?
NB: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own.