I promised Richard I'd try to curb my habit of buying books until I'd read at least half of those that are already on the "to be read" shelf. I trip into town yesterday made a complete mockery of any attempt to keep that promise. It's just too difficult when there are books leaping out at you from every crevice! Bookshops; charity shops; the market, they all had books crying out for me to buy them. I came home with seven new additions to the shelf - five brand new and two charity shop finds.
My "TBR" shelf now consists of, in no particular order:
1. Last Rights - Barbara Nadel 2. Under The Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes 3. The Antonakos Marriage - Kate Walker (signed copy - won in competition!) 4. The Path of The Dead - Caroline Benton 5. The Spider's House - Sarah Diamond 6. Kiss & Tell - Cherry Adair 7. The Broken Gate - Anita Burgh 8. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova 9. The Five Year Baby Secret - Liz Fielding 10. The Lady In The Van - Alan Bennett 11. Acid Row - Minette Walters 12. A Piece of Cake - Derek Robinson (re-read) 13. A Friend of The Family - Lisa Jewell 14. Archangel - Robert Harris 15. The Silence of The Lambs - Thomas Harris 16. Whip Hand - Dick Frances 17. The Wedlocked Wife - Maggie Cox 18. The Magic Cottage - James Herbert 19. The Last Family of England - Matt Haig 20. Marriage Reunited - Jessica Hart 21. By The Light of The Moon - Dean Koontz 22. Perfectly Pure & Good - Frances Fyfield 23. O'Reilly's Bride - Trish Wylie 24. Strictly Business - Liz Fielding/Penny Jordan/Hannah Bernard 25. An Expensive Place To Die - Len Deighton 26. Love You Madly - Alex George 27. Butterfly - Virginia Andrews 28. Light as a Feather - Helen Dunne 29. Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen 30. Simply Divine - Wendy Holden 31. The Family - Anita Burgh 32. As Bad As Can Be - Kristin Hardy 33. My Canape Hell - Imogen Edwards-Jones 34. Victoria Line, Central Line - Maeve Binchy 35. Survival of The Fittest - Jonathan Kellerman 36. Moon - James Herbert 37. Still Thinking of You - Adele Parks 38. Make Us Traitors - Gilda O'Neil 39. No Gentleman - Andrea Young 40. Bad Boy - Olivia Goldsmith 41. Singing Bird - Roisin McAuley 42. Blind Date - Philippa Todd 43. I Remember You - Martin Edwards 44. September - Rosamunde Pilcher 45. The Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans 45. At The Villa of Reduced Circumstances - Alexander McCall Smith 46. Portugese Irregular Verbs - Alexander McCall Smith 47. The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs - Alexander McCall Smith 48. Misery - Stephen King (re-read) 49. Above Suspicion - Lynda Le Plante 50. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
No wonder he says "don't buy more books" every time I head into town!
At the moment I'm reading "A Wife on Paper" by Liz Fielding, which I have to admit I bought in a charity shop. Sorry, Liz! Which one will be the next to read is anybody's guest; I just dip in and bring out whatever takes my fancy at the time. Some have been on the shelf for a very long time without being read, but one day their turn will come.
As you can see, my taste in books spans everything from category romance to comedy and chick-lit, historical fiction, horror and crime thrillers. I don't get bored.
My favourite genre? I really couldn't say. There's something to be said for them all, but I do like a happy ending. Yes, even horror stories have them.