I’m sure you’re probably aware, but we’ve had some truly horrid weather in the UK recently. If that’s not an excuse to curl up on the sofa, reading a good book, I don’t know what is!
As much as I love reading new books, I find it comforting to re-read old favourites. And as I know the storylines so well at this point, I can have several on the go at one time.
Here’s what I’m (re-)reading right now.
I’m reading…Harry Potter
I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when I was 15, I think. I was staying at my dad’s, borrowed it from one of my brothers and never looked back. If memory serves, I read the first three books in one weekend.
I like to return to the series at least once a year now. This time, I started re-reading it over Christmas, and am now 3/4 of the way through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s been emotional. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I’ve accidentally shared spoilers with my husband (who’s currently on Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban), because I keep forgetting he’s never read the books.
Although my sister loves them, I can’t watch the films. I spent so long imagining the characters in my head, I get cross when they don’t match my imagination.
I’m reading…Goodnight Mr Tom
I’ve been reading this twice a year now for over 20 years. I first read it in my last year of primary school, and it’s just lovely.
Full of warm, lovely characters (and one absolute rotter), it warms my soul. William, an evacuee, goes to stay with Tom Oakley (or Mr Tom, if you prefer), during World War II. It’s a children’s book, but deals with some big themes in a sensitive way. And despite having read it at least 40 times, I still cry every time.
There’s also a TV adaptation starring the late, great John Thaw, and watching it is a splendid way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I’m reading…Anybody Out There
I’ve been a huge Marian Keyes fan ever since I picked up Angels while feeling particularly homesick during a long-ago Freshers’ Week.
Anybody Out There might be my favourite (this changes on an almost weekly basis). Another Walsh family story (for those of you not familiar with her work, Keyes has a series of novels that follows the antics of the Walsh daughters; Clare, Maggie, Rachel, Anna and Helen), Anybody Out There is the story of Anna, and with most Keyes books, it deals with some distressing topics (I won’t say more, because spoilers). Anna lives in New York with her husband Aiden, but at the start of the story we find her living back with her parents in Dublin.
I won’t spoil it, but it’s another book with genuinely gorgeous characters that makes me cry (read: sob uncontrollably), laugh and eventually, feel like everything’s ok.
Fun fact: I met Marian Keyes while she was doing an event to promote Anybody Out There in Canterbury. I went to get my book signed, and couldn’t utter a single word. One of my friends had to tell her how to spell my name.
Still one of the best nights of my life.
What about you, lovely readers (see what I did there)? Which books are you getting stuck into now?