Confession time.... Sometimes I find that I don't read much. Be it that I am busy with other projects, kids or just in a reading rut. I had been in one of those for a few weeks, yes, it even happens to me! I don't realise that I am in one until one of two things happens: 1: I finally realise that the pile of my books beside my bed keeps growing and is at the point of causing serious OSH issues and / or 2: I feel restless, unsettled somewhat and I am not sleeping as well.
Reading for me has always been many things, but importantly it has been part of the quietening of the mind and winding down in preparation of sleep.
The shifting of gears from the responsibility and stress of my busy world to losing myself in someone else's story where I have no obligations. I have got my reading groove back, devouring two books this weekend and feeling much better for it!
As I mentioned last week, this month I am celebrating NZ Book Month by talking to four different locals about their love of reading.
This week I decided to stay close to home and asked my dear husband to participate. Lots of my customers enquire about his reading habits and I am sure a few of you wonder how he copes with having a double whammy of having a librarian and a bibliophile as a wife!
Trevor Scarrow - Police Officer: Inked Librarian's husband: Amazing Dad to six kids
¦ Are you a reader?
Yes, I've loved losing myself in a book since I was about 10. I remember reading every Famous Five and Secret Seven book ...
¦ What kinds of things do you like to read?
My Go To is crime fiction, even though I tend to pull it apart technically having inside knowledge! Lately I have been trying to expand my horizon and leave my comfort zone ... I've tried everything from 50 Shades to Pastrix (by a Lutheran pastor). This may have something to-do with the fact that I fell in love with a librarian a couple of years ago ...
¦ When do you like to read? Morning, bed time, anytime... is there a ritual / special space for your reading time?
I like to read at bedtime to relax and unwind. A great holiday for me is typically measured in books read.
¦ What are you reading now?
I am reading Fallout - a local crime novel by Kiwi author Paul Thomas. I am looking forward to meeting him at the Whanganui Literary Festival next month, and maybe talking "shop" with him about NZ police procedure.
¦ What is your favourite book that you would recommend?
I loved The One Hundred Year Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared. It was a light hearted comedy that kept me guessing to the end. It is one of many good translated Scandinavian books I have read this year.
¦ Do you have a favourite author? What do you like about their work?
My favourite author is Len Deighton. His three spy trilogies featuring Bernard Samson are the benchmark of cold war spy fiction. I loved his character development, and that I could identify with his flawed and scarred hero. The plot twists were not over-engineered and false like so many thrillers of today. (Showing my age aren't I!).
¦ Do you use the library or buy books?
I'm too tight to buy new books. I normally use the Gonville Library, they have the newest collection, great coffee and of course my gorgeous librarian wife is a draw card for me.
Book Review - Magpie Hall by Rachael King: Whanganui Literary Festival Author 2015.
This book was always going to appeal to me, gothic style, taxidermy, tattoos and a strong woman as the central character!
Set in the present day in Canterbury, the story centres on Rosemary Summers.
Rosemary has returned to the farm of her recently deceased grandfather to whom she had been very close and from whom she had learnt taxidermy.
Amongst other things.
The farm and its homestead, Magpie Hall, have been in the Summers' family for four generations; there are plenty of secrets and skeletons in the cupboards.
Parallel to Rosemary's story with its own dramas is the story of her great-great-grandfather, Henry Summers, who was a passionate and obsessive collector of native flora and fauna. At all costs.
It was he who built Magpie Hall and established the farm some 100 years prior.
This novel, be still my beating heart, reads like a Victorian Gothic novel, with subtle overtones of Wuthering Heights.
There is always an element of danger and something not quite right; a certain amount of spookiness and unhinged madness infuse the whole story.
This is very compelling writing, the author clearly adores the Gothic novel as form of storytelling, and it shows in the atmosphere she has created in this modern day version of the genre.
I absolutely adored this book the first time I read it and equally loved this book second time around in preparation for the Whanganui Literary Festival's Q & A session with Rachael King.
4.5 / 5 Stars
Carpe Librum - have you got your tickets yet for the Whanganui Literary Festival 2015?
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