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I live in Kent with my husband, toddler Tilly (henceforth known as Monkey) and another baby due in November. We have two cats, Duncan and Lady Macbeth, and four chickens who kindly lay us eggs daily. We live in the picturesque seaside town of Broadstairs. I enjoy reading, knitting and cooking. I'm trying to be a bit 'greener' (not sure how successfully), and to be a gentle parent. Extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping don't freak me out, we use cloth nappies and try to follow some of the ideals of Attachment Parenting. If that sounds as if I know what I'm doing, I don't! I am also a psychotherapist with an interest in Focusing-oriented therapy, and I have a small private practice in the area.

Saturday, 18 April 2009


I've just spent Saturday evening cataloging my books on Library Thing (you can see my library in the sidebar on the right, and Monkey's too). DH was watching 'The Bucket List' which wasn't really grabbing my attention so I grabbed my laptop and squirreled away. I've really enjoyed it, and it's surprising to see how my book purchases in the last 2 years or so have been heavily weighted towards non-fiction. I always used to be a novel kind of a gal and now I just can't find the time to get into them. Understandably there are lots of parenting books, and my collection of craft/ knitting books is steadily growing. But I do so want to read a novel, a whole one, cover to cover, that would be soooo nice! Preferably on a beach. The only other hiatus I took from novel reading was after I finished my first degree in English Lit. Having been required to read between 2 and 5 novels a week for 3 years (light stuff, you know, like Homer's Iliad) I needed a break, although in actual fact I didn't really give up novels, I just switched to reading lighter stuff, lots of crime fiction writers like Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell. These are authors I still enjoy occasionally but I don't devour them anymore like I used to, too much violence and darkness.
I know a lot of my blog friends are equally passionate about books and it's something I can't wait to pass on to the Monkey. I haven't kept any books from my childhood and I really regret that now. Not that I know where I could have kept them all. I remember at primary school we used to have a book club of sorts. Every term a small catalogue would be handed out, we would place our order and bring in the money to pay the teacher. We never knew when the books would be coming, they would just suddenly be there one afternoon after we came in from playtime, sitting on the teacher's desk waiting to be distributed. I can recall the delicious agony of having to wait for my book until after story time, craning my neck to look at the titles and find my own book amongst the precariously balanced tower. 
Do you have a Desert Island book? On Desert Island Discs you get given the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare, but what else couldn't you live without? What could sustain you as you await rescue? I haven't got an answer to that myself yet, I think I'll go and trawl my shelves right now and see if there's a book I couldn't live without...


Daisie said...

We love books too and keep far too many of them!! I'm not sure there's a book I couldn't live without but I would never want to be bookless! Like you I read lighter stuff since having the children (my brain is too mushy and time is too short for anything too heavy). But I will read anything! The only book I have ever read more than once is "Tully" by Paulina Simons. I have read it at least once a year for the last ten or so and I get something new from it everytime, it's not a jolly book but I love it! Just finished "The Time Traveller's Wife" (brillinat) and am now reading "Tales of a married call girl" (said I'd read anything!!) nothing like some variation!!

Joxy said...

Book worm here too. I use to love fantasy and sci fiction and I still enjoy a bit of fantasy fiction from time to time. I really like crime fiction too and espionage.. not a fan of the chickflick books - probalby the only 2 I've read are the Bridget Jones ones but only because I saw the films. The books aren't much better either lol. I read a lot of craft, cookery and parenting books these days.. oh and of course kiddy books lol. Oh and the ocassional pagany/historical types but I often loose track of where I am lol.

I don't think there's one one book I could do without.. its them all, I feel bereft when I don't have books around me. I only have a small collection of my books out at the moment, rest are in boxes and I hate it - can't wait to find some reasonably priced book cases so I can get them all out again.

docwitch said...

Oooh! Library Thing is fun isn't it? And addictive. I still have quite a few books I need to get around to adding on mine.

I do understand what you mean about over-dosing on heavy novels during a Lit degree. For a while I turned to gardening books and craft books as a way of de-fragging my brain post-study.

I agree with Daisie about 'The Time Traveller's Wife' - it's terrific. So. Many. Books. So little time...

willow81 said...

Daisie- I read Tully years ago but can't remember now what it's about. I love 'The Time Travellers Wife', I also like Jodi Picoult for holiday reading.

Joxy- I love having books around me, must be hard not having them around.

Docwitch- Yeah, like I *need* another internet-based obsession (I did ditch Twitter though!)

Mon said...

I wish LibraryThing was free to at least 500 books....

I'm also more of a non-fiction gal. I think they're easier to get through and accumulate if you've got many interests.

I admit to loving my classics first and foremost. Have you tried Isabel Allende?