I had what could be described as one of the best Christmas presents ever ... although it could also be one of the worst.
I got a kindle. It has changed my life, or perhaps that should be taken over my life!
I've always enjoyed reading. I used to get through several books a week in my younger days.
Then I had children and had neither the time nor the spare money for books (although I did visit the library often, I'd struggle to get the book read).
Then 4 or 5 years ago we had new bedroom furniture and I sacrificed a bedside table in order to have the space for a chest of drawers. This meant no bedside lamp.
So although I now had the time and money to read more often, I struggled to do so without keeping my other half awake.
In the 3 weeks since unwrapping my present I have read 6 books from a series by a completely new to me author. I've downloaded quite a few free books and discovered him this way.
Now those of you who are already shaking your head that I've resorted to a kindle in place of proper paper and ink, will probably be further distressed to discover that my favourite type of book is fantasy.
Sword and sorcery to be exact, with lots of epic battles, some magic thrown in for good measure, as well as elves, dwarves and the odd dragon or two.
I'm a simple girl who likes a yomping adventure story with a 'good beats evil' theme.
Back tracking a little it was the newly discovered author (Ben Cassidy) that prevented me from joining in Memorandum Monday last week (well that and being in a strange/bad mood for several days.)
I became so engrossed in the books that I couldn't put them down. I even took my kindle to work with me, sneaking odd moments to read it when I should have been doing some marking and also snatching the odd glance whilst stuck in a traffic jam.
It's been years since I've been so caught up by characters and a story line. When you can't stop reading because you just HAVE to know what is going to happen next. When it doesn't matter if you should be putting on your make-up and getting dressed to go to work .... you must just find out how this particular part of the story ends.
I have learnt (again) just how much I love reading.
And I have spent this weekend reading some more books by other authors I did not know (which is as good an excuse as any to avoid housework and mock exam marking as any).
Oh and as a first ... I took the newly teenage girl to have her first 'hair colour'. She is a dark blonde so we asked for it to be brightened. I think I maybe stressed that it shouldn't be too obvious, because of school. I'm not sure it looks greatly different but she is happy enough, which is all that matters.
I hope you have had a fun weekend, with something new you have learnt or done.