7th March is World Book Day, a day marked in some 100 countries to celebrate books and reading. The main aim is to encourage children to spend time enjoying books and reading them. But that doesn't have to mean the rest of us can't join in!
One of my own aims through 2012 and beyond has been to read more writers who I never knew before. And it's been great, although I've often woken up with the lamp still on and the pages folded back at odd hours before dawn with some of the books I haven't been able to put down.
Anyway, as a way of celebrating, here's a list of some of those books that have kept me awake well beyond bedtime over the last few months. And a few I had to go back and start again because they were so good.
- Anne Tyler The accidental tourist. Had me laughing out loud. Who needs the film?
- Sarah Hall How to paint a dead man. 4 fascinating lives wrapped together. A favourite writer.
- Beryl Bainbridge The girl in the polka dot dress. Road trip adventure. Great characters.
- Jo Shapcott Six bee poems. I have read and re-read these.
- A L Kennedy The blue book. Finished this and then started it again.
- Alison Moore The lighthouse. Has an odd chill about it. A writer I'll look out for again.
- Ian Sansom Paper - and elegy. Everything you need to know. He makes it fun.
- Simon Armitage Walking home. Poet walks the backbone of England. Lots of weather.
- Tove Jansson The Winter book. Better if you save it for the right time of year.
- Ali Smith Artful. She's one of my favourite writers. Love this. Trying to make it last.