Nothing quite compares to the feeling of climbing into bed after a long day, resting our tired limbs, pulling the duvet up to our chins, turning on the bedside light and letting the cat(s) nestle in. And then the real treat: scanning the tottering pile of books on our bedside tables and picking one out.
Every night I get a tingle of excitement at the thought of opening the pages of these new books – and also a little pinch of disappointment when I realise that, soon, my eyelids will grow heavy and I won’t be able to stay up all night. I’ve taken to going to bed earlier and earlier so that I can squeeze in as much reading as possible – it feels a little old-fashioned and counter-cultural but the rewards are rich.
My bedside table reflects my interests, tastes and character as a reader.
I love adult fiction, Young Adult fiction and children’s books. Although stories always capture my interest more than factual accounts, I do love non-fiction books too, especially books on the creative process on on leading more wholehearted lives. I also try to have a book on the go which teaches me about the area I’m writing about – in this case adoption for my novel, Before I Was Yours (out in 2017). I’m a sucker, too, for reading books that I think will solve my current problems – for example, how to manage my gorgeous little girl who has just turned two and is as stubborn and impatient as her mother:).
I hope you enjoy the eclectic mix and find some inspiration on the way.
I was given this awesome YA book by a publisher at HaperCollins and it’s a complete joy . Lies We Tell Ourselveshas recently been shortlisted for the Carnegie Award – and rightly so. A moving and fascinating story, set in 1959, of the first black students who attended the all white Jefferson High School. And there’s a pretty special love story at the heart of it too.
I took a mindfulness course back in the autumn and learnt so much about how my mind, heart and body work and how this affects every aspect of my life, including my creativity. The book we were asked to read was the prequel to this one: Mindfulnessby Danny Penman and G.Mark J. Williams. I immediately contacted Danny to ask him about the relationship between mindfulness and creativity and he told me he’d just written a book on it – and sent me a copy! One of those wonderfully serendipitous moments. I hope to interview Danny soon, so watch this space.