I Must Confess…my favourite reads

I must confess...my favourite reads

I used to be quite the reader. In fact reading was my favourite pastime in my youth. I could think of nothing better than to curl up in my room with a book and lose myself in another world for hours at a time. Escaping the awkward reality of my teenage years, reading provided me with an alternate world where nothing was beyond the realms of possibility. A world where teenage angst was forgotten and the drama of high school faded away.

Reading always made me feel more alive back then.

Fast forward many years and I no longer turn to books for my escapism of choice. It seems I don’t have as much time to read, let alone time to escape from my world as I used to. Nowadays, any free time that I have seems to be directed towards the internet, social media or blogging. Reading novels is no longer my pastime of choice.

During the years I’ve also become a little more set in my ways and have grown less adventurous when it comes to taking the leap and trying an unknown author or genre. I like what I like and I find myself drawn to the stories that I know and love rather than being brave and taking the chance to discover something that may be even better.

I’m a sucker for historical romance (that confession is nothing new) and I particularly like those where you get a feel for the hero’s point of view as well (it’s usually so heroine centric in this genre). I have quite a collection that I have amassed over the years and love re-reading them. Even though I know the stories, the words and the feelings they evoke never grow old.

While I no longer spend hours closeted up in my room unable to rest until I discover the fate of my favourite characters, I do still treasure the literary classics and the powerful stories that shaped my teenage years. It seems I still know their tales almost intimately, even years after I last turned their pages.

So without further ado, here’s my list of favourite reads. In no particular order as I can’t choose between them – I love them all!

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Pride and Prejudice & Emma – Jane Austen

Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon series – Lucy Maud Montgomery

Daddy Long Legs & Dear Enemy – Jean Webster

Arabella – Georgette Heyer

The Ice King – Dinah Dean

Honourable mentions also have to go to the Harry Potter series (so very addictive) the Hunger Games series (which I liked more than I thought I would) and to Bridget Jones’ Diary – although I haven’t been able to bring myself to read the latest one as I heard a spoiler and I don’t like what I heard!

What are your favourites? Hit me with them – maybe you’ll inspire me to take a leap and discover more literary gold?


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30 Responses

  1. Caz Filmer says:

    I love Catherine Ryan Hyde. She wrote Pay it Forward and has many other even better books. So engaging. I too love to read. It’s totally my escape.
    Caz Filmer recently posted..Starting the new school year – 10 top tips to make it happen right.

  2. Jacana says:

    I do like Grisham as a writer. He writes legal type mystery stories, nothing gruesome but they do hook you in.
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  3. Jess says:

    I’ve really noticed lately how little I read books anymore! I used to read every night before bed and get through a book a week…now I have a book sitting on my bedside table thats been there for months! I would love to get back into it.
    Jess recently posted..One year wedding anniversary.

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m definitely the same Jess. I go through phases when I read a few books and then go months without reading another. I’m looking forward to the train ride down to Sydney tomorrow so I can spend three hours reading again x

  4. I’ve been enjoying some Australian authors of late: Kate Morton and Barbara Hannay to name just two – elements of historical romance combined with the modern day …
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  5. I’ve only just got back into reading and Im currently reading Call the Midwife. Ive watched all 3 series of the tv show and love it so much that I bought the book. I’ve also bought the 5 love languages book but havent started reading it yet.

    {sorry for not sticking to the topic today, but I’ve had my bloggerversary giveaway scheduled for today for a few weeks}
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    • Kirsty says:

      I didn’t realise that the TV show was based on a book – there you go. And never apologise about not sticking to a prompt – they are only there if you don’t have a topic of your own. Looking forward to checking out your giveaway!

  6. Julie says:

    Growing up I loved “What Katy did” and “Naughtiest Girl is a monitor”. Now days I love a good auto-biography.
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  7. Zita says:

    I know exactly what you mean about not having the time!! I spend WAY too much time “connected” that by the time night comes, which is when I would read the most, I am so tired I just fall straight to sleep….I am currently reading ‘I don’t know how she does it’ by Allison Pearson and to be honest I am not really enjoying it but given that I am more than half way through I feel like I have come too far to give up on it just yet! It was made into a movie and I have been almost tempted to just get the movie out! It’s not my usual book of choice, I tend to go for the country romance “McLeod’s Daughters” type books where I dream of being that country girl swept off her feet by the ruggedly handsome country boy….*sigh*
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    • Kirsty says:

      You are good to persist with the book – I can’t go past more than the first few chapters if it hasn’t hooked me in. I hope your persistence pays off!

  8. ann says:

    As hard as I try I just cannot read those historical romances!!
    I really should give those hunger games ones a go!!
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    • Kirsty says:

      The Hunger Games books are a great read. I was surprised I liked them as much as I did as they are definitely not in my usual reading style. But they are very well written and well paced – definitely give them a go!

  9. I read the last Bridget Jones and it was definitely sad, and not as good as the first two but I still enjoyed it. It was basically the same as the first one, just with kids!
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  10. Like you since ‘growing up and having kids I don’t read as much as I used to. I used to devour them. I’m more of a non-fiction girl now. I’ve just read Gone Girl, now that was an addictive book – all done in 2 days! x
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  11. was away but plan to be back next week – I loved Daddy Long Legs as a kid….I have an old hardback version….
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  12. Pride and Prejudice is definitely one of my favourites. I’m off topic this week and once again late to the party. Rather enjoying far too many lazy days with the girls and Mark on holidays. Back to reality today with hubby back at work.
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    • Kirsty says:

      Don’t apologise about having a rest Raych – I’ve been trying to do the same thing. I hope it helps you find your feet and get the year off right 🙂

  13. Tegan says:

    I joined the Pink Fibro Book Club and that has pushed me to read books that are out of my comfort zone. It’s been really surprising and I have then found other books that I liked, which I ordinarily wouldn’t read. I also joined Good Reads so it gives me a decent selection of recommendations based on what I have already read.
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    • Kirsty says:

      They are some really good ideas to test out your reading comfort zone – glad to hear you have been pushed to try new reads!

  14. Robo says:

    I wish I could read but I just can’t. I read so much for work that committing to a novel seems too arduous. I stick to blogs and the news.
    Robo recently posted..Big School All Over Again

    • Kirsty says:

      Blogs and the news are my staples at the moment too – I think my attention span is far shorter than it was when I was younger. Damn technology and social media and the internet!

  15. Oh I am a massive bookworm & often put reading ahead of sleeping – which shows under my eyes lol. I couldn’t list any favorites because there is far, far, far too many – which I’ve read over & over again as the months & years pass. Especially if I can’t find a book that ‘hits the spot’ so to speak, then I’ll go back to an old favorite series to re-read.
    That said though, I can’t praise Diana Gabaldon’s ‘The Outlander’ series highly enough. A very addictive read!
    Looking forward to joining the link up next week 🙂

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