The food for thought prompt this week is one book. Choose one book…. And, for me that is simply impossible! I have so many books that at one time I had a database to keep track of them. I am a very fast reader. I mean really fast. I read a 250 page book in about one and a half hours, so when I went to the library I would take out 10 books to last 1 week (bearing in mind I only read on an evening when T was in bed).
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett, was my favorite book as a child. I read it over and over again. I was fascinated by the idea of a secret hiding place and the way she wrote the accents. I wanted very much to escape to a large country house and hide away. Of course I also read the Famous Five, the Secret Seven and the St Clare’s Serieses of books By Enid Blyton – oh how I longed to be sent to boarding school.
As a teen I read some of Stephen Kings books as well as Jeffrey Archer. The Kane and Able series was a favorite although I suspect my mum did not know about the gang rape of Able’s sister in the book. Anne Rice and her Vampire stories and the spooky tales by Barbara Erskine kept me entertained too. I love historical fiction, things that I can imagine were real and Barbara’s tales had that element of ‘this could have happened’ to keep me enthralled.
Once I had my own home my collection of books grew. I first read Beauty’s Punishment by Anne Rice (or A N Roquelaure – the pen name she used) by accident. I thought it would be another vampire story… I was very, very wrong. And as shocked as my 19 year old self was by this book it stayed with me and I fantasised about being used for a long time before I asked Mr H to incorporate this into our sex lives.
Mr H is a prolific reader too. He likes a different type of book to me but we do read some of the same books as well. The Dan Brown book The DaVinci Code was one we both enjoyed and Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt stories. A friend of mine bought me The Love Letters of Great Men Volume 1 which was featured in Sex and The City 2 which I really enjoyed reading, and I also like poetry from a variety of eras. As I said my library is quite vast.
Most recently I have taken to listening to books on Audible, I can lie back and close my eyes, although you do have to find a narrator you like. I think as at this moment though the books I read (or listen to) over and over are the Harry Potter collection by J K Rowling (narrated by the amazing Stephen Fry), the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer (narrated by Ilyana Kadushin) and the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (narrated by Jennifer Ikeda).
I know that these may seem tame, I mean “where is the smut?” Right? Well, the thing is I have read smut. I read the The Story of O by Anne Desclos in 2009 and then after we started our D/s I read the Brie’s Submission books by Red Phoenix. Back in 2010 I even read the first of The Fifty Shades of Grey (FSOG) books. Sex in books is all very well but, the FSOG did nothing for me (from a sexy point of view) and they were so badly written I didn’t finish book 2. Looking back at them now, they are such a poor example of a functional D/s or BDSM relationship I am glad I didn’t continue to struggle through them. The only good thing that came from reading FSOG is that it enabled me to start this journey with Mr H. The Brie books were enjoyable to read, but they too were not real, they were a turn on don’t get me wrong, but ultimately not what I would want in real life.
These days, my favorite reading material comes from my wordpress reader. I love reading blog posts, the delicious fictional stories as well as the amazing snippets of real life that bloggers share, and I hope that my work is enjoyed in the same way by the wonderful people who follow me.
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