As you all know I have a massive passion for food, cooking and travel. I love anything and everything to do with food, cooking and travel but I also have a passion for reading and books, any books and all books. My partner Wayne can attest to that as he is always asking me when I’m going to find the time to read them all! And let me tell you I have quite a few. Between the cookbooks, novels, memoirs, travel and reference books I could easily fill a library or even start one.
This got me thinking. I have named my blog A Roaming Appetite as I love travel (roaming) and food (appetite). But you can have an appetite for anything really, can’t you? Well if that’s the case why not incorporate my love of books and reading into my blog. So I have now expanded my cookbook reviews to include all books and even magazines. This will now include any type of book review from cookbooks, magazines and travel guides to novels and even reference books.
I am currently reading SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult but at the same time I am reading a few books about writing memoirs. So I always have some form of reading material on the go and I hope to share some of my finds with you.
As most people who love reading will know we all have a favourite genre and/or author(s) and I am no exception. I love Jodi Picoult and have read a number of her novels. I also like Philippa Gregory, Dan Brown, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowlings and anything to do with the Diary of Anne Frank. I love historical novels, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, anything that can and will intrigue me and get my mind working and of course anything written about food, travel and life! As long as it is interesting and enjoyable I will read it! Oh and I love a good classic!
I have been lucky enough lately to have won numerous books, some of which I would never have thought of reading. I’m glad that I have had the opportunity to expand my reading repertoire as I have found new authors and styles/genres of books I may have never read. Some are first time writers and some have been around for a very long time. But all are fantastic and I must say that holding a book in your hand and reading the words as the jump off the page is an experience everyone should try.
If like me you have an imagination that runs wild you will find as you are reading a book a movie actually appears in your mind, you see the characters, you see the locations, the backdrops, the props, all the colours of a great story. I even find myself reading in the language or accent of the book (although if I had to read it aloud the accent would sound quite hilarious to everyone listening!).
Isn’t this what makes reading such a joy? You can tell your own story through the story in the book, you have to think about what is happening, how you feel about it and what the outcome might be. Sometimes you are right and sometimes you are completely off track but you are always thinking. Reading is good for the brain and good for the soul.
So stay tuned as I tweak my blog and review my first novel (I have reviewed cookbooks already) which of course will be SMALL GREAT THINGS. I hope you enjoy my reviews as much as I enjoy reading the books and then sharing my thoughts with you.
And always remember what Dr Seuss says:
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.