I have always had rather a wide range of taste in books over the years, but more recently I've found I need 'easy to read' books such as thrillers written by Dick Francis, Lee Child and Sue Grafton. The type of books that stick to the point rather than going on and on about events that don't really belong in the story. Perhaps an aged mind needs simpler stories in order to keep it on track?
Earlier this year I decided to revisit books I read when quite young as well as some much loved stories of years ago.
I began with re-reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", probably for about the fifth time. I still found it so fascinating. I always loved that white rabbit. Such a gentleman.
I also re-read "Daddy-Long-Legs" which was always one of my favourites and I recently borrowed "Dear Enemy" from my daughter and read it for the first time. I didn't enjoy quite as much as its predecessor although I still found the story of the orphanage sad but so very humorous as well. Perhaps, having read "Daddy-Long-Legs" first I more or less guessed what the ending would be and, of course, it was the right one.
Another of my favourites was "The Secret Garden" (I had also seen the film years ago) and when I read it again last month it inspired me at a time when I was felling quite down. I found the magic it contained gave me quite a lift when I needed it. I am now reading "Little Lord Fauntleroy" for the first time and thoroughly enjoying it. I am hoping it too has a happy ending.
Whilst reading the above books I read several of H.E. Bates' books which are always good for a laugh and I shall read more of them as the year progresses.
In my bookcase I also have "Kidnapped" which I enjoyed when I was a child and "Robinson Crusoe". Shall I read them as well I wonder of just keep them there until a great-granddaughter or two is old enough to enjoy them. I may even find a copy of "Black Beauty" as that I do remember as a favourite and I've always loved horses.
After this I will be looking forward to the new book by Lee Child, due out in September.