For once, this post has nothing to do with wirework, jewellery making, colour, or any of the other things involved with my main obsession - although it does affect it indirectly, in the form of occasional inspiration.
Like many people, my first love has always been books. Specifically, reading fiction - tales spun from someone else's imagination, and crafted into a story with passion and skill. From the moment I first learned to read, books have provided a way into a fantastic realm, occasionally a way to escape from every day life, and - often without realising it at the time - a way to learn.
That delicious joy of curling up in the warm on a cold, rainy Sunday, with what is basically a pile of paper and ink, and allowing it to transport you to somewhere you have never been before - or perhaps, somewhere you have been and are keen to revisit - is for me, without equal. When I find a new author whose writing sucks me in and makes me feel, it's a two-fold pleasure, because not only do I have their current work to savour, there is always the likelihood that there will be more to come. Or if there is no anticipation of new work, there's often a back-list to search out and devour.
For me, the most important part of a novel is the characters. The plot is important - after all, you haven't really got a story without one - but if the writer can't make me believe in the characters, laugh when they laugh, cry when they cry, then for me they've failed. But when they succeed - oh my, they've got me for life! (At least when it comes to re-reading - I will freely admit I have abandoned authors when they've lost me along the way somehow.)
So what I would really like to know is what is your favourite novel/series? Don't be shy - I'm no snob when it comes to reading (or music). If it has value to you, then it's worthy. My favourite books have been The Wraeththu trilogy by Storm Constantine since I was a teenager - I fell in love with the characters and I've never fallen out of love with them. The books are fantasies set in a post-apocalyptic world and they are all character-driven, with a central love story running through all three. The characters get their share of heartbreak and joy, and as a reader, so do I.
So please share with me the book(s) that you'd have to take to that fictional desert island - I am always looking to be sucked into another realm ... :)
Credits for royalty free photos:
Books Isolated by Supertrooper
Without Fear by Jennifer Ellison
Forests in Danger by xedos4