I always loved reading as a child. My dad used to read the Lord of the Rings to me as a bedtime story.
When I started reading myself I loved Enid Blyton and May Gibbs and spent all my pocket money on book club. I think reading was a kind of escape for me and it was definitely a good way to pass a long plane trip.
In my teenage years I loved Dolly fiction and Sweet Valley High. I related most to the straight laced Elizabeth who wanted to be a journalist and always wondered what happened to her. What happens to all these vivid characters that were such a part of my growing up when the novels end? I found out three years ago when the novel Sweet Valley Confidential- ten years later- came out!
I stopped reading for pleasure during university when reading became homework.
Then I picked up an Anne Rice novel in an airport and have had a great love of vampire novels ever since- long before they were cool and the Twilight and Blue Bloods series came out.
I also enjoy a good travel memoir such as “Oh Mexico” by Lucy Neville, particularly if I have been to the place they are writing about.
But I mostly read chick lit set in big cities or with a bit of travel thrown in- stories about women and relationships that I can relate to and enjoy as light entertainment.
My favorite recommended authors are:
- Candace Bushnell- author of Sex and the City
- Lauren Weisberger- author of the Devil Wears Prada
- Sophie Kinsella- author of Confessions of a Shopaholic
- Lindsey Kelk- love her novels based in different cities from London to Las Vegas and her new series about a woman reinventing herself is also interesting
- Melanie La’Brooy– Australian author writing about finding love and babies in Sydney and Melbourne respectively
- Anita Heiss– Australian author writing about strong female characters living in Sydney and Brisbane
I hope I have inspired you to pick up a new read and enjoy!