Welcome to the first (and perhaps last if no-one is interested) post of the KGS Library blog.
I've never done a blog before. I used to post a lot on a football fans' forum, but that was easy. I had plenty of opinions and there were always lots of people to discuss things with. So I'm hoping some of you will post comments and give me something to bounce off here. If it's just random stuff out of my head it may be a bit of a struggle. It'll be much better for all of us if it's less about me and more about you.
Summer holiday reading
Do you read in the summer holidays? Or is that the time you stop reading, either because you can get outside more or because you are fed up with reading for school? Maybe understandable at your age, but summer can be a great time to read. In fact, some people only ever read a book during their summer holidays, buying a bestseller at the airport to read beside a pool.
A long time ago I liked to read books which were set in the country I was visiting. I don't do that kind of holiday any more, so now I concentrate on classics which take a long time to read and are ideal for lazing in the sun. Last year, for example, I read Les Miserables and David Copperfield. This year I'm doing something different, though. I plan to catch up on some of the works of Iain M Banks that I haven't read. If this blog lasts I'll have more to say about Mr Banks at some hopefully distant time in the future, for the saddest of reasons.
Do you know what you'll be reading this summer? Something that's just out? Something old you've always wanted to read? Post a comment here and pass on an idea to the rest of us.
What I'm reading
I normally have three books on the go in different places: one that is almost always a novel, one that is usually non-fiction or short stories and one which tends to be comedy, football, films or trivia (often a present from my son).
Currently they are:
Tell me what you're reading and how you rate it. I'm always looking for new books to read and, of course, new books to buy for KGS library.
"Don't burn the library till you've read all the books" comes from a 1992 song, 'Heaven Sent', by Australian band INXS. I wasn't a huge fan of the band but I've always liked the line. I also think it has even more meaning now than it did 20 years ago. There is so much knowledge, insight and pleasure to be gained from books (whether made of paper or not) that they should not be rejected out of hand. If you disagree, try reading different books.