I originally said I had 2 passions... but in hindsight I have 3.. reading being my third...
I was never a reader as a young kid (that was my sister's domain).... I refused to read! Then around the age of 12 or 13, in my final year of primary school, I discovered a series called Sweet Valley High - and I devoured every book I could find.... and from there I was hooked.
What is better then curling up in a favourite spot, book in hand, a cup of tea or glass of wine in the other... and allowing yourself to be lost for a few hours between the pages.
I'm still not sold on the concept of E-books - call me old-school. I appreciate that it has its place and possibly has people reading that ordinarily would never have picked up a book. However I still prefer to turn those pages. The smell of a new book just released. Or turning the pages of an old book picked up in a 2nd hand shop, obviously well read and well loved.
We all have our favourite books. Mine are to many to mention (in fact I have quite a few times gotten two-thirds of the way through a book only to realise I've actually read it before!). Some books have taken me months to read and others I've stayed up all night to finish!
So what is on my bedside table?
I'm currently hooked on auto-biographies, having just finished Andre Agassi's (a surprisingly BRILLIANT read!). I am now reading Steve Jobs (and have Richard Branson & Billy Connolly's waiting my attention). Also there is Nevada - a sweeping novel about the start up of Las Vegas. These are my favourite kind of novels - ones spanning decades. Also there is a Year in Provence - an interesting read and close to my heart as a year in the French country side is on my bucket list. A collection of poetry to be found in Tyger Tyger Burning Bright. Always something to do with photography and of course the books which are helping me in my quest for self-healing... dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and The Mystery Experience.
With 25 years (good grief a quarter of a century!!!) of reading behind me it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to choose one book as my all time favourite. At different times in my life different books have meant different things to me. Some books I've re-read hundreds of times. Others I've never looked at again. Some stories stay with you forever, others forgotten as soon as you read the final paragraph.
If I had to choose just one it would be the book that got me hooked on reading. In Standard 8 in 1992 (now Grade 10) our schools in South Africa were finally integrated across all racial lines. A new generation was born. In doing so I was exposed to new ideas and new books. The book that changed it all for me is M M Kaye's The Far Pavillions. I've read this book numerous times in my life .... an epic novel of massive proportions and each time I read it I discover something new..... and get transported back into a world I love.
the photographer begins with the finished product.”
- Edward Steichen