Hi, I’m Jenny.
Growing up I read everything available, devouring all the usual school-suitable books by Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton etc, but by 10 I was reading my mum’s Catherine Cooksons’ and historical fictions for the challenge. (I also loved my dad’s ancient copy of ‘Just William!’) By senior school I had found Dennis Wheatley and westerns (not usual for an 11 year old girl apparently). Through my school years I read P D James, Dorothy L Sayers, Barry Sadler ( I still love those!) and just about anything else, including text books when absolutely desperate, but never abandoning my westerns – which I think gave me a strong stomach useful in my later reading. I read at school, at home, on the bus, in bed and, probably to my detriment, all Saturday afternoon in the library when I should’ve been doing my homework.
When I met my husband Rod (27 years ago) it was amazing to find someone who would sit and read with me in silence. He completely understands my love of reading because he has it too. Some of my friends are jealous (in a nice way) of our relationship. I think I’ve achieved what many people aim for – I’m happy and content. It’s not money in the bank that matters; it’s how satisfied you are with what you have. Being brought up in a low income but secure and loving family has made me a very low maintenance girl. We live in a shallow age where we are judged on looks / money / possessions and not by the person inside. It’s honestly depressing at times.
Not really an edit, but having seen other ‘Who Reads My Books’ and how NOT boring they are, I just wanted you to know:
1. I was on a cooking show called ‘Granny’s Kitchen when I was five (1975)
2. For my 34th birthday I got a Mark 1 limited edition MX5 import (black with red leather and wheels).
3. I zip wired the longest zip line (at the time) in the uk at 118 mph
4. Lots of great music out there but rock music and concerts are the best!
5. I love console games and watch a gaming station called Twitch
6. Husband is a train driver!
7. I have a pet shrimp called ‘Clint’
Rod has always been a true scifi reader and so, on gaining him, I also gained access to a huge selection of books. But I pretty much ignored them for years, much to my shame – I had no idea what I was missing! My first foray away from crime thrillers, westerns and cookbooks, was ‘East of Eden’ by Harry Harrison (I had no idea who he was) but it was a real eye-opener for me. I read Iain Banks’ Wasp Factory, the Brentford ‘trilogy’ (7 in the series I think) by Robert Rankin. I loved having my mind opened by the fantastical! Every now and again over the years I would hear “the new Neal Asher is out on…‘date” and I had no idea what was to come. I had read more scifi by then, on and off, but was finally convinced to try reading ‘The Skinner’ about 18 months ago. And I haven’t stopped reading Neal Asher since – I had a lot to catch up on. My mind has become wider, more violent, angry and brutal than before, but evolution does that to humans.
I’m currently reading ‘The Thursday Murder Club’….just for a break.
Hope I didn’t bore you as much as I think I did.
Loved Africa Zero by the way.