This picture doesn't have anything to do with this post, I took it a few weeks ago with the idea of writing about my interest in the weather but it came out really boring so I deleted it.
There was an article in the news today about underground supper clubs, apparently restaurants are doing badly just now and a lot are closing but these secret restaurants are popular. The person featured on the news had turned her sitting room into a restaurant, you can read about her here. I think this is a great idea, if I was younger I may have had a go myself but could only fit six in my dining room! I don't hold dinner parties anymore, it's hard work and I'm not up to it.
When I visited Nita's blog it reminded me that I've been meaning to mention my favourite books. Nita also runs this stitching swap blog that I'm a member of. Anyway, I read a lot, I can easily get through six books a month and I only read in bed and I'm not in bed a lot. My current favourites are Michael Connelly and Robert Crais. Michael Connelly writes about a police detective named Harry Bosch and Robert Crais about a private detective called Elvis Cole. They both write books with other characters too. I can reread their books over and over again, I have to do this because I can't afford to keep buying books each time I finish one. Also, I'm very particular about what makes a good story. When I was a lot younger I would read anything and I read some very boring books, the sort of books that would win prizes I can find are particularly boring. I like books that gets on with the story and have good characters that you can actually see in your minds eye. I did of course enjoy books by Dickens etc, writers from that time who gave a good insight into their era. When the French Lieutenant's Woman was made into a film and everyone raved about it I was totally puzzled - it was an amazingly boring book, I'd read it years before it was made into a film. I went through a sci-fi phase in the 1960/70s and a fantasy phase in the 1980s but now it's detective stories I enjoy. Oh, I did go through a Catherine Cookson phase too. One writer who is off my reading list now is Dean Koontz, I used to really enjoy his stories but in recent years he has tended to 'wax lyrical' and too many words that don't add to the story are a waste of my time. Same with Stephen King - I've gone right off him. Because I'm up to date with all the Connelly and Crais books I had to find a new author, I could list all the authors I've read but it's too many. So, I thought I'd try Jeffery Deaver 's Broken Window. I enjoyed it and it wasn't until I was about half way through that I realised he was the author of The Bone Collector. When I was in the Age Concern charity shop the other day I found two Jeffery Deaver books so I'm set for a couple of weeks - I hope! I only used to buy books as a treat when I was going on holiday, they used to be so expensive, but now I can afford to buy them from places like Asda or Sainsbury's where they price them reasonably. Our local library is quite small and I stopped going there years ago, I probably read most of the books they stock and there seemed to be a lot of the classic books I'd already read as a teenager.
Well, that was a bit of a ramble wasn't it - I had to get it out of my system though!