Writing Challenge Days 25 & 26: Favourite books as adult and as a kid

I really dislike this one. Well, perhaps not the second one about childhood books as I’m no longer a kid and can give you a definite answer.

Beloved children’s books
by Joanna Spyri
The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
Every single Jennings school book by Anthony Buckmaster
Every single Narnia book by CS Lewis

As a young adult, I started reading clever Regency novels by Georgette Heyer, The Saint crime thrillers, the Angélique series by Juliet Benzoni, everything by Jean Plaidy and Anya Seton plus Dennis Wheatley adventure fiction.

Now it becomes complicated…

In fiction, I read across genres, but probably mainly historical fiction (especially, but not exclusively Roman), thrillers, some romance, literary fiction, thoughtful science fiction, some contemporary fiction, ‘non-dripping body parts’ crime and espionage fiction. In my life I’ve read thousands of novels and enjoyed 90% of them.

If pushed, I would say anything by Lindsey Davis (Roman detectives Falco and Albia), William Boyd’s Restless, still anything by Georgette Heyer.

But my ‘favourite book? It’s no one book. It’s the book I’m reading at the time.


Writing challenges so far:

Day 24: What to write next
Day 23: What did you write last?
Day 22: What’s your current word count?
Day 21: My preferred genre
Day 20: Characters’ favourite food (and drink!)
Day 19: Characters’ pastimes
Day 18: Characters’ pet peeves(!)
Days 16 & 17: Favourite outfits (combined)
Day 15: The many-hatted author
Day 14: Show your workplace
Day 13: A funny family story. Or not
Day 12: Early bird or night owl?
Day 11: Favourite writing snacks/chocolate porn
Day 10: Post an old picture of yourself
Day 9: Post 5 random facts about you
Day 8: What’s your writing process?
Day 7: Introduce your ‘author friend’
Day 6: How the writing all began
Day 5: What inspired the book I’m working on
Day 4: The setting for the new Roma Nova book
Day 3: Introducing the main characters Julia and Apulius
Day 2: Introduce your work in progress
Day 1: Starting with revealing information


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO,  PERFIDITAS,  SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA,  INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO.  CARINA, a novella, and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories, are now available.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. NEXUS, an Aurelia Mitela novella, is now out.

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