My name is Posy Churchgate, and I’m addicted to books.
I saw Brigit’s prompt for #tellmesomethingtrue and immediately wanted to respond, because I love to talk on the topic of books/ reading – if you visit my blog you’ll know I sometimes write reviews.
I am sharing a picture of one of my bookcases – it contains my beloved vampire themed books and a few erotic novels. On the upper shelf you will see the Best Bondage Erotica Volume 2 and on the lower The Gift – both of which anthologies (I am proud to say) feature a story I’ve written. Having my work in a tangible book put a tick on my bucket list!
I am, however, trying to wean myself off having too many books on shelves so I’m devoted to my e-reader. The majority or my erotic reading material is filed under the heading “Romance with Benefits” on my Kindle. A huge plus is identifying a book & being able to read it immediately (downloaded in seconds). I can look up the meaning of a word as I’m reading, and have also begun to use the bookmark & notes for material I may wish to feature in reviews or for discussion in book club.
Bridget suggested talking about the last book I read – that was Alina Rising by Vlad Lioncourt & Kate Pasithea. Having read other novels by these authors, I already knew that they write well developed characters and thoughtfully crafted sex scenes which clearly demonstrate the relationship dynamic of the participants.
Alina is an unusual girl, strong both physically and in her mental attitude and principles. This sets her apart, as a heroine, from some vampire books I’ve read. Being my favourite genre, I have many with which I can compare and contrast. The central vampire character – Marquis Dasculu – is one of the original vampires, hence his powers are highly developed. He has an old world genteel attitude and romantic nature which Alina finds appealing, and so did I.
Vlad and Kate explore the symbiotic relationship a vampire colony could have with humans and the hierarchical nature of vampire society, which is a refreshing change of direction. There was plenty of humour and enough unbridled lust and sex scenes, with a BDSM dynamic, to keep me reading late into the night. The plot has suspense and drama, interpersonal tension and personal growth within a traditional love story. Vlad & Kate have crafted intelligent erotica, leaving themselves room to write a sequel, which I’m hoping they do.
But my fiction addiction doesn’t end there – I embrace audio books too! A fairly recent addition to my life, I began subscribing to Audible early in lockdown. Enabled to enjoy a narrated novel while moving about, I can walk the dog, do household chores or work in the garden while I listen. One of the best things about audio books is when a talented professional’s narration bring the story alive. Reading this way enables me to juggle more than 1 novel at a time because the features of a traditional book and an audio book are so different they don’t get muddled in how I process them.
My TBR ‘pile’ on my Kindle is several pages of titles long. I have a whole library to choose from when I’m selecting what my next literary entertainment will be. In choosing a new book for the book club to read, we consider classics, current popular novels and books written by authors known to us via Twitter. There’s such a wide variety out there, so many stories in which to immerse ourselves.
Reading a book is the best way I know to walk in someone else’s shoes, to hear another person’s thoughts or to see places I would not otherwise visit. I am never going to apologise for being addicted to books.