WHY AM I READING THIS? I'm not young any more. Time is short. I read a wide variety of material, both fiction and non-fiction, but from now on ....(.a promise to myself).....nothing mediocre. A book must inform me, intrigue me, uplift me, delight or excite me, or I will drop it.
My Mum tried to get me to read Elizabeth Goudge when I was in my twenties. Nothing doing - they were far too slow-moving and innocent. Fifty years later I tried again, and yes, they ARE slow-moving and innocent - but also lyrical, magical and uplifting. Sorry Mum, you were right.