Friday, 6 March 2009

World Book Day Poll

Leaving aside the annoying headlines like 'Trashy Book Amnesty', an interesting poll for World Book Day has revealed the difference between the books people say they read and the books they actually like to read.

The list  is here for anyone who's interested. Unsurprisingly Mills and Boon make it into the top ten of books people actually read. I can't imagine lying about what I've read. I'm happy to read from every end of the spectrum and have read books on both lists.
In fact I'll come out and say that as well as romance I love to re-read children's books. I am still a great fan of Winnie the Pooh and Paddington :-)

Anyone else got any confessions?


Romy said...

Hi Lorraine - I'm not embarrassed about what I read (or write) either. I'll confess to loving Elinor Brent-Dyer's Chalet School novels. In fact give me any of those old-fashioned girls' boarding school books and I'll happily while away a rainy afternoon.

Jackie Ashenden said...

I don't lie about what I read either. After an English degree at uni, I figure I've done my time with some of the classics. These days it's pure escapism. And when I don't have anything new to read, I'll go back and re-read my collection of Georgette Heyer or Mary Stewart.

Oh, wait, no, I just remembered, I did lie once about a book. My best friend was reading Atlas Shrugged and I lied and said I hadn't read it because I didn't want to look like I was copying her. In fact I was reading it and yes, I was copying her. :-)

Lorraine said...

Romy - I remember the chalet school novels! I used to hate school so I loved any school stories where the girls were nice to each other!

Jackie - I like a bit of historical escapism too. Atlas Shrugged looks a bit too heavy for my tastes at the moment :-) I re-read Enid Blyton during my finals, I think I just wanted a complete mental break!

Suzanne said...

I adore children's books (Dr Seuss, Julia Donaldson, Enid Blyton, JK Rowling, Nicola Morgan...I could go on).

And, of course, I read Mills&Boons by the bucket load.

But my real guilty pleasure is to be found in the self-help section - books on positive thinking, life coaching, ways to make life better. Of these, Paul McKenna can't be beaten for a quick, entertaining read that's guaranteed to cheer me up - not only can he make me thin and change my life in 7 days, but he's also promised to make me rich...

Lorraine said...

Suzanne - I'm glad I'm not the only one to still love children's' books. I heard that Gail Trimble (aka the brainbox from University Challenge that everyone's going on about) cites reading children's classics as one of her main hobbies so we're in good company :-)

BTW that Paul chap sounds nice, and so altruistic :-) I bet he can heal my head too!!!