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16 October 2011 @ 12:56 am
Introduction.  
Hello lovelies, I'm Hannah. I'm eighteen and I'm originally from Cheshire in the North of England, but I recently moved down to London to study English Literature with Politics at university. I've had a love affair with books ever since I was a wee lass and I started my reading career with such undeniable classics as The Rainbow Fish and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. However, I soon moved on to the Magic Tree books and progressed through the entire series with relative ease. Not long after that, I read my first novel in one day - taking it everywhere with me, even to the bathroom.

The way I read hasn't much changed, actually, but what I read has - aside from my enduring love of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Between my tweens and early teens, I somehow made the relatively easy transition from constantly re-reading the Harry Potter series to Palahniuk - the latter having infinitely more sex and violence than I could have ever hoped for, thus being much more exiting. I abandoned poor Chuck aged sixteen and moved on to an eclectic mix of science fiction, decadent dandies and, often suppressed, gay writers; my shelves were a haven of Forster and Wilde, Wells and Waugh. I still very much adore those but, somewhere along the line, I've added a series of novels that I picked up merely because of their amusing titles, Orwell's essays but none of his fiction, a lot of Vonnegut's work and more war based fiction than I thought I would ever read.

These are just a few of my favourites:
The Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer Johnston, Soothing Music for Stray Cats by Jayne Josso, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Maurice by E.M. Forster, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill, The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst, Mother Night and Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut and... perhaps I should stop here.