In My Own Time
Where to begin? As a librarian married to an English teacher, books feature prominently. I read a lot of young adult fiction, with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins one of the best novels I have read recently. It is a pacy, action-packed, dystopian thriller, the first in a three-part series. Football is another passion. One of the best football books I have read is The Damned Utd by David Peace. In an imagined account of an event that actually took place, he expertly blurs fiction and reality.
I love the whole cinema experience and really wish I saw more films on the big screen, but for one reason or another I seem to watch DVDs at the moment - I'm invariably months behind what everyone else is watching. I've recently seen The Social Network and The King's Speech, both of which I had been reluctant to see; after some gentle persuasion from my wife, I was pleasantly surprised by both. My all-time favourite is Pulp Fiction - great film and even better soundtrack.
As a 90s teenager, the Britpop era defined my youth and still weighs heavily on my music choices. Oasis, The Stone Roses and Ash are still regulars on my iPod and will be for years to come, while some of my more recent favourites include Arcade Fire and The Gaslight Anthem. There is the odd non guitarindieanthemic rock artist that sneaks in now and again, with Adele the latest to vary my playlist ever so slightly.
I absolutely loved Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, with Gene Hunt possibly my favourite-ever TV character. I'm working my way through the Spooks box set, which can see me lose a whole evening. I also tune into Sky Sports News at regular intervals.