So I Say Thank You For The Books. Featuring Talli Roland

‘So I say Thank You For The Books…’ is a new weekly feature and where each week someone, blogger or author, tells us who or what inspired their love of reading

This weeks post is from Talli Roland, author of the soon to be published (and brilliant sounding!) The Hating Game

I am the world’s worst sleeper.

Even when I was young, I’d stare up at the ceiling as any number of thoughts pranced through my mind: the Cabbage Patch Kid I was craving; the Biology test the next day; or how on earth I was going to get my very fine hair to stay crimped (yes, I grew up in the 80s!).

As I lay there during the long, lonely nights while the rest of my family snored around me, books quickly became my savior. I’d snap on the small light by my bed and, comforted by its glow, turn page after page until sleep finally found me. Although during the daylight hours I was up for almost any genre, at night I turned to comfort reads like Sweet Valley High, Anne of Green Gables or anything by Gordon Korman, a popular Canadian author.

Now, quite a few years later, books are a firmly established part of my night-time ritual. I just can’t sleep without them! Even in my clubbing hey-days, I’d return home at four in the morning and crack open a book before succumbing. Sophie Kinsella, Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes and Emily Giffin all played vital roles in sending me off to sleep – and they still do. They are my security blanket when the night closes in.

So to sleeplessness: thank you for the books! Because without you, I wouldn’t be the reader – or writer – I am today!

Talli Roland’s debut novel, The Hating Game, will be available as an e-book on 1st December 2010, and in hard-copy in early 2011. She promises it’s suitable night-time reading. For more information on Talli, go to


Would you like to be featured in So I Say Thank You For The Books…? I’m looking for bloggers and authors who would like to write a guest post for this weekly feature.

Is there one particular person who inspired your love of books? It could be a relative, teacher, librarian, a particular author…anyone. It could even be a ‘thing’…perhaps a movie prompted you to look up the book which inspired it or a specific event occurred and you’ve never looked back? It’s up to you…now’s your chance to tell us all about it! (Obviously, for privacy reasons, we don’t need full names and photo’s of people!)

There’s more details hereYou can be as creative as you like and don’t have to follow a specific format. Feel free to email me with any questions!

Checkout previous So I Say Thank You For The Books…posts here

7 thoughts on “So I Say Thank You For The Books. Featuring Talli Roland

  1. Interesting that Talli owes her sleeplessness to her reading habit, but it does make sense. For me I have to be wide awake in order to read, but next time I am sleepless I will give this a try. Thanks for the great post and I will be looking for The Hating Game.


  2. At least you had a Cabbage Patch Kid! I jumped up and down in joy when I received my first My Little Pony. I just loved how that horse smelled. Ah, the smell of plastic! Oh, and those little Strawberry Shortcake dolls…don't get me started.

    Anyway, I have to say, I loved Gordon Korman too.



  3. Hello kindred spirit 🙂 I can't remember the last time I went to bed and didn't read before going to sleep. You mean some people actually get into bed and sleep right away? But all that lovely cosy reading time! They're missing out!


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