As a child I loved to read. I enjoyed trips to the library, picking out as many books as I could and quickly becoming submerged in the pages. I even created my own little library in a cupboard at home, creating tickets to place in each book with the name and author written on. ( It was pre-digital, of course).
My love continued throughout my teens, devouring the popular titles aimed at my age group, mostly horror, thriller and mystery, but also enjoying classics such as those by the Brontes and Dickens. When I was awarded a book prize at school I picked as many varieties of books as I could and left the stage with my arms full after hunting down the bargains that I hoped would last the years. I still have them all.
As the years go on, it’s easy to let reading drop down the priority list. Other things take over; work, home life, other interests. Not to mention our love-hate relationship with our phones. You know what I mean, right? They add so much but take so much of our time.
Yet the escapism that reading can offer is the perfect way to relax, even better than TV in some ways, because it uses your own imagination to conjure up the images that the writer portrays. You can also learn so much about the world and yourself, even if you didn’t enjoy the book. A biography can teach you things about a lifestyle or a business that you might be interested in, or a thriller set in Rome might make you plan a holiday there, or a work of science fiction can prompt you to explore quantum theory…okay perhaps not but you get the picture.
So what I’m saying is: don’t stop reading. Indulge in a good book. Get lost in a novel, a biography or a travelogue. Take time for yourself and add a little happiness like I have.
Do you have a resolution to read more this year? What is on your reading list? Do you have a book that you read over and over again?
Until the next time, read on.