That’s my bedside table right now. Yep, it’s covered in books. The bedside table used to be where I kept my unread books, but I admit I’ve run out out of shelf space, so I’ve started keep books I’ve read here too. Yes, I know, I should probably get a Kindle. I should go to the library, I should borrow books, I should lend books, I should give books away. But I don’t want to. I just love books. I love reading them. I love looking round book shops and choosing them. And then I love keeping them!
All I ever really want from life is the chance to sit down for an hour or so and read my book. Every day I think ‘this will be the day I go to bed at 10 and have a nice long read’. But it never happens. I read snatches of books – a few pages before I go to sleep and a few pages while I eat my lunch. I never mind a long wait at a doctor’s surgery or anywhere else – they can run as late as they like – as long as I’ve got my book.
One of the few downsides of blogging is more time spent blogging myself and reading other people’s blogs means less time reading actual books. But I’m still on my 24th book this year, so I’m doing OK!
I’m currently reading JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and I am LOVING it. You would never in a million years guess it was by the Harry Potter author and I think that just proves what an amazing author she is. Expect a review on the blog when I’ve finished devouring it.
I’m pleased to say that Mummy’s obsession with books has rubbed off on the kids. It might not have happened, because Daddy doesn’t read at all. He is pretty much anti-book.
My boys are often seen with a book – Harry Potter, Antony Horowitz or Diary of a Wimpy Kid for my eldest and Harry Potter, Beast Quest or Diary of a Wimpy Kid for my younger son. My boys do something I’ve never done – they re-read books! They’ve been reading both Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid for two years now and just keep going back to them.
My boys reading Harry Potter a couple of years ago
My daughter is just discovering what books she likes. She’s past the picture book stage and wants to read, but doesn’t have the confidence to jump straight into a chapter book like Jeremy Strong, even though she is perfectly capable of reading them. She’s compromising with small chapter books with less words and a picture on each page – Jacqueline Wilson has a couple and we discovered Alex T. Smith at the Cheltenham Literature Festival recently.
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