The Gallery: Books

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.
Linking up with So The Gallery at Sticky Fingers.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Your boys look engrossed in Harry Potter. Mine is too young yet but I enjoyed them 🙂

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  2. Ha! I’ve got eleven books plus a kobo on my bedside table right now. Our house is about two minutes’ walk from the library and it saves me a fortune. Can’t wait till my two can read Harry Potter like that!

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  3. Look out for Clarice Bean for your daughter- it was a great love of my daughters at that age, lots of lovely Lauren Child illustrations , but still chapters- she loved the stories and there is lots of ways used to keep the pages interesting looking! I adore reading, so does Max. I don’t get enough time to keep up my two a week of old! But I am sure once Syd is a bit older I will be back to devouring! Looking forward to your casual vacancy review x

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  4. I haven’t read a book , oh wait I tell a lie, I have read one book for me since I became a mummy and I have a pile waiting for me to read too. Nowadays it is the children’s books, blogs and cookery books I read the most. I love the photo of your two boys engrossed in Harry Potter x

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  5. I had to click on your photo so I could have a proper nosey at your choices. I’m also a fan of Kate Atkinson and hubby loves Jo Nesbo. Sebastian Faulkes can be good if a little long-winded.

    I do hope your children keep up with the reading. My boy was such a bookworm and then teenagerdom hit and it’s been a struggle ever since.

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  6. What would we do without JK Rowling? My house would be a lot noisier that’s for sure! 😀

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  7. My two are yet to read Harry Potter but they are only just getting into the films. Some great reads on your bedside table x

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  8. Fab! You do need a Kindle (or similar). So great to set an example to your children too x.

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  9. I was only discussing with someone this morning about the fact that blogging has stopped me reading completely. I used to read all the time and really should make the effort to read again and I would love to read the JK Rowling book. If only there were a few more hours in the day? Gorgeous photo of your boys!

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  10. I recently had to give some books away because they were threatening to take over the house. It was very difficult to do.

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  11. Cant wait for mine to be old enough for Harry Potter x

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  12. Lovely post, Something amazing when a child reads HP for the first time, nothing like the movies xx

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  13. I just love to see children reading, exerting their imagination and doing something other than staring at a screen! My daughter is currently upstairs on her bed engrossed in the latest Jacqueline Wilson. I also love reading, but like you rarely get more than 10 minutes to read at any one time. I usually read 6 or 7 on holiday and they have to be good old books, no kindle for me!

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  14. I can’t wait for my daughter to read. I also need to read more but I spend so much time on here, the internet!

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  15. Love the picture of your boys! They looks so engrossed in their books! Love it! : ) x

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  16. I think pictures of children reading are fantastic. My son is just starting to learn and he is obsessed with sitting down ‘reading’ books to his sister.

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  17. i can totally relate to the growing pile of books on the bedside table and the desperate feeling of wanting more time to read. i’m very impressed that you’ve managed 24 books this year! i’m looking forward to my kids being old enough to read – i love pictures of kids engrossed in a good book… transported to another world. B

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  18. Thank you all for your lovely comments, I not think I’ve ever had so many! I really appreciate them.
    Glad you like the photo of my boys. I was so pleased my boys love Harry Potter as much as I do. I started off by reading it to them (in fact I’m still reading Goblet of Fire to them), but they soon took off and started reading it for themselves.
    It’s so good to get the kids away from screens. There are times when the screens dominate for my kids and times when the books dominate.
    Glad I’m not the only one reading less books because of blogging and the Internet.
    Trish – glad you approve of my tastes! So far I’ve read two Kate Atkinson and two Jo Nesbo and I’ve got my third of each lined up. I like Sebastian Faulks, but long-winded is a fairly accurate description! I have to mix it up with easier reads!

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  19. You have more books than me!And loved the picture of your boys reading Harry Potter,I say you csnt beat Harry Potter 🙂

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  20. Thanks very much! I totally agree – you can’t beat Harry Potter!

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  21. I LOVE books too, I could never get a Kindle! I took 22 books on holiday (on a plane) to France this summer…and not many clothes!!

    Books just really make me happy, it’s as simple as that 🙂 I have piles of them everywhere, particularly next to my bed. I re-arrange the piles, they never really get smaller because I can’t seem to pass a charity bookshop (of which there are many great ones where I live) without buying something.

    My son is just about to start the Harry Potter books, I’m so excited for him.

    Finally, thank you SO MUCH for the comment that you left about my Liz Jones piece over at my blog, that was so nice of you to take the time to do that. Everyone has been lovely without exception….phew!

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  22. Wow, 22 books on a plane, that is SERIOUS!
    No problem about leaving the comment for you – I know if I was in your shoes I’d want a bit of support. I really appreciate you tracking me down to leave a comment back. Thanks very much.

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