My boys have inherited many of my genes, both physical and emotional, but I believe a passion for reading is the best gift I have given them. I cannot imagine a world without books and am totally perplexed by those who never read; I always have a pile of at least four books next to my bed and never leave home without one. There is always time for a quick read; waiting rooms, travelling on public transport, lunch breaks, waiting to pick the kids up after school, in bed before sleep…
I began reading to the boys while they were still babies and a story ( or 2) was always part of our bedtime routine. Once they were old enough to read themselves, one devoured every book he could put his hands on, whilst the other was not quite so keen. However from about the age of 9, he discovered a series of books that he loved, ( J.K. Rowling has given the gift of reading to millions of kids world wide) and from that point forward I had two avid readers!
The library was always a favourite haunt, but so too the book store, for their favourite series had to be bought and collected. I curse the publishers who change the size of paperback editions, for a series must all be uniform and this made buying books for my boys trickier. I never denied purchasing a wanted book, for I believed I was adding to their education. Over the years it is amazing how many times I, or they, have known something and realised our knowledge came from some book we had read.
Trips to our beach house in Winter saw the four of us ( and of course the dog), curled up by the fire, each with a book in hand. My husband had never been an avid reader, but he was outnumbered, and finally figured if you can’t beat them, join them. Holiday packing was tricky; clothes and shoes were not the issue, making sure we had enough books was. Nowadays with the kindle or iPad, taking books is so easy!
If you are in a hurry never take me into a bookstore, it’s like letting a kid loose in a candy store; some women obsess over buying shoes, but for me it’s books and handbags.
Books are a doorway to adventure; a passport to travel the world without ever leaving your chair and in my eyes the most enjoyable source of learning there is. I love a good movie, but believe a book to be better, for your imagination can choose its own cast of characters.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George RR Martin.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”