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.”
Groucho Marx

Lis 🐻



4 thoughts on “Bookworm…

  1. I can’t agree with this post more! I feel it is so important for children to read books, not on a kindle etc but a proper book. It helps with their imagination which is one of the best things about being a kid, their imaginations are limitless and will help as with decision making as they grow.

    Plus I think all children should feel the joy of going into a book store, looking through all the different books on offer, then going home and reading the book they chose for themselves!


  2. I also enjoy listening to books on audio. Especially when the lights are out and hubby thinks it’s time to go to sleep. So glad you have joined me as I delve once again into wordpress. You write with interest and clarity. I think we will make good company.

  3. Reading turns into a rare hobby nowadays. It’s like watching TV in our heads. Just better because watching “real” TV kills the brain while reading and watching the story play in our mind actually benefits our imagination. After watching TV you’re tired. After reading a book you’re inspired.

  4. I couldn’t imagine a life without reading, for me it brings such richness into my world. Whatever people read, in what form they do it, I really do think it opens us up to so much. Love both quotes, that Marx one though is a beauty!

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