" A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend."

25 Jul 2013


I love reading; it's my escape from reality and I can step in between the pages, forget about my problems and instead face the problems of the characters in what I'm reading and just get lost in the maze of words.
Books amaze me through the fact a different life is just a page turn away and how you can almost become that character in the book. Also, how the idea of a book is so simple, but the complexity of its content and the amount of thought that must go into it really does baffle me. The way you manage to connect with the characters on such a personal level and dive deep into their lives feels like such a privilege. Yes, it is fiction but there is so much truth in any story line that would happen in our lives such as betrayal and romance.
The best types of books are the ones you can relate to on such a personal level in one way or another. The relations may not be direct but, either way, show a connection with you and at least one of the characters in the book you read.
"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book."
Many people will use the line "I read to help me sleep" or "I read before I go to sleep" which makes many 'non-readers' think that this means you are reading a book because it is boring so helps you sleep because you are bored. Yes, books do help you sleep but books are far from boring. I find that the concept of reading before bed helps you to sleep because, I find, books are a nice,calming end to a day full of stress at school or work. I find that also the fact that you are calm when reading - and also because you're keeping your brain working tires you out- and so naturally (obviously) you start to feel sleepy.
One thing I take into account is where I read and When. There is no point reading in a place where you know you will be easily distracted because you will never get the full benefit of such an amazing book; that book you may be reading may be the most amazing book in existence and you wouldn't know that if you were being distracted. I tend to read on my way to and returning from school on the bus. If I am going on a fairly long journey by car or train, I will be sure to pack a book or two bearing in mind that reading too much when travelling can normally cause people to feel sick and I don't want you to get sick of reading (yes, that pun was intended)! I will always make sure to take a few books when I am going on holiday or a school trip for the journeys but also for the days out; say you finish eating dinner quickly or your bored of playing that same family board game your family have played every night since you arrived for entertainment, you can take out a book, sit and read. I tend to read most during holidays, as there are no worries of school work and so I can follow the book precisely. If I was giving you one piece of advice on how to read more, it would be to make sure you have a book with you at all times because you will never know when an opportunity will arise to read a page or two.

Why not take your book outside when it's sunny with a nice cold lime and soda?

It is personal preference if you like to listen to music while reading but, for me, I love to and I even have a reading playlist; this is actually going to to be my next playlist post that I will make sure to leave the link for here when it's done (smooth plug Sarah,smooth).
The memories and events mentioned in my books are somewhat fonder memories than some of my own; in a few years, I won't remember what I did yesterday: 25-7-2013 and that I spent the day writing this blog post while watching old James Bond films, but I will remember the story lines of the books I've read many years before yesterday and for many years to come.
"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." ~James Bryce
I can't force anyone to love reading as it's personal choice,again.However, just like there is someone, a soul mate, out there for everyone; there is at least one book out there for everyone to love and cherish for the rest of their lives. 

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” ― Joseph Brodsky


In the near future, I will be doing some reviews, including book reviews of many different books of different genres It may be, from those, you find a book that takes your fancy which will take you on a new adventure of a love for books.

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