It is my “ME” time. I do not want to be disturbed when in the process of reading. I will even make excuses not to go out, so that I can simply snuggle up with a good book and be transported to another world.
“Reading is a door to a world of wonder. Open it and find beauty, intrigue, mystery or life’s lessons.”
I love opening this door, and indulge on the beauty of the written word. Books without pictures are my absolute best because they allow me to see, smell, taste and touch the elements, characters and all that makes a book and let my imagination run wild.
Though I like my reading space to be comfy accompanied by a glass of good wine or slab of chocolate sometimes, I can read anywhere and everywhere, except in the lavatory. In fact, sometimes I would come back from the shops and immediately find the nearest comfortable chair as soon as I get home, and start reading. Grocery bags or whatever else I bought will be forgotten by the doorway or on the floor until such time I can’t tear myself off the book.
When I come across a book I enjoy, I find it hard to take breaks in between readings. I have to try hard not to rush it, hold on to every word, reluctant to turn pages because I don’t want to get the end.
To name a few of my bookaholic tendencies:
- I take a book everywhere I go (even when picking mushrooms from the forests, e.g. mushroom book for reference)
- I get a book hangover because most times I stay up late at night reading
- I’m on first names basis with the staff at the local library
- When I buy a handbag, I always make sure it’s big enough to fit a book (I prefer hard copy books than any Kindle, Sony, NOOK, etc.), call me old fashioned but I just love the smell of a book, the older the better.
It’s been said that reading enhances thinking. It stretches and strains our mental muscles. It hits our narrow, delicate, intolerant views with new ideas and strong facts. It stimulates growing up instead of growing old. In other words, reading develops us. It takes us through the virgin territory we wouldn’t otherwise discover.
So to you writers and aspiring writers out there, thank you for the gift of the written word. It allows me to enjoy someone else’s craft, to see a picture of other lives, places, time whether real or imaginary, and sharing of experiences with others.
Now, I’m looking for inspiration from you fellow readers. What book would you recommend, whether fiction or non-fiction:
- that made an impact on your life?
- that affirmed or made you regret a decision?
- you learned a valuable lesson from?
- inspired you to do something you wouldn’t have otherwise tried?
- made you laugh out loud to the point of tears?