The photo above shows one of the piles of books in my bedroom. My mum sent most of this pile over from Ireland recently, and I'm gradually starting to make my way through it. And the book by Danny Wallace is on loan from my friend Sarah, who knows how much I love his articles in Shortlist! There has never been a time in my life when I have not have not been reading at least one or two books. My parents read to me every night when I was young, and as soon as I could read on my own I began to devour books at a very rapid pace. Reading has always been one of my greatest passions.
I love the fact that I can escape to a completely different time, place or situation depending on which book I choose.
I love the feeling I get when I read a book that is impossible to put down.
I love being able to read a book and then discuss it with other people, especially my mum.
I love relaxing with a book before bed. It always helps me to sleep.
Sometimes I love how fast I read, but sometimes it makes me sad that I finish books that I love so quickly.
There are some books that I love, simply because they remind me of the time that I read them first, and what I was like then.
There are some books, like the Anne of Green Gables series, which are so precious to me because they offer me comfort. Reading one of them is like being wrapped up tight in a blanket on a cold night with a warm cup of tea and nothing to worry about.
I love browsing in second hand bookshops for hours on end.
Sometimes I love reading something which challenges me; at other times, I love reading something funny and distracting.
I love bringing books with me no matter where I go: I completely understood the Gilmore Girls episode where Rory brought a book to a party in case she got bored!
So far I have shied away from discussing books on this blog, but it feels wrong not to include something which is such a huge part of my life. So I have decided that from now on, as well as my fashion based posts, I will write little reviews of the books I am reading. Books are definitely something to be shared, and I like the idea of having a record of the books that I've read which I can easily look back on. And if I can introduce somebody to a new book to fall in love with, that would be wonderful.
Do you love reading too? I'd love to hear what you think.