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#8/100 Reading

I'm an unabashed bookworm and always have been. I love curling up with a good book, getting lost in the pages of fiction, whisked to another world. It is pure escapism but socially-acceptable escapism.

 

When I say fiction, I'm happy with any good book. A good biography, essay, historical drama, fantasy, sci-fi: anything really.

 

I've got a Kindle but am not in love with it. It has a use; largely for old free or out of print books. Or reading in bed with the light off.

 

I prefer the old fashioned papery ones for the visceral sensation of books and the memories that become embedded in them as a object as a result of your interaction with them.

 

I only have to glance at my bookshelves to be whisked back to the times when I was reading them. They are very powerful visceral memories that make my old books like old friends - I feel a real emotional bond with them. You may think I'm slightly mad but it is true.

 

I therefore don't keep books I didn't enjoy or didn't finish. Collecting books for the sake of it is a nonsense.

 

I particularly enjoy reading on holiday; it is my ideal rainy day leisure pursuit. Sunny days are good to read on too; as are overcast and foggy ones too. In fact, the weather is irrelevant: every day on holiday is a good one to read on. I have previously read so avidly on holiday to average a book a day. But kids prevent self-indulgence of such magnificent proportions

 

This particular book is a book I borrowed from my Dad - I bought it for him with the sneaky intention of borrowing it back after he'd read it. It is a cracking read - The Shepherd's Life, a brilliant book by James Rebanks, a literary genius who is also a Lake District Sheep Farmer. I heartily recommend it to you.

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Taken on February 9, 2016