It's safe to say that I love reading. For those that already know me, this will come as no surprise but I was reflecting on this thought earlier so thought I'd write about it. I've read profusely ever since I was a small child. I was unable to read until I started school at four, but was read to a lot as a child and then made up for the time lost by finishing the school reading scheme by the time I was halfway through what is now called Year One. I had to then take books out of the library to read and use the Junior school reading scheme. By the time I was seven my reading age was fourteen. It's important to remember though, that even though I could read the actual words, I'm not sure that I understood all of what I was actually reading. I remember reading The Iron Man at age six and not getting it, I think I thought that it was boring! 😂 I also used to love the summer reading challenge at the library in town. I'd choose the book and then read it in the same afternoon, then want to go back the next day to the library but my mum insisted that we would go back the following week. This was torture for me! 😂 I think my love of reading at this age came from the fact that I was a shy, introverted child who was less sociable than my peers (especially when I was very young).
With reading, I love that as soon as you read the first page, you are transported into different lands and worlds and can see things from so many different perspectives. As I got ill, reading enabled me to travel to places that I was unable to get to. Reading also keeps me company on those long nights when I suffer from insomnia (usually reading on my Kindle).
We have quite a few books in our house. Friends have commented that it is like living in a library, which I take as a compliment! 😂 I grew up surrounded by books as my Gran was a librarian, so it was inevitable that we'd have a few of our own!
A love of reading has certainly had a huge impact on my life, absorbing so many inspirational tales over the years made me want to begin my creative writing journey and has led me to write a crime novel which I hope to finish this year.
Reading also led me to my husband. If I didn't love books so much, I'd have never applied to work at Waterstone's and would never have met Matt! Something Matt says is that I married him for his library card (as both our cards are usually maxed out with mostly my choices!). He is however wrong on that account, because I was using his card before we got married! 😂😂
I love to share my love of reading and enjoy connecting on GoodReads with other readers. Check out my page here... We're lucky to also have some great independent bookshops nearby The Book Corner, bookcornerhalifax.com/ and Read, to-be-read.co.uk/ which are always great to visit and full of treasures from their expertly curated selections.
Until I sat down and wrote this post, I never realised just how much a love of reading has shaped my life. It really has been more pivotal and monumental than I ever imagined it would be. If you're a fellow bookworm, then I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments!