I don’t know about you, but I have always been excited about the feel and look of a book. There is something about choosing one, holding it’s cover and flicking through the pages to see all that text that someone has so lovingly created.
Whether it be a fiction, self-help or recipe book, I much prefer having it there in front of me. I find both fiction and self-help books exciting and far more engaging as I turn the pages and the recipe books are much more enticing when it comes to glossy photos of some of the beautiful food that you can attempt to make.
So, where did my love of books come from?
I can remember, from an early age, my Mum and Dad used to take me and two of my siblings on a trip to our local library in Woking. On the outside it was a big, grey building, very ’70’s style. Inside was a different story. I can recall the children’s section being colourful and inviting and I would spend ages poring over the books and trying to decide which one was going to take the trip home with me.
As I started to attend school, there was a book club newsletter sent out on a monthly basis. My Mum would set a me a budget and I would look through the magazine, deciding which one I was going to buy. Then, I can recall the deliveries in special plastic bags as they arrived at school. I used to look forward to the end of the day when I could take it home and start to read.
Books have always been my bedtime companions. Ever since I learned to read, they would be there helping me with my insomnia.
These days, of course, life is very different. I have my iPad mini which I download magazines onto and a few books and I am sure, as time passes, this will only continue to increase BUT it has not stopped me buying the hard copy of a book. In fact, my last two book purchases were hard copies.
With the advent of the internet it is much easier to search for bargain books. Sites like The Works offer amazing deals and regularly have offers such as buy one get one free and codes for free deliveries.
As Grace grows bigger, her love for reading is starting to increase. I used to take her to our local library in the village of Sunninghill when we lived there and, just like I did, she gets a regular book newsletter home from school (although the budget on that one hasn’t started yet). For Christmas she received the first 3 Mallory Towers books along with a set of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. I am sure that her love of the written word will increase as she makes her way through these and really starts to understand how enjoyable they really are.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.