In case you had been living under a rock – or are not a parent with children in primary school – today is World Book Day. A day that celebrates all things book! I have already written a poem to tell you of my love for them but I thought I would also write a post about why I love reading.
One of the first things I remember as a child was an outing in the evening to our local library in Woking. It was a big old 1970s concrete building but inside it was a magical place. The childrens book corner was always filled with colour and I was excited every time I went there to see what new book I could find next to take home and look through. To this day I love libraries and all the knowledge, information and wonder it can offer a person. We had a small library in Sunninghill that I used to take Grace to and I must now make sure we sign up at our local one in Crewkerne (a job for this weekend!). I also used to get excited about books when they handed out the brochures at school which you could order books from. It is lovely to see Grace getting excited about this as well.
Growing up, I continued with my love of books. I was a terrible sleeper and suffered badly from insomnia so one of my regular answers to this was to read. But holidays are where I distinctly remember reading and I always had my head buried in a particular book. The first memory was when the second Star Wars film was released; The Empire Strikes Back. I didn’t manage to get to the cinema to see it so I read the book instead. I can distinctly remember walking through Cowes on the Isle of Wight reading it and trying not to bump into people! The other momentous occasion was reading ‘Fame’ (a famous film from the ’80s) whilst on holiday at a place we called ‘Uncle Berts’ in Westgate on Sea.
Holidays are probably the place where most of us read. I tend to choose a good thriller or weepy for my holiday. I have read titles such as ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold and ‘Darkest Corner’ by Elisabeth Haynes. To make things much easier Thomas Cook have released a brand new app for World Book Day to help you select the right read to take away with you. All you do is input your destination and favourite book genre and the app will come up with the perfect book for your holiday.
I think this is an absolutely wonderful idea and I am definitely giving it a go next time we go away.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is a sponsored post in conjunction with Thomas Cook.