I used to love reading, before I had the boys and was in to all this blogging lark, my head could be found in a book pretty much every spare minute of the day. I devoured the words, I sunk in to the imaginary world around me and I read. I loved everything about books, from the anticipation of a new book from a specific author to the feel of the pages turning and the respite from everyday life they presented to me.
Somewhere over the last 6 years I have got out of the habit of reading. I can not concentrate long enough to read a book, I keep reading the same page over and over again. There is always something more pressing that needs doing. I stopped reading books that required some thought and started to read blogs and magazines, just snippets of stories. Even when I was in hospital after the mastectomy I didn’t manage a whole book, my arms hurt too much to lift one up, so I relied on audio books on my ipod.
The lovely people at Galaxy sent me Ian Rankin’s Knots and Crosses before Christmas and I just hadn’t had time or the inclination to pick it up and read it. I had read some of Rankin’s books before and I really enjoy a good crime book, but I think with the busy period of Christmas being there I just didn’t find the time to read it. The same couldn’t be said about the three bars of chocolate they sent me though!
Then my mum died and I needed to not think, to not do and to just escape and I picked up the book and took it with be to the bath, where I devoured it in one sitting. It made me realise all over again why I love books and why I need them in my life and in the past fortnight I have read over 10 books and I went to the library yesterday and picked up another 10. I am sticking to light reading at the moment, no over thinking things, no challenges or time spent reviewing or deliberating the writing style or content, just reading.
I am discovering my love of books all over again and it is great. Galaxy are giving away book with their chocolate at the moment and the Galaxy facebook page has more information.