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♪♪ Reading… and all that jazz ♪♪

It’s taken me a long time to write this post, not for lack of trying. Rather it’s because I keep getting distracted, putting it aside in favour of reading something of interest and that brings me nicely to the point of the post. Hopefully it will be a better one for all that reading.

I make no secret of the fact that I love to read. I usually have a book or some reading material with me and if I don’t, I will scan my environment for something to sink my reading teeth into.  I have been known to read the labels on toilet cleaner bottles while on the loo if I haven’t remembered to take a book with me.

Book pileFor a long time there was a pile of books mirroring the leaning Tower of Pisa on my bedside cupboard, some I’d already read but hadn’t put away while others were awaiting their turn. I kid you not, the pile was so high, I was at risk of the tower toppling over on to my head and sending me to the great beyond as I slept. Oh, but what a way to go, bludgeoned to death by a pile of books!

Anyway, Mo Cushla very kindly saved me from bibliocide by taking them out of harm’s way and arranging them nicely on the floor. And I’m alive to tell the tale Open-mouthed smile

It’s a great time to be alive and if you’re anything like me, you must be excited.  These days, reading is not restricted to just paperbacks and hardbacks. You don’t need to go trawling through bookshops for your favourite authors anymore. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your arm-chair. The internet offers a veritable smorgasbord of reading material by way of blogs, e-zines, e-newspapers and full length novels, to mention just a few. Simply being a member of the popular social media networks like Facebook and Twitter puts witty sound bites,  great articles, stories, non-fiction and fiction alike, right at your finger tips.

With 21st-century technology providing instant access to the internet on our phones and tablets most of us are able to read even while on the go. I bet those who regularly travel on public transport are thankful for e-readers which reduce the number of people thrusting newspapers in your face as you jostle for personal space on buses and trains during the rush hour!

The variety out there is mind-boggling and the great thing about it is there’s something to suit your every mood  and preferred genre.

I am currently in reading heaven; reading books on my Kindle Fire, blog posts on my laptop, tweets, Facebook and newspaper articles on my phone all at once and I couldn’t be happier. The only sour note in this divine music is there is so much to read and so little time to do it in. But that’s a good problem to have, so I’m not really complaining.

There will probably never ever be enough time for me to read all the stuff I want to but I don’t let that deter me. Bemoaning the fact would just be a waste of the little time I do have so instead I just seize every chance I get and I read like there’s no tomorrow. And if tomorrow does come, I will read some more.

I came across a number of quotes that articulate precisely how I feel when I read something good.

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”
― J.D. Salinger,
The Catcher in the Rye

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”
― Alan Bennett,
The History Boys: The Film

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

“My reading list grows exponentially. Every time I read a book, it’ll mention three other books I feel I have to read. It’s like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads.”
― A.J. Jacobs,
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

Of all the quotes I found while searching for these, I loved and identified with this one the most;

“Why do I read?
I just can’t help myself.
I read to learn and to grow, to laugh
and to be motivated.
I read to understand things I’ve never
been exposed to.
I read when I’m crabby, when I’ve just
said monumentally dumb things to the
people I love.
I read for strength to help me when I
feel broken, discouraged, and afraid.
I read when I’m angry at the whole
world.
I read when everything is going right.
I read to find hope.
I read because I’m made up not just of
skin and bones, of sights, feelings,
and a deep need for chocolate, but I’m
also made up of words.
Words describe my thoughts and what’s
hidden in my heart.
Words are alive–when I’ve found a
story that I love, I read it again and
again, like playing a favorite song
over and over.
Reading isn’t passive–I enter the
story with the characters, breathe
their air, feel their frustrations,
scream at them to stop when they’re
about to do something stupid, cry with
them, laugh with them.
Reading for me, is spending time with a
friend.
A book is a friend.
You can never have too many.”
― Gary Paulsen,
Shelf Life: Stories by the Book

Do you enjoy reading?  What do you like to read?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by.

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5 thoughts on “♪♪ Reading… and all that jazz ♪♪

  1. My sentiments exactly! Well expressed and observed. At the moment I’m reading a book by CS Lewis called Miracles. Luckily, it’s small enough to cart around in my bag, as my kindle is currently broken! My favourite quote is the first one by J D Salinger! The first time I felt that was after reading a Philip Yancey book! Thanks for adding to what we have to read!

  2. I finished a book and sent the author a message saying something like ‘I was going to hate you for writing such a terrific book that I didn’t think about doing myself, but I’ve decided I am going to be your friend instead!’.

    Well, we are. Great huh?

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