Well, are you? It’s nothing to be ashamed of and I promise I won’t tell a soul. Just you, me and the WordPress community. It can be our little secret, okay? Books have been a great comfort to me in recent years, so much so that I started to write them myself. They teach me, they guide me, and they protect me when times are tough and I need to step away from the real world for a little while. They are a sturdy shield and a cosy comfort blanket.
I prefer to read now on my beloved Kindle Fire where I can store hundreds of titles without cluttering up the house and drawing Fionnuala’s wrath. Yet I also love visiting my favourite second-hand bookshop in Belfast and browsing its haphazard shelves for hidden gems. I often pick up something there for a couple of pounds. I love the place so much it actually features in my first novel. Books do that to you, they suck you in.
A book can transport you a million miles from your worries or open your eyes to the truth of your current situation. Many people now thrive on audiobooks which are a modern-day version of ancient storytelling when tribe elders used to sit around the fire and pass down tribal tales to the younger generations. Books are as natural part of the day for many of us, as vital as a morning cup of tea or coffee. They are part of our ingrained DNA.
There are much worse addictions to have. Books build as oppose to damage our hearts and souls. They enhance our lives, opening our minds to new ideas and possibilities. The world becomes a much bigger, brighter place when we bury our noses in a book. Well, that’s what I think but I’m keen to hear your thoughts today. Are you a bookaholic? How much do you read and how important is reading to you? E-book, paperback or audio? Are you a Braille reader? I look forward to hearing your comments below.