Starting with books
As a child I was constantly bored. Despite my mum suggesting many different hobbies from stamp collecting to bird watching, I never found anything that would completely keep my mind busy and engaged. This was probably why I never slept well still having the same problem to this day! One activity that was always promoted when I was bored, as well as tidying and cleaning, was reading. The trouble with reading was that there was no genre which I was generally
Starting with books
As a child I was constantly bored. Despite my mum suggesting many different hobbies from stamp collecting to bird watching, I never found anything that would completely keep my mind busy and engaged. This was probably why I never slept well still having the same problem to this day! One activity that was always promoted when I was bored, as well as tidying and cleaning, was reading. The trouble with reading was that there was no genre which I was generally interested in. However, this eventually changed, probably through desperation when my mum came up with a clever plan!
I hope you find something great to read and remember to share with me, in the comments below, the first book you really enjoyed!
My Local Library
I remember my mum taking me, in desperation, to the local library in order to promote my reading. When we arrived – I remember it was quite a walk so I must have been quite young – mum took me to the librarian and asked her to recommend a book to me. I don’t remember the actual discussion but I remember walking home, after stamping it out, a library book clutched firmly under my arm. The title of the book? Well it was Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising. Little did I know that this was going to spark the interest in RPGs and the world of fantasy for years to come!
What came next?
The Dark is Rising was actually made into a film, although I must admit it never lived up to the book. From this humble start I then embarked in the Earthsea Trilogy and then on to the classic ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The library was my constant source of books during this time and I would venture into town on a Saturday morning to hand in and check out hardback copies of the books. The covers were plain and dull, but the pages smelt of ‘adventure’ and I remember thinking how many people had read and enjoyed the stories that were held within. Now having that thought definitely would set off my anxiety about germs!
As I started my advertiser newspaper round, I started to earn money and this was frequently spent on books. I remember buying the Dragonlance series of books and reading all that had been published at that time, and also enjoying the Belgaraid series by David Eddings. I loved that series of books and remember reading ‘The Castle of Wizardry’ in one day while camping! But I didn’t just stick to fantasy books. I read many of the Shadowrun series and also Julian May’s ‘The Many Coloured Land’. This was the time which I found Basic Dungeons and Dragons and I suddenly realised that I didn’t just have to read of people’s exploits, I could actually create them!
I always find it interesting how times change. I actually used to find it impossible to sit in a coffee shop, but here I am sat typing this blog post in Costa! As I become more involved in RPGs the amount of reading I did slowly declined. This was further reduced when I gained my current post in higher education. Now, when I am reading, I am reading education journals and academic books. But I soon found a way to continue to enjoy books and hence why there is an advert in the top right hand corner of this website (only on the front page!).
I am lucky enough to be able to walk to work every week. Thirty minutes there and thirty minutes back. This not only keeps me relatively fit, but also provides me some time to indulge myself back in books. Using initially my iPod, but now enjoying the iphone and Beats Solo wireless headphones, I enjoy books as I walk to and from work. Listening to novels has definitely become the new way which I engage with books. I continue to enjoy fantasy and sci-fi titles, but have also migrated to action and crime books and even the odd autobiography! You can see some of the books I have enjoyed here. I probably need to keep this more up to date, but you know how it is! Being able to listen to books has certainly allowed me access back into those wonderful stories that lie hidden behind those titles and covers.
Whether you might be an avid reader, or even someone who hasn’t read a book for a while, audible has something for you. It is well worth heading over (using the link from the website) and having a look of what is available. I can guarantee that there will be something there for you whether this is an old favourite or a new book in a series. And, if you do happen to use the link, you also have the warm fuzzy feeling that you are supporting my channel, website and exploits. I hope you find something great to read and remember to share with me, in the comments below, the first book you really enjoyed! Go on, you know you want to feel fuzzy!