Falling back in love with reading

June 25, 2019

As a teenager you’d often find me with my head in a book. Following the journey of a girl who liked a boy but the boy didn’t realised until the final chapter. With them then living happily ever after. The Point Romance novels were my favourite, offering me the right amount of romance, angst and tear filled heartbreak.

My local library was like a second home and I’d almost always have a book or two requested from another library to ensure I’d read the entire series. Or just revisiting one I’d already read but loved enough to read again (and again).

Sadly as I left school and discovered a world outside the pages of the books. I began to read less frequently. And for the past few years, the closest I have gotten to reading were the books on the children’s bookshelves.

Wanting to fall back in love with reading

However, last year I really wanted this to change and I wanted to fall back in love with reading. Adding an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite to my Christmas, birthday, Mother’s Day, anniversary wish lists. Alas, it is something that is still sitting on those lists, And just like most mothers, it’s not an expense that I can justify for myself. One of the children, yes, but not for me – it feels too selfish.

Finding a new balance

With high hopes of finding a new balance this year, I have been turning to books to help me switch off and get lost in the words and storyline. With my target of 12 books in 12 months on track to be completed. Possibly even sooner than the end of the year.

Admitting defeat

I’ve admitted defeat on the Amazon Kindle front and I’m enjoying picking up physical books to read. Albeit it’s not always practical and I often forget to pack into my bag etc. For these times, I’ve downloaded the Kindle app on my phone so that I’m able to read on the go. Whether I’m sat poolside as Tigger completes his swimming lesson. Sat in the doctors waiting room with one of the children. Or I’ve miraculously arrived early for preschool collection.

Whilst I’d still love a Kindle Paperwhite (hint, hint to any loved ones reading this), I have managed to fall back in love with reading. Long may it continue!

Do you prefer physical books or are you an e-reader?

Also, what ate you reading at the moment? I need recommendations for my reading list.

  • Valerie June 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I have always loved to read. When I was young, when I w2as supposed to practice dance I’d turn on the music and then sit and read. I have actually come to prefer reading on an ipad or tablet over paper.

  • Claire Roach June 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    I never get the time to read any more – it’s one of the things I really miss and soooo should start making time for.

  • michelle twin mum June 25, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I love reading and it is mostly chick lit but a love interest. I’ve gone the other way, I resisted my Kobo for years but now I find it so much easier, especially in bed. Mich x

  • Rhian westbury June 26, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I much prefer physical books, I can’t fully get on board with an e-reader, even if it meant using up precious suitcase space when I go away. I go through fits and starts with how much I read but I’m trying to get a better balance too x

  • Melanie williams June 26, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I know what you mean with this one. I sometimes find it a task to read but I want to do more for sure xx

  • Sim @ Sim's Life June 27, 2019 at 10:43 am

    I do love picking up a good book and getting lost in it for hours, it’s unfortunately time and the distinct lack of it which means I haven’t picked one up in a few months. I need to get back on it! Sim x

  • Super Busy Mum June 27, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I used to love reading. But now, now I just don’t have the time for it. But it is certainly something I’d love to get back into for sure!

  • Rachael June 27, 2019 at 11:10 am

    I much prefer to have the book in my hand, but having them on my phone tends to work out cheaper. Sometimes it’s more convenient but I love reading in the bath too so I have paperbacks of the books I really, really want to read. I wish I had more time to read though, just like you I used to love it and now I rarely get the chance.

  • Jennifer June 28, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t read anywhere near as much I used to. Blogging and kids are to blame! I love the convenience of reading on a kindle but I much prefer reading an actual physical book.

  • Anosa June 29, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I don’t know when I fell out of love with reading but I am slowly wedging back in.

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