Thursday 17 October 2013

If you think reading is boring...

I've been writing my own stories since I was eight, but reading for longer than that.  I take reading seriously, I take book collecting seriously and I'm a real advocate for people losing themselves in a book.

I love the tactile nature of books (I'm not a convert to Kindle yet), I love the smell of books, I love the delight of finding a new bookshop and losing myself amongst the shelves (especially 2nd hand ones).

I love the delight of finding a new author to enjoy, I love the thrill of starting a new book and falling in love with the style and the characters and the flow of the language and I love the sense of satisfaction - mixed with a certain sense of loss - when you close the book for the last time and put it on your lap and rub the cover and want to say "thanks, mate, I enjoyed that".

Go out at the weekend and pick up a book.  You don't have to spend a lot of money on a glossy hardback, go to the library or buy a paperback, or download an ebook, or go into a second hand or charity shop and pick up something for 20p.  It doesn't matter how you do it, it doesn't matter what you read, just pick something up and open the cover and start.

And here's an icon of our times, who enjoyed reading...


  1. I totally agree with you, Mark! I was a late starter with my reading, and my writing actually, but never am I more happy then when I am totally immersed in a new story. It makes me happy, it makes me sad, but more importantly, it makes me complete!

    Lovely post :-)

    Lucie x

  2. Brilliantly put Mark. Without books I wouldn't me the man I am today