Books by my bedside

Usually the summer holidays is a time for me to catch up on some reading.  In 2016 I certainly have a lot more catching up to do than usual as I am finding that my new hobby of blogging is detracting from my old hobby of reading good old fashioned books.

While I am relishing working on my blog and hopefully raising some awareness about mindfulness, I am missing those evenings when I would curl up with a good book.  good book.jpg

Since I was very young I have always loved to read and was often called a ‘bookworm’ needing a separate hold-all for all the books I would take with me on my holidays when I was younger (and then stealing my sister’s and my mum’s to read once I’d got through mine).  You name it I read it – an eclectic mix ranging from Enid Blyton’s St Clare’s series and tonnes of other books about schools (no wonder I became a teacher) to Jane Austen’s classics to Puffin books like Charlotte’s Web to trashy novels by Danielle Steele and Jilly Cooper (I was WAY too young for these in reality but like I said I read other people’s books)…

Anyway, I digress, you see the thing about reading a book is it is a very mindful activity.  You feel the pages, the weight of the book, the texture of the front cover.  Some books (especially new ones) even have a distinctive smell.  The sound of turning the page can be very reassuring and, just as with meditation, I sometimes fall asleep with a book in my hand as the by-product of both activities can be relaxation (though I know I shouldn’t really fall asleep when meditating but sometimes it is just what my body needs).

Unlike reading blogs on the laptop when there are loads of tabs open on the browser, there’s no flitting between different books and therefore you generally fully immerse yourself in the particular text you are reading.

In fact according to this infographic (origin of data unknown)the research shows just how good reading can be for us .



So  this is the pile of books by my bedside which I am currently attempting to tackle.


I am very much looking forward to finding the time to read all of them slowly and mindfully.

Any suggestions on which one I should start with?

What are you planning to read this summer holidays?

Two Tiny Hands


Diary of an imperfect mum


The Pramshed
My Random Musings


  1. July 30, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I like the titles of “dear stranger” and “how to build a girl” I really wish I had time to read a good book but as of late I can’t seem to fit it in. I did pick up a book a couple of weeks ago, “broken” by Karen slaughter as I just love her stuff but I’ve read 3 pages in total… should probably make more time when I can for it. I totally agree with you, reading is a mindful activity and you get so lost in the story that sometimes you forget you are reading.

    Jordanne ||

    • August 1, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      I’ve nearly finished Dear Stranger – it’s really excellent – a collection of letters on happiness… really easy to pick up just for a few pages. I hope you find time for “Broken”. Thanks for commenting. x

  2. August 1, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Oh I never knew Goldie Hawn had a minfulness book, I’m a big fan of hers. The Dear Stranger one piques my interest too! #AnythingGoes

    • August 4, 2016 / 4:19 pm

      Both books are very easy to read! Thanks for commenting. x

  3. jermbarnes
    August 2, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    I’ve been making a real effort to get back to book reading this summer also. I feel like over the winter every spare moment was taken up with blogging #anythinggoes

  4. August 2, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    My reading list is ever growing, Im trying to have a book in each location I am with Bubs so that when I’m pinned under a sleeping baby post bottle I can indulge in a little read! Mist admit that I too am prone to dozing off but I put that down to new baby syndrome!!! It’s so nice to hear someone else talking about the feel, the smell, the sound and the weight of books! Can’t see me ever getting an ‘e’ book!! Thanks for sharing #ablogginggoodtime

    • August 4, 2016 / 4:21 pm

      Ooo good thinking – having books dotted around the place. No I am a Luddite when it comes to e-books too! Thanks for taking the time to comment. x

  5. August 2, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Like you I love reading a book, and I find that I never have time to read since having my little girl last year. Especially now since blogging too, which seems to take all my time when I’m at home. But it is so nice to read a book in bed after a long day, to help wind down. There are some great books here, I love reading books by Caitlin Moran – so I will definitely have a look at these. Your mentioned of St Clare’s books has bought back memories (ha ha). Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG this week. Claire x

    • August 4, 2016 / 4:23 pm

      Ah I know reading books seems to have been pushed out of late – looking forward to a blogging break on my hols and getting stuck into the books again. Maybe our own daughters will read the St Clare’s books one day! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to write a lovely comment. x

  6. August 3, 2016 / 8:34 am

    I used to spend most of my time reading..and then I had my son and time seemed to slither away! Luckily I can read very quickly so I squeeze it in often when I am having a bath..last night I read the new Harry Potter and felt 12 again..I still have all my St Clare’s and Secret Sevens in the attic in the hope my son will one day think its cool! Thank you for linking to #ablogginggoodtime xx

    • August 4, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Oooo yes I am very tempted by the new Harry Potter too. My son LOVES the Secret Seven and Famous Five series at the moment which is fun to read with him. Thanks so much for commenting. xx

  7. August 5, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I am exactly the same, since I’ve started blogging my reading has really slipped. I think I’ve only read about 5 or 6 books so far this year. My daughter and I usually have a reading challenge during each school holiday and try and beat each other. During summer hols we go for about 6 books and I am on my 3rd book already so I’m feeling very proud!!! I’ve not read any Caitlin Moran, will have to see if she is my kind of thing.


    • August 8, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Ah that’s great to do the reading challenge with your daughter – enjoy x

  8. August 6, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    Wow – there are so many mindfulness books here! That’s great to see! I like the sound of ‘How to be a woman’. You will have to post a quick review of each if you get time and let us know which ones you would recommend. Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes Janet

    • August 8, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Thanks Janet and yes a review post sounds a good plan – I’d better get reading x

  9. twotinyhands
    August 14, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I love the smell of a new book! I’m with you I’ve hardly read at all since blogging happened. I’d read frazzled first… Love ruby! Thanks for linking up to #abrandnewday

    • August 18, 2016 / 3:02 pm

      Ooo I’ve packed Frazzled for the hols…will probably review it in Sept. Thanks for commenting. X

  10. August 17, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    I haven’t read a book in over a YEAR! That is just SO sad! I need to put that back into practice again! Thanks for the reminder! #abrandnewday

    • August 18, 2016 / 3:04 pm

      No worries – hope you get some reading done this summer. Thanks for commenting. X

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