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.
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?