**** Thoughtful Thursday ****


So, What Are You Reading?


“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book”

                                                                                                                JK Rowling.


That feeling of opening a newly bought book brings with it something special. The sound of the spine being fully extended for the first time and that smell of new pages is really one of life’s simple pleasures for me.

Or the overwhelming intrigue I feel when I see someone else’s book collection always stops me in my path. That quick scan of their bookcase to find familiar titles or perhaps something new that will peak my interest. Their bookshelf also gives me a glimpse into who they are, what drives them and what are their values.

Reading is one of those rare pleasures where we can switch off from the world and bring our minds on whatever journey we feel like. In our fast paced, instant gratification lives, rarely do we stop or slow down and enjoy the tranquillity a book can bring us.

Phones, TV’S and IPads all compete for our attention, when quite often our brains could do with less stimulation and more imagination.

I have happy memories of sitting on my parent’s bed and being lost in a story. The turning of the pages, the smell from the old book, the closing of the cover to signify the end, are all little details that can’t be replicated by a Kindle or an IPad. Call me old fashioned (my wife Natasha does!) but you just can’t beat a good book.

It’s also a wonderful gift we can give our children. It’s a gift that involves our time, our attention, their imagination and a safe haven our kids deserve.

With our demanding lives, busy schedules and more stress than we should burden ourselves with, I think we need more opportunities to unwind.

Too often we get caught up in the latest exercise we should do. Or the latest diet to follow without stopping to consider what we are feeding our minds.

Stephen King is quoted saying

                “Books are a uniquely portable magic” and I think we can all use a little more magic in our lives.

So, what are you reading? I always love new suggestions. So add your favourites below and give me an insight into your bookshelf!