Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sophie Talks | Books

I really am a bit of a book worm. I used to be able to sit and escape into the world of a book and finish it within a few hours. I love reading, and it breaks my heart that there are kids and adults out there that can’t read.
The ability to escape the real world and dig deep into a storyline for a few hours is such a wonderful thing, and I wish that people would sit down and take time out to read more. It makes me so happy seeing people reading on my commute, because even at the start or end of a busy work day they take that time out to indulge in a book.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
I stopped reading as much when I was in my late teens, as when I was doing my A Levels and then at university I just never found the time. Now, I try and read regularly, although it’s nowhere near as quickly as I used to – I finished the 5th Harry Potter book in the space of 4 hours when it was released, but now it’d take me a few days fit  around the busyness that my life consists of.
Next Thursday is World Book Night – an annual celebration of reading and books, as well as a time to encourage those that don’t often read to do so. On a side note - I’ve actually got a box of When God Was A Rabbit to give out as part of World Book Night, so if you haven’t entered my giveaway there’s a few days left.
World Book Night is such an important day, because books really do deserve to be celebrated, and people deserve to be introduced to new books, as well as be encouraged to read. If you aren’t an avid reader, take it as a chance to pick up a book and give it a try. It doesn’t matter the length of the book, but just picking one up and reading it is an achievement.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot
Celebrate your ability to read, by reading. There are so many people out there that can’t, so by not reading and using the skill that you should feel privileged to have is such a shame. Books are such wonderful things, and they shouldn’t be taken for granted.
If you are a book lover, let me know your favourite book of all time, as I’d love to add more to my list. I’m currently reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison, and am looking forward to picking up Carrie Hope Fletchers’ debut All I Know Now when it’s released next week.
 Sophie x
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2 comments on "Sophie Talks | Books"
  1. I can't wait to read Carrie Hope Fletcher's debut book too! I have a waterstones gift card at the ready ;)
    I have a real thing for Harry Potter and they are books I can pick up over and over again. I'm currently reading Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig and it's one of the most relatable books I have ever read!

  2. I'm the same age as her, but still think it'll be a great one to read. I've pre-ordered mine on Amazon as it's half price at the moment! I love Harry Potter, and can definitely pick them up over and over again. Thanks for the suggestion - I'll have a look at that one and probably add it to my list of books to read! x