Kindle v real book!

So, I’m a book lover, I love books, I like the feel of them, the art on the cover, the smell, I love having them in my house and seeing them in other people’s houses, I love a shelfie on Instagram. I’ve been lucky enough to come into contact with hugely rare and antique books through my work and love holding something that is hundreds of years old and has been handled by unknown people (sometimes not so unknown when dealing with books who belonged to famous people!) with untold stories.

However, for my day to day reading needs I love my kindle… I resisted getting one for years as my love for real books was so strong. When my daughter was born my reading went down to almost nothing for about a year. I didn’t have the time, or headspace for it – bed was always my place for reading and when my daughter was tiny sleep was the most important thing to do in bed!

As she got bigger and better at sleeping I started reading again, books at first, but I got a kindle fire for a Christmas present and started using it to read books. It was a revolution in the way I read. I could read one handed in bed, even no handed when I used the case as a stand! It was easier to find books, and I read some things I don’t think I would have if I’d not had a kindle i.e. older books that are harder to find such as Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham and the Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield (both great books btw!) The kindle fire is not a great way to read though, the experience of reading isn’t as easy on the eye as with a real book, and it’s quite heavy if you are reading without the case, also you can’t use it outside as the light reflects off the screen. So for a holiday in 2015 I decided to treat myself to a kindle paperwhite, I fell in love straight away! The reading experience is as good as a real book, you can read outside easily, the battery lasts for ages, it’s light, it’s backlit so you can read in bed without needing the light on. I really like it!

At the moment I’m reading a proper novel, and I’m enjoying the physical feeling of the book in my hand. But it’s made me realise how convenient the kindle is, I need to have the lamp on whilst reading in bed, I have to use both hands to hold the book so it’s not as comfy reading in bed, and if I fall asleep whilst reading I lose my page. Plus I didn’t realise how often I use the inbuilt extras like the dictionary, link through to wikipedia and x-ray when reading. I keep going to touch a word on the page to find out more and remembering this is not possible – I need to do my own research! So maybe the kindle is making me lazy, but there is no doubt that it has changed the way I read forever!

My Christmas Reading

As I said in my earlier Advent reading post I have read Christmassy books in the run up to Christmas since I was a child. First it was Nan Goodall’s Donkey’s Glory (which I read every year!), then I moved onto A Christmas Carol, and in recent years I’ve been reading the sort of Christmas novels you see on the front table of bookshops at this time of year, the covers full of snowy scenes, and beautifully wrapped presents being held by impossibly thin, pretty women in heels standing in a snowy scene, Christmas trees, mistletoe wreaths with handsome men and beautiful women kissing underneath… You know the ones I mean! I’m a sucker for them, I love the will they won’t they love story, the preparations for Christmas, I especially love it if they are about food and have recipes in too. I devour them and often read 2 or 3 in two weeks. Last year I made excellent choices in my Christmas reading with: Bella’s Christmas Bake Off by Sue Watson which had it all, food, friendship, will they won’t they love story, and all topped off with heartwarming helping of homeless people. I loved it so much! I also read Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews which was about a women who organised Christmas for people who were too busy, lots of preparations, a love triangle, a trip to Lapland – it was amazing! I hope I can find something to live up to these novels this year!

I am going to read Matt Haig’s 2 children’s Christmas books (A Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas) before I choose some adult ones, so will have a lovely Christmassy time! Just have to finish my Angela Carter first…

Advent reading!

I have a Christmas tradition that I had since I was a child. I love reading Christmassy books in the run up to Christmas. I still do it now, and I’ve passed the tradition on to my daughter. When she was smaller we would read her a Christmas/winter themed picture book each night during advent bedtimes. Now she’s older we read Christmassy chapter books, like this Enid Blyton one (beautifully old fashioned!) and we also have the much more modern A boy named Christmas on our list. I’ve heard of some people wrapping up 24 Christmas books to be opened on each night of advent. I love this idea, but never got round to actually doing it! 

I will share my fave adult Christmas reads in another post soon, so please watch this space! 

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Reading after having a baby

If you’re anything like me it took you a while to get back to reading after having your babies. When I was pregnant I read everything about pregnancy and birth. Then all the baby books and decided how I’d look after the baby, when it would nap, how I would feed it etc etc. I also thought that whilst on maternity leave I’d be able to catch up on my reading… The Complete works of Shakespeare, Dicken’s back catalogue, you know, the classics. Obviously that all went out the window once the baby was born and I didn’t have a millisecond to do any of those things – apart from try and keep the baby alive!

I finally got back into reading again (thanks to the amazing Ideas Store in Roman Road – libraries will be another post) when my baby was around 1. The first book I read was Room by Emma Donoghue. Maybe not the best choice for a women with a baby, but it touched me to the core. I still think about it now 6 years later. I remember how great it felt that I’d been able to get through a novel at last, and how happy I was that I’d got my reading mojo back!

First blog post

Hello! This is a blog for people who love reading and all things book. For adult (not adult fiction, it’s not that sort of blog!) and for children’s fiction I have a 7 year old who loves to read, so I’m always looking for great books for her to read. I thought I’d start this blog to talk about what I’m reading, what I’ve read, and also what she’s reading and what she has loved! Hopefully providing inspiration for you and your children along the way! Tell your friends. I’m also on instragram @thebookishmother so please follow me there too!