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My word of the week is reading.
I have always loved reading since I was very young, I got this gene from my Dad, I remember him reading book after book after book and when I was little I would fly through books too and I really loved it, I would read for hours on end. Fast forward a few years and sadly working, being a Mum etc etc just doesn't allow me as much time to read as I would like.
For Christmas my hubby treated me to a fab new Kindle (the Paperwhite) as I was constantly moaning that the previous one I had was difficult to read at night as it had no light and the other, the Kindle Fire wasn't great for reading on. I was over the moon to receive a new one and couldn't wait to start reading on it, it's a perfect size and so easy to read on and hold.
Since Christmas it has definitely reignited my love for reading and I am making sure that I'm reading before bed even if just for 10 minutes. Although I feel you can't ever replace the feel and smell of an actual book, there is just something special about being able to read a proper book, but what I do love about the Kindle is you can head to the Kindle store, purchase a book and it's delivered immediately, meaning no waiting around if you want something new to read. Oh how I love technology.
One of the other great things that I love about my Kindle is when going away on holiday I no longer need to carry 6-8 books with me (which I used to!) and worry that I'll run out of things to read!
In the last few weeks here are list of the books that I have managed to read, I warn you now my reading list is very eclectic, I read a huge variety of different genre's.
Flowers in the Attic by Vic Andrews - After watching the TV series a while back I knew I wanted to give the series a read, my Mum had read then when she was younger and recommended them, it was a good read. Quite dark and disturbing but gripping never the less.
Assassin by Shaun Hutson - My Dad introduced me to Shaun Hutson a few years ago. The King of Gore, Shaun Hutson books are not for the faint hearted! Twisted, fast paced and super gory they are an acquired taste but I quite like them as something a little different!
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan - I'm a huge fan of Jenny Colgan, it's proper chick lit and I've read all of her books so I had this one on pre-order since last year, meaning as soon as it was released it was delivered to my Kindle! Sweet and fluffy literature, just pure escapism and I love it.
Mud, Sweat, Tears - Bear Grylls - I like to read a factual book once in a while and I'm fascinated by Bear Grylls and his expeditions at the minute so I enjoyed reading this one a little while a go.
The Travelling Teashop - Belinda Edwards - Another piece of chick lit, I'm still reading this one it's not engaged me as much as I thought it would unfortunately but I'll plod on with it because I hate not finishing books.
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - After much hype surrounding this book I had to give it a go, I'm about 1/4 of the way into it and so far it's really gripping me, I'm very intrigued by the story and interested to see what happens.
As you can see my reading taste is very diverse, I have many more books on my Kindle at the moment varying from chick lit to psychological thrillers amongst many more. I love that about reading, just how you can become engrossed in a book and shut off the world for a few minutes. It's definitely my escapism.
I am so pleased that I've reconnected again with my reading, it made me quite sad in a way when I wasn't reading as much, it's obviously difficult to focus as much as I used to but making myself read before bed is just something that I really enjoy.
Are you a reader? What do you enjoy reading, any recommendations?