If you hadn’t already heard, I’m back on the reading game. Apart from devouring books on holiday, I’d literally forgotten how much joy reading can bring you. I’d swapped books for a phone screen. After a few years of this, I’ve finally found balance again. I’m reading before I go to sleep, instead of watching YouTube videos or scrolling Instagram.
I’ve started spending more money on books. It is something I begrudged doing for a while, I’m not really sure why. I’d merrily head to Pret and spend £8 on lunch, so why did spending the same on a new novel feel far too much?
Now I’ll happily spend the money on a new book instead – it’s a reason to prepare my lunch at home instead of eating whilst I’m out! I find myself spending my lunch hour in Waterstones, browsing the new fiction books or flicking through the self-help books. Motivational books are my favourite. More on my favourite ones in an upcoming blog post.
I’d love anyone reading to buy a book this week. Whether that is brand new from the bookshop, borrowed from the library or picked up for fifty pence in a charity shop. Spend time reading it, enjoying the feeling of studying paper, rather than a phone screen. Finish the book and decide if it was money well spent. I hope you’ll say yes. Even if you didn’t love the story, you still got to fall into the plot and make your own decision on it.
The book I am currently reading before I sleep is ‘The Endless Beach’ by Jenny Coleman, a story based on the Sottish Island, Mure and the people who live there. I’m half way through and loving it. My current wellness read is ‘Thirlby’ by Almila Kaking-Dodd. It is beautiful field guide to mind, body and soul. I already have a shopping list to head to Holland and Barrett with, I’m thoroughly enjoying reading every page. It cost around £20 and I don’t regret spending that money at all – I truly love the book and have taken lots from it, so it is completely worth it.
Think of buying books as investing in your mind and health. Even if it takes you a couple of months to read it, that is still a lot less time spent looking at your phone or the TV screen.
Do you buy books regularly?