August 9 is officially Book Lovers Day! In honour of this great excuse to pick up a book and read, some of my writerly friends and I are having fun by sharing all the ways we adore reading. Please join me and the other awesome bloggers (and readers) at the end of this post who also share their libre love. Why not help spread the love a little further by sharing, commenting or adding a link to your own book loving blog below when you’ve finished reading. This is my first time hopping on board a blog hop, I’m excited to join these awesome fellow authors and looking forward to sharing the love of books.
Seven Signs You Are A Bookaholic!
1. Every room in your house has a bookcase overflowing with books. It would break your heart to throw even one book away. I love reading books, but I have to own and keep every one that I read. Each book becomes a treasure. It is part of a time capsule that represents that time of my life when I read and loved it. They are always on hand ready to be re-read, revisiting precious childhood memories, both mine and my children’s. Books share a special part in our lives, a time of coming together and sharing laughter, tears, mystery, intrigue, fantasy and learning of so many fascinating subjects. Books overflow every shelf, in every corner of our house. I have books from my childhood to present day. Including all the series of books I read with my sons. “Harry Potter” will always have a special place on my shelves as will the “Chronicles of Narnia.”
2. You can’t walk passed a book shop without venturing in, only to exit with an armful of books in anticipation of reading.
Whether I am in my home town or away on holidays somewhere, if I pass by a book store, I find the temptation is too great. I just have to go in and browse. That’s what I tell my family anyway, “I’ll just have a quick look!” Yeah right! An hour or so later I emerge, arms full of books I couldn’t resist. Books of interest, books I always wanted to read, books that might come in handy one day, books to read aloud to young ones. The list and excuses are as huge as the pile of books I carry. I found “Kakadu Sunset,” by Annie Seaton in a little book store I wandered passed in the sleepy coastal town of Kiama. We were driving the long way home, down the coast road from Sydney to Bateman’s Bay then up across the mountain home to Canberra. We just stopped for coffee and a bite for lunch when I spotted the bookshop. Coffee and lunch had to wait! I had found a new book store to explore. I had wanted to read “Kakadu Sunset” since reading a few online reviews, the book resonated with me after living in Darwin for the last couple of years. It didn’t disappoint, the imagery of the spectacular scenery took me back and the story of mining in a protected wilderness area along with a hint of romance intrigued and delighted me.
3. You are up half the night reading “just one more chapter!”
Do you ever wake up in the morning bleary eyed from lack of sleep due to a good book? You find the book still in your lap where it landed when you finally fell asleep. The reading light is still on even though you promised to turn it out after finishing the end of just that one last chapter! I know my husband gets quite frustrated with me for this habit. To me, there is no greater book than one with fantastic cliff hangers that beg you to continue to turn the page. Mystery immerses me into the story every time. I have to try to solve the problem before the main character. A good book is one that keeps me guessing all the way to the very last page. A tale I love to tell is about a book we read to our boys while on holidays one year. Each night we would gather in bed together to read a chapter or two. “Indian in the Cupboard” by Lynne Reid Banks was “unputdownable.” The boys would fall asleep, but we had to read on. It was the same with every book in the “Harry Potter” series. Everyone else in the family would fall asleep, but I kept on reading, glued to every page until I too, would eventually fall asleep with the book still in my hands.
4. You should be cooking dinner for the family but you are busy reading instead.
Whether it’s cooking a meal for the family, feeding just yourself or doing any type of housework, a good book will always take precedence. My mum says she can’t understand how the house cleaning gene didn’t seem to get passed on to me, but there are always so many better things to do in life, in particular reading! I love to curl up with a hot cup of tea in front of the fire to read another chapter. Hours later, I’m still there, lost in the adventure, mystery, or romance. My family will ask me “what’s for dinner mum?” My reply will often be, “I don’t know, I haven’t thought about it yet, I’m reading.”
5. You seek knowledge and thrive on exploring new places and ideas.
Books are a fantastic way of expanding your knowledge base and imagination. When you immerse yourself in a book, the pictures develop in your mind. You become more creative and inventive. Books are the buildings blocks of knowledge. You can discover amazing worlds both real and fantasy. My husband is always reading too, but where I like to read many different fiction genres, he enjoys technical books. Things where he can learn about an interest, hobby or expand an understanding of the world around us. He can be reading late into the night beside me, engrossed in something new and fascinating he has to learn. We have planned many holidays around the research he has done of places we find interesting. From haunted castles to climbing rocky peaks and swimming under waterfalls, we have found them all while reading late into the night.
6. You get emotionally involved with your book’s characters.
Have you ever had tears running down your face while reading about favourite characters? Felt their joy and their pain? Laughed with them during their greatest achievements and silliest moments or felt despair when they can’t solve a problem? Maybe even shock when a twist reveals a plot arc you didn’t see coming! “Big Little Lies,” by Liane Moriarty did this to me. A wonderful mystery murder set in the Sydney suburbs, This book had me hooked trying to guess “who dunnit?” I couldn’t believe it when I reached the climax and inevitable conclusion.
7. You feel a little lost if you are not reading a good book.
Ever felt like you don’t know what to do with yourself when you finish a book you have really enjoyed? You have embraced the characters so much that you relish the time you spend in their world. It took a few years to read the entire “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon. I found it hard to pick up a new book and introduce myself to new characters. For a few months after completing the series I read autobiographies instead as I couldn’t bring myself to replace Clare and Jamie Fraser. No other author could give me characters, a setting and historical romance quite as satisfying.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have I convinced you that you too are a bookaholic? What is it that you love most about books?
For more book love, please visit these awesome book lovin’ bloggers next. These blogs will be linked from 5 August 16.
David Chuka – Children’s Book Author
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