A maritime city, the third biggest city in England after London, Liverpool is famous for art (having more art galleries and museums than anywhere outside of London), architecture, music and football. It also happens to be the place where I spent my formative years.
Christmas was never complete without books. I fondly remember the excitement I had as a child (and maybe not quite so young) opening the wrapped books and the anticipation of diving into the new world.
Despite the cold and damp, there is a lot to be said for winter.
October sees the start of the reading season. Gone are the light reads of summer, where we sit on the beach with a mojito or sangria and try to hold onto the plot. October is serious reading now. For the wonderful, fiery and bright month that is October, five books I managed to find with October in the title.
This time of year has always been a bit tense. It is the time of new beginnings - the start of the new school term.
It's a dreadful feeling when you leave something behind in an hotel or on a train. Small things like books are common items found on transport, along with shoes, smartphones, satnavs, toiletries, laptops, bags, light sabres and prosthetic limbs.
Storytelling, it seems, has come full circle.
Nothing beats having your views backed by science. As if we need science to prove that reading is good for you, but it's better to put it black and white, so to speak. And if your brain needs reading for health reasons those excuses of avoiding crowds kind of pales in significance.