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.
Simple escapism? Deep and complex?
In some of my reviews I say that a book would make a great holiday read. In this instance I mean something suitable for reading at the beach or poolside. To me, it is quite clear what the perfect summer book is. Light.
"I simply cannot read that many books. How do you do it?" Easy.
Reading is a personal pastime and many of us indulge in less than perfect situations. We grab a bit of reading time when we're on the train, waiting for meetings to start, coffee to arrive at Costa, before bed and we all want to read more...but, given the opportunity, how would we create the perfect reading space?.
Dressing up, getting drunk, shooting arrows, hawking and playing games. I love my job.