I have just finished a REALLY good book (The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain) and I feel like I have got the reading bug back. In years gone by I have become a holiday only reader, as I seldom find the time to read once I am back in the land of ‘working mum life’. The books sit on my bedside table, winking at me and I stare back at them with guilt and a million excuses in my head. But reading is a discipline like anything else and I must make time. After all, reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. Switching off the screen and picking up book is really important and I read this great piece recently which really hit home.
One of the things that I have struggled with this holiday is seeing how much time my children would choose to spend on their screens, if they weren’t policed. I have had to force the eldest to read a book (she has read ONE) and seem to spend much of my time nagging them to put their screens away. I have had to enforce a ‘HAND-YOUR-SCREENS-OVER-TIME’ at night, (in caps because I am usually shouting this command) and I will be attempting to continue this once we get home. It’s the only way to get them to read books. And if I don’t do it, how can I expect them to?!
It helps, of course, to have a really great book, so I asked you lovely lot for some recommendations today. I thought I would list them here for my own quick reference and for anyone that might be looking for a recommended read.
I will add to this list as and when more recommendations come through. But for now, its not a bad list to work my way through! Wish me luck…
* post update. I gave up on the book I was reading in the cover pic. I have decided life’s too short to struggle through a book. *