It’s World Book Day today and I realise that I have not read a book, fact or fiction, for an age.
I spend most of my time looking at a screen of sorts, tv, phone and computer. I used to read avidly and hugely enjoyed it. Books have made me laugh out loud (that always makes you look like a bit of a loony) and books have made me sob and I realise that I miss it.
Last night I lectured a friends child to read The Hunger Games before she saw the film as I always feel that you are ‘cheating’ by seeing the film first. In the back of my head I knew that, despite my daughter telling me I would love it, I saw Twilight before I read it. After seeing it I devoured the Twilight series sitting at my kitchen table reading during the day! I realise that I am missing the feeling of being so immersed in a book that I couldn’t put it down and that makes me a little sad.
I remember very clearly the first time I had that feeling reading The Thornbirds. Having remembered that I realise there is a theme to these books, I love a tragic love story. My all time favourite is Pride and Prejudice and I have read it several times and I think it deserves a re-visit soon.
Today I have bought ‘Sane New World‘ by Ruby Wax. She has been on tv (a screen) advertising her book in paperback over the past few days and at my ripe old age her analysis of where our heads are in this modern world really appeals to me and I have always liked her tv shows and comedy and so I thought ‘ok I’m reading that today’.
I’ll let you know what I think about it but this is what Stephen Fry said:
Ruby Wax has an extraordinary mind, and she has brought it to bear with trademark wit and searing honesty on the subject of that mind, and the minds of all us. Very few will be able to read this wonderful contribution to the literature of mental health without recognising some part of themselves, and certainly of someone they know. A ruby beyond price. (Stephen Fry)
I’ve read both of Stephen’s autobiographies and am generally of the belief that if he says it’s good it is good.
I will watch The Only Way is Essex afterwards to make sure I balance the universe.
It’s World Book Day, go and turn a page or two.