I love books. I always have. As a child, my books were one of my prized possessions. I once leant my friend my pristine and treasured Anne of Green Gables collection. Only for them to be returned dog-eared, torn and covered in tea stains. I was heartbroken.
Snuggling down for an early night with a good book and a cup of tea is high up on my happy list. Life is always better when I’m lost in literature.
I used to read over 50 books a year. And holidays abroad were focused on lying on a sun lounger and reading a book. Mr H and I would have competitions to see who could read the most books during our holiday. And I’m proud to say that I would always read more than him.
But then something changed.
We had children!
And although my love for books remained, it was impossible to find the time to read. Also, when Little Miss H was a baby I started to read blogs. Blogs were perfect to dip in and out of during night feeds and all the hours I expressed. But I missed reading proper books. I missed losing myself in a narrative. I missed falling for amazing characters and being swept up in the emotions of their lives.
Yet, being a stay-at-home-mum meant that I never seemed to find the time to read. But this year things seemed to have changed. Little Miss H is now at school and Little Mister H is no longer the helpless baby that needs his Mummy 24/7. So this year I’ve made a promise to myself. I want 2018 to be the year I rediscover my love for books.
I’ve set myself a goal to read 12 books this year. That is 10 more than I read in 2017. It’s going to be a challenge. And I’ll need help along the way to complete this goal.
Introducing a new Facebook book club
Bookish Mamas – For Mamas who love to read
In the past, I’ve been in and run book clubs. And it is something that I’ve loved. Being in a book club gives you a reason to read. You need to read a book in a certain timeframe so that you can participate in a discussion (this is particularly necessary if you run the book club and are leading the discussion). So I decided to start a book club that I could run on Facebook.
Then I started chatting to the lovely Naomi from The Organised Life Project and the fabulous Jess from Catch a Single Thought. They were also thinking of running a book club that would run alongside their blogs. After chatting, we decided to collaborate and Bookish Mamas was born.
If you’re looking for a book club or if you want to rediscover a love for books then please do come and join us. The group is lovely and everyone is really engaged. And the passion for reading is contagious.
January’s book is The Power by Naomi Alderman. It’s a fascinating book and although I’ve only read 100 pages I’m hooked. We’ll be discussing this book in a couple of weeks and then we’ll have a brand new book to read in February. I’ll also be writing a little review of The Power towards the end of the month. So make sure you come back to read that.
In the meantime, Jess, Naomi and I hope to see you over at Bookish Mamas. And if you do join then please remember to say hello and introduce yourself.
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