Let’s talk about libraries, I love libraries. I got this book out as an ebook from the library and it was a lot of fun and I loved it. •
When I was younger, I was an avid reader and member of my local library - I read a huge range of stuff and didn’t have to buy any of it! And then, as happens to a lot of people, I hit secondary school and university, and it all just sort of fell away and I just stopped reading. I didn’t have time to go to the library (unless it was the university library where I probably spent far too much time), I felt like there were certain books I had to be reading, and that reading anything else was an inefficient use of time, and I just fell out of love with reading. And so I finished university and I was suddenly faced with a world of possibilities and no idea where to start, and slowly by just picking up what sounded interesting, I started to enjoy it again. Then at the beginning of this year, I hit a rough patch and was suddenly left with a lot of time to fill, so I joined my library and I started to read again, a lot. I set myself a challenge at the start of the year to read 40 books, I managed 50 last year but didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. It’s half way through October and I’ve read more than 70 so far and that is, in a large part, thanks to libraries. •
I take more risks with what I’m reading now and I pick more things up on a whim because I can, and if I don’t like it then the ebook goes back or I take the return the book to the library, and that’s it? And I’ve found so many things that I would never have tried before this way! I’ve never been a big ebook reader but now I read on my phone on the way to work, and on my iPad in bed because there’s a whole world of possibilities tucked away in an app on my phone and many of the books are brand new. I read more, and I read more quickly, and borrowing books from the library helps to support authors (sometimes more than buying the book itself). I still buy books, I buy a lot of books and I sometimes buy books I borrowed from the library if I like them, but libraries are amazing and too many of us stop using them as adults. They are wonderful, go and support yours.