You're Never Alone With a Book

Reading is often called a ‘solitary’ activity.

Fair enough, it’s something you do on your own, without needing the company of others –

(sometimes, to avoid the company of others).

You are never alone with a good book, though. Many happy hours of my life have been spent with my nose in a book, enjoying the company of its characters.

When I am in to a good book, I feel like I get to know its characters. Just like in real life, I have my favourites, and those I don’t like so much. Just like in real life, I root for my favourite people.

There have been times I have missed characters and the world they are set in when I have finished the book, so engrossed have I been in it.

Some books are addictive page-turners. Just one more chapter…

There have been times when I have sacrificed sleep in order to find out what happens next.

Books can transport you to different time zones, different places, different countries, different planets, different universes simply by turning a page.

Books can educate. Not just textbooks, or non-fiction: fiction can inform, too. If I read a book that is based on fact or real events, however tenuous the link, I like to look things up, read around the subject to find out more.

Outside on a bright day, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin as you turn the pages.

Tucked up under a blanket on a chilly day,

Books can help you fill the time, to entertain

In the waiting room, on the bus, or on the train.

In public ignoring the strange looks when made to laugh out loud, or moved to tears.

Reading a book beats making small talk with strangers, though.

The book is good company.

Even in solitude

You are never alone with a good book.

 

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Linking up with Mum Turned Mom – prompt word ‘solitary’.

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9 Comments on You're Never Alone With a Book

  1. So
    April 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m Japanese and I’m learning English so your posts are always good for learning it
    Especially I can’t help but comment this article
    Because It’s really empathetic for me : )
    and your writing are simply amazing

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  2. Bec Cowley
    February 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Leigh, I couldn’t agree more! I do love a good book, I have often lost track of time and ended up with near sleepless nights just to see what happened next. I’ll just finish this chapter 🙂

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    • Leigh Kendall
      February 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Totally, it’s can be an addiction when you’re really in to a book! xxx

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  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    February 16, 2015 at 6:07 pm (4 years ago)

    I couldn’t agree more! I get completely lost in books, wrapped up in the world and the characters, I don’t want a good book to end and there have been some books that I could have happily kept reading forever, if only they were endless! Having just read your comment above, I hope that you find your way back into books xx Thanks so much for sharing with #ThePrompt x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      February 17, 2015 at 9:30 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sara, me too. I do miss getting lost in a good book. I know what you mean about wanting some books to last forever, I was enjoying them so much xxx

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  4. Gill Phillips - Whose Shoes?
    February 12, 2015 at 11:50 am (4 years ago)

    Just been reading your blog with Mum who is an avid reader. We couldn’t agree more! What will be do without books? Mum says she now finds it hard to find good books – The library never has any new books, she says!

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    • Leigh Kendall
      February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Gill! I’ve always loved reading, but since Hugo I’ve found it difficult to get into. Concentration is one issue, as is finding triggers everywhere…I’m hoping this reminds me how much I enjoy reading, and I can get back into it in time. I’m sorry your Mum finds it hard to get good new books – can her local library order in new ones for her? xxx

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  5. augustmacgregor
    February 12, 2015 at 9:41 am (4 years ago)

    You described the wonderful feelings of reading so very well. To get wrapped up in a story and support the characters … a wonderful way to spend time 🙂

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    • Leigh Kendall
      February 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much! I’m pleased you enjoyed the post xxx

      Reply

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