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Where has the time gone??

Hi everyone,

Where on earth has the time gone? I figured I would take a couple of weeks off to catch up on some more reading for my review section and next thing I know, we're half past August!

"So what have you been doing?" I can hear you ask. Well, the good news is, I have been doing some reading, catching up on new releases from my favourite Authors and making pleantly of notes that I just need to add to the review section on here.

I found some books by an Author I haven't read before, just  by chance, and I swear, I read the four I had in paperback and 2 I had on my tablet in the space of 10 days straight. My nose still has traces of the print on it from where I was so far into my books, I was having to drag myself out by my hair!

I've also caught up on another hobby of mine, my loom knitting. I make hats for wintertime and I recently added a pompom maker to my knitting bag so I can make some fun additions to my hats.

Now though is writing tome for me, I'm enjoying a week away from my day job so I can relax a little and unwind and get back to doing what I do best. Reading more books and writing some more on my drafts as well.

One thing that hasn't really changed for me over the last few weeks is my eternal love for al things books. Yes, I have ventured onto the google play store and added books to my tablet, but I have only done so as the Authors aren't in print, only in E-books. Does this mean that I have changed my views on E-books and readers? No absolutley not.

Books to me are something that you hold in your hand, a physical item that you can feel and even smell. (anyone that knows me, knows i love the smell of books, especially older books). You just don't get the same experience with a tablet or reader device. You don't get to appreciate the smell of the books, the feel of the paper (which differs from book to book), to feel the weight of the book in your hands, or even the joy of turning the page of a book you just can't put down. Even though I like the books I have on my tablet, I just don't get the same feeling inside of joy that I get from an actual book.

My woory is that we as a nation are losing the ability to read anything that doesn't involve a screen. You've either got you eyes glued to your latest mobile phone, or even a tablet, laptop or reader, constantly staring at the pixels until your eyes all go square. Does this satisfy you? Is that really what you want to spend the rest of your time doing? You go to work in an office, staring at a PC all day, travel home staring at your phone or tablet and then spend your evenings doing the same thing.

Not me. I might read the odd book on the tablet, and I might work in an office and use a laptop in some of my spare time, but I'm not letting technology take over who I am. Children growing up now just don't appreciate the great books sitting out there in Libraries and book stores and charity shops because they don't know how to read print on paper anymore. We're driving the youger generations to use technology more and more, and this is a real shame and a real sadness if we continue to allow this to happen.

Ask yourself, when was the last time you actually sat and read a proper hardback/paperback book?? If you can't answer that without having to think about it, you're in trouble. If you're going to do anything tonight (after reading this of course), try this; turn off the TV, put down the mobile phones and tablets, switch off the PC's. Now pick up that book on the bedside table that you've promised your Mum/Dad/Aunty Mabel that you were going to read and just sit quietly in your fave armchair, sofa, even on your bed and just read for an hour. Just an hour. Doesn't sound like a lot does it? You'll be amazed how far you can travel in that hour, reading a good book with nothing else to distract you.

Try it tonight and let me know how you get on.

As always, stay safe and keep reading!

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