I have always been an avid reader, way back to the days of toddling along to our little local library and taking out more books than I could possible ever read/carry, I’ve been hooked. In January 2011, with an embarrassingly startled blog post, Literary Relish was born. With my head on the block and my thoughts and opinions out in the open, I have never looked back. I have gained much more than ever could have dreamed by joining this wonderful community, spreading my literary wings, improving my mind and making many good online friends. So this, peeps, is why I love blogging and reading, courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish.
1. The friends I’ve made – Aw. How sweet. As well as making heaps of lovely, supportive online friends, this blog has given birth to heaps of exciting projects, the most exciting of all being the Manchester Book Club, which I began with the simply fabulous Simon Savidge back in 2012.
2. The books I’ve read – I could never have known, before I started reading and writing book blogs, how limited my reading really was. Now I’m on some kind of radar I have broadened my horizons and discovered so much more than I would have done otherwise.
3. Venting my spleen – there’s nothing like sharing your thoughts with someone. Especially about all things bookish.
4. Writing – I’m not a writer, never will be and don’t claim to be anything special however, sometimes, when the time/place/mood is right and the review is going well, all is marvellous with the world.
5. Other publications – this year my little blog has given me the opportunity and inspiration to vent my spleen elsewhere. A massive learning curve.
1. Escapism – why else would I read? I love my life, my job, my friends BUT, once in a while, a girl just needs to escape to different worlds, meet different people and boy do I love it.
2. To learn – even reading mostly literary fiction, which has always been my bag, you inadvertently learn so much. History, philosophy…..oo, I can feel myself getting cleverererer by the minute.
3. To relax – some find this odd but, apart from reading on my daily commute to/from the office, the special part of the day I save for myself and my books is in bed at night before I go to sleep. Some say it wakes you up, I personally find no better way to relax.
4. Because books look spanking on my shelves and make me feel like Belle out of Beauty and the Beast
5. An excellent excuse to ignore irritating people – need I say more?