Leonard & Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession
Queen Anne. At no point did she envisage she would become Henry’s next Queen in his relentless quest for a son. Luckily for Jane she is the one that finally brings Henry his greatest desire, a prince to succeed him as king. Sadly, this comes at a cost for Henry as Jane passes away following the birth of the baby prince. For me Jane is not as likeable as I thought she would be, she feels guilty over her role in Anne’s downfall and this is almost too much, she has her hearts desire but is forever questioning and bemoaning the means of how she won the crown. I found her irritating and whiny and someone who was never really satisfied with her lot. Her family on the other hand rose greatly and their appreciation was genuine and appreciated.
Reading, what makes us pick up that book and devote hours on end to its written words? What makes us invest that time and money in to a new book? Is it the glossy cover? That certainly makes me pick up the book in the first place. The synopsis? Well that is the biggest reason for buying the book. Or, is it the overall experience of reading?
Books are magical realms, regardless of genre, that hold a new world to escape to and somewhere you can spend a pleasurable few hours. To be honest, there are many reasons why people of all ages read. Students read to gain a better understanding of their topic, some read to escape the stresses of everyday life and others read simply for pleasure. Following a recent Twitter poll 52% of voters read for pleasure and I admit, I fall into this category as well. I can think of no better way to spend a couple of hours than visiting my local bookshop to trawl the shelves looking for a new read. Whether that is a new read by an already beloved author, I love it when I find the next book that is part of a series I have been reading. Or, a new gem by an undiscovered writer which can lead to a whole new world of books.
The overall reading experience is one to be enjoyed and savoured. From the initial purchase to settling down in your favourite reading spot with a new book that holds all the promise and excitement that only a new book can give you. Reading is a pastime that can devour you. As you prepare to devote your time and invest in the lives of the characters you can quickly be sucked into a world created by the author. These feelings follow you right through the story to the very last page and the very last full stop. I have felt exhilarated, devastated and stimulated to learn more from the books I have read. Finally, when you have come to terms with all these feelings and have tried to gain a little perspective, you can do it all over again with a brand new read!!
I would love to hear about your reading experiences. Which book has had the biggest impact on you? Do you have a favourite reading spot? Do you have a ritual for when you read?
My current read.
Thanks for reading!!