I LOVE books, me.
Ma hoose is covered in them, and more arrive weekly from yon Amazon.
Of course, I never read any of them. Well, that's a lie, but I don't read as much as I did in my youth. In my youth, I could remain seated for hours.
Now, I get restless when reading, as if I ought to be doing something else, like fighting for world peace or stacking the dishwasher.
I suppose as you get older, there are always chores to do. But I don't think that's all that's stopping us from sitting doon for a good read.
It's the fact that we've already spent hours sitting doon, staring at a computer screen. You're hardly going to come away from that and say: "I think I'll sit doon somewhere else and read a book for a few hours now."
Well, this news just in: you should. I speak thus after realising recently that the only time I read books was just before I dropped off to sleep, ie one to two pages a night.
That's when everybody reads books now: bedtime. And, usually, we've sat up so late in front of the telly or computer screen, that we doze off seconds after pulling the duvet up to our chins.
The public libraries in Embra used to have a good slogan: "Make time for reading."
And that's what you have to do now. You've got to factor it in.
Come away from the computer, grab a book and sit in a comfy chair. Even grab your Kindle, if you're that way inclined.
But spend a bit longer with a book. Put in a shift. I've been doing it, and it's much more rewarding — particularly with fiction — than grabbing a couple of pages here and there.
Here and there endeth the lesson.
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