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Another summer rides off into a sunset that is upon us far too quickly each evening. It is also an end to my peak reading time and I have been doing so well that the website is still catching up. Two books complete while still having fun with the family in a week in Corfu is really good going for me.
We went to the Louis Corcyra Beach hotel and payed a little extra to get a bungalow with a sea view and got one of the best rooms, a stone’s throw from the sea which was amazing and a perfect setting for reading a good book.
This got me thinking. Does the location where you read influence the enjoyment of any book? I mean it shouldn’t really as when I am engrossed the whole world disappears. People can talk to me and I won’t hear them or even know that they are next to me. But I think it does. Books are about ambiance and feeling, a creation of the mind where like meditation you can just ‘be’. This might be why I need books rather than a Kindle. The paper connects in an earthy way that the screen can not.
I have come to realise that a beautiful sea view and the sound of the surf is my perfect place and on this years holiday I allowed myself to dream about having a little house, a sanctuary by the sea where I could read happy whenever I wished. It will probably never happen even if I think about it A LOT, unless you believe “The Secret” that is. A book that is still selling enough to stay in Amazon’s Top 100 much to my dismay.
Other places I enjoy reading:
I am also going to try and see if I can get some other opinions on this and so will tweet a few of the authors I follow and see if they respond. Is this a good idea? Not sure but it would be great to get a reply or two.
Over the summer I also read “The Soundtrack to My Life” which Dermot O’Leary uses the memorable songs as a way of introducing episodes of his life. I really liked the idea of this especially as made the difference between the songs you really love and often the ones you don’t which are the true reminders. For me a case in point is Whigfield’s 1995 hit “Saturday Night” which I really dislike but takes me straight back to being in Majorca that year.
When I first started properly reading in my teens I used to read to listen to music at the same time so that some books even had their own soundtrack. The most memorable is Teardrops by Womack and Womack which was on Now 32 and reminds me of surviving nuclear holocaust in Domain by James Herbert. I don’t mix books and music anymore but maybe I should try and see if it makes both the book and the song more enjoyable both while reading and when remembering. Watch this space.
Finally here are a few books I am looking forward to hopefully reading in the next few months:
I am 43 and lucky to have a fantastic wife and 3 kids who give my life purpose and make it fun too. To pay the bills I am a Software Consultant and have been for the past (mostly enjoyable) 18 years.