Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well!
It’s my first post of 2019 – I cannot believe I’m saying that. 2018 literally went by in a flash.
If you hadn’t noticed (pretty hard not to as I’ve been plugging it non stop on Instagram), I’ve set up an Instagram page purely for books, called @BrightonGirlReads. It’s the beginning of lots of book related things I’ve got planned this upcoming year, but it’s also the backbone to it all.
I have loved books since I popped out the womb, and much preferred staying indoors (sitting in my wardrobe with a torch to be precise), than going and playing in the park with the other kids. I spent many of my weekends in the library, always utilising to the maximum the full 8 book withdrawal limit. Christmas and birthdays meant a wishlist of about 100 books, or a WH Smith’s voucher. Throughout all this, I was always a bit ashamed of my love for books.
It wasn’t necessarily seen as ‘cool’, not that I’ve ever had any inclination to be cool. I actually received a message from a girl the other day saying that she’s really glad I’ve been openly sharing my love for reading, as she was always a bit embarrassed and thought it deemed her ‘uncool’ to be a book lover.
I think we’ve all come a long way from school days where the words ‘nerd’ and ‘geek’ and ‘swot’ were thrown around if you had your head in a book, but I find there is still a lot of people who are nervous to get their book out in a cafe or on a train, myself included, because of what others may think. No one bats an eyelid when someone sits on their phone for an our journey, but if someone was to read a book, I find it can sometimes attract a lot more attention. I have found myself trying to hide the front cover, worried that people might judge me if my reading tastes don’t match theirs.
In 2019, I want to work on getting people unapologetically reading whatever they want to read, and being proud of it. Not only is reading brilliant for expanding your vocabulary and for learning about a huge variety of topics, but it’s a great stress reliever and relaxation tool, and I’d recommend anyone who’s feeling a bit overwhelmed and tense to try reading a book before bed to wind down.
It doesn’t matter what you’re reading – a romantic comedy, a thriller, a sci fi book – as long as you’re enjoying it, that’s the main premise, and I hope that me sharing my recommendations may encourage some of you to pick up a book if you haven’t for a while.
As I said, it’s @BrightonGirlReads if you want to give it a follow, I’ll be posting at least once a day, and hopefully lots of you will come and join me!
All my love BGP xx