Linda Lancashire Psychic

A Book Is Also A Good Friend

Hello Readers,

Ever since I was a young child, my greatest passion has always been reading books and joining the Library was my idea of heaven, the best gift of all that anyone could have given me. I vividly remember attending school jumble sales held on a Friday and the only thing I was interested in was purchasing was books and so I bought as many as I could and dragged bags and bags of them all the way home, even in the bad weather, nothing would deter me, and then I would spend all weekend with my nose in them and delighted when no one would disturb me.  The present day is no different and my passion has been passed down to my family and my friends are all avid readers preferring a book or a book token as a gift as a opposed to a bottle of bubble bath.  Over the years I have had my favourite authors, but there are also so many fantastic up and coming writers that I only hope I live long enough to read all the books in my bookcase.

When my daughter and I go shopping together, we make a bee line for all the bookshops first, even the supermarket aisles that sell best sellers at a reduced price and treat ourselves to a ‘new book’, something to devour later that evening and if it’s a page turner, even better!  My two grandsons have been brought up amongst books, reading and learning right from being babies and although they are both very young, they read beautifully well and enjoy not only being read to but reading aloud to all of us before bed time.

The Lulas, although Poodle Dogs, do not actually read books, but are intelligent and human enough to know that at bedtime we always have a story.  So once on my bed, wrapped up in fleecy blankets, pillows, all nice and cosy, I read aloud to them and call it ‘Book at Bedtime’ and I read to them until they fall asleep, but they won’t sleep unless I do, that is how clever they are!!

Reading is a cheap pastime because it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and you are never stuck for conversation because when you read books, you learn so much and become incredibly good, well informed, interesting company.  Someone once told me that if you read a lot, you are considered well read, but if you watch a lot of television, you are not considered well viewed.  Once you learn the joy of reading, a whole new world of discovery opens up and you will never look back.  It will become an addiction that you will enjoy more than anything else because knowledge is power.

A few years ago my daughter gave me a Kindle for my birthday and although it’s completely different reading a Kindle as opposed to holding a book, I absolutely love it. It fits into my handbag, its light weight and ideal to take on holiday because it holds so many books that can be instantly downloaded off the internet.

When people tell me that they cannot afford to read books and I am only too aware of how many libraries have now closed down, if you are  Kindle owner, you can download ‘free books’ and there are literally, thousands to choose from, so there is really no excuse other than someone who can’t be bothered or simply isn’t interested in furthering their knowledge and themselves in the process. There are also lots of Book Clubs that are available for anyone to join and this is also a fabulous way of connecting with other likeminded people and forming new friendships.  These clubs can be found online and also held at numerous Bookshops all over the country, so no one need ever feel stuck in a rut, because there are always people out there to meet and chat with.

A home without books is like a body without a soul because between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.

‘If you don’t have the time to read, then you don’t have the time nor the tools to write’  Stephen King.

Until Next Week,

Love and Light,

Linda and The Lulas xxx

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