Why you should be careful about lending books to people

I overheard a conversation in which a man was talking about going on holiday.  He said he had borrowed a book from a friend for his journey to America last year but hadn’t managed to read it.  He said he still had the book but if he didn’t manage to read it this year, he would read it next year.

Two things struck me about this.  Firstly, why bother taking the book if you have no intention of reading it?  Don’t pretend to be a reader if you’re not.  What’s the point?  Two years to attempt to read a book seems pointless to me.

Secondly, someone else has been missing their book for two years.

Even worse than this, however, is that the other man in the conversation had also borrowed a book from the same person and had (after a row with him) pissed on the book before drying it out and returning it to him.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing but just wanted to put it out there – be careful who you lend books to!



Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming by Neil Gaiman

I happened across an article on BrainPickings.org about reading and it makes so many valid points about why reading is important.  I won’t regurgitate what I read but I wanted to share the article because I think it’s worth sharing.  Ours is a book house.  We own books, we read them, we use the local library too.  I read every night before going to bed and at various points throughout the day.  I have always read to my kids before bedtime as part of their wind-down routine.  My son is now old enough to read most things himself and so I let him pick what he wants to read.  At the moment, it’s Pokemon or Minecraft manuals which is not necessarily what I would choose for him but the important thing is he enjoys reading them.  He is absorbing.  He is learning.  He is enjoying books.

Long live the art of reading!

Here is the article —>  Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience


Di 🙂


Ten is the magic number

Ten is the magic number.

Ten minutes of writing upon waking.

Ten minutes of exercise to start the day.

Ten minutes of meditation.

Ten minutes of any large or daunting household task – made smaller by chipping away at it.

Ten minutes of reading before bed.

Ten might be a small number but this small number is helping me be more productive.  It’s helping me form good habits, the kind of habits that will help me get on.  I want to be a writer but I wasn’t writing.  I want to lose weight but I wasn’t exercising.  I want to keep my new house tidy – this will be the hardest one.

It’s a start.  I will build on this but in the meantime, ten minutes of effort goes a long way.


Di 🙂


What are you reading right now?

Following on from my post about reading more blog posts, I’m interested to know what everybody is reading away from their electronic devices. I thought it would be fun to keep a chain going. Don’t worry, I’m not going to threaten you with a slow and painful death within 3 days if you don’t respond to my question.

What are you reading right now?

Please join in so that I don’t look like a loner


Diane 🙂