A reader lives a thousand lives
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a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies george rr martin quote

Wednesday Wisdom: A reader lives a thousand lives

Reading has always been my solace.

It is the place I escape to to relax and unwind. I will nearly always choose a good book over a film or tv series. There is just something about immersing yourself in the world created by the author that cannot be beaten.

reading has always been my solace

Depending on my mood I will read different genres, I am no elitist! I love everything from crime and detective novels, to classic romances and sci fi. While I do own a kindle I still love to read paper books and I find that if I do start reading a series on my kindle and I really enjoy them then I will want to buy them in paperback form!

I always remember reading a quote when I was younger saying that a home with books was one without a soul. I’m paraphrasing there, as the actual quote escapes me. But it always resonated with me. And in all my de-cluttering and minimising I will never throw out my books.

Which is why I love this quote by George R.R Martin.

That a reader lives a thousand lives before he (OR SHE) dies. Because it is so true, the worlds and characters that a good book creates will stay with you. Those that grew up with the Harry Potter books will always have a space in their hearts for Harry and his friends. And they in turn will tell their children those books.

a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies george rr martin quote

Last year I also started using my local library again, and it is fantastic. I have discovered so many new authors, and rather like a food buffet have dipped in and out of so many books I would never have bought. But with the library if you don’t like them you can just bring them back.

Charity shops are also a great place to buy books and again a great way to find authors and give new genresĀ  a try that you otherwise wouldn’t.

I would love to know what your favourite books are?

What lives have you lived through the written word?

What countries have you seen through the pages of a novel, what worlds have you explored?