I am sure we have all read hundreds of books over the years … fiction and non – fiction alike – however if l asked you for a list of ten, not twenty or thirty or forty and so on, but just a list of ten of some of your favourited books that are on your bookshelves today, what would you list?
This is asking for a list of ten only okay.
Yes of course, there are hundreds, how could you choose just ten? Because that is all l am asking for – so you’ll have to exercise some moderations ….
I was also giving this some additional thought … l don’t know how many books l have read since l first started reading for myself as opposed to having stories read to me by my mother. But l did start reading books on my own at a fairly young age and by around the age of maybe 7 or 8 l was really getting into the hang of reading and thoroughly enjoying the escape through it all, so that by my early teenager years l was chomping through ‘books at a very fast rate indeed and by 12 or 13 l was at reading on average 8 books a week and these were usually Pan Ghost Stories, Fontana Horrors or cheap detective stories.
In my later teens l had slowed due to work and life and was maybe only reading 3 or 4 a week, and all the way through my twenties l was reading mostly self – help, self – improvement, training guides, astrology and strange phenomena books at the rate of 4 a month. From my mid thirties until my later forties l was reading from an eclectic range of books at the rate of 2 a week. From my fifties to a couple of years ago l was reading maybe 3 books a week.
But by the time l hit 55 until recently, l found l had no passion for fiction which used to be a true love and was only reading non-fiction books at the rate of 3 a month. Although recently l started to ‘speed read again – and that is once more with business books …
It would be very hard to say how many books l have read over the years, but at a push l guess it is in the high hundreds and then realistically as l have aged, l suppose the average might be 8 – 11 books a year.
The average book count for a ‘typical bookworm’ is around 12 a year and people feel guilty all the time, ‘I must read more’ and l don’t hold with that … you read when you can and what you can, but don’t punish yourself if you don’t hit x, y an z in target figures people forget how much they read and absorb daily on the Internet.
I read an article quite recently which said ‘and quite understandably perhaps given the circumstances’ that the most favoured past times during the height of the pandemic were exercise, fitness and reading,
Reading had leapt into high figures for 2020 and yet in the previous year, the average true book count in comparison to those who love to gently stroke to inflate their book reading figures was around 10 books a year from said typical bookworm. There are lots of interesting articles covering this subject alone, should you wish to seek them out as they make for ‘interesting reading’.
All that aside, my list of Ten Favourited Books on my Bookshelves Today are …
|Bimbo and Topsy||Enid Blyton|
|The Magic Faraway Tree||Enid Blyton|
|Smokey Joe The Fish Eater||John O’Grady|
|Buster’s Secret Diaries||Roy Hattersley|
|The Element – How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything||Ken Robinson|
|NeuroTribes – The Legacy of Autism …||Steve Silberman|
|On Writing||Stephen King|
|Attention – This Book Will Make You Money||Jim F Kukral|
Let me know yours below, or should you wish to create a post of your own feel free. But please remember … it’s just ten.