The Books You Read

by Kay
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I have always loved books!

There is something about the combined weight and texture in holding them; and the wealth they contain, that addicted me early in life. Even before I read regularly, just having the books and knowing what they contained made me feel better. 

I was comforted by the weight of words.

Now, unfortunately, with fast-paced action-crammed days, I have little time to sit and read a hardcover as I used to, so I have turned to audiobooks. I drive for at least 2 hours every day which gives me back the time to consume the books I crave. 

The one I am currently reading, Not A Life Coach by James Smith, has given me a profound thought from Charlie T Jones that I have taken to heart:

“You’ll be the same person in 5 years as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read.” (and the experiences you have… that one is from my dad J )

There are many books that I consider fused to my soul, which have unquestionably made me… me!

I grew up with Beatrix Potter, Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh, William, Digit Dick, Banjo Patterson and my mum’s collection, from her childhood, of beautifully illustrated fairy tales. Each one precious and irreplaceable in my current library.I, of course, internalised the whimsy, the gentle humour and the profound lessons in each, which now creeps into my own book writing in almost everything I create.

But it wasn’t until I found The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy, that I realised I could be more. I could advocate a way of being using kindness, companionship and the overcoming of mutual adversity. For me, it was the right book at the right time that turned a mere mixture of elements into the perfect smooth batter I needed to realise my lifelong dream of writing and illustrating for children. 

The books I have read definitely made me, at least in part, who I am today and led me to set the goals for myself that I strive to achieve. That is, that every book I create aims to provide that same delightful self-defining magical reading experience I had as a child, to others. I strive to deliver that right book, at the right time to the right person. 

Just imagine if the world was populated with individuals who were given the right book at the right time!

What would that look like? What could they create, solve or become?

For me, that’s a world worth striving for.

Happy joy-chasing!

Monique x

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