This Book Helped Me Read Again…

January 21, 2018

Jojo Mayes Paris for One and Other Stories

Fact. I love to read.  It is well known in my family and I remember throughout my childhood often getting into trouble for ‘eating books’.  When we were set a reading competition at school I read over 100 books in the time period to the disbelief of my parents who thought I had just written every book I owned on the sheet.  To the contrary, I had stayed up late every night reading, red the books under my desk at school and I was the girl reading on her walk home, not paying attention to the cars beeping their horns.  I was a kid, there wasn’t much more to do and I wasn’t interested in watching three hours of news programs with my parents!  They signed the competition form as long as I reduced the list to somewhere around 20 books.  I did.  I didn’t win.

Last year whilst all the drama was going on around me and inside my head my ability to read stopped.  Quite suddenly I found myself sitting with a book ready, unable to concentrate, rereading the same paragraph over and over again.  It was not unsurprising that I became frustrated.  My sense of wanting to know things, read and learn was still there but I was stuck consuming short articles online that rarely went into any depth of knowledge.  I wanted to read books.

You might be familiar with Jojo Moyes as her book Me Before You was made into a fabulous Hollywood movie capturing the hearts of all.  To be honest I haven’t read or watched as even knowing the synopsis makes me sad so best to steer clear!  However around October, I came across Paris for One and Other Stories in a bookstore and the format of short stories appealed to me.  The pressure was lifted.  Committing only half an hour, sometimes less, meant I didn’t have to remember a storyline for the next day let alone the next hour.  The curse was gone and within no time I was eating through the short stories and realising I needed another book to read soon.

I’m back on the book reading wagon and as part of my #18in18 Lululemon goals I want to read one book a month.  So if you too have struggled to read books recently try short stories and I know you will be reading novels in no time!

Have a great week.  PF xo

PS.  Normally I shoot my own photos of the books but in my lazy, summer holiday completely forgot so I took this image from Jojo Moyes website which looks amazing.

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