Some people can't imagine life without it whereas others struggle to get through one book. I belong a Writers' Group and we used to have a member who had never read a book in his life.
I can't imagine life without a book 'on the go' - sometimes two or three at once if they are different types of book. Most of all I like a good novel and have, like most readers, 'favourite' authors. But I also love travel books; in fact my late husband used to often reckon I liked reading about such things rather than going. Good books about Natural History - authors like John Lister Kaye, Robert Macfarlane, and Roger Deakin spring to mind.
Our Reading Group mostly reads novels (although we did recently read a Patrick-Leigh-Fermor book which was very enjoyable). Last month it was The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers, a book based on the history of the coiners of the Calder Valley at the end of the eighteenth century. This month it is my turn to choose and I have chosen
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty - a tale about a retired couple having a weekend in Amsterdam, a weekend during which they examine their marriage and their lives - as the front cover says 'a profound examination of human love and how we live together.' I hope that the other members of the group like it as much as I did. MacLaverty is a fine writer.
Another good read is a book my son lent me - I found it impossible to put down once I had started it. It is Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor - if you come across it. It is all written in the third person - no speech at all, which suits me fine but is not everyone's cup of tea.
If you are a reader then enjoy your read over the next few days if you live in the UK. According to the forecast the best thing to do is to wrap up warm and stay home.