Wrapped up in a book as life goes on around her PICTURE: Red Snapper Photography

Where do you like to read? Or are you one of those people who can dip into a book anywhere? The thought was inspired by the photo that accompanies this piece. It’s taken by my good pal Jill Reidy of redsnapperphotography.co.uk and is of a woman peacefully reading her well-thumbed paperback while all around her the madness that is Blackpool on a Saturday afternoon rages. She’s oblivious – it’s obviously a cracking good story!

Last week I faced a 90-minute train journey and I was thrilled. Trains to me mean more happy reading time, and as I had no changes to make before my destination, I got settled in and opened my book. For many years, I commuted daily from Bridlington to Hull and that was great reading time too. In fact, my heart would fall when someone decided to engage me in conversation. We readers can be a bit anti-social at times.

So, back to my first question. Where do you like to read? I have friends who never have time for a book until they’re lying on a sunbed in some exotic destination. Me? I read every day, rain, hail or shine, and wherever I happen to be. I love the feel of a real book in my hands (and don’t get me started on that delicious old book scent), but the Kindle is a wonderful invention, particularly for bookworms like me – no more case filled with books, with no room for any clothes, when I’m going away!

Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything

For me, the greatest thing about books is that however I’m feeling and wherever I am, I can soon be transported to somewhere else entirely. It was Plato who said: “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” It’s so true – and for a reader, there’s nothing better than a book that pulls you in and won’t let go. I’d love to hear your thoughts too!