It’s nice to relax with a good book after long day. At the end of the day, after deadlines have demanded to be met, when you can stop living up to the expectations of the daily grind, a book doesn’t require anything fromyou; you can just enjoy it comfortably and passively.
My favourite books are those that allow you to feel heightened emotions and that awake the senses. The beauty of it is they allow you to escape the mundane and learn important lessons without having to go through these experiences yourself.
Cecalia Ahern’s P.S. I Love You explores the horrific eventually of losing a loved one. It reminds the reader to appreciate the people who are important to you. Don’t take for granted that they will always be there. Where Rainbows End is the beautiful story of two people who don’t realise their feelings for each other for fifty years. Its message is clear: don’t waste your life putting things off.
John Boyne’s The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas is, on the surface, about a boy unwittingly entwined in the horrors of the Second World War. However, it carries a delicate sub-message about parents and children. Bruno’s father has very little time for his children –and in the end it is too late.
I am currently reading The Clematis Tree by Ann Widdecombe. This was not a book I would have picked up myself, but it was passed to me by a friend, with a strong recommendation. I am about half way through this horrendous tale of a boy severely brain damaged in an accident and what strikes me is the attitude of the parents. I can understand their tiredness and their frustration at their situation, but for people who have seen their son’s life torn apart so suddenly, one would think they might have more of an embracing attitude towards their loved ones.
The stories I like are those that remind us to live our lives. It is all very well to sit passively and feel emotions cathartically. But we must make sure we don’t spend our lives perching.
Gerald Durrell's book My Family & other Animals is about a childhood spent exploring a Greek Island. This is not an imaginary life lived but is autobiographical. Durrell spent his childhood bringing home strange pets and grew up to do something he was passionate about.
At the end of a long day slogging at the mundane day job, don’t come home with a moan or a nag. Make the effort to come home with a hug and a kiss. Make Time. Build Dens. Make dreams happen. See the world with your loved ones. Make memories. Get off your comfortable perch.