World Book Day – March 6th
Whether it’s revisiting classic literary works, free from the pressure of an exam to follow, or simply getting lost in the pages of popular fiction; reading is a holiday pleasure that never fails to delight and fuel my imagination away from everyday life. Books for me are the perfect holiday companions.
And for those who scoff at my eagerness to devour page after page, there is scientific approval for my indulgent pastime, as studies suggest time with a novel can actually boost well-being.
- Chill out. Losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book is an effective way to overcome stress. After just 6 minutes turning the pages, The University of Sussex concluded, readers were more relaxed making reading more effective than listening to music, having a cuppa or even going for a stroll.
- Dutch researchers also showed, in 2013, that getting caught up in a compelling story might actually boost empathy. So time spent reading can make me a better person!
- Catching some Zzzz’s. Many sleep experts recommend calming your mind ready for sleep by establishing a regular routine before bed and reading a few pages is a great way to do this. So no more tutting please as the bedside light casts it’s glow over my beloved pages.
Being able to enjoy this relaxation in an amazing space completes the experience and there are some great reading spots amongst the Sheepskin collection.
The classics are celebrated in Great House, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, home to Wale’s most famous literary figure Dylan Thomas.
Bronte style romance will have you swooning at Buttercrambe Shepherd’s Hut, which doubles as a safe haven from the gothic mysteries of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in nearby Whitby, North Yorkshire.
And then there are certain spots that simply lend themselves to a little time spent relaxing with a contemporary page turner…
Cappele Cottage being one of my personal favorites – deep bath tub and strategically placed book rest, with just enough room alongside for a glass of red, that those lovely Sheepskin ladies arranged to be delivered for when I arrived.
Total holiday bliss.
So on this World Book Day, I for one am celebrating the joy of reading and look forward to many more happy hours boosting my well being in between the covers!