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My father was just as enthusiastic about reading, and so is my brother and my daughters, so I was delighted when Vulpes Libris invited me to write a guest blog on my bookish family and our relationship with books - it was the high spot of my blogging career! You can find it by clicking here.
Since redundancy new books are something of a luxury, so I tend to re-read old favourites time and time again, as well as relying on the library, scouring the shelves of charity shops and second hand book stores, and searching online. I've also discovered the joys of a Kindle and the wealth of free, out of copyright material from Project Gutenberg, as well as bargains from Amazon.
When I'm not reading I'm usually found doing embroidery or crochet, but I'm also researching my family history, and I'm fascinated by the history of the local area, and like to explore and discover more about the landscapes and buildings, and the people who once lived in these places. This effort ties in with a recently acquired interest in walking: after a lifetime of avoiding exercise, I am now trying to walk every day, and am learning about the plants, birds and insects I see.
And I spend a day a week volunteering in an Oxfam book shop, which is the perfect activity for book lovers!