‘The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’  Dr Seuss

Reading is like an enchanting, exotic magic carpet ride in a comfy arm-chair.  Just strap myself in, coffee in hand, breathe deeply and I’m entranced.

‘Books are uniquely portable magic.’  Stephen King

The genre is almost irrelevant.  It’s the words, the imagery, the photography, the knowledge, and the inspiration.  Even the age of the book and the feel of the paper conjures that tantalising tingle of agreeable anticipation.

‘Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.’  Socrates

The allure of a good bookshop is the sense of pure contentedness I know is waiting within – often, the messier, mustier and dustier the better.  They’re the ones to look out for.

‘One technology doesn’t replace another, it compliments.  Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.’  Stephen Fry

The secondhand book seductively conjures its own unique fascination and charm, often weaving a spell compelling purchase along with the knowledge of a long and contentedly happy new life on my bookshelf along with a close and personal relationship with me.

‘Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.’  CS Lewis

Is reading a habit or an indulgence?  Definitely, positively both –  but it’s also a deep-seated, don’t-you-dare-disturb-me purely singular pleasure, bordering on a demanding, pressing need.

‘Wherever I am, if I’ve got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy.’  JK Rowling

Reading is the seductive art of addictive escapism.

The spellbinding sorcery of a good book.  Check out my Pinterest page.

How about a change of pace for next week?  Let’s Get Visual.

cathy jack coupland