Let me start by saying this: I love books.
I’ve got a house full of them, the majority of which I’ve never read, but the thing with books is that there’s always time.
While the paperbacks have been gathering dust on various shelves and in boxes for years, I’ve also been keeping a Kindle Unlimited subscription of late, largely spurred by my discover of author Mark Dawson and his John Milton / Beatrix Rose series of books. If you’re a fan of Lee Child (Jack Reacher) and like your thrillers with equal measures of action and empathy, you’ll love the entirety of Dawson’s back-catalogue.
Why the talk about books? Well, it turns out Ireland has a new day to celebrating reading.
Introducing Ireland Reads
As part of the Healthy Ireland Keep Well initiative, alongside the government and Libraries Ireland, Ireland Reads has been dedicated – for 2021 at least – to today, Thursday 25 February.
The idea is simple – get people reading, if even for a day. Whatever the book, whatever the subject, however long you can spend on it.
Scrolling through the site this morning, Ireland has pledged to read for 655,268 minutes (and counting). Why Ireland Reads? Because taking some time for yourself to relax with a book, escape into another world for a few minutes, is important to help look after your wellbeing.
As someone who rediscovered reading as a hobby in recent years, I can’t recommend it enough.