Now, I just got back from a rather big meeting about a series of conferences I’m doing at the end of the week, and one thing I know I’ll be relying on is a book in the bath every night, in order to chill out. Um, reading it, not soaking the pages and pretending that I’m homeopathically-leeching out the ideas of de Botton.
Which is why, despite the dizzying progress of digital technology (kindles, bindles, biggles and what have you – I can’t be bothered), we should still acknowledge the power of books on our lives, particularly when it comes to learning. Speaking of which, I’ve got three books next to the bath with notes in the margin about “I could use this in a lesson on…”
It’s Shakespeare’s Birthday today, a date which has been chosen by the organisers of World Book Night for “a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift books in their communities to share their love of reading”. The project is not just about celebrating reading but about reaching out to those who “have never discovered the value or pleasure of reading”.