I love reading. I have always loved reading. I can never remember a time when I haven't had a book on my bedside table and another in the lounge! I always have at least two books on the go!
When I was 14 I had an accident. Not life threatening, but incapacitating. I was running the 100m during PE at school (I hated PE by the way, apart from netball, I am not at all sporty) and when I was nearly at the finish someone watching stuck their leg out and tripped me up. I ended up in hospital and was diagnosed with torn ligaments in my ankle. In those days they put you in plaster to let the ligaments heal, so there I was with my leg plastered from ankle to knee and told to go and sit down, not move and rest for the next 3 days before getting up onto crutches.
So, what could I do during that time? Read of course! My sister, who has always known me so well, went to town with my Mum and they bought the biggest book they could get - Gone with the Wind. Well, I sat down with that book and read it from cover to cover in those three days. I loved the romance, the thrills and the tension. I loved Scarlett, I loved Rhett and I just couldn't see what she saw in Ashley! That book is still with me. The cover is torn and falling off I have read it so many times. I probably read it at least once I year. It is such an old friend and really PRECIOUS to me.
If you have never read it - you should! Not long after reading the book they film was re-released and I was lucky enough to go to the cinema in Berkhamsted to see it with Pippa and my Mum and Dad. I had never been to a film that had an interval before! The cinema was not packed. Apart from the four of us, there were only a handful of people watching. What a wonderful film. I now have it on DVD!
I have many books that are precious to me, but this one really does have a special place in my heart
- because Pippa chose it for me and wrote in the front
- because it got me through three days of boredom
- because I just love the story
|Inside the book|
Look at those old wooden crutches!
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