You see, we love reading in this household. I can't remember a time when I didn't have 'my nose in a book' - as a child I used to read while eating breakfast, while getting dressed, while listening to music, while watching TV.... I even used to get up early to cram in as much reading time as possible before school! (And, of course, I'd been reading under the covers after lights out the night before, too!)
While I don't now tend to get up early if I can possibly help it, not even to read, I can still lose myself completely in a book, and have been known to read on and on into the early hours because I just *had* to find out what happened. I'll often be cooking dinner with a book in one hand (and not a recipe book! Though I do read recipe books for pleasure, too....)
The Doctor doesn't have quite the same background; he really discovered reading as a hobby in his mid- to late-teens, though he has well and truly made up for that now! The Children have never not loved books though, and I can often find them reading when they should be asleep/getting dressed/tidying their rooms/doing their homework/etc etc. I can't say much, can I?! I know where they got it from!!
We're surrounded by books in our house. It always feels a bit strange to me if I go to a house that doesn't have books around. Sometimes I can't quite put my finger on what it is that feels odd, but it will gradually dawn on me what's missing. We have books in every. single. room. of. the. house. That includes the bathroom, hall, landing and stairs. Each child has their own big bookcase, we have one in our bedroom too, the study is crammed with books, I have a couple of shelves of cookbooks in the kitchen, there are shelves in the dining room, and then - and then, there's our living room.
This is our wall of books. Each of these bookcases reaches from the floor almost to the ceiling. The photos actually show the part of each that's visible above the sofa; there are yet more books out of sight behind that sofa - we have to lean over and/or pull the sofa forwards to get at them! Here's a closer look at the bookcases on the end, to show that more clearly:
(Why yes, those are books on the sofa itself! Would you expect anything different?!)
And here's a view of the whole wall:
OK then, 'fess up - how many of you were trying to make out the titles?! ;-) You may have recognised the Harry Potters? The Terry Pratchetts? The Bill Brysons? The Agatha Christies? Lord of the Rings, perhaps? We've got lots of 'classics': Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Victor Hugo, Jerome K Jerome, Graham Greene, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, D.H.Lawrence, Plato, Ovid, Livy, etc, etc. We've also got a fairly big collection of history books, unsurprisingly - but bear in mind that most of these are actually in The Doctor's study at work, he has at least as many again there as our entire book collection at home! Then there are the Christian books (including various translations of the Bible), the travel books, the reference books, the Elinor M Brent-Dyers, the Douglas Adamses, the plays, the poetry, the language books, the natural history books..... To list them all would require a volume in itself!
How about you? Are you surrounded by books? Does it feel strange not to be?! Or is that just me? ;-)