The argument between Kindle lovers and paperback lovers still rages on, even ten years after Amazon’s ubiquitous eReader was first released.

Kindle advocates rant about the convenience, how light they are and how easy it is to slip one into your bag when you’re travelling.

The traditional book evangelists, however, insist that there is nothing like the smell of a good book, that reading from a screen is a poor substitute for the sensory experience of a good old-fashioned “real book”.

Me? Hmm, I think the jury is out. I have alternated between the two, depending on what my current reading needs are.

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My husband loves the fact that now when we go on holiday I am not taking a minimum of ten books with me weighing down the car and taking up unnecessary space, as I just pop my Kindle into the suitcase with all my holiday reads conveniently.

And yet, I have been borrowing a vast number of books from the library recently (in an attempt to save us from going bankrupt from my reading habit!)

For me, I just love reading and the format has never mattered as much as the content and the pleasure I get from burying myself into a good book.

However, I read a compelling reason recently in the press for having a lot of books in the home and not sure that digital downloads on your eReader would quite cut it in the same way.

The Guardian reported last month:

“Research data from 160,000 adults in 31 countries concludes that a sizeable home library gave teen school leavers skills equivalent to university graduates who didn’t read.”

The article went on to say that children growing up in a home packed full of books has a large effect on literacy later on in life, but that it had to be a minimum of at least 80 books to be effective.

So our kids will benefit from homes filled with books.

We can leave them a legacy that will help them throughout life in more ways than we can imagine.

Go ahead – fill your home with books!


Check out these recommended reads for Children:

Asterix and the Falling Sky – Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

Who Let the Gods Out? – Maz Evans

First Term at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton

The Creakers – Tom Fletcher

The Island of Lost Horses – Stacey Gregg


Are you inspired? Or is your house already full of books? Let us know in the comments.

M.C.