Our mutual love of books

I have loved reading books since I was very young. My first book was called Wings on Things. I dragged it everywhere, highlighting the words I had trouble with so I could ask my parents later. The cold of fall makes me think of all the books I want to read. There are so many that I could never read them all in my lifetime. By next year, no matter how many I read this year, the impossible list will be even longer. So I pick what fits into my life right now, escape for a few hours or days then go about my life richer for the experience of delving into another world.

I am a chronic re-reader. I reread my favorites when life is too busy to take on a new set of characters, plot and world. Rereading lets me relive the ups and downs, the fears and joys of my favorite characters.

Books changed our world and continue to. Even a fictional novel can change the way we think, the way we want to act or even leading us to insights into our selves and our world that never before occurred to us. Why else have books been denied to people at times in the past. Books change the world.

Books have changed my world. I can’t imagine life without them. The e-book was a lifesaver. Due to a condition in my shoulders that pinches the nerves it was getting harder and harder for me to hold a paper book, especially my beloved hardbacks. I spent years hardly reading a thing since just rereading a favorite left me with sleeping hands in constant pain. Those were hard years. Then came the e-book! My world changed. I read and read and read. No matter how bad my hands were I could stare at my laptop screen and just push the arrow once in awhile. I could prop up the iPad and just swish my finger to see the page flip as if it were paper. Oh how I was entertained by that. I sometimes would flip the page back and forth just to see the turning-page affect. “See,” I would say to myself, “You can enjoy digital and not miss paper!” Additionally I could afford to buy several books a month for less than the price of a meal at a fast food restaurant. It takes far less time to save up for a higher priced book as well. All these elements meant I could read again. And I do!

I never thought of it until this week. I guess I’m a bibliophile. I love to read. I love books, be they paper or pixels on a screen.

What are your favorite books? How have books changed your life? I would love to hear. All stories, true or fiction feed my soul.

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