I love books. If you hadn’t gathered that yet from my Instagram, Goodreads or the title of this very blog, I’ll say it again…. I LOVE BOOKS!
Okay, that was a bit loud. But you get it, I love books. I’m always reading a book and much like Rory Gilmore I carry one with me wherever I go (even though I am completely aware of the fact that most of the times I will not actually be able to read them).
I prefer reading fiction but as of late I’ve also been reading non-fiction. I read classics, romance and even books like Harry Potter (but who hasn’t, really?).
Now, the reason I’m telling you all of this is because I want to talk to you about a few of the reasons why we – and by “we” I mean the collective group of people that feels comfortable when called “bibliophile” – love fiction books so much.
- Every single book you read is basically a combination of 26 letters, some numbers and a handful of punctuation marks. That’s it. And these signs together make up all the stories that we love so much. The characters, the places, the worlds, the relationships, everything consist of a little group of signs. It’s so cool that some random signs can make us laugh, cry, feel, care and change. I mean, it’s just some signs on paper and somehow they influence us and our emotions so much. I mean… how amazing is that?
- Reading a book, in comparison to watching a movie, is much more of an intimate and individual experience. When you’re watching a movie everyone is pretty much watching the same thing; they see the same actors and surroundings they hear the same music etc.
But when you’re reading a book you can imagine anything in it as YOU want. Everything is slightly different when you read from anyone else. So in a way, every book is different every time someone else reads it. You can make every scene as colorful or gloomy as you want, you can make characters as pretty, fat or ugly as you want (and these definitions, again, differ per person). You don’t have a set image of certain characters like you could have in movies when an actor that you don’t particularly like plays the part. Every part of the story is yours. Like a coloring book, you get to decide the way you like to “see” it all. And that in itself is pretty amazing, if you ask me.
- They are a joy to the senses. Even though I may be classified as the younger, tech-obsessed generation I am not a big supporter of e-readers. I know that a lot of people still prefer real books. I work in a bookstore and I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had about the very topic.
If you only like reading on an e-reader then by all means, go for it (because reading anything is better than reading nothing at all). But personally, I think there’s so much more to enjoy in real books.
Real books feel great in your hands. When you turn a page, and hold the book so that you can see how far along you are, when you feel the cover or flip through the pages. All of these are just little things that make reading a book more like an experience.
Aside from the feeling, it’s also the smell. Some people may not like the smell of real books (and I do admit that there is the occasional “smelly” book), in general, books smell pretty great. Especially when you’ve read them near a candle and the smell of the candle soaks into the pages. MMMMM (Okay, that was a bit weird. Let’s get past it.)
- They make you smarter. Yes, your eyes may go downhill and people may think you’re not enough fun to be around, but reading books does make you smarter. Generations of readers have proven that vocabulary and intellect improves when you read a lot.
So the glasses that you’ve had to purchase to support your fading eyesight actually fit you now that you’re one smart cookie.
- And last but not least: they look great! You can say all you want, but simply walking around in a bookstore or checking bookstagram will make you see pretty quickly how amazing books can look. As part of your room-decor they will make any room seem cozier and prettier. All you need to finish it off is just add a deliciously smelling candle and a cup of tea.
If you’re still not convinced that books are great I am sad to say that we may no longer get along… Just kidding. But books are great, just trust me.
And with that in mind I’m going to finish my cup of tea and continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
If you feel like I forgot anything or you want to add something else, please let me know down below in the comments.
Until next time.