Are you a book lover like me? Do you spend countless hours devouring the pages of the books? Do you feel a certain level of happiness when you have finally gotten a copy of your favorite book? Do you find solace in the library or maybe that small reading nook in your home? Does retail therapy for you mean splurging on books, books, and lots of books? Or are you also on the lookout for great deals on bookstores so you can finally complete all the books in your favorite series? If you answered yes to all these questions, then I know I have a soul sister or brother in you.
Hmmm… why do I love books? Let me count the ways. I love books because they make me happy. It is that simple. In this digital age of ebooks, I, for one, still prefer the feel and smell of the actual book when I read. I don’t know about you but the smell of the pages of a book gives me a happy feeling. It brings me back to those times when my mother would give me my favorite books as her Christmas present for me. I also savor the experience of turning each page, anticipating what would happen next in the new story that I am reading. I don’t know but I cannot seem to get that kind of feeling when reading an ebook copy. I want the actual book when reading.
I love books because I get to experience different things. I can be an accident lawyer in phoenix. I can travel the whole world. I can be a kid all over again. I can feel different emotions through the characters in the book. I felt nervous when Veronika decided to die. I could feel Harry’s pain when Dobby the Elf died. I could feel the exhaustion and accomplishment when Frodo finally dropped the ring in the fires of Mount Doom. I felt all giddy and romantic when Matthew Farrell got back with his estranged wife, Meredith. I could feel the joy and excitement of Charlie when he finally got the chance to go inside the chocolate factory. As you can tell, I go for different genres of books but I love the young adult genre most of all.
I love books because they help me connect with other people. I remember falling in line and waiting outside the bookstore for hours just to be among the first ones to get a copy of the latest Harry Potter book. And I really didn’t mind the long wait. It was all worth it although the ending of that particular Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) made me sad for a couple of weeks. I waited in line for a long time but I was with my fellow Potterheads and we chatted for hours about the books and movies. I love how we instantly connected just because we all love J.K. Rowling’s books.
Maybe I would never run out of reasons to give you why I love books. I love books just because. And that’s how it really should be.