I am a reader. Not much for magazines or newspapers and such but books. I love books–have since I was a little girl reading about Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff. One of my favorite things to do, maybe my very favorite, is to get comfy in my rocker with my feet on the ottoman, or tucked up under me, with a glass of iced tea in the summer or hot chocolate in the winter and a big ole book.
With books you can travel without leaving home, see new things and people, get reacquainted with places and people you once knew but may have forgotten, learn about things that are strange and bizarre and scary or familiar and comfortable and lovely or challenging and hard. You can enter worlds of mystery, love, crime, outer space, reality or fantasy. Books have power; power to make you laugh or cry, get angry or compassionate, educate and feed your imagination. At any time, you can go anywhere, with anyone, past, present, or future.
I can get lost in a book and lose track of time. Lots of other things do not get done. Laundry, cleaning, exercising, whatever else that should get done takes a back seat to the book. Often, I will find myself thinking that at the end of this chapter I will close the book and go to bed. Before I know it I am still reading and it is two am. Makes for some rough mornings.
I rarely buy books anymore. Trying to clutter free my place–books are not clutter in my world but they do take up a lot of space. And they need dusting now and then which, of course, is hard to find the time to do with all the books that are out there to read. Anyway, I am trying to simplify my space and be more “green” so I am a regular at the library. Even as a child the library was one of my favorite places.
Now there are e-book readers. I have never used one but I can understand the appeal of them. They are small and light weight and can store hundreds if not thousands of books. They are easy to carry, fitting in a pocket or purse. Someday I may get one but I doubt it. I like the feel and look of a book. I like to feel the heft of it and to feel the pages. I like the look of the ink and typeface on the paper, especially creamy paper without any shine. I like turning the pages and having bookmarks to save my place. Somehow the new world e-book reader thingies really just don’t cut it in my old world.
Frankly, I love books. Books are just plain super wonderful!