Why We Love Books (And You Should, Too!)

Do you have that one friend or family member whose nose is forever buried deep inside a book, who sniffles at sudden moments and smiles secretly while reading a book? Oh wait, you are a bookworm yourself, aren’t you? Either way, you know the definition of one. Book-lovers are a unique breed, alright. At no point of time are they far away from a book. You might often find them engrossed in a book in a matter of a few minutes, with scant attention to matters of everyday life. So what is it we love so much about books? Well, I did some thinking about it and here it goes.

Firstly, and this is the reason I pick up a random book and start reading-Books can take a lot of things off your mind. When you’re reading, you’re in the moment. You’re there, not here. One of the very best things they can give you is a refuge. A place to engage your mind and let go of the present. And what can beat being able to live in the brink of two worlds, co-exist in two vastly different settings? Books can give you that unparalleled high.

Also have you ever thought about the magic words can work?

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

When you read a beautiful line like that, your face immediately lights up and your heart feels a thousand times lighter. And you carry that line around with you for the rest of the day. I absolutely cannot tell you what a priceless feeling that is. That is what books can do to you. They can make or break your day.

While some books inspire, others break you down. While some keep you in splits, others take you to a world where reality and fantasy blur and everything is out of focus. But perhaps, the one reason why we all love books is the power they give us. The power to imagine and create. There is the book the author created. Then there is the book your friend imagined and created while reading it. And then there’s yours. And a million more.

Well, to end things, one of my most favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird. I swear to you, that I have learnt more from this book than from experiences throughout my life. I owe everything to this book, my ideals and principles are all a result of this great piece of literature. If that’s not reason enough to love books, I wonder what is.


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