This may look like just a stack of books to the untrained observer, but it’s actually a photo of my passport.
Just by flipping open a beautiful book and drinking in the words and images it contains, I can be somewhere else in minutes, and completely alter my mood. No wonder there’s a history of book-burning – they’re practically hallucinogenics!
These books are some of the many I own which allow me to travel, first class, to places I’ve never seen, where I get to meet new people and peek inside amazing homes.
My books can take me anywhere – from the test kitchen of Aussie food guru Donna Hay to a breathtakingly beautiful French vista, or perhaps a weekend visit to the most famous home in America. I can cross borders, time travel and delve deep into other people’s artistry, or my own imagination.
I’ve always been a book lover. I don’t know why, or how, that happened, but I’m super grateful to be a bibliophile.
If you think I’m just a nutso bookworm who needs to get a life, I’ve got the backing of an esteemed doctor!
“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” — Dr. Seuss
And if you’re more of a rom-com lover, even the queen of that film genre has something to say about reading:
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” — Nora Ephron
Thanks Doc, thanks Nora – I couldn’t agree more.
When was the last time a book transported you?
Where did you go?
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I love that Nora quote! I need to put it up somewhere, I think, and read it often. I don’t get to read so much since having little children, but I think I need to make more time for it.
How about audio books for the car/commute?
I really love reading but often choose the “ease” of TV – when I do pick up a book, the hours fly by!
There’s nothing better than the smell of a real book, is there? I actually haven’t read a novel for a while because I always get far too involved and have a hard time putting a book down – just one more chapter…! The last novel I read was ‘The Light Between Oceans’, and wow it was fantastic. Had me thinking for weeks after!
Bec, I love real books!
I like coffee table style books – so you can dip in and out.
I haven’t read The Light Between Oceans, must check it out. Thanks for commenting!
Loved this post and can relate to it. I’m such a bibliophobe, I’ll read a pamphlet or somebody’s discarded shopping list if there is nothing else to hand. The imagery in Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘The Signature of all Things’ was magical.
Hi Michelle, I get that – can’t tell you how many cereal packet backs I’ve read!
Am keen to read The Signature Of All Things.
I am a huge, huge book fan too – never enough time though!! Great post! I loved the ‘Light Between Oceans’ too! Last book that really transported me was probably the Hunger Games Series – loved them. Haven’t done stacks of book reading lately – too much blogging!
It is hard to fit all the good stuff in sometimes isn’t it Jess? I want to read The Hunger Games too. I should make a list and try and get some read this year. Book club for one!
Great post, Annette. There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book! Trouble is, nothing else gets done!!
Thanks Janet. It’s worth it though – perhaps that’s one of the benefits of my kid free life?
Love the template you settled on. Gin and Tonic is awesome!