Friday, June 03, 2011

On Books

Since I am not yet done with my whole furniture painting adventure, I figured I would write about something else.

Books.

How I love books.  I love the feel of the paper between my fingers, the words, the smell and getting lost in a story.

When I was a child, about once a week, my older sister would take me after school to the Public Library and we would browse for hours and hours among the book lined shelves finally choosing a book or two to take home.

That is where I discovered adventure, romance and history.  I discovered great authors such as Alcott and Dickson, Mark Twain, and Poe.

From the time I was 3, it didn't matter what kind of book, I would get lost in them.

As I got older, I collected old books, cloth bound Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and the Bobsey Twins, and yes, I still have them.

I found many of them at flea markets and yard sales for a dollar or two.

But with the advent of technology, as wondrous as they are, I fear actual books will become obsolete.

I believe new generations will not know the wondrous feeling of holding a book in their hands, feeling the paper, the sound of the page as it turns, and hiding under the bed covers at night with a flashlight so they can find out what happens next.

People will read ebooks on Kindle instead.

I am not saying new technology doesn't have value and convenience, how easy it is to shop for books online and download them, not to mention you can carry umpteen books a lot more conveniently on a Kindle.

But for me, I prefer an actual book, it's easier on my eyes for one, I am not so young as I used to be, and there is absolutely nothing like curling up on the couch with a good book, a cup of tea and a purring cat on a rainy day.

Somehow a Kindle just doesn't fit the picture.

3 comments:

PBS said...

Yeah, I have a good friend who keeps showing me various Kindles, Nooks, etc., thinking that I would love them. Nope, like you, real books are my thing.

Anonymous said...

Some books are becoming to be obsolete,though they will always continue to exist. Any man made object is do to break down, without reference books being available, How will people repair the object?

Birdie said...

Where did you go? I miss your posts!