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16 April 2018 | Post A Comment

I love books. I love the physicality of them, the smell, the feel. The weight of a precious story lying unread, a silent secret waiting to speak.

Reading is about discovery. It's the transportation through space and time which allows you to see the wonders and cruelties of the world through another's eyes. It's exploring cultures and experiences so apart from your own and finding out vastly different ways in which it is possible to live. It's discovering new ways of thinking about things you never even knew you could think about. 

And in reading we can also find comfort and familiarity. Reading is the quiet excitement in finding yourself in the words or thoughts of a character in the pages of a book. I remember the connection I felt with the unnamed narrator in Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier as she reacted to certain situations with the same thought pattern that I would. Read until you find that character who thinks with your thoughts and speaks with your voice and you have found a book that feels like home. 

"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet" - Jhumpa Lahiri 

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Cicero

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive" - James Baldwin

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