048: I am grateful for books

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I love crawling into bed with a good book.

Books have been around for a long time. I don’t see them going away soon. Books started out on clay in Mesopotamia and have been printed on everything from wax, papyrus, linen and parchment; even on human skin. Today books are printed mostly on paper but, since the advent of the internet books are easily shared via digital files that are readable on a personal computer, mobile phone or other hand-held device.

I love the feel of a book in my hands, paper under my fingers, the mysteries contained on the pages within and even the smell of them. Books are a good thing. I hope they never go away completely. I have tried to read electronically, I have books on my iPhone in case of book-less emergency, but I continually come back to the real thing.

I do my writing with a pen and paper too. I prefer a hard cover moleskine for taking notes. I need a new one. Ahem… Christmas.

What are books?

Books are “written or printed works of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers; a number of sheets of blank or ruled paper bound together for writing, recording business transactions, etc.”

I have some truly favorite books that I have returned to many times. Some of them are:

  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – In case you were wondering, the answer is 42.
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – If you ever want to read about guilt this is the book. Although it is rather heavy Russian literature. It’s not War and Peace but settle in.
  • The Works of Shakespeare by William Shakespeare – I still haven’t read every play, but I intend to.
  • Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger – I am not a phony, nor am I Mark David Chapman.
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe – I have read this numerous times and love each creepy go ’round.
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – This book truly scared me. The idea of a society built on the practice of eugenics with no room for freedom to choose one’s own mate is terrifying.
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig – It explores Prisig’s theory on the metaphysics of quality. It is nowhere near as heavy as it sounds. I don’t have a copy of this book right now, but very much want to read it again.
  • Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier – This is the book I am digesting at the moment. It is changing the way I look at the world.
  • An un-named anonymous volume written in 1939. It saved my life and continues to save it every day. Those who know me know what it is.

My list could go on much longer.

What are some of your favorite books?

I have traveled to distant planets at many times the speed of light, I have walked with dinosaurs and Sasquatch, I gone into battle with Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great, I have solved crimes with Sherlock Holmes and ridden in a Great Glass Elevator after a trip to a Chocolate Factory with a boy named Charlie. The coolest part of all that is that I get to do it all from the comfort of my own home.

Thank you books!

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