“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King
Do you grieve for a book that you have finished? lament over the life you lived during the turning of pages – the passion, the pain, the joy and the hope? This brief (perhaps) experience is sometimes the perfect salve from the drama of our own lives. Pick up a book and live the life you want through the turning of the pages and the exploration of another known or indeed, unknown world.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin
A ‘feel good’ romantic comedy may help soothe the soul; a classic, such as a Jane Austin, may leave us ladies sitting taller or behaving in a coyer manner whilst a Dan Brown book could leave us curious and pensive. The feeling will be based on your affinity with the book and should be cherished. A unique and personal relationship is developed with the characters and this lives on in us after the book has sung its final chapter.
Having read hundreds of books, some have long since been forgotten. A selection may be worthy of at least a second read and others best left at their place in time so as to avoid any marring of cherished memories. Whether to feed our spirit or to bathe in the art of relaxation, each book has a purpose and for that may we always truly love the magic brought to us with each turn of the page.