Aug 12, 2010

Romancing the novel

Hi readers! Please welcome the next guest blogger in my series of wanting to hear more from you. Meet Lisa from Love, Lisa. She is sweet, funny, and an amazing photographer. Today she's talking about something near and dear to my heart - books of course!

I've always been a lover of books. I remember being (somewhere around) six years old, burying my nose in a novel in a roomful of adults, just hoping they'd think I was really reading. It's kind of silly when I look back at it, but I just remember how much I longed to be able to decipher the strings of foreign symbols that wrapped so beautifully around the page. I remember burying my nose deep within the pages of books and breathing deeply of their papery, earthy aroma.

From that moment on, the love affair continued to grow. When I was finally able to read, I'd stay up late, late at night reading from under the covers of my top bunk. I was allowed to read before bed every night, but the light was supposed to be off by 10 PM. I didn't have a book light, either, so I improvised. I remember having a keychain that had a dim red light on it. I'm not sure what it was for, and come to think of it, I'm not even sure I remember how I even got this keychaing in the first place. Anyway, I would curl up underneath my quilt and trace the red light over each word, so desperate to know what happened next that I didn't mind the inconvenience and I didn't even notice the strain to my eyes.

I'm still in love with my books, though each of them different in color, design, size, and content. My books are my friends, and sometimes I'll catch myself running my fingers over them to feel their shape, their solidity, or the raised letters on certain covers. I still bury my nose in their pages and inhale...there is just something about the entire experience of reading, from admiring the cover to feeling the weight to turning the pages to discovering the magic of words strung together, one-by-one. It is very rare that I will ever get rid of a book, because to me, they are like treasures: my most valued and magical possessions.

Reading is almost a ritual for me. It's therapeutic. As much as I love technology, (and I do, I mean, Macbooks? iPhones? Nikon digital cameras? 1.5 TB external hard drives? Yes please...) I just can't seem to bite onto the whole "electronic book" thing. That's pretty much where I draw the line as far as technology goes. For me (and I don't mean to insult anyone out there!) I just feel like to give up the sensual experience of reading a book would be tragic. What sort of romance is there in reading a book on a screen? Where's the thrill of turning the page? And the scent? Oh, the scent! And so, I continue to buy and read hard copies of my books, and hope to always hold onto this simplest of pleasures for as long as I live.

What do you think readers? Any of you Kindle fans? I know a lot of people who swear by them, but when Lisa sent me this post it was like she had taken the words from my brain - I'll always be a book girl!


Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a beauitufl post..Its so sweet how she loves books:)

Great post:)

Kisses ladies and see you soon:)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Beautiful post - definitely resonates with me since I am a lover of books.

I was anti-e-readers until recently... With some upcoming trips, like my trips to Portland and Paris, I decided to take the plunge & buy a Nook. I will still continue to buy actual books, but I have honest to God ran out of space in my shoebox condo... So this is a good solution for me. I won't solely read books on my Nook, but I will use it quite a bit and slip actual books in here & there!

Lisa should check out the scent, "In the Library". ( I have contemplated buying it many, many times as my friends consider me their personal librarian and a guy friend tells me that I dress like a librarian...

Mandy said...

I still haven't jumped on the while ipod thing yet so I am pretty sure it will be awhile before I get an e-reader. While I do see the perks of having one, for now, I'll be reading actual physical books.

Nora said...

You won't find me with an e-reader anytime soon. I love the real books, holding it my hand, dog-earing things, buying new bookmarks, stacking them up on my shelf (even if it's overflowing). If I traveled 50 hours a week then maybe I'd jump on the e-reader bandwagon but for now it's "real" books all the way.

Amber said...

I really like reading real books. Buuut, my library sucks and I can only fit so many books in my apartment. I could see myself jumping on the e-reader train eventually. I would absolutely still read real books too, though!

Ally said...

I'm definitely a book person. I think I'd have a tough time switching over to an e-reader. It would probably be more environmentally friendly, but I'm not sure it'd be more wallet friendly considering how much I use the public library.

Darcie said...

What a great post! I'll be sure to check out your blog!

Reading an actual book beats technology anytime...and I'm a technology specialist, with the whole mac, ipod, 1 TB thing down! One of those fancy readers is just not the same thing as curling up with a book and cup of tea on a stormy night.

Dani said...

I hear what everyone is saying - but I got a Kindle this last time I was in Iraq and I'll never switch back 100%. I still have my faves on the bookshelf - but I travel way too much to ever think about being dedicated solely to physical copies. I used to spend so much money and time buying/having books shipped, and I don't even want to talk about the weight I used to have to carry through airports on my back because I read fast. I love my kindle. I can buy (almost) any book I want and have it almost instantly. If I don't know a word I come across, I can cross reference it immediately in the dictionary. I can view the news headlines whenever I feel like it. It's pretty badass.

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