On why everyone should read paper books and what Hannah has been reading lately.
I really haven’t been able to hop onto the electronic reader train.
Call me old-fashioned (…I do frequently use a typewriter), but I just can’t get away from books in their true form. There’s just something about the smell, something about the feel, something about the look, something about that book.
I’m convinced that real books are the way to go, or rather read. I mean, there really are some major advantages that paper books have over electronic readers.
- They don’t require electricity to charge which means that you’ll save money on your electricity bill. That means that you’ll have more money to spend on books… Get my drift?
- Books can be passed from hand to hand. Oh, you want to give me your iPad? Why thank you, sir. That’s not happening.
- They’re pretty. Is your kindle pretty? Smh. I didn’t think so. Enough said. I make my case.
- When you’re reading a book you look intelligent and open, when you’re staring at a screen you look distracted and closed off. Books are great conversation pieces. They’re also great for blocking your face from someone’s view.
- Worn books have character, worn e-readers look like junk. No one has ever asked me about the worn cover of my copy of Les Miserables. There’s no escape from having to explain how your e-reader’s screen got cracked.
- E-readers can’t be thrown on the ground, or tossed into the trunk of your car, or jammed into a stuffed backpack. Books can. Actually, e-readers can too, but they might stop working and then you’ll have to pull a dusty book off your shelf (dusty because you haven’t touched it since you bought the e-reader). Then, because it’s dusty, you’ll sneeze all day long. Then people will think you’re sick. And, then you may get sick. E-readers make you sick. Sort of.
- Why read War and Peace if no one knows that you're reading it? When using a e-reader, all the world may just as well think that you’re watching cute cat videos on Youtube. Hold that book up proudly. Oh, and please don’t watch cute cat videos, at least not in public places.
- In the case of an absolutely life-threatening emergency, books can be used to signal help. Burn, baby burn…but only in emergency.
- Books are just awesome and beautiful and I love them and they’re so amazing and wonderful. And, that sentence was poorly constructed. Please tell me you understand. You do? Great. Let’s move on.
Lately, I’ve mostly been reading for my college classes—Beowulf, Sir Gawain, Tales of the Heike, Sohrab and Rostam, and other World Lit texts, along with a stack of U.S. History essays. In my free time and between classes I’m reading The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (a continuation of Agatha Christie’s Poirot character), Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose (the story of Louis and Clark expedition), and a modernized Sense & Sensibility written by Joanna Trollope (just a couple of pages into that one).
I’m really excited about reading Cary Elwes’ new book As You Wish on the making of the movie “The Princess Bride.” The movie has been a favorite of mine for the past nine years. If you haven’t seen it, go rent it. Hilarious. You should also check out the book The Princess Bride which movie was adapted from.
If you’re a BBC/Masterpiece Classics fan (I am, unabashedly), a week from Sunday they’re coming out with the miniseries for Death Comes to Pemberley based off of the book of the same title written by P.D. James. I read the book this past summer, it was thrilling. We have it at The Bookshelf right now if you want to read it before the show airs (it’s actually on my staff picks shelf).
Other books that I’m hoping to read in the next couple months include: Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly, The Tempest by Shakespeare, and something light and fun (not sure what that’ll be yet, I’m open to suggestions).
Oh! And, check out this awesome book I bought the other day while working at the best bookstore on earth (The Bookshelf, if you didn’t already know)!!! It’s beautiful. I love it.
In closing, I think we can all agree that there is something about that book…
Not the above book (though that one is pretty awesome). “Book” as a broad general term for bound paper stacks with words printed on the pages—words that generally flow together and have the power to change our lives.
Until later my fellow reader friends,
P.S. You should read Margot by Jillian Cantor. I know you’ll love it.