“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.”
- Charles William Eliot
I do. Very much.
My love affair with books began when I was a little girl. As hard as it is to believe, back then we didn't have computers or internet. My favourite pass time was grabbing few apples, lying on my bed and reading.
One of the first books that made an impression on me, that I can remember, was Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. I must have read it a million times. Oh, how much I wanted to be on that island! Ever since I read that book, my secret desire was to once find myself on inhabited land. I guess my introvert qualities were speaking to me back then and I didn't even know it.
Good books were not easy to come by in communist Poland. My dad had special connections at the local bookstore and every once in a while he was able to score me a great book or two. Many other adventure books followed Robinson Crusoe, names of which I don't even remember but the stories are still deeply engraved in my mind. The more he brought, the more I read, my imagination running wild with images of heroes and heroines on distant indigenous lands. I remember I made a promise to myself to visit Australia at least once in my life time. I still haven't done that.
Today I still read as much as I can. I have bookcases filled with books both fiction and non fiction. At any one time I have couple of books on the go. If I could have a choice of my own little room it would be a room with bed on one side, computer desk at a window wall and a third wall full of bookcases filled with books. I can already imagine this room in my head and it's beautiful.
This brings me to digital books.
How do you feel about them? Can you read books on the tablet and enjoy it?
There are so many books I want to read. I know I can't buy them all and some of them I can't find in the library. There are tons of digital books available online for free these days so a little while ago I decided to give them a try to conserve the wallet and the library space.
I'm happy to say that my love for books and reading has blossomed and proliferated into some of my children. I'm deeply grateful for that. It makes me smile and my heart fills with joy when I see one of my younglings with her nose deeply buried in a good book.
Charles William Eliot's quote at the start of this post is one of my favourites. Books really are our most loyal friends, wisest counsellors and most patient of teachers. I want to walk the rest of my life with them and I hope my children will too.