Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Why "Books are proof that humans can work magic"


"I don't read." is the most preposterous nonsense to have ever been said. The phrase is dull, ridiculous and far from true. Anybody who denies reading the back of a shampoo bottle in the shower is a downright liar. I eagerly anticipate cold rainy days that give me an excuse to curl up under a blanket and read for hours on end.

A book starts off as a mishmash of ingenious ideas, wonderful thoughts that with development turn empty notebook pages into pure pieces of magic. Bound in their millions for each and every book worm across the globe to experience the same quickened pulses, page turning impulses and raw emotions buried deep inside.

As George R.R. Martin, once said; "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Reading a book allows you to travel to mind-numbing places, meet people you can only ever dream of meeting and experience life in many different forms; all from the comfort of your bedroom. What few of my friends can say that they have trekked into the deepest depths of the Antarctic, spent a week in a psychiatric hospital, interned at a top fashion magazine and lived 1000 years into the future in the space of two weeks? I know that I have.


Books to me are as a comfort blanket is to a baby. A book is that constant companion who will never let you down; who will make you laugh until your belly hurts, make you sob salty tears yet fill with you with evangelical happiness from head to toe. As Charles William Eliot once said; “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” 

I've gone from reading Biff and Chip novels at the age of 4, to eagerly devouring Enid Blytons childhood adventures, to reading angst-y, adolescent crime thrillers to oh-so-soppy romance Novels. But what makes my head spin is the fact that no matter how hard I try, I will never be able to absorb and revel in every single imaginary word out there. 

When you read, you become emotionally invested in a characters life, you share their deepest darkest thoughts and feelings and you share a journey of self discovery. I think a quote from the infamous book, 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' is relevant here; "Sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book". With every new page I find myself sitting in a character's shoes, overwhelmed by the emotional roller coasters and faultless raw honesty on the authors part.


Reading is one of those rare, simple pleasures in life that anybody can take delight in. You may choose to read online, or on a kindle, but you will never be able to truly revel in the pure delight and happiness that reading a printed novel brings. You will never be able to inhale the musty smell of a book that's been sitting in the attic for 20 years; you'll never be able to feel the creases and folded up pages of generations gone by or hand down books to your children in the hope that they too will somebody enjoy the same feeling of contentment that you have. A book will never die in your hands; it will remain a companion that you can always rely on to transport you into a different world. 

Reading is the ultimate form of escapism. By snuggling up with a book, you can lose yourself in every morsel of the authors imagination; your own stresses and worries vanish; leaving you immersed in a new life, as life in which you can make whatever you want of. The real world evaporates, leaving you in a magical and beautifully exhausting realm with only fictional characters to bring you the true joys in life. 

Books are magical portals that start off as magical blank canvases; created with the sole purpose to fill the reader with evangelical contentment; yearning for more and left with messages to last a life time. Books are the best teachers in life, the best friends and the best labyrinth to fully immerse yourself in.

If you do not enjoy reading, then you simply haven't found your book yet. With countless book shops, libraries or dare I say it, Kindle stores, there are millions of books out there waiting for you to accidentally stumble upon and lose yourself in. Whether it be a heart wrenching love story, a dystopian drama, a gore filled zombie fantasy, or an innocent fairy tale, your book is out there. Take a chance and you may fall in love with the printed word just like I have.

I read. That doesn't mean that I'm a nerd, or weird, it simply means that I am living. 

19 comments :

  1. This post describes my feelings perfectly. Sometimes I catch myself thinking everything you said!

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    1. I'm glad you feel the same way - I think reading isn't given as much attention and acknowledgement as it deserves! Thanks for the comment, Lauryn :) xxx

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  2. Love this! I completely understand - books are literally such a good way to take experiences from other characters and escape the realities of your own life. Agree with everything you've said - good post!

    Love, Lucy :) xx

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    1. Books truly are a magical portal! When you've had a particularly stressful day nothing is better than snuggling under some blankets and forgetting your own life for a bit! I have gained some important messages from reading - it is helpful in so many ways! Thank you Lucy! xxx

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  3. This is a wonderful sentiment. There are few things better than escaping into a good novel. Personally I'm in favor of e-books because it makes reading accessible to more people, however paper books do provide a sort of tactile pleasure that can not be found elsewhere. :)

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    1. I think that being able to hold a book, smell its musty smell and never let it die on you adds to the magic of reading:-) Thank you for your lovely comment Rebecca! lots of love, Lauryn xxx

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  4. Ha, everything you have said here reiterates how I feel!! Although I am a kindle user, I still buy too many actual books! It is becoming quite a big problem as I have no more shelf space!

    Keep on reading! :)

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    1. My bookcase is at its limit; I feel like its time to invest in a new one haha! I'm glad you agreed with this post, I thought that is was quite different to my usual style:)xxx

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  5. I find this post so relatable! I also remember reading biff and chip books! I still have a couple of them in my house! I love reading, and I'm so happy that you posted this! Great post!

    http://littered-lipstick.blogspot.co.uk/ x

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    1. Biff and Chip and the magic key - well those were the days hey! I handed them all down to my brother, although I still have some Enid Blyton classics crammed into my bookcase! Its lovely to meet a fellow bookworm! Thanks for the comment - lauryn xxx

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  6. Everytime I read your posts I find myself thinking how incredibly creative and intelligent you are.
    They are always so thought provoking, particularly this one..
    I really enjoy reading your blog, thanks for your gorgeous posts to entertain us all- particularly me at 5am haha!
    Lots of love, and have a fab Christmas, Jess xxx




    www.jesscaedmunds.com

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    1. Jessica-somehow you always manage to put a big big grin on my face! That means so much coming from you - your blog and writing style is brilliant! I'm glad you enjoyed it as it was a little different! Have a wonderful christmas yourself; you certainly deserve it! Lots of love, Lauryn xxxx

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  7. This is brilliant! Exactly how I feel about reading too! :) x

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    1. I'm glad; some people just don't understand but its the ultimate form of escapism:) Thank you Rachael!xxx

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  8. Oh how I remember Biff and Chip from infants school, just saying that has taken me back to my first classroom, sitting on the hard, cold carpet reading through their adventures. I certainly don't read as often or as much as I once did. Commuting was my time to read 1 1/2 hours every day, now reading is something I've really neglected in the form of books at least which is surprising when my bookcase is creaking from the piles of vintage hardbacks stacked upon it!

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    1. Oh god, the days! With my 500 year old teacher attempting her best separate charcater voices!! I go through periods of times when I forget about reading, but its only when you stop you realise what you're missing. Sometimes we take advantage of such an amazing skill - reading completely changes your mood and shapes you as a person! My bookcase is overflowing - I hope santa is keeping his ears peeled! haha, lauryn xxx

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  9. Hi Lauryn! Thankyou so much for commenting on my blog, it does mean a lot :-) This post sums up exactly what I feel about books, I love the way that I can be a thousand different people at once and I think it's made me a better person and more considerate because of it, I would hate a world without books haha:-) Enid Blyton was a childhood favourite of mine too!

    Keep up being amazing,
    Olivia
    www.xoliviamae.blogspot.co.uk x

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  10. This may be my favorite blog post EVER! This is amazing girl I feel the exact same way! Reading to me means being able to escape from this crazy world for a bit a delve into a whole new atmosphere where you get fully enthralled into the book! Reading is so beneficial and I always learn something new in every book I read. More people need to be bookworms like us!! Btw, I have a book club that I think you will enjoy, let me know if you want to join! :D xo

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  11. LOVED reading this! The George R.R. Martin quote is one I haven't heard before, but it's just perfect! I really think that fiction can help you learn so much, both about the world and yourself :) plus the more you read, the better your own writing gets; and I can see how much you love reading, because your own writing is just beautiful! Can't wait to read more from you xxx

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