The Advantage of being able to read

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.

this is what George R. R. Martin said in his latest book ‘A Dance with Dragons’… i would have kissed him for this sentence, had he been available.
isn’t it beautiful to know that so many talented people out there offer you a way to escape your mind – and your life – for a brief period of time? a priceless thought to me… much appreciated. you can roam free through the ages, experience other worlds and long past history as if you were living it… right here, right now… utterly fascinating.
books have been my companions for so many years now, they never failed me, never demanded anything but a little time and attention and never asked for anything in return (except for a little money)… for taking me on magnificent journeys. Imagethey will stay with you forever if you treat them well – a bookshelf, a palpable escape route for the living room. you can break free whenever you want.

the smell of a freshly printed book, the little ‘pop’ when you stretch the binding for the first time, those simple characteristics enrich the experience of reading… essentials an ebook will never be able to get close to. i need the smell and the feel of it, only then will i feel comfortable.

the quote above really made me think. how awful would it be if we weren’t able to communicate our thoughts the old-fashioned way? if books didn’t exist? the -for us- simple fact to express ourselves and, in that way, enrich the lives of others by maybe only a tiny fragment is in my eyes one of the most important abilities a human has to offer. lines on paper painting pictures in your head you would have never seen if it weren’t for the writers brave enough to share their beautiful imagination.

so here’s a shout-out to all the writers out there who, even in the age of the iPad, still stick to the roots and publish real books.
i love you so much.
please continue your wonderful work.

you never cease to amaze me.

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