Books. Piles of papers tied together nicely that keep us company in everyday life. Novels and novellas, short stories and fairytales are a great part of our culture and almost never absent from our homes. But why are books so irresistible? Why do we keep on wanting to live inside them?
Being an introverted bookworm myself, I have been always struggling to answer those questions in my head. Books have been keeping me company since I can remember and they never cease to amaze me. To me, a book is not so much of an object. I see it more as a place I feel like visiting when I am lost, a shelter from the sometimes unbearable reality.
There are different kinds of people, and therefore, different kinds of books. If we love them, we will find the right one for us. Every genre is unique and equally important, each one giving us something to remember, a lesson or a troubled character, a complicated situation or a fulfilling resolution.
As for me, I love all. All books that show me a different perspective when I am in need of one, another era to live in or a completely different universe to explore. I started off with pro-war Greek novelists, who narrated tales of the sea. But when American and European literature knocked my door as a teenager, they immediately became a part of myself. And today, never having lost my will to letting my young adult side surpass my creative and imaginative one, I hold Tolkien by one hand and Albert Camus by the other, making my way through life.
The global pandemic has pushed us back for almost a year and aside from cramming all the material from our online classes in order to just barely pass the semester, we do not have a lot to do. Now is our chance to read. So make some tea or coffee and sit comfortably in your armchairs because there is a book waiting for you. If you feel like going on an adventure, grab “Lord of the Rings” from the shelf, if you are interested in a historical mystery, read Eco’s “Name of the rose” and finally, if you are more of a romantic soul with unanswered questions about life, read “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Wolf.
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
― William Styron
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