Happy World Book Day! According to Wikipedia, “World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.” So as a self-confessed bibliophile, I couldn’t let the day go by without publishing a post to mark its importance.
I’ve always been a voracious reader. My love for books and reading started at a very young age. During my school days, English was one of my favourite subjects and those textbooks were the only books that I read from cover to cover! (and “revised” numerous times 😀 ) I don’t know if this sounds incredibly clichéd but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was one of the very first books that occupied a place in my library. I was about 7 years old when I read that book and I’ve been a fan ever since. It made me realize that reading was fun and also that there were books that I could actually read and understand! Ever year, during my summer vacations I used to re-read all the books in the series. (read: the ones that had been published till date) That should explain why I’m so obsessed with Harry Potter even today. 😀 It wasn’t the first book that I read but it was the first to occupy a place in my heart. And that’s why my love of reading and books will be incomplete without mentioning Harry Potter.
I feel such tremendous joy and excitement whenever I step into a library or a bookstore. Reading transports me to another world and helps me experience several worlds (and lives) quite different from the one I live in within the comfort of my own home. The times have changed and I may have shifted to Kindle, but nothing can beat the charm of a book. The feel of the pages, the smell of a book, turning the pages, bringing back memories (battered copies that have stood the test of time and scribbling would be impossible with a Kindle), and filling up your non-virtual library are some luxuries that only a book can provide. No Kindle can come close to that…
© 2017 Shweta Suresh. All rights reserved.
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham
and then, there’s this quote
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Do feel free to use the comments section to share your love of reading and your favourite books. 🙂
If you also happen to be a bibliophile, do read If only… (tiny tale #16). You might find that it’s quite relatable! 🙂