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For me, book love came early. The written word has always filled me with wonder and as early as age four or five, I started writing stories myself. I remember wanting to capture and share that same feeling that a good book gave to me, in words that I strung together. My beginning attempts were meagre, but they were the start of something. And thankfully, the books I read were far richer than my poor attempts to mimic them, and they grew in me an appreciation of good writing.
I have never been a prolific writer, nor have I read tons of books. And yet, I have spent much of my life reading. So, why doesn’t the math seem to add up?
I am a re-reader.
My favourite thing to do after reading a good book? Read it again. And again. And you guessed it—again.
Book love, my friend, is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures. It will last when all other pleasures fade. It will support you when all other recreations are gone. It will last until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live.
For me, part of the magic of words is the power each one has to continuously unfold in a myriad of ways. So, that one line I loved at age 7 can strike me anew at age 16 and still surprise me afresh at 33. Perfect example » the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis get me every time I read them; and I’m pretty sure at this point I’ve read them all at least ten times. And often it’s the exact same line–I see it already underlined, and sometimes have to underline it again just to accentuate that its power has not been lost on me. (I would show you an example but I lent my set to a good friend so she could read it for the first time!! Nothing makes me happier. I did get a great old hardback version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe last year–it remains unmarked.)
Books encompass worlds and though it’s true they can provide an escape, what I find more true is that they can change your actual day-to-day life into something you want to live. To books! To life!