Books Are Chocolate

For lovers of words books are chocolate.

To have and to hold sounds marital.  But it’s aptly applied to a book lover and their books.  Just try to separate a book lover from her/his stash of life long gathered treasures.   Don’t bother.  I can’t tell you the angst I live with still…after having to separate myself from one thousand books when we moved from our larger house to our downsized house.   It’s horrible having to decide….which ones stay.  Which ones go.

I surround myself with books.  I love the written word.  To be able to hold entire lives, worlds and creations in my hands.  To go there.  Such sweet stuff.  Like I said, books are chocolate.   When we travel, anywhere, and I buy books I put them in my back pack and carry them with me.  Everywhere.   In Ireland in 2010 we rode many bike  miles in Ireland.  Adding books to the back pack.  Never taking them out.  Even though we had a house and a car to leave them in.   I didn’t want to take a chance of losing them.  So they went with me.   Here I am with about seven pounds of books in my bag.

Books On My Back

In my house when you sit down there will be books behind you.   Books beside you.   Books in front of you.  Depending on where you sit they might be under you as well.

There is no way to show you all of my books without further boring you.   But I also suspect a few of you may be checking out the titles of the books to try and determine a few things about me.  Trust me, the list of books in my possession will not tell you anything definitive about me.   Other than I am a little obsessive, eclectic, and intrigued by many things.

Then.

Today.

There is this.

In.

My.

House.

I am at once fearful and anticipatory.   Husband is telling me of the things this flat piece of plastic and other unknown substances that I can not flip through, thumb through and become attached to.   I say “so this little piece of wonder has the potential to put us in great debt?”   He says “oh heavens yes”.   As he lists the things one can pay for to store upon it’s “cloud”.    I asked Husband (who thought we needed it) how many books can it hold?  He wasn’t sure.   “Thousands” I ask?   “Oh my yes”  he says.   Yes, he really talks like that.  If it holds thousands…..   I pause.  Contemplating.   I could hold thousands of books in my hand?  At one time.   Is this worth betraying the book.  The actual book.  Could I be swayed from book holding, book smelling, book feeling with the possibility of the worlds this could open to me?

No.   Not for thousands of books I couldn’t.

But….

 “Millions”  I ask.   He hesitates, not sure of the correct answer.   He says “I doubt it”.

Pffft.   “I’m not as impressed now.”

Fears dissipated.

Books win.

I’m sure I will use the reader thing.   But if I read a book I like then I have to go buy the book anyway.  Which could make this a very costly venture indeed.

To have and to hold.   Books.  Forever.  I do.

47 thoughts on “Books Are Chocolate

  1. There s something about flipping a little piece of paper over once you have read all the words on it. Then, you hold the portion in your hands you have already read and hold the part you have left to read, then, you continue reading and flipping again. ….. Oh, yeah, I forgot, you can also smell the pages.
    Ok, that sounded funny, but still….

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  2. I will always love having a physical copy of a book in my hands. I love the smell, the texture and just the weight of it. Books do win. Amen sista.

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  3. Love it! That is such a good pic of you on the bike with the books on your back. My daughter, when she was 5, would ride her bike with an elmo back-pack on her back filled with fruit snacks and stickers. The stuff she loved.

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  4. I read both through regular good old books as well as on the kindle app on my phone. I like the ability to have several books with me at one time but nothing will replace the feel of reading a book the old fashioned way.

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  5. You and my daughter should meet…she has every book since she was a child, in fact, her room is a small library! She is also a writer and refuses to crossover to electronic books for many of the reasons you state. I have a Kindle, but I admit I prefer holding a real book…something about all the hard work of writing, design, printing, etc. However, technology moves forward and so must I. Great post!

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    • I fully understand your daughter. Why not surround one’s self with the things that bring joy, fill curiosity’s space, and make you ponder? I’m sure I will move forward. But I’m bringing all of my books with me. 😉

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  6. I inhale books. I devour one and have two more lined up. Always have. I download them now on one of those devices and while I enjoy the portable aspect and the access to books in a language I can read (not many options where I live), there is nothing like flipping the pages of a real book.

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    • Amen LittleMissWordy! And I’m glad there are such things as these devices now. Especially for those (like yourself) who do have a difficult time getting books in their location. I imagine it has been a true gift to many in situations like yours.

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    • I love chocolate. But when another commenter said she would rather read a book than eat chocolate I thought…. if I have to give up one, it would be chocolate. But I admire your passion for it! I don’t know about the battery for this yet. Husband just got it yesterday. 🙂

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  7. I am a bibliophile as well. The ebooks are less expensive. It means you can choose which ones you really want to invest in and then you can splurge on hardbacks with all the money you saved not buying the paperbacks/hardbacks you were not so fond of in the first place.

    Did he happen to tell you there are around 100,000 free everyday? You may like it…

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  8. I too was once like you until a new school opened and their library needed books, so, I donated and donated and donated. Now, I do not look at my books on my shelves, but I think of my books being read and I take great joy in that. I, too, have gone to a Kindle but only for my mass reading needs. When I want to be delighted, I buy a real book and enjoy how it feels in my hands and how it smells and how each page turns. But when I am done reading it, I donate it! All joy today. I love your comparison to chocolate, but in my case, I would compare it to cherry pie! HF

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    • Ah Harper Faulkner you give me something to strive for. I would certainly give my books to anyone who would love to read them. If I come across this same scenario….I think I could…I think I could…I think I could.

      And, if it ever happens, I will give you credit.

      I totally get the cherry pie thing.

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  9. I’m with you, Colleen. I HAVE to hold, smell, and turn the pages in my book. I also have a pen in hand for underlining and keynotes. I don’t think I’d ever cross over to an electronic device. Even if it meant less paper cuts!

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  10. I thought I would like my kindle better, but I was wrong, I do love the smell of a good book, the feel of it in my hand and slowly turning each page as I savor each word. Although the kindle has some perks, there is nothing like a good book. 🙂 Great article. Patty

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