A Case for Books

“The contents of someone’s bookcase are a part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.”

-Anatole Breyard

There has been so much buzz about e-literature lately, via such technology as the Kindle, iPads, smart phones and just straight ahead computers.

I have to admit that the idea of carrying a thousand books around with me in a lightweight techno-gadget gets my juices flowing. I mean, think of the possibilities!

But alas. As much as that idea thrills me, and as fond as I am of gadgetry, I don’t think I’ll be getting an e-reader or book downloading app any time soon.

Quite simply, I. Love. Books.

I love new books.

I love old books.

I love really old books.

I love the mingled smell of ink and glue and pulp and old musk. Yes, I am an obsessive book smeller.

I love the feel of paper between my fingers, and having to turn the page just when you get to a climactic part.

I love that many of my books have been paged through by other readers, who (I like to think) left a little something of their soul in the pre-reading of the thing (along with, occasionally, a spot of jam or a coffee mark!).

I love being the first person to crack the spine of a brand new book.

I love how they look, lined up on a book shelf.

I love what they say about you as a person as they accessorize a room.

Yes, I love them for shallow reasons as well as deep.

I love that you can throw one in your bag and not worry about it shorting out if it’s banged around a little bit.

And I love to judge them by their covers.

As long as I am here, there will always be a place in this world for old-fashioned books.

– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier

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  1. Yes, yes, yes. I’m with you, fellow book-lover.

    sleepless in a neighbouring province,
    and off to sniff the inky pages of a favourite book

  2. I Love books and can’t imagine reading them on any type of e-reader. I love sharing them. Last year I decided I wouldn’t keep a book unless I think I’ll read it again, so I’ve been enjoying giving them away. I refused to get a cell phone for a long time, but eventually got my first one last May, so I expect I will eventually give in and get an ipad or something.

  3. Thanks for stopping by and sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  4. SO with you on this one. One positive side effect of moving to Cambridge (and cutting out at least 2 hours of travel time per day) is that I have been able to read a LOT more (read: at all) in the past few months. Mainly I read in the bath in the mornings. It’s the only peace I get, and at the moment I’m enjoying Donna Tartt’s _The Little Friend_. There’s no way I could take an e-reader into the bath!

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