I never used to like books, wasn’t the sort of thing we did as young men growing up in England. Not in the 80’s anyway, you know the scene…..uh food, water, me like you….hu hu. I was a cave man , no doubt about it.
I only really started reading books seriously about 15 years ago. I now feel a bit empty/ board if i’m not reading a book of some kind. I know books are getting a bit of a reputation in some quarters as being old-fashioned with the new Kindle and other well-known book readers, but let’s be honest its not the same is it?
You cant fold the corners of a page over, all of them look the same, no doubt you can change the colour of the case to suit your mood…..yippee. You can now download books from itunes. I wonder how long it will be before the kindle is classed as old-fashioned?
Book shops have had to diversify over the years to get people to come in, stay in and buy things. You’ll struggle to walk in to a book shop now without seeing a coffee shop and cakes. It took a a bit of getting used to when this first started becoming common place, but now i’m looking for a quiet book shop where i can get a coffee and take half an hour out of my work day to zone out. If i’m sat looking at a computer all day at work, the last thing i want to do when i get home is stare at a small electronic device to read the latest chapter of Harry Potter.
Keep supporting the small local bookshops , they wont be around for ever, but in this age of five-minute wonders and the next new fad lasting 2 or 3 weeks before we move on to the next thing or 24 hour news channels we have to put up with ( seeming 25 hours a day) book shops are a quiet corner of the world where you can forget your troubles and chill out even for a short while. It’s nice to be able to do that……….if you think about it , we don’t usually go to long without having a mobile phone with us, logging on to the internet on your phone is common place now. There was a time, not to long ago , when you went out of the house you were out of touch until you came home.
So the moral of this story? take your lunch break , don’t take your phone, get a book and sit in a coffee / book shop and take a load off…………whats the worst that could happen?