The Transformative Power of Books

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Have you ever completed a novel, and think to yourself how your whole world has been blown to bits by the mere words on the page? Do you love recommending books to you friends in hopes that they too will fawn over the same narration as you? Books, words contain a certain magic and power that has the ability to change perception and opinion.

Books take you into another world, allowing you to escape from reality a bit. You take on the lives of the characters and embrace their fears, desires, and thoughts. For just a moment, you are not you.Words that are written on the page have the power to strike you as comforting, offensive, or intriguing. Books are filled with wisdom and peace. I can remember falling in love with books at a young age, when often I felt isolated or alone. I remember my mother taking me to the library; I would find a corner and bury my nose in the newest Judy Bloom novel. I remember when I could finally drive, I would spend all of my free time at the local Barnes and Noble. Books are a necessity in this world.

They are often the voice for things that go unsaid. In a world where technology and digitization governs our life, books are the reminder that life does in fact exists. It is the heartbeat inside of us all. Reading is political, life-changing, sensuous, intellectual, persuasive, magical, and the gate to new ideas. I firmly believe that books have the ability to change the world. Wherever you are, cherish the moments you have when reading. Books allow you to discover who you are, unlocking your hidden wishes and dreams.

Literacy is more important than ever it was, in this world of text and email, a world of written information. We need to read and write, we need global citizens who can read comfortably, comprehend what they are reading, understand nuance, and make themselves understood.-Neil Gaiman

We owe it to ourselves to keep the precious gem that is reading alive. To encourage friends and family to pick up a book, to turn pages, to dive nose first into a novel. We make the world a little better just by consuming books. Always feast your eyes on books, and don’t ever stop reading.

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