The Happiness of the Bookshelf
100 Days of Happiness – Day 20
Today morning, some of my bibliophile friends and I were having a discussion. It was on which we prefer, paperbacks or eBooks. A month back, I might have closed my eyes and told without an ounce of a doubt, “I do not like eBooks. Give me paperbacks any day of the week.” But over the last month, I’ve read books on Kindle Fire, Nook Reader and of course, gone and taken the jump to buying my own Kindle Paperwhite. So I know there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
I’m currently reading the epic fantasy series – “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George RR Martin. Now when I say epic, I mean it. For those who are not familiar with the series, each of the five books released so far has 700+ pages at the very least. To read such a bulky book, the Kindle is quite helpful, because it’s light and I can read at a stretch without putting it down. Yet, the feel of paper, and reading a paperback is blissful. Before I read, I have a habit of breathing in the fragrance of that paper. It’s divine, and something the Kindle cannot recreate. So yeah, given a choice between the two, and convenience of course, I’d still say I prefer reading paperbacks. My mother might fret about the space it takes up, but my bookshelf is a thing of pride in my room.
Happiness is… rearranging my bookshelf, and reading random pages from random books as I do. Each page has the fragrance of a memory. And that makes each book quite priceless.
(© 12th October 2015)