It’s a random Monday evening when I decide to read a book that I’ve saved for this time of the year. 2 hours and 130 pages later, I put the book away. Reluctantly. This is the kind of book that I would like to read in one night, but there’s another workday coming up. The next Sunday I have no appointments and I finish the book in another 3 hours. When I am finished I have mixed feelings. On one hand it’s one of the most beautiful stories I have read in a long time and on the other hand, I’ve just had a detailed glimpse of some of the most black pages in history.
A few months ago, I was at the bookshop when my eyes fell on a book with a vintage cover: Menthol. And vintage covers always capture my attention. The summary of the story immediately made me want to read this book, so I bought it. A few weeks ago, I finally had made the time to read again.
I love looking back to the past for various reasons. Inspiration is an important one. How did people live in certain eras? Literally how, because there are a lot of dark pages in every era. Also, how did they cope with certain day-to-day problems? When you look at your social media timeline nowadays, it shows more than ever how the interesting opposites of judging and asking for respect can be found in one sentence. In this digital era, groups can easily be formed to share knowledge with each other, support each other or to find people who have the same interests or opinion like you. Back in the day, you were on your own. Read more
Sometimes I’m seriously “booked”. I’m talking about the big, old fashioned books with pages that you have to turn, in other words: no e-book reader material. If you want to get in the relax mode, then nothing beats reading a good book once in a while.
The thing with books is, that you can create your own little world. Somebody else wrote it, but you’re the one who brings the story to life, in your own mind and with your own thoughts. Just think about it: since every reader makes their only little story, imagine how many stories one book can actually have…That’s also the reason why the book is always better than the movie. Nothing beats the story and characters that you created in your mind!
Books are basically your own little mental get-a-way where you can return from or learn from. From “hey…I thought I was the only one” to inspiration or places, events and experiences you’ve never heard of until you started reading the book.
So, what’s the definition of a good book?