Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Best Friends--Books

Good Afternoon One & All,

Today's topic: books (not necessarily works-in-progress or our manuscripts, but books in general):

There's something so friendly about a well-loved book. I've maintained for years that books are some of my best friends:

1. They will never, ever betray you

2. They're always there (even if they're hiding) for you.

Whether you're in a crisis, having a great day, a book you really enjoy has the power to both comfort or lift you up.

The feel of a well-worn cover...the pages, sometimes even the smell is as familair as a human friend.

Obviously it's not the same as having a human friend, but they certain do offer a certain level of comfort and understanding.

You know where you stand with a book. You know whether it's one you've loved for years, or one you just met, or one you decided wasn't one you want to read again. Either way, you know what the story is, and you know exactly how to react and how to be around that book.

While I'd never trade in my human friends by any stretch of the imagination, I am glad I also have books to turn to...whether I'm happy, sad, scared or secure. I know they're there.

What about you? What is it you love about books? Do you have ones with well-worn covers and crinkled pages that "speak" about endless rereading?

Have A Warm-Hearted Wednesday!


Bane of Anubis said...

You've hit the proverbial nail smack dab on its head. My favorite aspect of reading/books is the escapism it affords me. Though they don't quite do it as much for me anymore (due to all that darn real life responsibility), they can still let me drift away from the rigors of daily mundanity for a few hours here and there.

bethanyintexas said...


Yeah. I do like escape my every day things with reading. Immerse oneself in the character's and other people's worlds for awhile.

Regina Milton said...

I love this post Bethany. Books are comforting to me; they are familiar, even if I've never read them before. Right now, while out of town, I'm reading two books and I'm about to find a bookstore and get another one soon.

bethanyintexas said...


Awww...glad you could stop in! Enjoy your trip and your books. :-)