I am currently sorting out my books to see which ones I really need to keep and which ones must go to a new home. Books get old, (no matter how much you try to care for them and treat them gently); the pages turn yellow, weaken and crumble.
Living in the high-tech information age has given readers the luxury of Kindle. At the readers fingertips you can access a large selection of books, newspapers and magazines. You do not even need to own a Kindle to benefit from it, just visit the Kindle Store and away you go. The Kindle is not without its faults (the app can freeze, shut down or purchased books don’t open as has happened with some of my friends’ Kindles) but it is another asset which when working can be used to embrace the reading world.
However, I’m resisting the urge to buy new books – don’t you just love the smell of a new book? The new book is just begging you to turn those crisp, fresh pages and enter into an adventure right to the very last page! I find duty-free book stores the most irresistible. These stores have their uses and also have a lot to answer for. I mean fancy putting all those lovely covered books, with that ‘new’ book smell tempting you to come in and buy a book; and not just one book because usually there is a deal on, you know the one, buy one get one half price. I mean how can you not fulfil your side of the bargain and buy more books which you will be too tired to read on the plane and most likely not get to read for months. This book could help me I hear you cry. The next time a bookstore is pulling you in like a child in a sweet store, take a deep breath and remember these words, “You have plenty of books to read and have so many ‘self development’ projects you are working on and you just don’t need another book that will be half read anyway!” Of course, if a book is received as a gift, that is a different matter.
An American expat who is a budding author gave me a copy of his first published book of poetry, it is called:
‘Poems from the Sand’, by Carl R. Busby Sr.
…..a heart-felt look into the everyday issues of the lives of Military and civilians alike in the land of Iraq. This book of poems captures and echoes the true feelings of the heart. They are reflective of the various challenges and issues we all have to deal with being such a long distance from our homes. Thank you Carl for being the “voice” for so many lives in the land of the desert.