We have days for nearly everything. There’s Pie Day, Popcorn Day, Chocolate Cake Day, Tolkein Reading Day… so it’s only natural that we have a World Book Day. Incidentally, it’s also Talk Like Shakespeare Day. I thought of writing this whole post in Shakespearean English, then I decided it would be a) too difficult and b) too annoying. 😉
But I went off on a tangent there. Today is first and foremost World Book Day! Even if you don’t like Shakespeare, you probably like other books, and now is the time to celebrate them. How do I plan on celebrating World Book Day? Well, one would naturally assume that I’ll go book shopping, right? There is no such thing as too many books, is there? Unfortunately, it goes against my resolutions for 2013… that and my shelves are now overflowing. Though maybe I’ll buy an eBook or two. That’s not so bad, is it?
Aaaaaand I’m going off on a tangent again… in celebration of World Book Day, I’m going to – for the time being – list the reasons why I think books are fantastic.
1. Books are fabulous accessories. All you need to do to impress people or have them think you’re smart is carry a book along, or adorn your walls with beautiful hardcovers. A book strategically turned face down more than halfway through will make you seem like an avid reader. Just make sure you never hold it upside down.
2. Books are wonderful conversation-starters. How many times has a book saved you from an awkward exchange of, “Lovely weather we’re having today?” A common favourite might start a conversation lasting hours, a book spotted in the hands of a stranger might lead to an intimate connection… or you might engage into a full-on fandom war, but hey – at least it got you talking, right?
3. Books make awesome snuggle buddies. Oh I know many of you prefer snuggling with your significant others, but books deserve some love too. I love curling up under the covers with a book to keep me company. It feels so cosy and happy, especially when accompanied by a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate or tea.
4. Books are the best kind of friends. We all have friends who complain when we ignore them or neglect to contact them for a few days. But not books. No, books will wait patiently for you to return to them, waiting at the same point you left them at, and you will reunite with them seamlessly… or maybe you will flip through a few pages to refresh your memory… but your reunion will still be glorious!
5. Book shopping is not guilt-inducing. Unlike shoes, clothes, sweets and other commodities, there is no reason to feel guilty about buying books. Next to carrier bags filled with new clothing items and beauty products, your book purchases will look quite meaningful and you will feel like your money was well-spent.
6. Books smell even more heavenly the older they get. That’s not to say that books don’t smell nice when you first buy them, but in general, old things don’t smell too nice, do they? Not books, though. You don’t have to worry about any mold or decay or an overwhelming smell of cats, no, you will stick your nose between the pages and you will inhale and you will absolutely love it.
7. Books do not make you wait to find what’s going to happen… unless it has a sequel, of course. But really, is there anything more annoying than commercials that interrupt you right when things start to get intense and, to add insult to injury, go on for a good ten minutes?
8. Books save on travel expenses and reduce your exposure to neighboring airplane passengers who just won’t shut up during the flight. They transport you to all sorts of amazing places and fantastical worlds from the comfort of your home and for a very meager price.
So… do you think I missed anything? Why do you think books are amazing? What are you planning to do today in celebration of this event? Are you reading anything special? Personally, I’m reading Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway. 🙂