A Love for Books

The fatigue of a long hard day, I’m exhausted, I just sat through loads of meetings and my mind is literally begging to take a breather. My options are either to turn on the TV and watch any random TV shows that will take my mind off of the grueling day, or to find a corner, curl up and get engrossed in a book. I will almost always choose the latter. The thing with using TV to distract our minds is that we’ve become cultured to watch TV in front of two screens. Almost always, I have one eye looking at the TV and another one looking at my phone mindlessly scrolling through SnapChat or Instagram. (Yes, I realise that’s a disturbing visual and is practically impossible, but you know what I mean). When I choose to read a book however, it takes over all of my being and I am fully and utterly engrossed in it, no phones, no distractions nothing. This is only one of the things that makes me love books.

The fact that I can be in one place and yet not. The ability of books carrying me off to a place where I feel like I am front and center in the cast of a movie recording, and I get to make up and decide what the characters look, sound and speak like. Sometimes I finish reading a book and it feels like I need a day or two to get out of the “space” I was in. Literally, my mind is distored and I need to re – find my bearings.

So yes, it’s a little bit of a fantasy, but I love it, and I always have. So much so that if I read a novel and I later find out that it will be reenacted as a movie, I almost always steer clear of it. See the thing is because I envisioned it a certain way in my mind, I will almost always be disappointed in the “movie” because it will NOT meet up to the expectations of what I imagined it would be in my mind.

In these pictures are only some of the books I’ve been reading since 2019 started. I have a long list of books to get through, but I’m excited about doing so. I’m into all genres. If it’s good, I’ll read it.

Are you a book reader? What are some of your favourite books? What do you think I MUST read?

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

Pictures taken by Nicole and shot at De Kabalaza.