“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot
I have recently had the great pleasure of introducing someone to a book series, one of my very favorite ones. This is, of course, Harry Potter. There is something so magical about sharing a fictional world with someone else ( hehe, magical.... you know.... because Harry Potter is a wizard..... well, I thought it was funny). It's almost as though we have a mutual friend after I find out someone reads the same books or watches the same shows as me.
I myself have two (real) friends. And I've found that I don't need more than that for two reasons; 1- the two friends I have are wonderful human beings, fun and kind, silly and nerdy, and 2- I have a gazillion friends in my books. I know it sounds strange, but it's the most comforting thing to know that if you need a friend you can always find one in the form of a book.
I realize this makes me sound like kind of a weird person who is probably antisocial and only sits in her room reading, but this isn't true (well... I do read a lot in my room). I think that this quote kind of sums it up:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
-George R. R. Martin
Really, if you've read any of my other posts you should have seen this coming. A post all about books and how they are one of God's greatest creations. Because they really are. I can say that probably more than half of what goes on in my head are adventures in far off lands, conversations with fictional characters, and running all around the universe, saving worlds and people, making even more fictional friends. In books, in stories, there are absolutely no limits.
“Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar.” ― Cornelia Funke
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ― Groucho Marx
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”-Oscar Wilde
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”-C.S. Lewis
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”-Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
I wish you all happy reading (or should I say, happy adventures? Ah, well. They are both the same, really)