A Book Is A Book And Nothing More

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It is just a bunch of words on paper

Written by an author on any number of subjects

For people to read and enjoy

To receive pleasure or enjoyment through someone else's thoughts

As the reader we have no obligation

We may pick up the book and put it down

It may not catch our interest or desire

We may flip through a few pages driven by our curiosity and imagination

Then decide what we read was just enough to peak our interest and put the book back

Because we feel we need nothing more

There are those times that we pick up a book on a subject

That has always been a hidden interest or passion

Now the pages talk to you one on one

As if you both have the same common feelings and thoughts

When you read the next page it is if you have written that line

Your other interests seem to be put on hold

The words capture your thoughts and hold you captive

You do the only thing you know

To read on and see if you can break free

The more you read the deeper you go

Trying to stop you turn away and put the book down

Thinking before this very moment you have never seen this book

So there is no need to buy it

You have lived your whole life until now without it

You pick up the book again and read a little more

Now you look at the price and if it was high you would probably put the book back

Because you couldn't justify spending that amount of money on a book

When you could buy something else

Fortunately this book has been marked down and is on clearance

You know it's a good deal when you buy a book for less when other people had to pay full price

That means you can buy a couple of books and still have money left over

It is a great bargain and a real treasure

It would be a wonderful addition to the other books in your collection

As you put it back on the shelf you tell yourself you don't need it

You have other books you haven't finished reading so why buy another one

Realizing if you put it back you may not be able to get the same deal again

Later if you bought the same book you would pay a lot more because books don't sell much cheaper

Then again there are shelves and shelves of books in every bookstore to be read

You can go to your local library and look for the same book

You are left with a decision to walk away

Write down the book title and author

So at a later date look for the same book

As a few minutes pass that seemed like hours

I was in line holding the book in my hand

Going through the register and purchasing my latest favorite book

Have you ever done this ?

I think back to my early childhood where I bought a few books in school

From a Scholastic book club and all the feelings I felt when we got to order our books

Waiting a few weeks until they arrived

Then we got to have the books we checked off

For me it was more than one sometimes three

I know I loved that feeling

The comfort of having a few books that I could read at anytime and call them my own

Over the years my book collection has grown

Where I have run out of room

So I have downsized to make some space

Given a few books away

Books have always been my little piece of heaven

Where anything and everything has a place and a home

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Good hub Dream On. I wrote a hub called Addicted to Books(a Bookworms Guide), because I am addicted to them, All my bookcases are full and I have boxes tucked under beds full of them. I have sold or given away some, but there are many I can't part with.

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DREAM ON 2 years ago Author

Jodah I would love to see a list of the books you have? I am always interested in what other people find fascinating. I once had dreams of having my own library. Wouldn't that be grand. Where people with the same interests could come and borrow my books.I have a strong attachment to books that I have found interesting.Thank you so much for reading and sharing.

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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I enjoyed this. Reminds me of how I have all my books tucked here and there - I just can't part with them. Thanks for this.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

What great writing! I too have a massive book collection. I have had a passion for books since I was a child. I remember going to the public library book sale around at 12 and buying some very old books that I treasured so dearly. My passion for book collecting hasn't stopped, but it has slowed down because we ran out of space.

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DREAM ON 2 years ago Author

vocalcoach I consciously think before I buy my next book but subconsciously I am driven to buy. I even tried walking around the store carrying the books I like until my arms get tired of holding them in hopes I will lose interest and put them back. It has made me put a couple of books back not all of them.craftytothecore Just hearing the word massive makes me excited and all kinds of thoughts are running through my head.The main thought how soon can I get there. To enjoy someone else who has a beautiful passion and leaving it all behind. Knowing in my mind all your books are safe and sound in a beautiful home. Loving books is part who I am. Loving other book lovers because they wouldn't of collected so many books unless they had a deep desire and passion for the written word. Thank you both for your beautiful comments. Have a great day.

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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Hi Dream On. I've been a book lover, reader, collector and now soon to be a writer and I have the same fascination with books as yourself. My collecting has gotten very out of hand but not to the point where I'm willing to give them away or put them away in storage. Not me - I just go put something else away to make room on a shelf or cabinet. Every room in the house has a shelf of books somewhere in the room. I always wished to have a home library, not so much to lend out like you said, but just to have a place to contain them all in one place. I'm the reader between my husband and I, and he just doesn't understand why I like to "have" books, and "keep" books long after I've read them.

I told him it is because books are meant to be read over and over. If they were not, then they would be disposable like wrapping paper or paper sacks or food cartons to toss in the trash when we are through reading them. Books have survived for years. We can't say that about other things. I told my one daughter who reads a lot, that books will survive as long as they have a message to tell. Since that is the point of the book in the first place, they will be around forever.

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DREAM ON 2 years ago Author

RachaelOhalloran I can relate to so many things you mentioned . For years I have always said "The saddest thing I know is a book unread "To have a wealth of knowledge and imagination right at your fingertips and let it slip away. I feel my books are an extension of who I am. Just like my legs or my arms. I am not sure why books affect me this way but I know the excitement and passion I feel are real.I love your comment and I am so happy you took the time to tell me in such great detail. I would love to see a list of your books by title. To hear about other book lovers only reinforces my love to read. Often I have little time so I can read sometimes one to fifteen pages a day. I go from book to book. My interest varies in so many areas . I love that you talk to your husband about your love to read. I constantly talk to my wife but she rather watch a good movie.I am currently trying to make a list of all my books and share it with other book lovers. It is a slow process but well worth it in the end. We have to talk more. I have so many plans for my books . I know if I was to read a book a day.I wouldn't be able to read all my books in ten years.I am not getting any younger but each book brings so many pleasant thoughts. Thank you for your comment and most of all your love for books that brought us both together. Have a beautiful day.

Colin Neville 2 years ago

I liked this a lot. You capture the emotional, tactile and intellectual appeal of books, and the way reading absorbs us, triggers pleasant associations, and is compulsive! And giving those books away can be VERY difficult; the choice is a very hard one to make sometimes. Books have always been important to me, perhaps because our family did not have a TV until I was 10 years old. By that time the reading habit was unshakeably well established. Thanks for writing this; a pleasure to read it.

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DREAM ON 2 years ago Author

Collin Neville I enjoyed reading your hubs as they entertain and inform me of a side of books I never knew.I am happy you came around to read my hub.Books have been my love also my downfall. I have a hard time not buying a book that catches my interest. Now I look and take a picture of the book and some day I will add it to my collection. Thank you for reading and commenting. This means a lot to me. Have a great weekend.

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annart 2 years ago from SW England

I don't often buy books, though lately I've started buying some online for my Kindle. I do have loads of books which I enjoy re-reading though.

I also belong to a Book Club so we get through one a month and that keeps my reading varied. Even if I don't like the book, I read it through and comment when we get together. It's a great social thing too.

I never throw away books; some go to the charity shop but never in the bin. I just can't destroy something someone has taken the trouble to write.

Interesting thoughts here and, let's face it, writing is special for those who belong to hubpages, isn't it? Books must therefore be our passion too.


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DREAM ON 2 years ago Author

annart Books have a mind of their own. We can love them , hate them , all we ever have to do is read them.Thank you so much for reading and sharing.

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CarolineVABC 2 years ago from Castaic


I believe we have all been on the same boat. I have been in the same situation numerous times! I love reading books, especially the ones that deal with psychology/social behavior/gifted children or adults or anything that will make me understand why people do what they do:-).

Sometimes, I feel that I should've gotten that book when I had the chance to! I agree with you that books have a mind of their own. Like you've stated in your article, there are books as if they are talking to you personally and it's so mind-blowing that another person knows either what you're going through or where you are coming from! Thanks for sharing. Keep writing!

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DREAM ON 2 years ago Author

CarolineVABC I have probably the only mother in the world that told her son do you really need that book. Put that book back didn't you just buy a book yesterday. As I got older she just shook her head and said "another book" don't you have that one already. Why don't you wait. So thank you mom for trying to keep my books buying to a minimum. I would smile and say the same thing over and over again. I really love this one. Thanks for all your kind words and especially reading my hub and I hope you don't mind if I book you for the next book buying. Where every book needs a home .Books away.

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