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A Book is More Than A Good Read

Updated on April 10, 2011

books, the possibilities

Books, there are people who enjoy reading, and people who love books and enjoy reading. The difference is, the person who enjoys reading may be looking for the hottest book on the market, or the most recent release, while the book lover appreciates books simply because they are books.

The book they curl up with does not need to be new or hot off the presses, it may have been written 150 years ago and just to hold it and turn the pages brings a pleasurable feeling. The reading is the icing on the cake.

I started reading Paul Collins’ book Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books, a few days ago, and was quickly reminded about the difference between readers and book lovers. The author loves and possibly understands books. This is not a review, so I am not going into the plot; it is enough to say if you love books, this book will speak to you.

You know you are a book lover when you find yourself going to the public library, the drive is not to own books, but to spend time with them, and walking up and down the aisles with no specific goal in mind.

You take a book off the shelf, look at the front and back covers, open it and peruse a few pages then put it down, never reshelving. I do this about once a month, just spending time with the end result of someone’s energy, creativity and passion.

These books are often ignored by the majority of patrons, but someone needs to handle them now and again, to open their pages and read, if only a few words.

My wife picks up books, written years back, at book sales, usually non-fiction, about life on a farm, in the country or even in an urban centre. She knows that even if the story isn’t electrifying, I enjoy spending some time with a book, which was once the focus of someone’s being. It should not languish on a shelf but be shared.

A book is more than a good read; a book is an adventure, a learning experience, a companion, a peak into another place and time, or a pause from the now and an entrance way into the other place.

Too few people read and even fewer truly appreciate the physical presence of a book; the excitement felt when picking up a book for the first time and pondering the possibilities.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have given away many books over the years and will continue to do so.

  • onceuponatime66 profile image

    Jackie Paulson 

    8 years ago from USA IL

    Might I add that recentely I lost over 1000 books as I was forced out of my house in Feb. You know you love books when you can give them away for Free. Now I will rebuild my collection. I order through Abebooks. I have an addiction to reading books any of them. Yes I have read the bible 5 times cover to cover so that is my favorite. Bless your article and for writing it.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

  • Godslittlechild profile image


    9 years ago

    I am the book lover who loves to read! Really good hub, thanks!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Good advice, thanks for dropping by.

  • The Rope profile image

    The Rope 

    9 years ago from SE US

    years ago I found I was "addicted" to books - truly addicted - as in "can't stop buying them, life goes to pot while I finish a book" - loved old book stores the best so I could buy the most at once. had to cut the addiction, it was running my life. had to quit cold turkey. about 8 years ago finally allowed myself to begin reading and buying books again - visited an old haunt of mine, had to leave - could have spent the whole pay check. did snag two books. still believe read, read, read - it's the best education! just don't forget to live in the meantime.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have noticed some public libraries have a please do not reshelve policy. thanks for dropping by.

  • gracenotes profile image


    9 years ago from North Texas


    Thanks for this. After a 30+ year career as a medical librarian, I am now volunteering for our local public library. I go in once per week and read my assigned shelves, or whatever they need for me to do. To some people, this would be boring and menial, but not to me. Probably a good idea you don't re-shelve the books you look at. The shelvers can do that. And even if you don't check out the book, the mere act of taking it off the shelf "might" result in it getting counted in the "internal use" statistics. I always re-shelve books I look at, but I'm a different case!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

  • Hmrjmr1 profile image


    9 years ago from Georgia, USA

    There are fewer truer loves for both mind and spirit than the love of a good book...... Thanks for a great hub


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