Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: The Magical World of Books


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This week's prompt is a quote:



We are also super excited to announce the launch of the Write or Die Book Club! It's a quarterly book club focused on books about writing, creativity, inspiration, etc. We hope you join us! Click here.

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I love this quote, not only because it was said by my favorite author, but because it's also very true. Books are uniquely portable magic. Books are magic because they transcend the boundaries of time, age, race, gender, politics, etc. Books are portable because you can take them with you anywhere - airports, road trips (hopefully not while you are driving), lunch breaks, heck, even bathroom breaks. And books are magic they provide information and knowledge, entertainment, escape. You can travel anywhere, be anyone, experience anything for a time. I don't know anything more wonderful than that.    



I have loved books my whole life. Some of first memories associated with books were when I was a little girl and would go to the library with my dad. We could browse for hours in perfect, contented silence. I remember sitting in the periodicals section of the library, looking at the cute pictures of puppies in Dog Fancy magazine, with my stack of library books next to me on the table. My dad would be there with me reading a car magazine. The sun would be streaming in through the windows. You could just smell the books around us. You know what I mean, right? That distinct, paper-y smell that libraries have, with their rows and shelves of books. Those are some of the best memories of my childhood. 

Books have been a part of me at every stage of my life. As a child when I was looking for "playmates" and escape to other worlds. As a teen looking for those angst-ridden tales. As a twenty-something trying to find my way in the world. As a mom worrying about my babies. Books grow with you, books soothe you, books improve you. 

Reading has inspired in me a profound love of words.
Words can hold so much meaning. They can change the entire tone of a sentence or a story. They can create a world. They can build a consuming love. They can crush you with their sadness. I long to write words that inspire those kinds of feelings in someone else.

Books are legacies that we leave behind for future generations. They create culture and community. They create new trends in literature. Think back to Shakespeare, Dickens, Hemingway, Poe. I don't know that they knew at the time the longevity and, more importantly, the significance their books would have in our history. But we are damn glad they wrote them, aren't we?

Books will always hold a special place in my life and my heart. I think they will stand the test of time, no matter how many gadgets are invented in the future. Because the magic and the love they inspire in readers and writers all over the world guarantee their existence - page by page and cover by cover.

How have books been magical in your life? Please share. Talking about books is one of my biggest passions and I want to hear how they have moved you. And don't forget to join our Write or Die Book Club, if you're so inclined. xo



   

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31 comments:

  1. Excellent post Mia- you summed it all up perfectly! I can feel your love of books and words pouring out of the page... or screen. "Books grow with you, books soothe you, books improve you". Very, very true. A perfect sentence! Words are an eternal source of magic- think it was Professor Dumbledore who said that and he's a wise man! XX

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  2. I agree with everything you said! I especially agree on how words can hold so much meaning. It's the reason why a lot of books are better than their movie versions. Great prompt! Enjoyed joining in.

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  3. That quote is absolutely amazing and so true!

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  4. THAT BOOK SMELL THOUGH. it's something you can't describe to people who don't love books. maybe it's because it's that whole smell is associated with memory or whatever, but I love that smell.

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  5. Books are magic. I've often said, books save lives. I feel like the right book finds me when I need it desperately, the most. Love this week's theme! xxoo

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  6. Books are definitely magic...transporting us anywhere we desire to go! Past, present, future...you name it, they'll take you there! And now that I have the nook and kindle apps on my phone, I read EVERYwhere!

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  7. You definitely move me with your words Mia. It's quite obvious that books have influenced your life. They are a part of your identity! What a beautiful tribute to that. And yes, I love the smell of a library or used bookstore, they need to bottle it and make it an air spray!

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  8. Exciting to read all these blogs. So many good blogs to read, so little time.

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  9. Mia, I love that books are related to your wonderful father/daughter memories. From reading your archives it appears that you have and have always had a great relationship with him! That is so awesome :)

    I, too, love the smell of books. Especially super-old ones. You know that moldy smell that the regular person would find appaling? Haha. When I worked in the library, I would sneak gargantuan whiffs of the oldest books we had.

    And like you, I don't think any kind of gadget will ever replace the real thing! Nothing like flipping real, tangible pages :)

    Can't wait to read yours someday, darling ;-)

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  10. What a beautiful memory you described. My favourite childhood books were the enchanted wood series and I still have them (my children read them now). I still love opening them up and smelling the pages it is like transcending back to the safety of my childhood bed. #WODW

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  11. Professor Dumbledore is the greatest. :) You are SOOO right, Lexie - words are magic. Always. :) Thanks, girl! xo

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  12. Yessss, that's so true, Dee - I've always felt that books are better than the movies because movies limit the imagination. I always find the way I pictured a scene or a character in my head to be more pleasing and complex. :) Thanks so much for your kind words and for joining us! So happy to have you. xo

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  13. People who don't love books? Psshhh. They can go fly a kite. Haha! ;) And yessss, that book smell is amazing. Can't you totally picture us wandering around a library sniffing like a couple of maniacs? haha.

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  14. Books save lives - I love that, Lani. :) I'll be emailing you soon for our "check in." :) xo

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  15. Lol, same here! I have my Kindle, and the apps on my phone and iPad lol. I have to have something to read with me at all times. I never know when the reading mood will strike. :)

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  16. Thanks, love. I would totally buy that air spray! I'd use it as perfume. "What's that musty paper smell?" "Oh, it's just my signature scent - Eau De Livre" hehe ;)

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  17. Hi Lux! Yes, they are excellent blogs. :) Hey - have you received the package I sent you from the swap? I can never gauge how long it takes international packages to arrive. :)

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  18. Yesss! The smell of books is the best. I want to be that crazy cat lady, only with books. Where my whole house and my clothes smell like it. hehe. :)

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  19. I love that, Mackenzie. That's beautiful. I love how books hold such great memories for us all. :)

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  20. Is it weird that I'm watching a movie based on a Stephen King book right now?

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  21. The memory of you and your dad, melt my heart away! What a sweet and beautiful memory, I'm glad you can hold on to that. I hope my babies will hold on to their countless trips to the library with me. I hope they will have libraries to visit with their children when they get older.


    I love holding a book, flipping through the pages, highlighting, smelling, and yes.. dog-earing it too. I love the way books are free travel especially for an anxious gal like me. :)
    XOXO

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  22. I just freaking LOVE this link up :)

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  23. Hi Mia! Morgan here from castlesmadeofbooks.blogspot.com. Just checking out your blog and wanted to let you know that I received your AWESOME package today courtesy of Ninja Book Swap! Thank you so so much for the book and other goodies! <3

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  24. I love your paragraph about books being a legacy. So cute! And that memory of visiting the library with your dad is so sweet! I remember Dog Fancy magazine. Is it still in existence? Great post Mia!

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  25. Yayyy, glad to hear it. :) Books forever, indeed!

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  26. Free travel, I love that. I'm with you, travel and my anxiety, they just don't go well together. Books are the perfect travel agent! :) xo

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  27. Thank you, Erica!!! :) Me, too.

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  28. Yayyy, Morgan! So glad you received the package. :) You're so welcome. Enjoy!

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  29. I wonder! I'll have to stop by the library and see if they still have Dog Fancy, haha. :) Thanks, Crystal! xo

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