the importance of books

The threat of ‘books will become obsolete’ gets thrown around every time some new technology emerges. It feels safe to say that books are here to stay, maybe it’s the human nature of needing to tell stories? Of course the format has expanded, and in some ways become more inclusive. (eBooks, Kindle, audiobooks, not to mention adaptations into movies and TV shows) At the end it’s about how you can experience the story.

So it’s heartening to know that the publications of books can still be so important to social revolutions like this book Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, written in Korean by Cho Nam-Joo. The power of books cannot be underestimated. Reading is quite a solitary activity, you must concentrate, it does not allow you to scroll on a phone whilst reading therefore allowing time to digest and giving room for contemplation. That’s not to say things can change overnight with a book but allowing books to be published is a start. Some books will move you more than others, it’s not about low-brow or high-brow, its how you resonate and connect with that particular story. I’m not intending to write a review of the books I share on here. I’m interested to share how these books made me feel or some observation I noticed or just any fun tidbits I happen to love about them. I mean whether you believe it or not reading can help increase empathy by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and challenging your own beliefs or prejudices.

I love books that keeps you thinking about it long after you’ve finished. You can’t deny the power of those books. Whatever books they may be, they are personal to you, resonates with you, and stays with you.

The personalisation on this bookmark reads ‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.” George R.R. Martin.