Saturday 29 April 2017

​It's time to turn the page on this virtual world and rekindle my love for books

'A good bookshop embraces even the casual visitor in an exhilarating array of possibilities' (stock photo)
'A good bookshop embraces even the casual visitor in an exhilarating array of possibilities' (stock photo)

Barbara Scully

The other day I found myself in a bookshop. A small bookshop but one with a great selection of books, all vying for my attention, all seeming to shout 'pick me', 'choose me', like puppies in a rescue centre. I moved slowly, perusing the bestsellers, the 'staff recommended reads', picking books up, reading the inside cover for a synopsis of the story and then sampling the first page to check out the writing style. I exchanged pleasantries with another customer who had some recommendations of his own. As did the saleswoman with whom I also spoke.

A good bookshop embraces even the casual visitor in an exhilarating array of possibilities. But as I stood there, surrounded by a million stories, ideas, philosophies, dreams and characters, I began to feel distinctly uneasy.

I had a sinking sense of shame as the realisation hit me, that for the first time since I was old enough to make sense of words on a page, I have almost completely stopped reading.

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