I haven’t always been such a book addict as I am now. My love for reading started around my twenties. I still remember when I first walked into a bookstore. The smell, the cover colors, the feel of a book in my hands.
I still love spending time at my favorite bookstore, browsing the books, staring at the cover images, reading the synopsis on the back of a book, and choosing just the right one. I try not to enter in a bookstore, though. That’s because I spend at least half an hour inside (most of the times even more) and I never leave without purchasing a book.
One of my goals for this last months of 2016 is to become better at English, since it is not my native language. And how good of a writer could I be (in a different language than my own) if I don’t know the language? Although, several years working in a multinational company where I had to write all my emails in English did help a lot, I felt I needed an improvement. It’s one of the reasons I started buying books in English (and because I love reading them in the author’s native language, if it’s one I know).
This time I really really wanted to have some specific books. You know when you feel that you have to own something like right now? And not just a part of what you want, but all of it.
Instead of entering my favorite bookstore, I browsed Amazon. It’s not the first time I purchase something on this well-known online store and the fact that I can read the reviews on the books makes it a perfect place for browsing through books (I also find Goodreads very helpful for book reviews). And, of course, there is the important part of not having to get up from the couch.
So, after almost one week, my order has finally arrived and I can’t express my happiness. I feel ecstatic. As I opened the package, and put my hand on the very first book that was on top, and then slowly opening it, turning its pages and inhaling this well-known smell, I felt a rush of emotions passing through my body like an ocean wave making me forget about the mundane things. I was eager to feel transported to any time and place while losing myself in the story. Or just learning new things about what I love.
Have you ever felt so connected with the story in a book that when you’re all done reading it, you felt that the author was a friend of yours? Well, let me tell you, it’s a unique feeling.
In conclusion of this post, I can’t wait to begin reading my freshly purchased new books, and letting myself captivated by some of them. (You can feel my addiction, right?)
How about you? Do you love reading? What book have you read lately? Have you any recommendations for a book-freak like me?
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