Smooth to the touch, both hard and delicate. Books are the ancient medium through which our species' greatest minds have shared their ideas with the world.
Books have inspired and engaged us for hundreds, if not thousands of years spawning worldwide phenomena from Aesop's fables all the way up until the past couple of decades as JK Rowling's wizarding world took over our own world.
For the reader, a book can be an escape, a safe haven.
For the reader, a book can be an escape, a safe haven. For the author, a book is a window into their mind, their heart and at times, their very soul.
There's a distinct intimacy in the relationship between author and reader that simply cannot be replicated by another art form.
Books are the custodians of our hopes and fears. They deal in love, loss and everything in between.
They are both friend and foe. I went from scoffing at the notion of Shakespeare in school to crying into the pages of novels late at night in my late teens.
I wanted to share my favourite book with you. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower.
It's an emphatic collection of short stories that ignited my passion for the abridged form of storytelling. From then on, I have been writing short stories in the hopes of creating something even remotely as powerful as Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. I thoroughly encourage you to seek it out and read it.
In the meantime I pose this to you, dear reader.
In the meantime I pose this to you, dear reader. What do books mean to you?
In the meantime I pose this to you, dear reader. What do books mean to you? What is your favourite book?