Bonding with Books


Addiction to books is quite serious, and as far as I know, there’s no cure. However, unlike a dependency on drugs, alcohol, or chocolate (guilty!), there are no nasty side effects from book addiction. So why not indulge?

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, and books have been a steady friend of mine for the past few months. I moved across the country a little over three months ago, and I don’t know too many people out here on the left coast. On the plus side, I’ve had lots of time to spend with my favorite books.

Once I find a book that I love, I want to read anything and everything by that author. I started reading a book a few weeks ago by an author that I admire, and I’ve enjoyed all of her other books, but I found her latest book a tad boring. This author is published by St. Martin’s Griffin, and one of her books was made into a Hollywood movie, so I was expecting more from her new book. It just seemed to drag on and on. I put it down a few times, telling myself I’d come back to it later. Then when I was two thirds of the way through, one of the characters said something that just blew me away. I loved the passage so much that I re-read it four times. I was figuratively floored by what this seemingly two-dimensional character did. You know that moment in a book when something so profound happens that you know you’ll remember it forever? This was one of those moments. I finished reading the novel, and it was a five-star book in my mind because of that one little passage that was probably only about two hundred words long.

The best part of reading a novel is that moment when one of the characters does something that makes you think, “Yes! I would have done the exact same thing.” I know it’s strange to feel a bond with a fictional character, but it’s what sucks people into books.

I also adore plot twists. I know that a lot of people who read Gone Girl could see the big twist coming, but I was totally blindsided. I had absolutely no idea that…well, I don’t want to spoil it for the handful of people who haven’t read it yet. But I was so flabbergasted by the twist that I know I’ll remember that book forever. Even though most people hated the ending, I’d give Gone Girl five stars because of the insane plot twist.

My point is, books can touch your soul, and there’s something so special about curling up and cracking open a new book. Even if the book isn’t edited perfectly, or if the plot doesn’t flow very well, there’s usually something that makes it extraordinary. It’s those special moments that can be found in a story that make you think, “I know exactly what the author was feeling when she wrote that.” That’s why I love bonding with books.

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