Friday, 11 November 2011

All About the Written Word

I’m sure no witch will disagree when I say that most witches appear to be major booklovers – almost to the point of an insane addiction (or maybe that’s just me). Some witchy friends and I were chatting online one day and decided to have a “mine’s bigger than yours” argument (purely in fun of course) and as I suspected, fairly well all of us had bookshelves groaning under the weight of our addictive passionate love for books (mine curses at me occasionally). It’s a habit I developed when I was young. I’ve always loved books, I can’t for the life of me see why people buy ebooks or those kindle thingys. To me there is nothing that can beat the feel of a book in your hand or the smell of a brand new book when you crack open the pages. But I’m equal opportunity, older books seem to have this unique feel to them and you can’t beat that old book page smell, it takes you right to heaven.

As you can see, my bookshelf is crying out for help!!


I remember growing up my favourite author was Enid Blyton. Every birthday and Christmas and even as special treats my parents would buy me one of her little hardcover stories. I have an epic collection now although it is all packed away. I was reading before I went into school, as a 1st grader I would read the Enid when so many other kids were learning words or just reading beginner books. I thank the stars above everyday that my parents taught my brother and me to read at a young age. I don’t know what I would have done without books in my life. I think her books on The Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair first began my love affair with all things magical and I think contributed to the path I am on now.

I began to wonder if these days’ kids don’t read enough. If I ever have kids (and for those who know me, this is a very large IF) they will be read to at a young age and they will also begin to learn to read at a young age. I am thankful to authors like JK Rowling for inventing Harry Potter because it got kids interested in reading again, the lines around bookstores when each was released was a testament to that fact and I hope that now that series is done, another author can write something as interesting and fun and get kids into the bookstores or libraries.

There is a magic in books, in reading and I hope that it never gets lost. Witches, I know, will always covet the written word; will always have enviable and large book collections because of the thirst for knowledge, the need to learn and to know. I do hope that children continue to want to read and parents encourage and develop that in their children.

1 comment:

  1. Being an avid reader, I agree and can identify with your take on books. But I have to tell you, I too felt the same way about kindles etc. until I was given one as a present. I found it's like having children adding doesn't deplete the love , it makes the love grow larger'

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