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Discussion in 'Books / Publications Forum' started by Crabtownboy, Oct 28, 2011.
Thomas Jefferson said, "I cannot live without books." I agree with Mr. Jefferson.
I agree, but unfortunately, there are many who do not read, and look at those who read as something strange with two heads. I have two sons....one a reader, the other not. Both are very intelligent but quite different.
I am....a reader.
My wife and I have been discussing getting Kindles for Christmas. Part of me wants to jump on the technology bandwagon but....
I cannot remember a time in my life when I haven't had a book at hand. Literally. There is something about holding a bound book. I love the weight and feel of a book knowing that I am just a page turn from danger, adventure and suspense. But on the other hand....
We lost over 2000 books in a house fire last year. Some of the books were irreplaceable. Much of my theological library has been replaced - of all places - on my computer. I find it an interesting dichotomy that I find "work" books acceptably replicated to electronic form but want my recreational reading material to have a binding and a decent dustcover.
I can't imagine life without books either. Our son wants us to embrace the new technology but for us it just would not be the same. I also think a home without books and bookcases looks so bare. My husband has made all but one of our bookcases and what would I do with my collection of bookmarks :laugh:
We have just returned from a most wonderful holiday in the US and were given some lovely books as presents. We will always remember the lovely people who gave us these books. My husband was given a beautiful book about Abraham Lincoln for his birthday. He will thoroughly enjoy reading that this winter. Buying and receiving books are special to us and we have wonderful memories in our collection - I don't think the new technology can replace that.
I'd guess I read about 75 novels a year. I can't imagine not reading books.
WOW, however do you find the time? I am looking forward to retirement, hoping to have the time to read even half that much. Blessings.
Jefferson lived in a time where the transfer of information was much more limited. Today learning can come from many more sources. Books are no longer the primary source nor should they be. Having said that I love books and collect them. I prefer a book to any other form. But that is my personal preference.
I wish you would describe what you feel is the primary way we get our information. If it is the media then that is sad IMHO. Books can go much deeper into a subject. So can scholarly magazines. Perhaps if books are not our primary source ... well perhaps that explains the shallowness of the thinking of many in our society these days, including politicians.
What is your feeling on this?
I am not aware there is a singular primary way. It used to be books. Now it comes from many sources. But I do not believe that not obtaining information from between two hard covers lends to shallow thinking. I believe shallow thinking comes from being lazy because of far to many conveniences in life. We do not have a habit of putting time and work into accomplishing things. It even explains why we have so many college students and even some of those who call themselves pastors engaging in plagiarism. Americans are to fat and happy and to lazy to be anything but shallow. But we're not the only one's.
I usually read for at least an hour at bedtime every night. I read fairly fast, not a speed reader, but I can read about 80 pages an hour. I've got a book light so I don't bother the wife with lights on in the room.