Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sunday Scribblings - Bookcase



The prompt this week is bookcase.

The humble bookcase is an item I see fewer  and fewer of in  homes I occasionally visit. Those folk who do have one use their bookcase to store computer games, display their ornaments or to stuff boxes filled with junk into. And people that come to my home sometimes seem shocked when they see a bookcase used for its intended purpose – to store books.


E-readers certainly have their part to play in the decline of the bookcase, but personally, I feel that the lure of smart phones and tablets has more to do with it. Fewer people are reading, more people are spending time with their eyes glued to the six inch, all singing, all dancing screen. There is little point complaining about this. Things change, people change, the world we live in moves at a frenetic pace and most folk do feel the urge to keep up-to-date with what is happening.


Reading still has its loyal band of followers and I reckon it always will. However, popular as they are, books have become something that lots of people consider out-of-date. I heard a story recently about someone sitting on a bus reading a book. A few people on the bus seemed quite amused at this scenario, one of them even said, “Reading a paper book, how retro is that!”


Books are a marvel. I love the feel of a book, I love the smell of books, I enjoy having books around me and most of all I love reading books. When I open a new book, it’s like I’m embarking on a voyage to some new land I have never seen before. I am an explorer setting sail for the first time, filled with excitement about the adventure due to unfold. No E-reader, mobile phone or tablet has that effect. So maybe I’m just a little bit ‘retro’ too.

12 comments:

  1. Ich habe sehr viele Bücher.
    Seit gut 40 Jahren sammle ich sie.
    Meine Kinder haben mir zwar einen e-Book reader geschenkt, aber den habe ich ihnen wieder zurück vermacht ;-)
    Auch ich muss ein Buch in Händen halten.
    Ich muss ein buch riechen können.
    Dann bin ich zufrieden.
    Viel Lesefreude weiterhin
    Liebe Grüße

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    1. Hi, Jutta.K I have a large collection of books too. E-readers just don't have that magic spark. I love paper books. Thank you for visiting and for commenting.

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  2. I am with you having read real books for so many years. However I have to admit that as humanity is slowly plugged into everything and becomes no better than device on a computer itself change is inevitable. Meanwhile remember someone is watching you but no one knows what book I am reading do they?

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for commenting, Old Egg. Glad you agree with me about the real book thing. So many people are plugged in nowadays it's a wonder their brains don't melt.

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  3. I agree with you. You can not replace the feel of a paper book with e-books. That story of reading a book on the bus made me laugh.

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    1. Hi, Carol. Thank you for stopping and taking the time to comment. Real books are the real deal. E-books can't replace them in my opinion.

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  4. I love my bookshelf, and I use it in the way it was intended. I admit I use an e-reader. It's so much easier when travelling, either overseas or on the bus. As for the smell of books, I love nothing more than the aroma of a book shop!

    Click to read my story

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    1. Hello, and thank you for commenting, Keith. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who uses a bookcase for its intended purpose. As for the smell of books, there is second-hand bookshop nearby, the smell of books in the place in incredible.

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  5. Bravo John!!!
    I love the paper books, turning pages, the scent of paper and sometimes the scent of a leather cover!!! I have my own personal library of over three hundred books...I lost count years ago :) And if you are wondering...yes, I do have them in bookcases!!!

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    1. Hi, Jan. Thank you for commenting. I thought I was becoming a dinosaur in regard of my passion for books. I've ran out of space for all of mine. I have them everywhere, including my bookcase. I just love them. Everything about the feel and smell of paper is good for the soul.

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  6. Im always shocked and a bit saddened when I go into a house and can't find the bookcases, especially in a family with children. In some instances, people read, but the books are never left lying around, but tucked away until the next 'reading' event. Mine are all over the place, and it's rare to have less than two going at once.
    My idea of heaven is too many books and never enough time to read them all.

    For christmas one year we gave ourselves a set of bookshelves, the kind you put together the way you want. It filled a 10-foot wall-- to the ceiling-- in the bedroom. My husband said, if we ever have an earthquake they'll never find us...

    Our Salvation Army has a nice selection of books now, and with the senior discount (age hath its perks) I can usually come away with a dozen or so and not feel I have to like any of them, which lets me take chances on new authors I might not otherwise have tried.

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    1. Hello, mittens. Thank you for visiting, and for taking the time to comment. We have books everywhere. My daughter's room is overflowing with them , so is the our living-room and my bookcase wont hold any more. I usually have a couple of books on the go at the same time, too. Some folk reckon this is a bit odd, but I just like reading.

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