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 However, popular as they are, books have become something that lots of people consider out-of-date.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.