After a year of covid, you would think the last place anyone would want to be is at home. Yet, it is still the place I feel most calm, possibly the craziest too but definitely the calmest. Reading is my ultimate relaxation; my calm, my quiet, my happy place.
I recently sorted my to-read pile out. I went for the Instagram colourful trend. I initially started sorting alphabetically by author (of course) and even flaunted with by size but ultimately the colour option is a very beautiful way to display books, despite it going against the laws of librarianism – haha. I don’t often re-read fiction books, I tend to pass them on to friends or family members who I think will enjoy them or I donate them to charity, with the exception of a few.
With the kindle, I have a collection of books I cannot display, this makes it practically impossible to keep on top of my to-read pile. It’s also a secret cluster of hoarding that no one but me knows about. Over the last few years, I have actually shied away from reading my kindle for a few reasons. Primarily, my child, I don’t want him to associate me sitting on a tablet-like device as an okay way to spend large amounts of time, I would rather he see me do this with a physical book. I know this probably sounds insane and it is exactly the same hobby but I’m a bit nervous about children’s obsession with such tech and think having actual books around makes it easier for children to see and understand. There has also been quite a number of papers on this, notably; “Scholarly Culture: How Books in Adolescence Enhance Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Technology Skills in 31 Societies” and also, “Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations”. Of course, my child has their own bookshelf too (two actually). Of all the things he could inherit from me, I really hope a love of books is one of them.
Do you still own physical books in this tech-savvy age? If so, do you have a certain way you prefer them organised?