The joy of books

As regular readers may know, I love books. I love the moment they arrive in the post, I love looking at them stacked up in shops, I love stroking the covers, and I especially love books arranged in colour order.

This morning I came across this amazing video, which I wanted to share with you. I’d love to claim I’d discovered something new and exciting, but as I was the 2,592,842th person to watch it, I think I’m pretty behind the times. Still, if you’re not one of the 2,592,842, you should definitely watch it. It’s just beautiful.

Why do you love books?



  1. 1 February, 2012 / 11:50 am

    Agree nothing nicer that the smell of a bookshop and knowing that you are the first person to turn the page. We need more bookshops on the high street.


  2. 1 February, 2012 / 11:50 am

    Oh my god I actually have tears in my eyes watching that! I am an avid book lover… I can get lost in the world of books All.Day.Long

    For me, its the smell of the book – new or old… the smell actually makes my tummy flip.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome clip xx

  3. Slummy In A Relationship Daddy
    1 February, 2012 / 11:57 am

    The thought of creating that animation at night in someone else’s book store melts my brain. Imagine the logistics of having to put everything back when it is supposed to go at the end of every night :-S Thankfully my Kindle will never lead me to that kind of insanity.

  4. 1 February, 2012 / 12:14 pm

    Great video! Though when they were doing the color waves, the OCD in me kept thinking, “Oh my, it’s going to be a pain in the butt putting all those back in alphabetical order!” lol.

    I think for me, my love of books stems from my love of learning, thinking, and alone time. When I was a kid I used to go to the library quite often. I loved being in a quite space where I could get away to think, relax and learn about anything I wanted. There’s little better than escaping in a great story or broadening your mind to something you’d never known before.

    You can do all this on the internet now, but it’s not the same. There’s something to be said for the tangibility of a book. It can be a very personal and beautiful object. When I open a book I feel like I’m opening the door to another world or looking in box full of surprises. x

  5. honeybee
    1 February, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    For me, books – fiction and non-fiction – are my first love…Without prejudice or discrimination, they provide me with their undivided attention, their flair, their creativity, their imagination.

    I would ‘know’ so little without books and so as much as I want to have a Kindle, the memories I have of being in libraries especially when I first visited the British Library in London, make me feel as if I’m being disloyal to the printed-word.

    Crazy? Yes! But, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  6. 1 February, 2012 / 6:45 pm

    I do love books and pottering around old bookshops – I especially love really old musty books hundreds of years old and thinking of all the hands that have leafed through them. That said I was getting sick of all the books cluttering up my house and now I only really get books from the library and I feel I am probably letting authors down but maybe they get royalties via libraries too?

  7. Chris Hutson
    5 February, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    I agree with Brittany, those visits to the library as a young child, especially in the summer holidays when I would be there two or three times a week.

    I stopped reading regularly a few years ago for reasons I can’t really remember, but have now taken to reading again. I prefer a book to hold, but a kindle is easier when travelling no trying to find room in the bag and suitcase for two or three books.

  8. 7 February, 2012 / 1:01 pm

    It’s hard to count the reasons I love books – though a lot of it has to do with escaping in my imagination to another world. I do have a kindle – I use it for my ‘guilty pleasure’ read-once books – thrillers and mysteries and easy holiday reads. I still buy print books – the ones I anticipate sharing, reading again and passing on to my kids. I now stem my book addiction by scanning books with the Amazon app in a bookshop and adding them to my wishlist – that way I don’t feel I have to buy them there and then in case I forget about them. Now my eldest is 6 I am reading some really good stories to him and look forward to the next installment – rediscovering childhood favourites as well as finding new ones. I could go on and on but I’ll stop there!

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