When I do get the chance to go to a mall, the first place I find myself heading to is the bookstore. It has been this way since I can remember. I remember when I was young, I used to save up my allowance and scrimp on buying merienda (snacks) just to be able to buy the book I had in mind for the week. It is as if I would wither away without a steady diet of books.
It has happened that I’ve gone into a bookstore and was not able to find any book which spoke to me, which I feel that really must have. While it meant that there would be no extra expenditure for books, I would feel rather disappointed, since there’s something about being able to find a new book to devour.
Recently, I have had the good fortune to come across several interesting books which have struck my fancy. I’ve placed them on hold and I’m planning to pick them up soon! I can’t wait! I don’t know if other book lovers will agree with me, but each new book promises a whole new experience with unique insights and ideas.
As of late, I have tended towards non-fiction books, and while I still do have some room for reading fiction, I am more sparing with my choices. Some days when schedules have been rather full on and I have been unable to manage to read a couple of paragraphs or even a chapter of a book, I almost feel unsettled and restless, as if exhibiting symptoms of withdrawal.
It would not be unusual to find me reading five books at a time, jumping from one to the next, grateful for the invention and existence of bookmarks. There’s just something graceful about a well constructed sentence. There’s something profound about a well-articulated thought. There’s something magical about the world of ideas which each book invites us to explore.
Reading is an avenue by which I indulge in the my version of man’s quintessential search for meaning. There is a certain sense of satisfaction with the successful search and acquisition of choice titles.
The anticipation of the enjoyment of new words and concepts are complemented by a genuine appreciation for the melodic symphony of intellect, logic, emotions, and experience. This is accompanied by the realization that there are so many books, and so little time…
As such, I hereby proclaim myself a certified bookaholic – and have created a badge to prove it!
(c) Niconica 2010