Thursday, July 25, 2013

Avoiding Life

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Somebody wrote that abandoning a book is tantamount to heresy. I am among those who share this belief, and last weekend I dared to go even further: What if abandoning a book is not tantamount to heresy but not finishing it in one sitting is?

Last weekend I decided to reward myself, a reward that involved spending all of my waking hours with my nose in a book. It was like returning to those blissful days of childhood, when I never stopped reading--not even for food or sleep--until I reached the final page; when nothing really mattered beyond the pages of cherished books. While before I read just for the sheer pleasure of it, now it has become a means of avoiding life itself.  How true these words of W. Somerset Maugham are:

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge for almost all the miseries of life.”

3 comments:

Arti said...

''While before I read just for the sheer pleasure of it, now it has become a means of avoiding life itself'' Loved the line Angeli! And the last quote is also so very beautiful and true!! Have a lovely day :)

Kayni said...

I have never tried doing that - reading a book without breaks. The only time I can read a book is while waiting for my doctors' appointments. It makes me forget why I'm in the doctor's office over and over again.

Arti said...

I hope you are doing well Angeli. Hugs :)

 
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