Impossible question, right? But there are many purposes books can serve: an escape, a distraction, a way of learning about something new or just a source of pleasure. They can also mean a lot to us because of how we were introduced to them or because they were there during a specific part of our life.
Do you think books affect the way we see and act in the world? Perhaps you've even adjusted the way you perceive something because of what you've read. Would we be the same people we are now without them? I know for sure that I wouldn't be. And of course, we have to consider what books mean to different people, different places, different cultures. Historically some cultures rely more on verbal communications and/or are not so enamoured of the written word as others. In a modern, information centric world, do you think that will continue?
So, why do you read? Why do you think other people should? We’d love to know!
"Does the Walker choose the path or the path the walker?" -Garth Nix
"Without reading, we are all without light in the dark, without fire in the cold."-Tamora Pierce
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