Yes, I am that shy girl with a book, I am also the nerdy one with the glasses, and I often enjoy a more seductive read on a lazy afternoon. Books have changed my life, and in doing so I have improved myself on many levels. Without books I would not be who I am today and many others like me would be the same.
Books are also the worlds best teachers. They provide twenty-four hour help on any given subject and descriptions of any skill one desires to learn. Well written characters can teach empathy, detailed technical writing can provide mentoring, and fantastical stories can transport the reader to far off places and help to cope with real life issues.
Diversity is a wonderful thing, for without the different interests we would all be boring copies of one another. I enjoy knowing that I can call up my Gram for a mystery suggestion, my Mom for romance, my best friend for technical, and my spouse for articles and current events. All of these people are different and have different views on the world, colored and influenced by what they read.
Have books changed your life in someway? Made it better, helped to create a bond between you and another, changed the way you view something. Books have that power. If you let them.
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