Our bookcases represent the intellectual (and sometimes whimsical) catalog of our interests, pursuits and passions. Maybe it’s our connection with antiquity of those sacred yellowed pages that keeps them stacking up around us.
Oh yes we try to be charitable when we can and make use of used bookstores — which are another amazing adventure in themselves.
My neighborhood even has even has one of those book exchanges.It looks like a over-sized mailbox.You can drop off any book you wish and grab any book you fancy. It’s a 100% care-free library and a good excuse to go on a bike ride with the kids. Of course I look deeper at the titles and begin to wonder what kind of neighbors do I really have?
Are we a generation away from the idea of books?
Yet with the slow emergence of e-books or digital publications that makes me wonder how younger generations will treat this idea of hanging on to books. The digital or virtual bookcases within our computers or cloud storage arrangements will never live up to an burled oak bookcase or even one of those Swedish designer-named (Ellford, Orbl or Gansk) laminate bookcases at Ikea. Digital books can’t provide paper cuts, crumpled pages or place for forgotten photographs to live. Not to mention bookmarks from places and events we can’t even begin to forget.
So all this has me asking, what was the last book you re-read? You read that correctly: what was the last book you re-read?
I recently heard an interview with an author who mentioned he re-reads several books every single year. That gave me a warm feeling inside. Because it made perfect sense. Great novels, meaningful philosophical tomes or even business books that provide critical guidance are worth re-reading. What a great way to keep your purpose-driven life on course.
This idea of re-reading also got me over the natural resistance (embedded in all of us from ealy school-age) to never highlight or mark up books with underlining or for goodness sakes, writing notes in the margin. After all highlighting is only for those heavy, thick college and high school textbooks. And personal notes are for your yearbooks!
Stop worshiping books as sacred items to collect and remain unblemished. Go ahead, re-read to your heart’s delight. Mark and highlight all the good stuff you’ll want to use as long-term references. Get’em dirty & worn. Use great books for what they’re intended to be; some of life’s best companions.
The book I’m currently re-reading: Win by Dr. Frank Luntz who also wrote Words That Work
My first digital book on Kindle: How to Improve Your Email Open Rates