Surrounded By Friends (No Kindles Allowed)

The Kindle is an impressive bit of technology. Really. I can see why so many people love it. Just download a few dozen books, and voila! An entire library in the palm of your hand. No need to surround yourself with cluttered shelves overflowing with books. Such speed! Such convenience! Such an improvement, right?

For some, yes. But not for me. You see, books are more than just clutter for me. During a lonely childhood, books were my faithful companions. Throughout a turbulent adolescence, they were a source of comfort. Whenever the world has grown too noisy, books have been there to soothe me with a gentle whisper of rustling pages and the faint smell of dust and ink.

Many people, I imagine, would prefer to sit in a stark, spotless room and read stories on the glowing screen of an e-reader. But in my daydreams, I am curled up in a soft, shabby chair, worn novel in hand, surrounded by shelves overflowing with my very best friends.

Favorite Books of All-Time

(Note: This list could change at any time, as I am always reading and discovering great new literature).

To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee

East of Eden — John Steinbeck

A Tale of Two Cities — Charles Dickens

David Copperfield — Charles Dickens

Harry Potter Series — J.K. Rowling

The Lottery (a short story) — Shirley Jackson

Brave New World — Aldous Huxley

About Love and Other Stories — Anton Chekov

Pride & Prejudice — Jane Austin

Jane Eyre — Charlotte Brontë

Inherit the Wind — Jerome Lawrence

Websites for Readers


1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die


8 responses to “Surrounded By Friends (No Kindles Allowed)

  1. Hi there. I noticed you listed The Lottery by Shirley Jackson as one of your favorites. I like several of your other choices, especially the HP series and To Kill a Mockingbird. I thought you might be interested in reading my latest post. It’s about The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

    I love my Kindle but NOTHING will ever replace my books. I recently opened up an online bookstore and every time I get a new book I like, I have to fight with myself to put the darned thing up for sale because if I don’t, my house will be overflowing with books!

    Thanks for sharing your list. Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks for the response! I tried to check out your blog, but it says private, so I requested access. I went through a huge Shirley Jackson kick some years ago and really enjoyed a lot of her work. So strange and eerie, but enjoyable. Have you ever read her short story, Charles? Really stayed with me.

      I do use my Kindle app on my iPad to read sometimes, and it is nice, and convenient, but it simply cannot replace real books. I do have overflowing bookshelves all around the house, and I would not trade it for anything. Well, except maybe for more bookshelves overflowing with more books. 😉

  2. My S.O.’s asked me a few times if he should get me an e-reader. Each time, I’ve told him not to bother.

    I’m not opposed to electronic reading. Truly! I just can’t see myself doing enough of it to warrant a reader. I keep an e-book on my phone at all times to make sure I have some reading material on hand, but I’ll always relish the feel and weight of a book. That’s part of the experience for me, another person for whom books were an escape and a light in bygone days.

    • Yes! Books do have a certain weight and feel to them which the Kindle (or an iPad) cannot replace. There is something comforting about the feel of holding a paperback open with one hand, for example, or the satisfying weight of a good heavy read, amd the feeling of accomplishment after closing the cover.

  3. Thanks for the link. I did read that when I was younger and thought right away that Laurie was the little demon in the story. She might have named it, “The Beginning of a Sociopath”, don’t you think?

    Thanks for sharing that link so quickly!

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