the magic of books.


“i believe in the magic of books.

i believe that during certain periods in our lives we are drawn to particular books-

whether it’s strolling down the aisles of a bookshop

with no idea whatsoever of what it is that we to want read

and suddenly finding the most perfect, most wonderfully suitable book staring us right in the face.


or a chance meeting with a stranger or friend

who recommends a book we would never ordinarily reach for.

books have the ability to find their own way into our lives. “

-cecelia ahern


has this happened to you?

image credit: min heo

125 responses »

  1. I believe too that certain times we read certain books which are perfectly fitting to the circumstances. I get my self thinking , funny that I chose that book just now as the contnets is perfect and hte message good for that time. Strange how it works.

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  2. I used to love going to the library and walk up and down the aisles and look at the spines of books. I always had to look at eye level because if I looked up, it hurt my neck. And if I knelt down I could never get up.

    But libraries are like grocery stores. They always put the name brands right where you can reach them. So I was guaranteed a wonderful book if I just closed my eyes and reached in front of me.

    I never did that …. shut my eyes. Because it’s true you can judge a book by its spine. 🙂

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  3. Oh Beth, I remember 2 years, when I staying in Philadelphia, and I visited my first ever gaint/massive
    Barnes & Noble Book Store… I was awestruck.. I think I spent the whole day there !! .. and I came out with some very special books … “The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson .. “The Flame, Leonard Cohen” .. and .. “Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur”… that night I was the happiest man in Bensalem..

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  4. I couldn’t agree more! There is nothing like spending an hour or two walking up and down the aisles of a bookstore, whether it be a new bookstore or a used bookstore. My only issue lately is not having enough time to sit down and actually read the books on my stack to be read.

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  5. I absolutely LOVE this post and the fabulous gif!

    I got the first Harry Potter book while on a business trip to England. I was sitting in St. Pancreas station with hours to go before my train, and overheard two moms talking about it. It wasn’t out in the US yet but the little bookstore there in the station had one copy left. I *thought* I was getting it for my kids but read it cover to cover by the time I got back from Paris (and even popped into Kings Cross on the off-chance of spotting Platform 9 3/4). Still waiting for my Hogwarts letter…

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  6. There is so much I could say about this, but rather than ramble, I should pick a moment. For me, books are that moment. Sometimes, you find one–or more likely one finds you, at the right moment and that books stamps itself perfectly on a memory.
    I read A Prayer for Owen Meany while in Japan. I bought the book after discovering a bookstore that had a few copies of English books (pre Amazon) and took it home to devour it. It will be forever associated with that moment, that age, that time in my life that seems ever so distant now.

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  8. Book is magic…book is eye-opener..Book is stimulant…Book is true love…Book is best friend…Book is wonderland…book is life…Book is everything. Everything. All-in-one😍😍

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  10. Our town set up an old British telephone booth by the tram stop – it serves as a book exchange. I stop a few times a week and look for English language books. I’ve seen Russian, Polish, French, Spanish, and of course German. Every so often, the perfect book is there and waiting. It really is like magic!

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  12. I certainly believe in the magic of books, and that we’re drawn to particular books in different times of our lives. After many years of reading “literary” or general fiction, I’ve come back to reading the type of books that attracted my teenaged self: fantasy/sci-fi/horror — and I’ve discovered what I believe is magical realism (if Haruki Murakami fits into that category). And I believe our experience of books change in different readings. I rarely re-read books, but recently I read Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49” for the second time and found it more mysterious than I remembered from the first reading of two decades ago.

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  14. True books comes into our lives according to what we need at that time. whether it’s inspiration or whether you are feeling low or anything you are looking for. I recently read ” The Alchemist ” and it was really nice book.

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