Monday, August 8, 2011

I wish I lived in a book




I wish I could turn the crisp, yellowed pages of a well-loved book and dive in head first. Head first between the unkempt paper; the corners turned down to save a favourite passage, one to be found again, months, maybe years later. The one that will still leave a thrill traveling up and down your back. I want to fall into that passage, the one that you couldn’t tear your eyes away from, and bury myself in it. I want softly walk over the places where your tears fell, dance over the words that made you laugh, and wrap my arms around those that changed your whole world forever.

I want to wade through the smudged pages from that time you accidentally dropped it in the bath, and march my way over the food stains that were there simply because you couldn’t bear the though of putting the book down while you ate.

I want to fall into an adventure, and blush my way through a romance. I want to meet quirky characters, who have replayed their story over and over again for hundreds of years. I want to meet generous men who tell me their moods by outlining which way the wind is blowing. I want to meet methodical people who decide, on a whim, to travel the world in eighty days. I want to march my way through the French Revolution. I want to live in a land filled with Faraway Trees and Wishing Wells. With wizarding schools and bossy lions. A land where the good people always win. Where love lasts forever. And where nothing is impossible.

I want to tip-toe over unfinished stories, the ones that you spent nights slaving over, pen in hand. The stories that were discarded, but never forgotten. I want to make my way over to the last word and promise it that someone else will read it too one day. And will love it as much as you did. As I do.

I want to travel the world of words. To see all there is to been seen. To hear all that there is to be heard. And to feel all emotions that there are to be felt.

So come, put down whatever it is that you’re doing, and take the plunge with me. I promise you it will be worth it.



ps. If you love reading and dreaming as much as we do, check out The Reading Room. We have just started a new book, so now is the perfect time to get involved :)

30 comments:

nancy said...

this gave me goosebumps dude. it made my heart ache. those characters became dear friends who I do miss from time to time. thank you for writing this :)
I really must re-read The Faraway Tree!

keishua said...

i know this feelings and I love this piece. your writing is so full of life and so inspiring.

Carrie Rosalind said...

So beautifully written. I want to come along with you! :)

I'm reading a book right now called "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller, and it compares your life to a story. Kind of reminds me of your post here...you should definitely check it out! :)

ellie's desk said...

This could be a great musical..made me think of one of favorite characters in Walk Across Egypt. Made me want to finish the book I started by Steve Earle "I'll never get out of this world Alive"..reread all the short stories in Jesus' Son..but most of all..to keep writing...to get to know the characters I've already started.

lucy and sarah said...

Oh, you have such strength in your writing! What a great piece to get us pumped..to be creative..and pick up a good book too.

Kacey Hayes said...

Wonderful and evocative.

heather said...

this is fabulous! how did you know i dropped that book in the bath??? :)

The Book Florist said...

That is absolutely beautiful and so true! Just some of the things that you mentioned remind me of amazing and special things that I love to remember happily at random - little moments - little joys. Thankyou for reminding me!

Wow, are you reading Oliver Twist? That's a great book! There's some really fantastic moments of comic relief there with the pompous headmaster guy, Mr. Something-beginning-with-a-'B'... Bumble-somthing? Charles Dickens has a great subtle humour at times. Isn't the first couple of pages great? Are you reading that in The Reading Room?

Jo said...

I'm usually reading at least three books concurrently. I love this post!! It makes me want to take a train somewhere, with my stack of books as my companions. I would just read and read and read....
xox

Poppies and Sunshine said...

This post is beautiful! It makes me want to dive into a wonderful book and have many adventures. Your writing is wonderful!

gracey said...

Thank your for liking my latest music mix. :)

And I can say that you're such an enthusiastic reader! You put me to shame. I wish I can find time to diligently read like you.

Hazel said...

This is so beautiful...

Toni said...

Amazingly said!!! Love it. And I forgot about the reading room. Totally gonna go check it out!

Alex said...

Welcome to my fantasy world!! I think about this so often.

demie said...

i want to be the hero in my book ; )

Erika Lee Sears said...

i love books- and I can never have enough even though I have too many :)

Kandice said...

beautiful. touches so close to home with me. it's incredibly unreal just how great books are and the feelings as well as images they conjure up.

but to write something equally incredible and unreal ABOUT the effect of books and reading? well... makes my heart smile.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Kaylia, this is so beautifully written! I'm with you -- I can easily imagine several books I'd like to dive into (including the story I'm writing right now).

Ashley said...

This reminds me of Neverending Story, and how Sebastian became part of the book :)

Bonnie said...

Ohhhh, man. I used to dream about living inside of a book when I was a kid all the time!!!! I thought it would be such a magical, happy place to live.

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Anna said...

I hope you have a book list at the reading room. :]

Deidre said...

I need more reading in my life. I never make time for it anymore, but I really really should.

Tuesdai Noelle said...

I'm more of ripped-out-coffee-spilled-poetry-book-pages, slowly falling from the top of a ladder coming to the end of their destiny . . .

Good post;-)

Tuesdai Noelle said...

btw, your blog interview will be posted tomorrow ;-)

Emily said...

I love it. Books are the best. xx

Follow Your Own Way said...

the title of your post is so cute and says so much in just a few words.

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

what a truly beautiful post. i am feeling you on this one, love to read and find new characters, and feel emotion when reading. xxx

aki! said...

I don't know if I can claim to love books anymore... as I don't "have time" to read them. But I'll check out your new blog.

Follow Your Own Way said...

...to feel all the emotions to be felt...such a great line. such an important aspect of growing and experiencing life to the fullest.

Anonymous said...

There is something in the words that catches ur heart..