My husband’s friend constantly argues that books take too long to read and that he’d rather just go see the movie. This drives me crazy. I just can’t sleep. I’m so excited I’m in too deep. Oooh oh oh.. (Sorry about the Britney tangent.)
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE movies. I will seriously watch anything from The Babysitter’s Club to Trainspotting. I love them all. (Except for Gravity because who the F kills off George Clooney?!) I have no problem spending an exorbitant amount of money on iTunes and Netfllix since I live in a town with no movie theater. But let me just take a moment to defend my very dear friend, Book. (He/She doesn’t identify with a specific gender.)
I’m going to argue that buying a book is actually a much smarter investment.
Reason 1: Books last longer than movies. (Unless you’re on cocaine and reading through the night, I doubt that you’re going to finish Shantaram in a 24-hour period.)
Reason 2: Creative License. I love being able to choose what the characters look like and how the wine they’re drinking tastes. (Oh wait, that’s my wine. Because I’m reading that book for book club and that means wine club.)
Reason 3: Books make you look smarter. No one is going to look at you watching The Holiday on your iPad on the subway and think, “Damn, that girl is deep.” Swap out that movie for a copy of Bossy Pants and they’ll at least think you have an awesome sense of humour. (If you really are going for “genius,” try reading a copy of A Brief History of Time in public.)
Reason 4: Books are conversation pieces. Once you’ve conquered anything and everything by Kurt Vonnegut, you can proudly display them on the recycled timber book shelf you made (off of Pinterest.) When your guests come over, you will of course wow them with your vast collection and talk about which specific works inspired you to be a cooler human.
Reason 5: They smell amazing. Have you ever put your nose in freshly printed book? You can get high off the toner. It’s amazing. Try sniffing that .mov file you just illegally downloaded. Smells like guilt.
I bet you totally want to go read a book now! Here are 10 random recommendations from little ole me!
1. She’s Having Her Baby by Lauren Sams (SUCH a fun and emotional read about friendship and pregnancy!)
2. The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright (Such a powerful book shedding light on Australian history)
3. Faking It by Gabrielle Tozer (The most relateable intern story ever!)
4. March The Novel by Sunni Overend (Love fashion and sexual tension?)
5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Makes me cry every time!)
6. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey (LOLs for days.)
7. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand (I bought this because of the title. It was really fun to read!)
8. Eightysixed by Emily Belden (Going through a break up? READ THIS.)
9. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (Inspired me to be an author!)
10. Summerlandish: Do As I Say, Not As I Did (Because I wrote it and it will make you feel better about yourself.)