It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. ~ Oscar Wilde
Books are a boring, static medium. Tedium medium I would call it for some who haven’t taken the trouble to explore what’s between those dull yellow pages with stoic words written by someone they don’t know yet. It usually starts at the front. The cover design arrests your attention. The typography sort of pulls you in, making you flip to the very back of the book. The racy text then takes over. The racy text that describes the book in one go. Classics don’t need those. But the rest, the unknown books waiting to be picked and read, that racy text makes all the difference. Screaming, shouting and telling you how this book is going to make the difference your life needs at the moment. The New York Times calls it a best seller. Some heavyweight author you admire throws in a few words of appreciation and consequently your grip tightens around the processed tree. You want it now. You know the credit card bills have piled up, the rent needs to be paid, the groceries list has got longer and maybe the expense is not justified. You drop the book, make your way to the exit. There is sweat on your palms, you grind your teeth and when you are almost out, you turn right back in.
You need it. You want it. And you have finally managed to get it. The book. Nestled in your bag, away from the prying eyes of your partner, a secret keeper of your weakness till it is discovered one fine day when you are sipping tea in the evening. You sniff the pages, you admire the cover and you feel a little guilty for having made the purchase. All will be well a voice tells you. It was worth it, the heft of the book reminds you and the author whispers how it is all you need to battle this big, bad world all on your own.
If this is what happens to you then turns out you and I have a case of the Litlust running through our veins.
Books make all the difference
Books are on my mind all the time. Which is maybe why Litlust happened all of a sudden over a few doodles one fine evening. Litlust is all about books and the authors who write them. It is also about author quotes, eccentricities, trivia, the smell of freshly printed books, the cover design, typography and lastly the joys of writing.
Books are necessary and reading is an activity that needs time and is a wonderful habit to cultivate. It opens up the mind to new worlds – real, unreal and surreal. Books for me are escape vehicles, time machines. The initial years are always hard. I remember averaging 3 books a year. Today its a healthy 30. Maybe I could do more but time is always a constraint.
Books flex the mind. They throw new words, context, and perspectives taking me on a journey with the vivid imagery words help conjure up right out of thin air. I love the fact that imagination strengthens as a result and thinking pathways get developed without much effort from my end except persistence and patience. I always feel I should give a patient listening to a soul that has poured out everything that made them what they are. And that persistence and patience helps for I would have learned something important by the end of it all.
Books made a tremendous difference to my life. I need to thank my parents for stocking our house with a lot of books. Jules Verne, H.G Wells, Dickens, were staple. So were access to tiny circulating libraries that stocked Tintins, Asterix, Amar Chithra Katha and lots of DC, Marvel and so on.
All in all, books helped me gain a perspective. Flexed my creative muscle and helped me see and understand the world in a different light.
I hope you like the Litlust project for it aims to bring you the best in their respective genres. Today Litlust has about 50+ books in varying genres that I love the most – Art, Illustration, Photography, Philosophy, Graphic Novels, some Fiction and Writing.
Hope you enjoy the recommendations as much as I enjoyed reading them.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. ~ Neil Gaiman
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. ~ Vera Nazarian
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. ~ Author Unknown
I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. ~ Harold Kushner
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. ~ Haruki Murakami
There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. ~ Maya Angelou
Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. ~ John Green
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it or offer your own version in return. ~ Salman Rushdie
In a good book the best is between the lines. ~ Swedish Proverb
Are we not like two volumes of one book? ~ Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
Keep reading books, but remember that a book is only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself. ~ Maxim Gorky
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. ~ Marcel Proust
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. ~ Oscar Wilde
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it. ~ Edward P. Morgan
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? ~ Henry Ward Beecher
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. ~ William Styron
I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget. ~ William Lyon Phelps
In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody. ~ Oscar Wilde
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. ~ Joseph Brodsky
That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. ~ Amos Bronson Alcott
Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out. ~ J.K. Rowling
A book is a device to ignite the imagination. ~ Alan Bennett
A good book has no ending. ~ R.D. Cumming
Thank you for stopping by. Have a nice day ahead. May the force be with you.
Salil Lawande is a writer, photographer and illustrator living/working/traveling in India.