This week I have been reminded time and again of the experience that literature brings to life.
You would think that in this 11th hour of holiday hubbub, shoppers would be frantic to buy whatever books remain on the shelf. But no, the readers who are giving books as gifts are very particular about the gift of language. They are calm and methodical in their quests for the perfect book, patiently listening to my staff about this storyline or that plot twist. . . .
So in our busiest season, I've realized just how much literature has a calming effect. We read so that we can have the life-affirming experience that reading a book brings. And that's why we give the gift of books.
~ Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books, Wichita, Kan., in her store's e-mail newsletter
Are you still giving books as gifts? To yourself?
What are you buying? What are you reading?
Photo: Watermark Books & Cafe, from Watermark's MySpace page. Thanks to the Shelf Awareness newsletter for this story.