Books

Books

Kairine Brown, Writer

 

I’ve always wanted a book nook. A hollowed-out closest where I can sit with a good book. I could read until the sun goes down and then it will come out the next day. And when I finish the book I can sit and think and wonder about why. Why did the book have to end there? And why isn’t the next book coming out now? A place where none of the worries of the world can get to me. Where climate change isn’t in existence. I don’t have to worry about all of the hungry families and overpopulation. I can worry about my character and the cliffhanger to come. I don’t have to worry about how many electoral votes are being counted and I don’t have to worry. I can only feel for the character in my book. The book consumes you whole. Without stopping for a breath, you read on. Sometimes, you hold your breath for your character and you don’t even realize. You are happy that the character can have a happy ending even if you don’t. You don’t have to worry about the world.

 

When you read, a blanket of darkness surrounds you, and the only people there are you and the book. Sometimes you read aloud and act out the scenes. Other times you shed tears but then the sun comes back out and everything is all right. Sometimes you wish you were inside the book with the character. That’s the nice thing about books and stories. You can emerge yourself in a world that no one else can.  A whole new world that you can make your own. A world that is yours to be created. A teller of stories you are. But then darn it, your hungry and you have to use the bathroom. Oh, and then you have to run to the grocery store and watch your siblings. Then, you have sports. You are brought back into the real world and taken out of the world where real problems that actually need to be solved exist. But you can emerge yourself back into the book soon enough. You can be someone else and have abilities that no one else has. Yes, in your book, it is all your own. 

 

Everyone has a story to tell. Put it down on paper. Some might find comfort in it, while others may not. It’s a place of your own and a world that only you can create. Everyone has a story, and so do you. Yes, a book nook will do.