I recently received a message asking me for a list of books I feel a person should read in order to be considered “well read”. I have to admit, this question made me uncomfortable. I love curating this tumblr, but I in no way wish to dictate what you “should” or “must” read. I sometimes share what I’m currently reading but never write book reviews for one simple reason - I would never want to discourage you from reading something that could end up impacting you profoundly.
I’m also fascinated by the debates that swirl around the act of reading. You read on a Kindle? Oh no, holding a “real” book in your hands is superior. You bought a book on Amazon? Oh no, you must be against independent booksellers. You bought a book? Oh no, that could lead to the demise of libraries. Here’s my take … Just Read!!!
Don’t place limits on what, how, where or when … Just Please Read!
I buy books from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
I buy books from my local independent booksellers.
I buy books from several online independent booksellers.
I check out books from the Library.
I read books on a Kindle.
I read “real” books I can hold in my hand.
I even listen to audio books in my car on my 20 minute drive to work.
Yes, this tumblr is called Breathing Books and the imagery of holding a volume in your hands and inhaling it’s scent is evocative. However, my hope is to inspire you to inhale the words of the authors who wrote the words within, that you ingest them so they become part of your being, filling your heart, affecting your soul.
The method does not matter, Just Read, just breathe books.