A Reading Manifesto

I am a passionate book worm. My happiest day would be spent in a book store with a steady IV drip of coffee and all of the books I can get my hands on.  I am however, incredibly particular when it comes to my book selection. That isn’t to say I won’t read a variety of genres, but every book has some common elements.

So I’ve developed my “must haves” for my reading:  A reading manifesto if you will.

man·i·fes·to

manəˈfestō/

noun
  1. 1. a public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate.
    2. a public declaration of one’s values, beliefs, and challenges

Without further ado, my Reading Manifesto:

 

To all the book lovers, story tellers, and lovers of pretty words,

 I believe in books and the power of the written word. This power should not be regarded lightly, and instead, should be used to change the world. 

Harness that power. Use it to shape your story. Let your life be absolutely rocked by other people’s stories. Don’t stop chasing the stories that bring you the most joy.

Books have the power to be a time turner, taking you backward or forward depending on where your heart desires to go. They should transport you anywhere in time and space allowing you to not have one self, but many.

Reading is a remedy for life’s aliments. Your bookshelf should be a literary apothecary, ready to dole out the appropriate prescription regardless of the situation. There should forever be a remedy for heartbreak, confidence, joy, nostalgia, and anger.

Words should be spun like Rumplestiltzkin spins gold – from something ordinary into something extraordinary. They should leave you both feeling satiated and starving for more. There should never be a grey area.

A half-heartedly written book is like decaf coffee. It appears the same at the beginning, but you quickly discover that it is a poor substitute for the real thing.

Stories should have complex characters, detailed descriptions, pretty covers, and intriguing tiles. Stories should also have  simple characters, relatable story lines and always have pretty covers, and intriguing tag lines. There is always room for both. And if they’re isn’t, you need a bigger bookshelf.

Books should challenge you, infuriate you, calm you, and change you. They should make you a  dreamer, a  doer, and a seer of possibilities. Reading gives us the instructions on how to be our best selves or the selves that we wish to create.

The best stories are out there. We just have to find them.

 

What are your “must haves” for your books? Tell me in the comments below!

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