18. Aug, 2015

Bewitching Books

“Books take me to faraway lands and places where my imagination goes wild”.

These are words I have shared during my recent visits to schools to talk about the MS Readathon. I love books and here is why I feel that way:

The Places You Go

Stories can have amazing locations. Think about the chocolate waterfall in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the icy world of Narnia. What about Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz, Middle Earth in The Hobbit and the secret garden in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book of the same name? Best of all, you get to go to places like the spooky graveyards in the Skulduggery Pleasant series.

The Characters You Meet

In books, you get to meet extraordinary people and creatures. Among my favourites are Buckbeak and Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. I can meet a giant, plot with dastardly witches or enter the mind of a zombie named Scapegrace.

The Experiences You Have

When you read a book, you get to try things you may have never dreamed possible. Sometimes you are taken to a stormy sea with roaring winds or even into a mysterious forest where you fight against howling werewolves. Awesome, right? Among the pages of Matilda, I find myself in a classroom as the main character, facing the towering Trunchbull who is accusing me of making a glass of water fall over. Oh, the experiences you have when you read!

The Time Zones You Visit

Books take you to other time zones. You can be taken back to the Victorian age like in A Little Princess, nineteenth century India in The Jungle Book or even be whooshed into the future. In The Riddle of the Trumpalar, Cass and Carl go to different eras in a time tunnel.

Books are magical: They take you to faraway places, introduce you to fascinating characters and give you incredible experiences, all from the safety of your armchair.

Image: Copyright © Jazzy's Bookshelf 2015 and Edwin Rhemrev