…Because books are “magical,” says poet Mary Oliver in her poem, The Loon. In this poem, she wakes up and heads to “another room, where my books are lined up / in their neat and colorful rows.” See page 210 in Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver for a wonderfully inspiring collection of her work.
As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writes about “…the love of learning, the sequestered nooks, / And all the sweet serenity of books.”
Lori Irwin is an avid reader--one of the most devoted readers we know! Here's why Lori loves books:
"Thinking back to early childhood, somebody who loved me always read to me to be closer, to share the love of reading and of words. I read for pure and simple enjoyment, the repetition of stories who became old friends. I still remember my favorite titles: The Littlest Racoon, As the Whales Go By, Chester the Little Pony, Mama Cat and Her Kittens, The Treasury of Children's Literature, and on and on. Comfort! I read for comfort then, and I read for comfort now. I especially loved poems and trying to commit them to memory. A.A. Milne was a favorite, especially Alexander Beetle in "Forgiven." Reading that poem is utter delight. It lilts and lifts and flows just like creek water."
Statistics tell us that folks like books — very much. In fact, some 70% of the US population have read a print book in 12 months. Print books continue to be the most popular, according to the Pew Research Center: “Roughly seven-in-ten U.S. adults (72%) say they have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 8-Feb. 7, 2019. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 65% of adults saying they had read a print book in the year before the survey.”