Wherever we look we find books. There are around 2.2 million books published each year worldwide. The best-selling book of all time is the Bible. The best-selling book in 2018 was Michelle Obama’s memoir. Her book was titled ‘Becoming’ and it sold 3.4 million copies. I have not read the book, but it is on my list of books to read.
With the arrival of computers and the internet there was much talk about a paperless world. When I look around my home office I can tell I never entered the paperless world. I have more paper then ever. I print recipes and all types of articles. There are articles on health and fitness; articles about how to have happy backyard chickens; the best way to lace your runners; a book review; a travel review; how to stop grasshoppers from eating citrus leaves. They are all printed and appear on my desk joining the pile of must-read material.
Given there are so many books in the world where do they all live? They live in libraries, in homes, in charity shops, and in workplaces. We find them in shopfront bookshops, online bookshops and in coffee shops. Wherever we look we don’t have to look too far to see a book.
A favourite book memory of mine is when my One & Only (O&O) and I visited The Long Room in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. The library commenced in 1592. It is one of the world’s most beautiful libraries with over 200,000 old books. We also saw pages from the 9th century manuscript documents The Book of Kells. All written in Latin and surrounded by exquisite designs. The book depicts the life of Jesus Christ through the four gospels from the Bible. What a memorable day.
Why do people like books? It is the tactile experience of holding a book and being able to take it with you wherever you go. When I read and own a book I can write in it, highlight it, like I did with so many of my academic books. You can put a book down and then pick it up years later reading that favourite chapter over and over again.
Given there are around 2.2 million books published every year why would someone want to publish a book? It is because people like me, love engaging with words. I like to play with the words on the page. I reorganise the words. I try to make sense of something that two hours ago was a senseless combination. Because of my love of words, I have worked on my writing skills and I hope they have improved. That said, I decided to write a book, a memoir. Here is the front cover, hiding a story of 90,000 words.
There is satisfaction in writing a story. Writing can be cathartic – an emotional release from repressed feelings. Writing a journal is a positive step to understanding our thoughts and feelings. Journaling can enhance our mental health. Writing puts things into perspective. Writing helps us preserve our memories and our experiences. My book ‘Caught in the Crossfire’ A Memoir is a recent release. It is a true story. Yes, it happened to me! One more book to add to the other couple of million for 2019.
If you want to know more about the book. See InHouse Publishing. You may even find it is an interesting read!