For young women's this month, I organized a book drive. It took some time, but it wasn't that big a deal. And people were really awesome. We collected about 2000 books. So that felt like a success.
Of all the sizable service projects I could've organized, I picked a book drive because I love books. I really love books. Yesterday I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close again. It "broke my heart into more pieces than I thought my heart was made of." I definitely got in the shower after finishing it to have a good cry over it. What a novel.
So yes, I believe in books. I believe in reading until it's tomorrow, and in crying yourself to sleep over a book. I believe that the most interesting people read and that writers (especially really good ones) are a special breed of beautiful creatures. I believe that teaching a child or middle schooler or adult to read is the best thing you can offer them and that a book is always the best gift to give. I believe in spending money on books and in having book piles over the room where furniture "belongs". I believe in carrying at least one book at all times as well as a pen to mark the hell out of it. I believe that books are love and that reality and literature are indistinguishable.