I overheard someone today say something about a book. It sounded as if there was a book she was wanting to get from the library, was excited about getting. It seemed like it was a nonfiction book. It reminded me that I'm eagerly awaiting two nonfiction books from inter-library loan. In preparation for my trip to Florida, I requested The Trees of Florida and National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida.
It made me think about what books are. Books are a place where we record our knowledge, ideas, flights of fancy, or points of view. When we read a book, we engage with another person's mind. It connects us to other times, other cultures. It expands our view of the world beyond our own first-hand experience.
There are a wealth of books out there. Some are based on ignorance or hate. We choose what to read. We choose which author's minds we want to engage with.