It’s impossible to quantify the power of books. Books are comfort, knowledge, strength, humor, heartache, faith, experience, society, joy…and pretty much everything else you want to ascribe to them.
This TED talk by Lisa Bu which I found through Galleycat is a wonderful reminder of the power of books. Take a look and think about the notion of comparative reading, but also about how books have gotten you through particularly challenging periods in your life.
Myself, I need books to help me interpret grief and come to terms with it. I also need books to help me understand confusing events, whether personal or global. (And I understand Lisa Bu’s comparative reading as perhaps only those of us with feet in two cultures can.) Most of all, though, I just need books.
How about you? What kind of comparative reading do you do? And, what books do you turn to when things are topsy turvy in your life?