book -- n. a printed work of some length on consecutive
sheets of paper bound together in a volume.
But the dictionary definition misses the point; I mean, books are so much more than print on paper. For one thing, books transport you to faraway places and long ago times. They offer a welcome, if temporary, escape from the vicissitudes of life. Plus, they're full of extraordinary and memorable characters. And in the stories they tell, books can evoke everyone emotion under the sun. That's why I love them.
Here are a few more things about books that the dictionary forgot to mention:
- Portability! You can slip a book into your backpack or purse, even into a coat pocket, and take it with you everywhere (even through airport security).
- Books don't require batteries, and they never run down or need to be recharged.
- They don't expire. (And they never need upgrading.)
- Unlike computers, books are virus-free, no matter how many new pages you open up.
- Books are food for your brain.
The only downside to owning a lot of books? They're a pain to pack up and move.