Books good for your soulI first saw this great image on Twitter, where @mdonnellywriter tweeted it alongside the wise observation:

Books help us in so many ways. Watch the readers after lunch, and then the no-lunchers, and the phoners. Who’s calm?

It’s so refreshing to see people with a book on their lunch breaks, or on a subway car or a commuter train while most people are tapping out compulsively on their cell phones, growing stressed before the work day even begins, or during the lunch break that’s supposed to help them recharge.

It is true that books are good for your soul. If I’ve had a tough day at work, if I’m fed up or exhausted, a good book never fails to put me in a good mood.

And yes, they most certainly allow me the little escape I might need from the hectic demands of my day.

I couldn’t agree more – books aren’t only good for your mind, they’re good for your soul. We may live in an increasingly interconnected world, but that doesn’t mean we have to choose to be connected all the time. Take a little time each day to disconnect, grab a cup of tea and a good book, and enjoy the mini-escape from the daily routine.

This quote reflects my own bias for physical books, but it beautifully describes the key position books occupy in the life of the reader. See this lovely quote from Susan Hill’s Howard’s End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home:

I love the book. I love the feel of a book in my hands, the compactness of it, the shape, the size. I love the feel of paper. The sound it makes when I turn a page. I love the beauty of print on paper, the patterns, the shapes, the fonts. I am astonished by the versatility and practicality of The Book. It is so simple. It is so fit for its purpose. It may give me mere content, but no e-reader will ever give me that sort of added pleasure.

What do you think, readers? Do you agree – Are books good for the soul?