You’ve seen them:
-pale faces because they never see daylight
-eyes gruesomely glued to pages
-may attack if forced to set aside their book.
They roam bookstores at odd hours, their eyes hungry and their hands frantic. (Generally protected by an impenetrable shield of books, but we’re not concerned with attacking them at the present.) You speak to them, but those hungry eyes apparently also are glass, because they simply look through you.
These addicts may physically live in our world, but their minds continually seek fresh planets of habitation.
They use books for pillows. They get high off of the smell of ink. They talk and breathe and fight in imaginary worlds.
I know because I too am a book addict.
Yes, I hear voices too. Can we keep that quiet?
They speak to me out of pages and ink and worlds of imagination. Paper friends who come to life in my soul.
I am the characters I read about. I am the lowliest peasant. I am the richest emperor.
Within the pages of a book, I can be anything that I wish to be.
And that is the greatest superpower in the world.
What about you? Has a book changed your life?
Coming Next Week: Interview with Author Molly Jo Realy