Paperback Love: Why I Want Books Over Fancy Gifts For Christmas

Oh, Christmas: the most wonderful time of the year! It’s all about coming together as a family, celebrating, and enjoying all the holiday traditions you’ve made together throughout the years.

Over the years, I’ve received some fancy gifts: video games, new iPhones, and more. But is this what Christmas is about now? Seeing who can buy the most expensive gifts?

This year, I’d honestly like to receive some paperback books for Christmas.

There are several reasons why I’d love to receive books for Christmas. First of all, I feel like technology has taken over our lives. I was talking to a friend the other day about a book I’d read that I thought she would enjoy. She said, “Oh, I’ll just get the Kindle version!” I think having physical copies of books is much more valuable, though.

When you can touch the pages of your book as you read it, it helps you connect with the story. When you read a digital copy instead, you miss out on this sensory opportunity. Also, what if you have the chance to meet the author and get their autograph? You can’t ask them to sign your Kindle; that’s for sure.

Furthermore, paperback books don’t require electricity. You can pull out your book and read anywhere, anytime. When you use digital books or other reading technology, you have to go without your favorite books when your device has to charge, or there’s no Internet connection. With physical books, there’s no anxiously waiting for the battery to recharge; you can jump right back into the adventures with your favorite characters anytime you want.

Finally, reading provides an escape from reality like no other. When you  read, you can relax your mind and immerse yourself in another universe. Books are my way to relieve stress; novels are my escape from my struggles. Regardless of your skills or limitations, you can find a book to jump into and fall in love with.

This Christmas, instead of the latest tech gadgets or fancy designer clothes, just give me some good books to curl up with and read. Books provide a chance to unplug and relax. I will always love reading books.

Are books on your holiday wish list, too?  Which books are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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