I once read a book that talked about books as objects. I am reading another which talks about objects as material memory. How many memories are captured by physical books? What seconds of your life are being recorded by the words and pages you read? When you pick up a book to read it once again, does a particular page bring to mind the past you who read those same words? Do certain words bring to mind certain memories?
These are things to ponder about. Beautiful books are definitely one of the more positive sides to having physical books. I have had people trying to guilt me for owning a large number of books. They call it a library of dead trees instead of a library full of vibrant lives kept within the covers of various books. Books are always beautiful but there is something to be said for books that are almost art in the pictures they contain, in the quality of their pages, and the firmness of their covers.
Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen
Tales of India: Folktales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu with Illustrations by Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh
Published February 27th 2018 by Chronicle Books