Why read books?

Pile of books

A few months ago I visited the Chequamegon Book and Coffee Company in Washburn, Wisconsin. Finding Louise Erdrich’s Books & Islands in Ojibwe Country seemed like serendipity, since I was on my way to Madeline Island, or Mooningwanekaaning, in the Ojibwe language. In this book Erdrich ponders the question of why she loves books. She writes:

Books. Why?

  • So I can talk to other humans without having to meet them.
  • Fear of boredom.
  • So that I will never be alone.