’No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it.’
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
One of my favourite books in the world is The Alchemist. I always assume books are mysterious from the outside; what have I found? Is it ancient? Is it sacred?
Being around so many books as a young man I would resemble it to being like when you have so many options on Netflix where do you start?
Do I want to get lost in an unknown world and fantasize about people, places and things in the depths of my mind, with fiction? Do I want to learn and become more knowledgeable about topics for my self-gain in non-fiction? Or do I take a trip down memory lane and find out what my ancestors were doing before colonisation, in history. So many options, so many books but where to begin?
The library is a safe haven, for me and probably for most. Sometimes when you have something that is free and accessible you forget it’s there. A lot of people tend to just buy books and don’t really use the library but sometimes what you aren’t looking for is exactly what you need.
Reading is such a great tool, those of us that are able too should really take advantage of it; I honestly believe you should always be reading a book. In my case probably three, but when there is so much to know, learn and experience why would you want to miss out.
I will be donating a copy of ‘Native’ to my two local libraries Gloucester & Cheltenham. If for whatever reason you can't purchase a copy then get down to the local libraries and read my story.
‘To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books.’
— Carlos María Domínguez