The Bookish Fox

How Books Are Time Machines

When I was in Japan, staring out the window of a bullet train as Miyazaki-esque houses flew by, I listened to “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop on repeat. I am not sure why I chose that song to listen to obsessively. Maybe because the title was on the nose. Maybe because I love rock. Maybe because David Bowie is singing wildly in the background. It doesn’t really matter.

What does matter is that I heard the song on my Pandora the other day. Suddenly, I was back on that bullet train, speeding through Japan.

A similar thing happens to me with books. I bought my favorite book of all time, I Capture the Castle, in a small bookshop in Cape Cod. Whenever I look at my copy of the book on the shelf, I am instantly transported to the comfy chair of the bed and breakfast where I first read it. I swear I can still hear the rain on the windowpanes.

I am taken back to my college dorm room when I look at I Am Charolette Simmons and my childhood bedroom when I pick up A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories.

You see, so many people talk about words and books transporting us to other worlds. Which is true. But they also can remind us of certain periods or places in our lives because they were so meaningful.

So, if you are struggling with your book, keep going. Your book matters. Maybe someone will read your words and will remember lying on their favorite beach.

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  1. The Prisoner of Azkaban takes me back to my High School years when my friend loaned me the book and introduced me to Harry Potter. It also takes me back to a time when I was really close to her and we used to do all sorts of things together. We’re still friends, but on a cursory level since she’s across the country with a wife and kids and the whole nine yards. But Harry Potter will always remind me of her and how we used to do so many story-related things together growing up.

    Hopefully, one of these days, my stories will have the same impact on someone else in the world. Ultimately that’s why I write. Not only for myself, but to also share feelings and emotions with others and revel in those fond memories. 🙂

  2. I love Harry Potter as well. 🙂 Keep writing and chasing the dream!

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