"A book is a gift you can open again and again" ~ Garrison Keillor
Last week, while writing my blog post about libraries, I found myself thinking about the power of books in general. How a story can transport us to an entirely different universe. How we can get literally lost in the pages for hours and become oblivious to anything and everything around us. I don't think anything else can do that in the way that books can.
We all have that book...that first book that introduces us to the magic of reading. For me, that book was Mutiny on the Bounty. I read it for the first time when I was about 12, and I was simply transfixed. It follows the story of the HMS Bounty, a merchant vessel owned by the British Royal Navy in the late 1700s.
The ship was transporting food and plants to the West Indies, but never made it due to a mutiny led by one of the crew members, Fletcher Christian. Mr. Christian orchestrated the mutiny due to the extremely cruel treatment of everyone on board by the captain, William Bligh.
Long story short, the mutineers put Capt. Bligh, and those loyal to him, in a rescue boat, while they took control of the Bounty and set sail for a tropical island in the South Pacific. At the risk of spoiling it in case somebody ever would want to read it someday, I will not write any further. But I will say that it is an incredible book. I've never been so lost in a story.
What about you? What is your favorite book of all-time?