We are all familiar with the saying: “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, there’s no doubt that that is very true . . . sometimes. Other times, however, a thousand words, fifty-thousand words, a thousand pages speak to us, move us, seduce us, and breathe life into us in a way that an image simply can’t. And here’s why.
Words, combinations of words, descriptions of people, of places, of sounds affect us each differently. Each sentence can trigger a different memory, impression, or spark an idea wholly unique to each reader. In this way, the book comes alive in as many different ways as there are readers. To simplify one school of thought, it is a book’s audience–its readers–who bring a book into existence, and so it exists differently for everyone. Whether it’s a thousand words, or a thousand pages, there is no such thing as a “wrong” interpretation.
The primary focus of Book Bound: Saratoga will be fiction: book reviews, reading lists, and–whenever possible–author interviews. Unlike other book blogs, the titles highlighted on Book Bound won’t necessarily be new titles, but what they will be is worth reading. Books set in or inspired by Saratoga Springs or the neighboring areas, as well as books either by local authors or related to Saratoga interests will also be featured in a monthly “Saratoga Sunday” post.
I hope that Book Bound:Saratoga will develop into an online book club of sorts. While the discussion may initiated by me, reader comments, interpretations, and opinions are highly encouraged and I hope that this becomes a blog you follow and look forward to reading every week–usually on Friday, sometimes on Sunday.
One more thing. Every week, with every post, you’ll also get a preview of what to expect in the next blog update. This way, you can follow along and I hope it inspires you to participate. So while you may be snowbound in the next couple of months, maybe you’ll enjoy being Book Bound too.
Thanks for reading and welcome!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon