What does the quote, "Books think for me" mean?

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amarang9 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Charles Lamb also said, "I love to lose myself in other men's minds" just before the line "Books think for me." In this context, Lamb meant that reading was like getting into other people's minds. Therefore, it is the author as well as the characters and ideas in the books that think for him. This quote is indirect because a book, character or author does not really think for a reader. The reader does the thinking. But reading is a way of exposing one's self to other ideas and thoughts of other people. So, reading does, in this sense, put you in connection with other minds. Someone has a thought, you read about it. The thinking that went into that thought was done by another person. You read about that thinking, so this is what Lamb meant when he wrote "books think" for him. When reading, the book captivates the reader's imagination, but the book is not the thinker. The reader thinks. The book is a gateway to other minds and thoughts. The book is a catalyst.