Tuesday, October 27, 2015
THE BEAUTY OF BOOKS
What would I do without my books? I'm not quite sure I would know who I am. If I had to move to another country and the cost of moving books was prohibitive, I'm not quite sure I would move. If my books where accidentally burned in a fire - god FORBID! - I would mourn them the rest of my life. If you came to my house I would give you the one you wanted.
My books at the old house
Books in transition
Books at the new house
Most of the books that I collect are vintage art and travel. I don't usually collect novels, fiction, biography etc. etc. I get them at the library - because they are free, a very good word for me. And I like reading a book that someone else has held and had feelings for - I suppose that is a sentimental thing. But it makes me feel somehow connected. If the book especially moves me then I want to keep it forever and will go splurge and purchase it. Authors are not going to get rich off of me, sadly, but jolly good for those who can purchase all that they want. Maybe I'll visit them and borrow as most people who love books are glad to loan.
The ultimate library, a girl can dream....sigh.
I'm reading: The particular sadness of lemon cake
The paying guests
and The mountain shadow - sequel to Shantaram
I went to see Paula Hawkins at a Powell's bookstore near me (near ME, so exciting!) last night. Powell's is famous in Portland for being the "world's largest book store"...supposedly. Anyway, she is the NY Times best selling fiction writer for 2015 for her book - The girl on a train -. Her writing is reminiscent of Kate Atkinson, one of my favorite fiction writer's.
I'll bet you love books just as much as I love mine.