Sunday, July 29, 2012

Day 208, July 29

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
William Styron (author of Sophie's Choice)

For those of you who are tired of my postings about books, I apologize.  For those who love books, as I do, then I'll just say "Here I am again with yet another blog about them."

I have shelves (and boxes and drawers) of books.  I try to weed them out, to pass them along, to find new homes for them.  But some I cannot bear to part with.  Books are not only tangible thoughts put on paper but expressions of who we are.  Whether we write books or simply read them, we are better because of them.  We learn about ourselves when we come upon a phrase or a sentence that resounds within us.  And some of us long to be able to write in such a beautiful way.

My reading tastes are varied:  romance, suspense, history, inspirational, and children's books have all found their way onto my shelves.  Who can forget the first time she read Nancy Drew or Little Women?  Who can forget whiling away a summer afternoon with his head in a book and a glass of lemonade at his side? 

This I know for sure:  a world without books would be unspeakably barren.


  1. Some of my best friends are books.

  2. I agree, Deliese. That's one of the reasons I posted a similar quotation on my blog last week.