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B is for Books

April 2, 2016 Books 4

That (below) is a picture of a sliver of one bookshelf. I think my bookshelves both excite and frighten me in equal measure. You might care to throw some curiosity into the recipe and a dash of love.

I do love books. No doubt about it.


People take holidays, I buy books. I would much rather get lost in the pages of a book than lounge on a beach somewhere. I could probably manage to sit in some room with a view and read – but it would have to be the right spot.

Somewhere near the coast or overlooking a landscape. Preferably somewhere temperate, as I don’t do well in the heat.

My curiosity for books might offer a sniff of a suggestion about why I own so many. I have quite a few – many unread, though with good intentions. I have read – or at least partially read – most. I’m not hoarding. I have donated a few short stacks of books to charity where I’m certain I’ve read something – or never will – and feel the need to pass it on.


What frightens me is that I know I don’t have time to read everything I’d like to – and that includes many works I don’t have in my library. I could do with reading more of the classics. I could do with more plays and poetry. I do have examples scattered amongst what I have, but many┬áI haven’t laid hands upon.

What excites me about books is their ability to transport me. I’m not just being cute with that statement. I’m not suggesting a physical or mental translocation either.

When I read a book, I sort of spirit my thoughts away in a kind of Holmesian ‘Mind Library’ with comfy high-backed leather chairs, fine tea and good lighting. I can all too easily be doing something when I glance at a book – and fifteen minutes later re-emerge to the distant sound of my name being called.


Just to be clear, I haven’t passed out during the interim.

I just get lost in the words and the pages. Sometimes I can do the same with a trawl through Wikipedia, but it isn’t quite the same. With the right book in hand, I can disengage my anchor on reality and run with the words.

I’d be overdoing it to say that I find it exhilarating, but it isn’t far off.


4 Responses

  1. I love books, too–although they’re all on my Kindle instead of on bookshelves!

    • Paul B says:

      I find I keep a mix of books. I struggle sometimes to read for pleasure from a device, so I pick up a paperback if I need something to read at bedtime. Other times, my tablet suits perfectly. Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment.

  2. ann bennett says:

    You do have a nice collection of books. So do I. There is a thrift shop I try to stay out of. The donated books sometimes are like curated treasures. Add to that other books I find.
    I do like the classics best.
    Visiting from the A to Z challenge.
    Ann Bennett @annbennett12

    Too Much To Choose FromScience Ladybug

    • Paul B says:

      I used to work at a thrift shop in the evenings, for about a year. I must admit it didn’t help much with my shelf space at home as I couldn’t help but pick something up every single time I worked a shift. Thanks for dropping in!

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