I promised I was going to ponder and think about my reading life and I have. First of all, I'm going to share a few pictures that show aspects of reading that are important to me, along with some quotes about reading that I love. After that, I'm going to quickly share a bit about what I've been doing and planning for upcoming days. Settle in - get a cup of coffee or tea. Let's talk about reading...
"Reading is dreaming with open eyes."
"Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.” – E.B. White
“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” – David Quammen
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis
(in my case, substitute coffee)
I've had a good time lately doing some 'free range' book hunting. My husband was out of town and I had some extra time to spend just wandering a couple of local libraries and bookstores. Looking at the books, remembering ones I'd read before, picking up and putting down, checking out scads from the library to consider. I went to a 'Friends of the Library' book sale and chose several older books, some that I had read in years past. It's been quite relaxing.
Next year, I'm planning to focus less on the 'shiny, new' and more on some series that I've wanted to try or wanted to catch up on. I'm planning on reading several from my 'Classics' list. I think I'll bring back my 'kay's favorites from the keeper shelf' posts. 'Bookish Nostalgia' will continue and I'll have the 'Guppy Book of the Month' through the first half of the year. And I have a request of everyone here - I'd like some suggestions or recommendations of books that have really spoken to you in the past. More about that on Monday, but be thinking about it. As always, I look forward to talking books and reading and life with all of you.