oh, how i love these tiny places
filled with books are just waiting to be discovered.
“i have lived a thousand lives and have loved a thousand loves.
i’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time, because i read.”
-george r.r. martin
glen arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2022
“there is space on everyone’s bookshelves for books we’ve outgrown but can’t give away.
they hold our youth between their pages.”
(not me, just someone who also loves summer reading, but probably does not nod off like i do)
“here is this delicious book and the whole day, both yours.”
the true pleasure or summer reading lies not so much in the novel itself, the writer hildegarde hawthorne explained in 1907, but the choice to devote oneself to it. summer reading as we now know it emerged in the u.s. in the. mid-1800s, buoyed by an emerging middle class and the birth of another cultural tradition: the summer vacation.
Art credit: Couch on the Porch, Cos Cob, Frederick Childe Hassam, 1914
rereading one of my favorite books
sweeping epic set in russian history
pasternak a poet
i would love for it to have
a different ending
for just one reading
it would not be
the story it was meant to be.
“literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people,
and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”
“i believe in the magic of books.
i believe that during certain periods in our lives we are drawn to particular books-
whether it’s strolling down the aisles of a bookshop
with no idea whatsoever of what it is that we to want read
and suddenly finding the most perfect, most wonderfully suitable book staring us right in the face.
or a chance meeting with a stranger or friend
who recommends a book we would never ordinarily reach for.
books have the ability to find their own way into our lives. “
has this happened to you?
image credit: min heo
how sweet to find this book
sitting outside on the window ledge of a downtown store
on a sunny saturday
just waiting for someone
to pick it up and take it home to read.
gratitude to the book fairies.
“books are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. books are humanity in print.”
-barbara w. tuchman
my next stack to climb.
“I will always find peace in rain and adventure in reading.”
a quote from the wonderful matilda wormwood
in honor of world book week.
credits: roald dahl – matilda, purple almond
“libraries literally aren’t just places to obtain books for free.
they’re one of the few public spaces left in our society
where you’re allowed to exist without spending any money.”
image credit: ala (american library archives poster, circa 1921)