"There's more to life than books you know, but not much more.."
from the 1984 song "Handsome Devil" by
After my people and pets, books are my greatest treasures. I am fortunate enough to have amassed
Book in hand, the whole world is laid at my feet in all its beauty and complexity. I can be anyone…go anywhere…experience lives entirely different from my own, and grow a little from the experience of trying on other peoples’ realities, however briefly.
Books took me through a troubled childhood by being my friends when I had no other and my refuge when the world asked more of me than a child should have to give. As an adult, they have been my joy and my inspiration…a continual celebration and exploration of life in all its diversity.
I’d been curious about blogs, but knew little about them. That all changed after reading this book. Its straightforward and concise information, coupled with yummy pictures and pages of inspiring bloggers and sites, was just the catalyst needed to lure me into the vibrant world of blogging. I have never looked back.
A Few Books In My Studio
I am a fast and focused reader, so it's an ongoing challenge to ensure I always have great stacks of both fiction and non-fiction books awaiting my eager hands.
(Okay, it's not that difficult since I do make weekly visits to Chapters and the local thrift stores!)
My mother complained that I always had my nose stuck in a book, as if there was something wrong with that!
Now the only complaint I hear is from my beleaguered husband who doesn't understand my reluctance to ever give books away.
I live in the thrall of bookish delights. Here are a few titles that have delighted me so far this summer, (with many more in waiting)...
1) Still Alice by Lisa Genova (2009)
2) Small Wonder: Essays by Barbara Kingsolver (2002)
3) To Cut a Long Story Short by Jeffrey Archer (2000)
4) Collected Stories by Carol Shields (2004)
5) Floating In My Mother's Palm by Ursula Hegi (1990)
6) Saturday by Ian McEwan (2005)
7) The Art of racing In The Rain by Garth Stein (2008)
8) Wildflower by Mark Seal (2009)
9) The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (2011)
10) All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith (2012)
Old or new...printed or electronic...I take comfort in knowing books will always be my friends...
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