What does the word “book” conjure up for you today as we celebrate World Book Day?
I don’t know about you but I certainly would find it extremely difficult to survive without a book. What am I saying? Just one book? Oh no, that just isn’t me.
I have been taking stock of my craft room having had to remove all my paper/card stock together with the numerous items needed to make a greeting card. All this stock will find good homes but I can no longer work with the card stock. However, as a result shelf space is gradually emerging.
I think that at long last I may just, find space for a library of sorts. I am afraid to actually say the word library just in case it doesn’t happen. However, space seems to be appearing for those books over the years I have not been able to donate, give away or sell.
These are the books which I have read so many times that they have become part of my life. They are many and varied. Some would have been used on a daily basis at certain times of my life.Some are what I call dippers. Those books I dip in and out of.
Then there are my poetry books which have meandered into my life. Craft books which have helped me through those endless sleepless nights. Cookery books which in turn have led me to travel books. Sports books where I have been led to take part but from a distance. Computer books in the hope of my mastering my laptop ( which has never happened!!) Novels which have allowed me to escape: which have allowed me space to imagine.
Authors have invited me into their make-believe worlds and I have gladly accepted those invitations.
I love this piece of art by Rae Andrews entitled “Comfy Chair”. It was the book which caught my eye as I wondered what the title was. Perhaps a comfy chair is what i need in my “library”…..
Books: tactile, warming, questioning, inviting….
by Adelaide Love
A book, I think, is very like
A little golden door
That takes me into places
Where I’ve never been before.
It leads me into fairyland
Or countries strange and far
And, best of all, the golden door
Always stands ajar.