Where does it lead you?

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….

                                  A Book

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.

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day!

Did you know that some countries celebrate Fairy Tales today. No? Me neither. I am probably one of the minority who really don’t like fairy tales.

I always found them sinister and really frightening.  I could never get away from the evil images. Nightmares usually ensued after reading a fairy tale. My son was deprived of many fairy tales as it was his father who read them to him and not me.

Give me Winnie the Pooh any day or Peter Rabbit but there is no room for fairy tales on my shelf.  I do have one exception…..Tinkerbelle.

Beginnings or are they endings?

There is a beginning and an ending for all experiences. Sometimes it is hard to end such experiences. This is about knowing when to let something go which is no longer relevant to our lives and is just taking up valuable space.

Now it may be as simple as realising that the book we have had since our twenties and which we have never read again is actually only taking up space on our precious book shelf. Some might say it has seen them through life but has it really when it has never been taken down from that shelf? Why is it some people just don’t hold onto things while others seem to get solace from having them?

I have a copy of all Shakespeare’s plays. It was given to me as a twenty first birthday present. So on my shelf is a book I received nearly forty years ago and which I never read as the cover makes my teeth “water” and the pages make my fingers itch!!! Really how inane is that? Why do I need to hang onto something which I have never and will never read?

So today the Shakespeare tome has been moved to the box which will make its way to the book exchange. Surprisingly it was not as difficult as I thought it would be to remove this book. Having developed a skin allergy to paper and card dust and certain other fibres, the need to hold onto this book was not as strong as I thought.

The practicalities far out-weigh, the nostalgia I had attributed to this books. This is definitely an unexpected ending. Or perhaps  a new beginning?

brown book page
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National Author’s Day

Today in some countries national author’s are celebrated. Who would  be the national author I would like to be celebrated?

The first name which immediately comes to mind is Ruth Dudley Edwards as she is a crime fiction writer but she is also a historian and biographer, Then there is Maeve Binchy, who was a fiction writer but it was her column with the Irish Times on a Saturday which had me hooked.

What about Sara Breen and  Emer McLysaght?  Or perhaps A. O’Connor, the author of “The House”  (please see blog post “The Start of a Book Series” for a review)?

Eilís Dillon, John B. Keane, Brendan Behan or Frank O’Connor? these authors bring me right back to my childhood together with Patricia Lynch.

I would find it so difficult to choose just one author to celebrate National Author’s Day if we indeed we did celebrate it in Ireland. However, I know I will not be able to sleep until I have found some books written by these authors and reread them. The difficulty is which one?

So who would you recommend if you were celebrating National Author’s Day?

The Start of a Book Series

Do you ever come across a book in a different genre to what you usually read and find yourself drawn slowly but surely into the lives of the characters?  Then at the end of the book finding it is the first in a series?

This has just happened to me. If you like Downton Abbey television series, if you like books about “the big houses”, or perhaps it is more modern rather than historical novels which appeal to you or yet again it is Irish themed novel?  Then I have the very book for you.  The House by A O’Connor published by Poolbeg Press.

Although the books spans many generations the imagery evoked by the author is brilliant.  The characters are well-developed and the story line just begs for more.  It is one of those books which lures you in until today’s world is forgotten.

As the title suggestions the house is the link between the characters of the various generations.  As it says on the front of the book “one house, one family, three generations.

The House (Armstrong House Series Book 1)

 

If you decide to read this book I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Happy reading

 

Did I Really Miss It?

How did I miss it?   August 9th was National Book Lovers Day.  I mean I love books, adore reading, have some perfect places in which to read.  I have the snuggler for when it is cold and of course have the tea-tray with all the accoutrements for the perfect cuppa.

So how did I miss it?  i totally forgot to note it on my calendar!!

If you are a book lover I hope you enjoyed your day.  I hope you had time to read.  I hope you enjoyed the book.  I hope you are enjoying your reading if you are still reading your book.

What book do you have on hand?  At the moment, I am reading a series of books by P. F. Ford.  They are a British Police detective series and which I am thoroughly enjoying.

 

 

Where My Books Go

By W.B.Yeats

 

All the words that I utter,

And all the words that I write,

Must spread out their wings untiring,

And never rest in their flight

Till they come where your sad, sad heart is,

And sing to you in the night,

Beyond where the waters are moving

Storm-darkened or starry bright.