Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday

Megg has been writing about books in her latest posts and it´s really inspired me to take a closer look at my bookshelf. As long as I can remember, I have loved books. I still have a couple of novels that I read when I was a young favourite was "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" which has just recently been popular with my children. I really liked the idea of stepping into a wardrobe and going into another world...or opening up a book and stepping into another world. I often lingered over the last page of a novel for ages because I was sad to leave the book´s world, it was so hard to say goodbye to all the characters and not know how the story continued. When I was older, my friend Bettina kept buying me the most amazing novels for my Birthday or Christmas. She introduced me to John Irving and I have most of his books. I later discovered another wonderful writer Edward Morgan Forster who wrote my 3 favourite books of all time "A Room with a View", "Where Angel´s Fear to Tread" and "A Passage To India". It´s amazing how some writers can describe things in such a way that makes it seem as though you´re right there with the characters. Rosamunde Pilcher has a reputation as a romance writer here in Austria so her books aren´t taken very seriously but I love the way she describes houses, people and landscapes.
In recent years I have had a tendency to reach for other books like decorating, cooking or craft books. I also love any type of book which depicts real people, their homes and lifestyles. There is a 3 storey book shop in Graz which I can spend hours in, I have to give myself a money limit before I walk in the door or I would buy more books than I can carry. It was there that I discovered this book, I am hoping to get it for Valentine´s Day.
In the town where I work, there is a library which has quite a wide range of books but not many in english. I usually borrow some decorating magazines and if I really like the issue I´ll buy it for my collection. I made the "I love books" bag for us to take to the library as the kids were always forgetting where they had put their library books. Now, when they are finished reading, their books go in the bag which hangs near the front door and if we decide on a spontaneous visit to the library I just grab the bag.
Now it´s all your amazing blogs that I can´t wait to read every day...a world full of inspiration and creativity right here at my finger tips. Thankyou all for letting me in!


Jamie said...

You've really got me thinking about books! Thank you so much for sharing your loves and interests. What a great way to draw a self-portrait!

I've been absorbed in non-fiction for the past several years, devouring anything about following your dreams, and I've loved them all! But you're inspiring me to dive into some fiction. I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was a kid too and just fell in love with it. I've been drawn to fantasy and epic tales my entire life.

Your children are so lucky to have a mom that's instilling in them a love of books. My mom did that too. She got me my first library card when I was 2. (And she would have done it earlier if they would have let her, hehe)

Frankie said...

Thank YOU for letting me in! I love reading your words. This is such a wonderful post about books. I too love books, even just to be around them. I love wandering through bookstores for hours. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was always one of my favorites, and I still believe there are worlds that exist that way, sometimes behind the cover of a book. What a beautiful tribute to a life of reading.

Connie and Rob said...

Oh I am so with you on books. I only have a few from my childhood but they are cherished.

Today I can go and spend the day at a bookstore and feel like I am in heaven. The smell, lighting and certain peaceful feeling you have when there is wonderful. I have so many books and just absolutely love each one!


Alexandra G said...

My definition of torture would be being banished to a desert isle with the command: "You can only bring THREE BOOKS with you!" Yikes! eek! What would I pick??? I'm looking over my shoulder at my bookshelves and I want to shiver at the thought. May we never be parted from our most beloved stacks of books! Amen... some of my personal favorites though are The Master and Margarita, Etty Hillesum's journals, Anne Lamott's non-fiction, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, Coraline, Carl Whitaker (psychology), James Hollis (psychology too!), anything by Thomas Bernhard or Tove Jansson, Cooper Edens, you know what? I could go on and on and on so I'll end there! great post today by the way- Thank you!!!

megg said...


Isn't it funny how attached we can get to something. My suitcases are always so heavy when we come back to the UK after visiting Canada because I have smuggled more of my books back here! I'm so glad I have found a kindred spirit! Maybe later on in our blogging career we could have a book group!

Have a lovely day!

Laini said...

I LOVE that I love books bag! I think I need a library book bag, too. I check out a ton of books at a time for illustration and design reference for different projects and my most recent fines got so out of control that after the librarian cut me a break it was STILL $47!!!

As for recent amazing reads, I recommend The Sparrow and Children of God by Mary Doria Russell to anyone who loves smart fiction. The author is described like this in her bio: A paleoanthropologist known for her work on cannibalism and cranofacial biomechanics... but that would give you no indication of what a fabulous novelist she is; I just think it's cool. Those two books are about a Jesuit research mission to the first planet discovered to have sentient life. And it's not for sci-fi fans, the fact of it involving alien life is sort of incidental. You just have to read it to understand!