Sunday, March 8, 2015

World Book Day

Thursday, March 5, 2015 was World Book Day.

Let us raise a glass to toast The Book.

Favorite reading spot
I celebrated World Book Day by completing 'The Paris Wife' by Paula McLain, an excellent story about Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley Richardson.

Music books, road atlases and stuff that needs a temporary home

I'm now reading (among other things) 'The Curse of the Wendigo', a young adult horror story about the Cree boogie-man, the wending, set in 1890s Kenora, ON country. Great fun.

Little collection in the 'reading' room, a little den off the entry where we have
a small TV to watch DVDs and listen to audio books whilst quilting (me) or simply relaxing

The best celebration was the receipt of a brand new release 'All True Not A Lie In It' by Kelowna writer Alix Hawley, about the life of Daniel Boone told in first person. Haven't cracked into it yet.

Upstairs guest bedroom - many are
'take home if you're reading it' volumes
There are no fans of e-books in this house. We have nothing against them per se. It's more a tactile thing: the feel, the smell, the portability. We lived off-grid for many years so electronic devices do not play a major part in our lives, other than cell phones (off-grid included no telephone line).

The bedtime reading stash
I like being able to cruise bookshelves, looking for whatever suits my mood or need of the moment. I have old favourites that stand the test of time, the 'comfort' reads I return to often, or the ones that I was perhaps not quite ready for at first reading, and rediscover years later, finding new meaning and insight.

One of the downstairs suite stacks
Some books disappoint upon first acquaintance, and so are put away for awhile waiting for a second chance. If there is no improvement on the second attempt, it is summarily removed from the collection. Leonard Cohen's 'Beautiful Dreamers' is a classic example of a non-keeper. Sorry, Leonard - I love your music but your novel writing sucks.

Main downstairs stacks
There is no real rhyme or reason to the filing of these books. Obvious collections stick together (you'll see Harry Potter books sharing space on one of these shelves) but books by a particular author tend to drift about the house. I've thought I should perhaps organize by author but am daunted by it. I need Librarian Friend Gail to come whip the thing into shape.

Newest stack in the unfinished guest room
 There is something, though, about searching through the disarray. While it might be frustrating trying to find a specific book at a specific time (although I'm surprisingly good at remembering where something was shelved) the searching does lend itself to the rediscovery of forgotten treasures.

Sewing room books and magazines/reference books
Just as a note: the pizza boxes are used to store quilt pieces cut and ready to go;
each box contains a complete queen-size quilt collection.

Alberta Einstein said, "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."

The Husband's favorite reading corner


  1. Agreed about Leonard Cohen. Love his music, prose, not so much... :)

  2. I did notice your very nice quilt. Once every 10 years I try to organise my books, but having been brought up in a household where books were simply stacked everywhere, I'm never too successful.