BOOKS!

My pal Jeanie, over at The Marmalade Gypsy blog, has done a couple of wonderful posts on books recently.
After reading her latest installment and taking a solo trip to the big town, it seemed like a good idea to do a book post too.
Late last week we had a blistering cold day. I wasn't inclined to do much on that day. The recliner in this house is a cozy chenille fabric that is a nice place to snuggle down on a cold day. Miss Amazon had recommended a non-fiction book by a fellow from my home town. I knew his father some and knew the authors back story. Well I was tempted enough to download the book to my Kindle and give it a read. I read the whole book over several hours without leaving my chair. That evening I read a book of short stores by Rosamunde Pilcher. Two books in one day!!! Reading the newspaper the next morning there was a story about a young woman in Ottawa who reads at least a book a day! Some of us are indeed crazy readers!
I was happy to find parking downtown within walking distance of all my stops. The first place I stopped was our used book store. I lugged a very heavy bag of books in and started cruising the shelves. I picked out a local history book and two of historical fiction.  A young woman who works at our local library was also in the shop, and along with the nice friendly shop owner, there was some lively discussion about the state of young peoples reading habits. I was surprised to hear that Anne of Green Gables and other books by Lucy Maud Montgomery are still very much in demand. She left and the proprietor and I discussed programs on TVO and PBS that are made from historical fiction books. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but after more than an hour,  it was time to zip up my jacket and be on my way.
So there is now a stack of books on the floor beside my bed waiting to be read! I'm still very stuck in historical fiction.  I blame Edward Rutherford for that. Someone recommended him to me quite a long while back when I was researching my ancestors in 1600s New York/New Amsterdam. Rutherfords books are keepers in my library. I've read all of them at least twice, New York and London probably three times!
We have three large book cases of book which we can't bear to part with. Most are of Canadian such as Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields and Farley Mowat. We have a sizeable collection of Field Guides to everything you can think of. I also have a stack of bird books on top of the refrigerator, which is in sight of my bird feeders.
I draw the line at stacking books on the stairs though. I don't want to tempt fate and have a book send me on the dipsy doodle! The landing is a good size though.....big enough to hold one of our larger book shelves and a lemon tree.
Do you ever throw books away? The only time I've disposed of a book in such a manner was an old pocket novel that was falling apart.  I'm of the school that thinks burning books is a sacrilege. That one went into the paper recycle bin so it was still put to good use somehow.



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  1. For my part I'm considering buying a second book shelf.

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    1. Sometimes I wonder why we keep so many books...

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  2. I loathe giving up my books, but I've been really religious about it now.

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  3. As you might guess, I adore this post! And I adore Edward Rutherford, too! New York is on my stack. My friend in Canada (London) and I are going to "book club" read it together soon, though I may start before she does. I loved "London," "Paris" and "Sarnum," and the ones I haven't borrowed I will keep forever. I do love historical fiction too. And your shop sounds so wonderful -- how fun to have those conversations with people who are right THERE! I have VERY rarely tossed a book -- probably a text book from too long ago to be of value. Those I don't keep are either resold, donated or shared with friends. Thanks for the mention and I'm loving this!

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    1. I might read it again as well. I've never been to London, but I'm sure anyone who has will find the historical background of the locations quite interesting.

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  4. I had to downsize my book collection this year. It was so much more difficult than I had imagined. They went to good homes so I am grateful for that. Hugs B

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