Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Relationship With Books

Page Boy Books haulI used to read my books on the way home from school. Every so often I'd lift up my head, look around and step back onto the sidewalk. At home I laid on my bed to read. At bedtime I stayed up till I passed out with the book in my hand, straining my eyes to see the words on the page.

I still have some of my favourite books from my childhood, on my bookshelves. Nowadays, my books combined with my husbands, add up to hundreds and hundreds. I find myself rummaging through second hand bookstores, looking for childhood favourites I don't own anymore, to reread.

I've started a new page on Northern Gardeners Almanac called, My
Gardening Library,
See the link in the sidebar. It's a list of books from my gardening book collection, many of them I refer to when writing this blog. Some of them I've reviewed and still others I've talked about over here.

Do you like to read? I would love to hear about books you are reading, books you want to read or books you have read.

13 comments:

  1. Bookworms, unite! I was much like you with books growing up -- as a matter of fact, I haven't changed! Love Eleanor Perenyi's Green Thoughts.

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    1. That's a good one. I've read it several times.

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  2. Reading while walking home from school. I read on the way home too but I was on a bus. :-) Books are great!

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    1. Was it a long bus ride? Escaping into a book makes the time go faster.

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  3. Another bookworm here! Although I don't know I've ever tried reading and walking. Second hand stores, flea markets, yard sales - all my favourite ways to find books. I've got several books on the go right now. When Wanderer's Cease to Roam by Vivian Swift - delightfully illustrated and I adore Vivian's writing. She's coming out with a garden book soon. How to Save Your Own Seeds - put out by Seeds of Diversity Canada. Understanding Perennials by William Cullina. I find garden books can be a bit dry sometimes so I tend to read them in small bits, usually interspersed with a novel.

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    1. Second hand bookstores are one of my favourite places too. I usually have more than one book on the go to, mainly because library books have a time limit.

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  4. As a child I was a constant reader, just like you. Still have all those books. I wish I had free time like I did in those days. I work long days ((in a library!), then there's always lots of chores to catch up with on evenings and weekends. Retirement isn't too far away for me now, though. Reading is one of the things I plan on getting back to.

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    1. Sorry to hear you have no time to read Kate.

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  5. I loved the Anne of Green Gables books, and now for the first time am reading the Little House series. I read them before bed and I find that I sleep better...I plan to start reading them to my four-year-old when we are done the big book of fairy tales that we started after Christmas. I began collecting Folio Society books after university and seemed to gravitate towards their children's selection. I haven't read them all yet, but I plan to read them with my kids!

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    1. That's great you are reading you fave books to your children. I've never heard of the Folio Society, is it a publisher?

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    2. Yes, a British publisher. They are beautiful books but my priorities shifted from collecting to borrowing from the library once I had kids ;)

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  6. Hi Melanie
    I haven't read these books. May be informative about gardening. Thanks for wonderful post. Trees Planet

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  7. Haha, I have definitely tried the reading and walking thing and had a few narrow misses. I too love reading, but I find I have to take long breaks between books, or nothing would ever get done. Once I'm into a book, I can't put it down. I have some classic favourites that I read over and over again, like Anne of Green Gables, Little House, and the books by Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons, Chasing Red Bird, and Absolutely Normal Chaos). Ha! All my favourites are kids books! Oh well, they're the best. I've found since becoming a mother that I can't stand reading anything too upsetting or sad, so those kids books are a real staple.

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