|Side tables need only be big enough to hold a beverage, and a stack of books.|
It's not that I'm anti-technology, I spend enough time on this computer to prove that. It's just that books are an experience far greater than their words. First, I love paper as much as I love books. When I remember a favorite book, I don't just remember the story. I remember the color and texture of the paper, the crispness or floppiness of the pages, the pattern and colors of the end papers, the nicks in its well-worn cover. Then, I remember where I sat the first time I read it...which blanket was wrapped around me, against the chill of my bedroom on a winter night, or what tree branch I sat on or under, the sun hot on my arms, where it peeked through the leaves.
I love the tactile experience of a book, whether bound in old cracked leather, or a glossy, embossed paperback cover. I love the smell of the pulp and the ink, the soft scratch and rustle of turning pages. I love the way books look on shelves, stacked on tables, or strewn across the bed on a pajama day. I love running my fingers across the spines of favorites, and seeing what catches my heart for a quick bit of inspiration each morning before I jump into the fray.
I love that you can learn almost anything from a book. I haven't the patience to sit through slow-paced classes (if my brain isn't running on at least three tracks at once, it needs to be seriously challenged on just one, or I fall asleep), so I mostly learn at my own pace, through books. It's a patchy, eclectic education, but it's basically free, and always exactly what I need to know at the moment, so it works for me.
|I have dozens of reference books for work, but these by British muralist Graham Rust are my favorites.|
|The Enchanted Broccoli Forest is my go-to book for vegetarian basics, and Susan Branch covers all the bases in her seasonal cookbooks. Both are hand lettered and charmingly illustrated.|
|Journals are great for keeping all those great quotes in one place, keeping track of books you've read, recording your gratitudes, and of course, those succulent bits of daily life.|
|Watch for this one on bookstore shelves in about 16 months. Watch this blog for progress on Belle Ami, and her book, which is all about making the home you have the home of your dreams.|
So, I leave you tonight with the final lines from a childhood favorite..."These are the friends that I once knew, I hope someday you'll meet them too."
I love books, don't you?