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Friday, December 21, 2007
The Search for Things Dear
What are the books that you hold most dear?
I love books. Love, love, love them.
As a child, they were my friends and constant companions. I could be found, more often than not, sprawled out on my bed reading a book while my mother would be cajoling me to go outside.
My daughter, and increasingly my son, are readers as well. My daughter seems to have a book permanently attached to the end of her arm. You will find a book on the sofa, another on the kitchen island, several in the van and several in her backpack.
Lately, I have been paring down things in my life. The clutter, the extras, the backlog of "stuff" has been irritating me. I have been finding donating this backlog to be rewarding.
By the same token, however, I find myself longing for certain books. Books that I loved and lent out never to be returned. Books that shaped me, that altered my life as a teen from self absorbed to focused on a career as a special education teacher.
So, even as I pare down, I am slowly building up a few shelves with books that I have truly enjoyed and have re-read again and again. Books that I revisit as "comfort food for the heart". Most of these I am acquiring used and online for very reasonable prices.
Here are some that are going into my treasured books shelves:
One thing that I have been longing for is 7 Up in the USSR. This is a documentary made by Michael Apsted, of the famed 7-UP series done in Britain (I also long for this series, but not as much. lol). 7-Up in the USSR has haunted me for years. It is nearly impossible to find. I stupidly loaned it out to someone who lost it. :-( ::::sniffle::::
As you can tell by this list, the books that move me, that I go to again and again, are books of relationships, of going through the fire and coming out clean, and of hope and redemption.
What are books that you go to again and again, that changed you or bring you comfort? Share them!