- There are several by the bed and stacks in the office. One is on the front seat of the car and one on the back.
- Many are being read on Kindle but over 95 percent of them are of old and new paper. A few invite a sniff of their fine aroma.
- A surprising number have sat unopened on the shelves for years before being read and loved. There is no guilt in buying a book and then not reading it until much later.
- A serious reader always has plenty of unread books.
- I always keep book covers and have never understood people who discard them.
- The first hardcover book that I ever bought new - Barry Goldwater's "Why Not Victory?" - is still with me as are some text books from high school and college.
- A glance at the bookcases can be a trip through time. Many of us recall the 25 and 35 cent paperbacks and how a 75 or 95 cent paperback was a real splurge.
- When "The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich" came out in paperback at $1.25 its price raised some eyebrows. [I read it during the summer before starting high school and thought it worth every penny.]
- I don't abuse books but do regard many of them as tools. As a result, notes can be scribbled in margins and key points underlined.
- Many are old friends - think "The Wind in the Willows" - and a few are regularly re-read.
- I no longer feel compelled to finish books that don't interest me. If the magic's not happening within the first 60 pages, I'm not going back.
- Most are bought from used bookstores. My best buy was of "Remembrance of Things Past" from a Prescott, Arizona antique shop.
- Despite rumors of fortunes hidden in books, I've never found a dollar but have encountered some interesting bookmarks. Wild flowers were pressed inside my great aunt's old novels along with notes for her studies.
- There are few discoveries that yield as much wealth as a great book. With little cost, we can be surrounded by brilliance.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Posted by Michael Wade at 3:30 AM