Monday, January 28, 2013

On a winter's evening

So far, this has been "the winter of our discontent" with an overabundance of snow, ice and cold. But the nasty weather outside provides an excellent reason to curl up with a book (and perhaps a cat) inside. 

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. 
~James Bryce 

To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. 
~Chinese Saying 

On an additional "book" note, Petrea Burchard, one of my "Blogville" friends (she does Pasadena Daily Photo) has a new novel that came out today -- Camelot & Vine. Congrats to Petrea! 

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There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house. 
~Joe Ryan 

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. 
~Attributed to Groucho Marx 


Anonymous said...

in a mind harboring blizzard

turn over a new
leaf, mark

a page, poem on a threshold
melting avalanches of your past

fictions becoming faces, pages:
skipped beds, pulses, forcing us

to dream winter dreams
off top shelf or tucked behind

deceptive titles

altadenahiker said...

This makes me think that titles on the spine should be written vertically.

Petrea Burchard said...

I read your post slowly, enjoying your book shelves and missing our books that are still in boxes in the garage. (After 7 years in our house, we still haven't bought shelves.) Then I came to the end and you mentioned me! Thank you, Ms. M, I'm honored.

Margaret said...

I'm excited to get my copy of Petrea's book!

Petrea Burchard said...

Excuse me, I don't see the Like button.

Ms M said...

"Dreaming winter dreams" of your excellent poem, Anon -- thank you xxoo

Hiker: I see what you mean. To be read from up to down, like Chinese calligraphy?

Petrea: We have 7 bookcases in our house; I'm glad you enjoyed my "sampling". And with my post being about books, I just had to give you and your new book a plug! :-)
(I've often wished for "Like" buttons on blog comments!)

Margaret: I'm excited to read it too!

dive said...

Mmmmmm … That's my kind of post, Ms.M. Thank you.

Debs said...

Oh I love books! And I love your photos of books! I'm in the opposite hemisphere so we've been getting incredible heat, fires and now storms and floods - but it's still perfect weather for curling up with a book under the air conditioning.

Ms M said...

Dive: I thought you'd like this post. Perhaps sometime you could post a view of some of your bookcases :-)

Welcome Debs! Heat, storms, fires, floods also make for good "curl up with a book" weather, inside where it's safe and cool, of course.