Friday, 6 November 2009

Read, read, read.

Read, read, read.
~ William Faulkner ~

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand,
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my
mind rather queer. (1952)
~ Anne Frank ~

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one
on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.
~ Benjamin Franklin ~

I have good reason to be content,
for thank God I can read and
perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.
~ John Keats ~

Books are the treasured wealth of the world
and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

This pile was on my bedside table some days ago. I had to put some back on the shelf as there's no way I'll manage to read all of them any time soon. Do you like any of the quotes? My favourite one is the second. My defences are all down when I'm in a book shop. I could have added a couple of magazines in the photo.What are you reading these days?

PS. Stay tuned; there's a giveaway coming up!



MyStory of HiStory said...

Good Morning Yiota. I'm in the midst of reading three books myself... Walden (Thoreau), A Lineage of Grace (Francine Rivers)a A Walk to Remember (Nicholas Sparks). I wish there were more hours in the day - or - that sleep wasn't necessary... so I could read more :)

Happy Friday!

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

I've been gathering some very old books at secondhand stores. Right now I'm enjoying "The Good Shepherd" by Gunnar Gunnarsson - a folk-type tale with religious undertones. I'll be at the library quite a bit this winter.
I like all the quotes you've listed, especially Benjamin Franklin's.

marigold jam said...

I like the Benjamin Franklin quote myself. I usually have at least a dozen books from the library and dip into some and read properly the others. I am deaperately trying to finish "Other People's Husbands" by Judy Astley (which is not that wonderful - sorry Judy) so that I can go on to another Rosie Thomas one called The sun at Midnight - she is usually a good read. I also have Jodi Picault - Second Glance, Rebecca Shaw - One Hot Country Summer and an intriguing looking one called The desperate diary of a Country Housewife, lined up. In between these I will be dipping into various craft/home books as well.

Happy reading!


sherry ♥ lee said...

Oooohhhh a post after my own dear heart ♥!! I LOVE to read...I would be lost without books, without written words and imagination. I have traveled and lost and lost and lived and laughed and cried, all through books.

My favourite quotes are the ones by Anne Frank and Henry David Thoreau. They speak to me and of me so well.

What am I reading now? You'd laugh if you saw the piles I have! I just finished a psychological thriller by Julie Parsons called "The Hourglass". I'm now reading "The Book of Bright Ideas" by Sandra Kring and a biography about Frida Kahlo.

Can't wait to hear what your giveaway is all about! Have a beautiful and blessed weekend!

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I like the second quote as well. I feel so sorry for folks who can't read. Reading opened up a whole new universe to me when I was six years old. And it continues to evolve with time!

Claudia Medeiros said...

Just stopping by wishing you a beautiful weekend :)

P.S.: Nice quotes, great post !

kendalee said...

Great quotations! Can't imagine my world without books and bookshops... it would be a much sadder place.

And thank you for your kind advice - good stuff :)

rockinloubylou said...

Hi. I would read all day long if I could. At the moment, I'm casting around for something new to read as I've devoured the stack of novels I'd been accumulating. I've just finished an aga saga by Santa Montefiore called The French Gardener. Not my usual kind of thing, but excellent all the same. And also Cuban Heels by Emily Barr, which has the same premise (single white female) as another I recently finished, She May Not Leave by Fay Weldon. I'm a HUGE Fay Weldon and Hilary Mantel fan. Them and AS Byatt.

Sarah said...

Hi Yiota,
Thanks for your visit earlier-I liked the idea of tea and a chat too. I love the second quote too. It always amazes me that some people just don't read. I am reading 'Shadow of the Wind' at the moment. I read a not very good review of it but the story sounded interesting. I am enjoying it though-it is a mysterious story with moody wintry settings which just suits my mood and the season. I am also reading lots of blogs! Magazines are always around to dip into if I don't have the concentration for a book. I have a serious print addiction!

Lucy Caitlin Higham said...

I apsolutly love books, I have read so many and right now im on the TERRY PRATCHET books. My mum has also been colecting some but mainly wildlife ones like a very old darwin book, 'origin of species' :)
well hope you have a nice weekend lucy xx

Tabiboo said...

Beautiful quotes and they all have a certain specialness to them.

Christina said...

you are a woman after my heart. i adore, adore reading.

Elise said...

My goodness your book pile almost mirrors mine.... all I need now is the time to read them. It's three times as high and very precarious...

Scattering Lupines said...

I love the one by Anne Frank! I have a friend I've known since I was 5 and during college, she'd stop by unexpectedly and often say in huffy tone, "I'll come back later. I can tell you've been READING again!"

Jac said...

Oh I have big book love, I can't imagine being without a book. At the moment I'm reading War Story by Gwen Edelman and The Caliph's house by Tahir Shar and I've just been given a copy Of A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh. I'm also a big magazine fan and have to reign myself in sometimes!

Relyn said...

I love this post! The quotes, the pile of books, all of it. Me, too. Me, too. Right now I have a huge pile of library books on my nightstand. In the pile is The Piano Teacher, Horseradish, The Book That Ate People, and so many more. do you do GoodReads? I absolutely love it.