To The Making of Many Books, There is No End.

My first published childrens´book
My first published childrens´book

Books and lovers of books

What is it about books, to the serious book--lover.? I mean someone like me, who can walk into a library, or even a room in a house that is dedicated to books, wall to wall, and feel safe, warm, comforted, secure, at peace........ In short, it is a feeling of being ´´At home.´´ My real home, where my heart is..

I love the smell of new books, I love the musky smell of old books even more.

I can honestly sit in a room surrounded by shelves filled from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling with all sorts of books, and I get the lovely feeling of a calm heart, . A calm heart is something I often crave during busy days, and sitting surrounded by books just does it for me.


Almost 30 years ago, we lived in an average 3 up 3 down terraced house, big enough to use one room at the front of the house as a study or a Den, if you prefer the expression.

Our study, contained simply 2 large leather armchairs (so old they may have belonged to Mr. and Mrs Noah) , a music centre.............. This is the 1980s remember, so not such a small item. , with its turntable for records, a tape-deck beneath, next to a radio, and underneath all that .........space for the enormous long playing records of the day.

Still not much furniture in a room . Why not?. I guess the answer is obvious. Less furniture , more room for bookcases.!!!

My husband was full of the joys of Spring , getting his carpenters tools out and making long shelves along one complete wall from floor to ceiling.

I thought we´d never fill so many shelves. Who was I trying to kid??. We are both book lovers, so it took about a week.!!!!

Every time I walked into that room I felt happy.

When our children were teenagers, the book room was a haven . I also had control of the music when in that room... We had speakers all over the house.. Once in a while it was really necessary to control what was blaring out.. Music and books, Wonderful.


Booths Bookstores in Hay on Wye

One of our favourite ways to fill our bookshelves was to visit a little market town called Hay On Wye.. It lies on the Welsh side of the Welsh/English border in the county of Powys.

However The Royal Mail, suggests via Hereford, or county of Herefordshire is less likely to confuse the postman.

A map is the best idea, unless you are driving with a Satnav in your car.

If ever you visit Britain and feel like a change from the wonderful sights of the big city,

Hay - on -Wye is a beautiful place to spend the day, especially for the book lover. It was said during the 80s that Booths bookstores alone, had 9 miles of bookshelves.

I quite believe it. There is a Quaint country pub near the largest bookstore , you WILL need it.

A... Because your feet will be killing you while your brain still wants to see more books.

B.. If you are like my family and go all over this large old shop, ´´´meet you at the pub´´ is a much safer bet than ´´find each other at the cookery section....´´ Books, books, books, so easy to get lost in a world of your own.

E.G. I once asked an assistant to show me where I could find books on Native Americans..

Sheesh!!!!!! She pointed me to a set of stairs and when I reached the top, I couldn't believe my eyes... Yes, there rows and rows of books about different tribes , but also books on the American civil war, The war of Independence. Presidents from the 1st to the present day... WOW! A whole section on the facts and fiction of the Old Wild West.

I just had to keep focused for this one day I wanted something about the Navajo, and some information on the Great Chiefs, of all the different nations of Native Americans.

If I didn't focus, I knew I´d be reading myself lost, if you know what I mean..

I am only talking about our favourite bookstore in Hay On Wye. I really have no idea how many this little town contains, I just know I have a wonderful time whenever we go there.

These books are always in good condition , reasonably priced , though not cheap as at a garage sale or a car boot sale .

You can sometimes find a real treasure of a book that has been long out of print, and you´ll pay maybe $3 or $4 for something is priceless to you.

I have always left the bookstores of Hay On Wye with a longing to go back..

It´s impossible to cover every department of old wonderful books in one day. (Don´t forget the pub)

Having written this, I feel like planning a trip down that way as soon as possible.

´´To the making of many books there is no end´´ so said wise King Solomon many, many years ago.

The man was right.

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hay On Wye is world famous, well 'booklover world famous'; this is such a warm hub, your writing along with your love of books, and a 'booktown' is quite the combination. Mike-Mockingbird Books


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks Mike....

Always appreciate your commenting.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I enjoyed this hub so much! I, too, am an inveterate (some say "obsessed") book lover, so I relate to the feelings that books, old and new, give you.

The huge bookstore at Hay on Wye sounds like heaven on earth to me!

Voted UP, Awesome and Interesting!

Jaye


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Helo jayeWisdom,

Thank you so much for your comment.

I am pleased you could relate to my feelings of comfort, when I am surrounded by books. My husband gets it too.

Yes the bookstore in quetion is amazing.

Take care Dim


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

Books and music is definitely an unbeatable combination! What more does one need? :)


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point2make 4 years ago

I enjoyed this hub very much. As I sit in my "den" surrounded by thousands of books I felt right at home reading about yours. The bookshops in Hay on Wye sound like a wonderful place to visit on our next foray to England. Thank-you and well done.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you, Feline Prophet.

Glad we are ´ín tune´ with one another.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi there point2make !!!!

So glad you coud identify with this hub and a big thank you for leaving a comment.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

What a wonderful quote from King Solomon and what a lovely hub about books and those of us who cannot live without them. Rows (or stacks) of books give me a sense of calm and satisfaction too. Thank you for writing this. Sharing.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hello phdast7.......... Thank you very much for your comment. It´s nice to know of someone else who likes the feeling of just being in the presence of lots of books.


houssara 4 years ago

nice reading "Noche de San Juan" by Miren López de Aberasturi


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you very much, houssara


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epigramman 4 years ago

...I so do love books myself and because I am 54 and come from that era I still have quite a collection at home - nothing like the experience of having a hard cover book in your hand. Although perhaps the most valuable book I have in terms of sentimental value is my dad's typewritten manuscript (oh how he would have loved the internet but he died back in 1992) and his memoirs of the war as a Canadian soldier in World War II and he has written 59 novels of fiction in similar typewritten format -

I really do appreciate this labor of love hub subject from you dear friend - I love your picture too showing an obvious affinity for your love of books


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....and speaking of love - I am in love myself with a beautiful woman perhaps explaining why Epi doesen't always seem so attentive - but you have always been in my life at the Hub here supporting me with your loyalty and friendship and that is a true priceless gift in itself - please accept my sincere good wishes from lake erie time 10:03am and it will be hard now not to think of you after reading this hub when I pick up a hardcover book at home

....will continue to explore some of your older hubs in the days to come - now it's time to sit outside on my sunny deck and continue the rest of my coffee pot - lol


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vox vocis 4 years ago

"...a room surrounded by shelves filled from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling with all sorts of books" - you've described my dream in this sentence. We do have a few walls filled with bookshelves, but I think I'll buy an e-reader exclusively for financial reasons. I can't buy as many books as I'd like to and one room wouldn't be enough to reduce my insatiable appetite for books. Enjoyed you hub thanks to billybuc's recommendation :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

hello vox vocis,

Pleased to meet you on hubpages., with thanks to billybuc.

I´m so glad you enjoyed the hub.

You´re right an E reader is more practical for travelling too. I mean, How many books can we take on a trip.?

Thanks so much for commenting.


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

Only book lovers "get" other book lovers, or so it has been my experience. People without this passion usually think I am a bit daft; I prefer to view it as unique.

Thanks for sharing your passion for books; it's refreshing to be among such friends.

Voted up and Shared.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you very much for commenting and sharing.

I´m not against all the new gadgets that enable people to read books. (very handy when travelling if you´d like to take 10 books) but there´s nothing quite like holding a book in your hand, whilst reading, or looking at a well stacked bookshelf.


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Radical Rog 4 years ago from Plymouth

The word people who love books is, bibliophile. People love books because books are full of beautiful words, so here's an excerpt, the start of Up from the Lizard by J.C.Trewin published 1948.

Gwinear Road - Praze (Hallelujah" added the porter, merry man) - Nancegolian-Truthhall (a platform merely), then Helston and rail's end. For all we know, this branch train, dawdling moodily to the buffers, may be stiff after its burial in the Great Blizzard, a frolic few up-along will remember. But we have jarred to a stop; its time to go.

Out then quickly, under the oil lamps-burning tonight a smoky primrose- through the station yard, warm with many voices, and into the jingle, the pony trap where Jim waits to flick his whip....

Not bad for a Cornish guide book.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Very interesting.


Kazi 23 months ago

I bought the erntie collection of books for my kids, and also for my nephews who live in California. The kids' ages range from 4-10 yrs. old, and all of them enjoy the books. My kids find the books to be funny and fun to read. My husband and I appreciate the creative way that the books reinforce the Armenian language and culture to our kids. Great initiative by the author to capture in story-form what we as Armenian parents have experienced during our youth. As more and more generations of American-Armenians grow farther away from our foreign-born parents' customs and rituals, these books allow us to bring the concepts back and share the funny anecdotes with our children so that they can continue to exist in their repetoire of the Armenian culture.


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Dim Flaxenwick 23 months ago from Great Britain Author

Good to hear, Kazi.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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