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Updated on February 13, 2016

My relationship with books

I am one of those people. I am sure you have seen them at cafes and in parks - not to mention on trains and other public transportation systems. You know, those people who have their noses permanently glued to the pages of a book, and will read anywhere.

As a student I even used to bring a book to the supermarket, even though it was a 2 minute walk from the dorm. I started doing that when I came home from there one afternoon and the fire alarm was howling in my building and nobody was allowed in for half an hour.

In this article I want to share with you my love for books and how it started, and tell you about some of my favourite books of all time.

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My library

My parents used to call my bedroom The Library. It was filled with books from top to bottom, and I had filled several notebooks with every title I owned: everything from my childhood favourites to the forty-something Agatha Christie books I had inherited from my grandmother, via Nancy Drew, Jane Austen and Stephen King. I used most of my pocket money on books, and my Christmas wish list was filled with them too.

My parents encouraged my love for books and kept feeding it by monthly trips to the county library. I can still remember the smell as we entered the building. The community swimming pool and the school dentist shared the building, so there was a confused smell of books and dust mixed with chlorine and what I would simply call "that waiting room smell". As we walked into the library through the glass doors to the left, however, we put all the scary stuff behind us (I had a fear of water and the dentist) and focused fully on the beautiful sight and smell of books and more books. It was like meditation to me - a happy place where I lost all sense of time and place.

I was determined to become a librarian from the age of nine, and decided to take my role seriously from the beginning. I started a book loan service with book plates, library cards and - of course - a journal dedicated to who borrowed which book.

Knock Knock Personal Library Kit (15000)
Knock Knock Personal Library Kit (15000)

Okay, even though I'm a grown-up and no longer running my library services, this kit made me drool.

Library pockets, check-out cards, date stamp, a small pencil and an ink pad - everything you need to run your own little library. What a way to encourage in kids a love for books and reading, and to take care of their things. They learn to share and take responsibility, and to be organised. The 9-year-old me would be so excited to have this library kit to help me run my library!

 

Books, Cats, Life is Good.

~ Edward Gorey

The books of my childhood

My love for reading started when I was little. My Mom would read for my sister and me every night. Not just short children's books with short sentences and colourful photos, but long, proper novels. Our favourite was The Brothers Lionheart by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Actually, we loved everything by her.

Growing up in Norway meant we were reading a lot of Scandinavian books, but as soon as I started reading on my own I discovered Black Beauty and Robinson Crusoe. I read those books over and over until the librarian asked me if perhaps I wanted to get something else for a change...

The Brothers Lionheart
The Brothers Lionheart

Astrid Lindgren is the woman behind the world famous Pippi Longstocking books. This book is as different from that as it gets.

It is a fantasy book of two young brothers who reunite in the afterlife - the idyllic land of Nangiyala, only to find that it is under threat by an evil tyrant.

This book is both sad and touching, and beautifully written. I don't think many Scandinavians go through life without reading it at least once.

 
Robinson Crusoe (Penguin Classics)
Robinson Crusoe (Penguin Classics)

Who doesn't know the story of Robinson Crusoe, the sole survivor of a shipwreck who ends up on a deserted island?

I still get goosebumps from both fear and excitement when he discovers strange footprints on the beach after years of solitude...

 
Book loving soul mates, just like my husband and myself.
Book loving soul mates, just like my husband and myself. | Source

Two book lovers together

Clearly it was meant to be!

I used to bring books to dates. I wouldn't read in front of the guy I was on a date with, but on the tram and while waiting (I was always early so that I could read for a few minutes first). Sometimes my date would be offended by the sight of a book in my purse - a sign that he was not one of those people who read all the time, and clearly not my kind of man.

Then two years ago I met a man who once lost a flight because he was so into the novel he was reading at the airport that he didn't hear them calling his name over the speakers. Now, that is dedication!

This same man, now my husband, very recently quoted Game of Thrones in a serious job presentation. I'm so proud!

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

~ P.J. O'Rourke

Book snob

I've never been a full-on book snob, but I used to be a book snob wannabe. I would read the great literary classics in public, and the less great, guilty pleasures when no one was watching. I did not want to be seen reading chick-lit, although I secretly enjoyed them immensely.

Now that I am a grown woman (well, grown-ish), I have mostly stopped caring about these things. But I do admit I still find it immensely satisfying to be caught reading something that makes me look clever.

The great literary classics is the safest choice for someone who wants to be seen reading "proper" literature. They can be hard going, though, and some of them I gave up before long. Below I have featured the books I decided to read in public to look intellectual, and that I ended up falling madly in love with.

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina

Ahh, Anna Karenina. I'm glad I read it before it became a major feature film, but if you haven't, it is never too late.

Before I started reading it I was doubtful - it was the thickest book I had ever considered, and it was by a Russian author! Opening the book to its first page on the subway home from the bookstore I felt both proud and intimidated. But before long I was hooked. That was the first time (of many) that I missed my stop and had to walk an extra ten minutes to get home.

 
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre

I read Jane Eyre for the first time when I was twelve. That time I read it in Norwegian, as I had only been learning English for two years. It became an obsession - one that hasn't faded over the years. I have since read it several times in English and watched every adaptation ever made. I never fail to fall in love with the moody Mr. Rochester or get goosebumps when reading about the scary noises coming from the attic of the old castle. A Gothic classic at its very best!

 

My favourite rainy day activity

A good chair, an excellent book, a warm blanket, the sound of rain outside the window, and my favourite chocolate: perfection! My happiness in complete. Now please pass me the tea.
A good chair, an excellent book, a warm blanket, the sound of rain outside the window, and my favourite chocolate: perfection! My happiness in complete. Now please pass me the tea.

A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful.

~ Maurice Sendak

Shakespeare in good company

Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Shakespeare and Company, Paris

I took this photo outside my favourite bookstore of all times - Shakespeare & Company in Paris, France. I have been to Paris six times, and no visit is complete without a trip to this gorgeous English language bookshop. It is situated straight across the river Seine from the famous cathedral Notre Dame (of Hunchback fame).

Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.

~ Jane Smiley

Carrying on the tradition

In July last year I had the enormous pleasure and privilege of becoming a mum to the most beautiful and alert little baby the world has ever seen (though I may be just a little bit biased here). Already at five months I started reading books to him daily, and now at eight months he reaches for any book he sees and turns his own pages. He loves our reading times, and favourites include the famous children's characters like Spot, Paddington, and Peter Rabbit.

I am so happy to be carrying on the tradition of reading, and I do hope that my son will grow up to not only love reading, but to also know proper paper books. To recognise the smell of them and know the excited feeling of turning a page.

What are your favourite books of all time? - I love recommendations!

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      Spirality 3 years ago

      Books are so relaxing. They are the only things that can draw my mind totally away from the real world.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I know exactly where you are coming from here!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I loved seeing part of your collections, what you're reading now- and your thoughts on the different books. I know I love books as well, and no matter how far technology gets, for me nothing will beat cuddling up in a chair with an actual book. Well done!

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      Aibrean82 3 years ago

      @JimHofman: Wow, well done!

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      JimHofman 3 years ago

      What a terrific lens! Your passion truly shines through. I enjoy reading autobiographies mainly. Last year my challenge to myself was to read one book on each of the American presidents. I did it!

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      Aibrean82 3 years ago

      @phdesign: Ahh, I have that one on the shelf but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. It is now on the to-read-soon list! Thank you :)

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      phdesign 3 years ago

      'Portrait if the Artist as a Young Man'

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Enjoyed your lens very much!

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      James M Becher 4 years ago from South Florida

      I guess my all time favorites other than the ones I wrote would be the C.S.Lewis Space Trilogy. But, since you love recommendations I'll say, do check out my novels also "Of Such Is The Kingdom, A Novel of Biblical Times" and "Impossible Journey, A Tale of Times and Truth" both written by me.

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @Aibrean82: You're welcome and perish the thought of sticking with just one genre! I'm sure I could come up with more, those were just off the top of my head... Exploring good books, whatever the genre and however old they are is a personal pleasure. :0)

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      I love your page and love reading books. I like the physical entity of a book, having them on selves, looking at spines, having some in waiting ready to read. Recommendations?! Goodness, where to start? The House of Spirits. Anything by Douglas Adams or Kirstin Kashore. The Hotel New Hampshire. Maddon's Rock. How's that for a varied few?! And congrats on your purple star - well deserved. :0)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @SweetTeaPam: I haven't read the Dark Tower series yet, but it is on my reading list :)

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      SweetTeaPam 4 years ago

      We are so alike. I read on average 2 books a week and I feel lost without one. I like the voice of your lens, so personable. My favorite books of all time... Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, American Rust, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Bonfire of the Vanities, Dark Tower series, Sometimes a Great Notion... I could go on and on.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @ToplineP: That's one of my biggest dreams - a home library!

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      ToplineP 4 years ago

      Great lens. There is nothing like physical books. I was so excited when we moved to our current house and we have room for a library - a whole room dedicated to books.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Lovely! I would love to read more for leisure; I'm a student and read so much assigned work that I have little time to enjoy much else. But I have my "spot" where all my reading happens, and a portable eReader for on-the-go reading, though I do still very much enjoy turning my own pages.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Nice to meet another book lover. I confess I'm not feeling totally right unless I have a book with me or immediately in my personal space. Loved books all my life and continue to read them, carry them, look at them, and buy them.

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      irongateantique 4 years ago

      Enjoyable read, my favorite of all time, Gone With The Wind,

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @sheilamarie78: Thank you, and thank you so much for reading :)

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      This lens is so well written and your recommendations are great. I actually haven't read The Shadow of the Wind, but it's on my list now.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @mel-kav: I used to make my own return charts as well! I paid close attention to what the real ones looked like and did my best to make as exact copies as possible. I tried taking over my parents' book collection as well, but wasn't allowed to draw in them. At the time it felt very unfair, but I understand it now, ha ha!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      I have always loved books. We used to play Library when I was little - OK - call me a nerd - but where was that library kit when I was a kid. We used to draw return charts in the books. I still love books - but no - I don't play Library anymore.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @KateFeredayEshete: I've heard of 'Bel Canto'. I think I will look for it. Thank you for the suggestion!

      'The Brothers Lionheart' is still one of my favourites and one I will definitely read to my kids when that time comes.

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      Vena Clitoridis 4 years ago

      I love love love your lens. Resonates so much with my own experience of books and reading. My mom or dad read to me every night before I learned how to do it myself. When they didn't have the time or were out of town, they'd delegate the responsibility to my older sisters or whoever was around, so that I wouldn't go without my daily dosage :)

      I'll offer you a strange recommendation. Some of my favorite books are those I do not yet have the heart to read. There are a couple of those. One of them is This is not for You by Jane Rule. It is so beautiful that I dare not finish it. As if I'll have devoured the book, destroyed it, by the act of reading it all. So I keep re-visiting it. I read a couple chapters, gasp, stop. It feels like I'm reading/consuming it too fast. I want to savor it somehow. I want to read it when I have lots of time on my hands without distractions.

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 4 years ago from Ethiopia

      Oooh, how to answer that in a short comment? I'd better write a whole lens about them. Meanwhile, I'd say that one of my favourites is Ann Patchett's 'Bel Canto' about a group of hostages and their captors. Being a bookworm myself, I enjoyed reading your lens and we seem to like many of the same books, although I had never heard of 'The Brothers Lionheart' by Astrid Lindgren. I'll have to get that one for my children.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @Vena Clitoridis: I actually understand exactly what you mean! There are books you never want to stop reading at the same time as you don't want to finish them. You will never be able to read that particular book for the first time ever again, so it needs to be savored.

      I will definitely check out This is not for You. Thank you so much for the recommendation!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @dancingdiva02: I love it when I find a book that is almost impossible to put down!

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      dancingdiva02 4 years ago

      I love reading!! I've read so many books as a child! As of right now I'd have to say my favourite is actually the 50 shades of grey trilogy! I was skeptical to read it at first but it was amazing and I couldn't put it down! Must read!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @SpongeSteve: Thank you very much!

      Nothing beats reading an actual printed book. The smell, the feel of the paper, the bookmark, the weight - they're all so important to the whole reading experience.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @adammuller003 lm: Thank you :)

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      adammuller003 lm 4 years ago

      If You Want To Write by Brenda Ueland

      War of Art by Steven Pressfield

      A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vaunaken

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      SpongeSteve 4 years ago

      What a thoughtful lens. Printed books are fading in popularity, sadly. Keep up your efforts.

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      KTPT13 4 years ago

      I wish i had time to read more often

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing as I also enjoy doing plenty of reading.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @MJ Martin: I used to read "Heidi" too. It was one of my favourites, and I have kept my copy for a potential future daughter.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Love your title, it's what caught my attention. Thank you for sharing this nice lens.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      "Heidi" by Johanna Spyri is a classic I fell in love with and often read over and over again.

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      wogadget 4 years ago

      My favourite books of all time would be Think and Grow Rich, The Magic of Thinking Big, The Richest Man In Babylon and Bring Out The Magic In Your Mind.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @SteveKaye: You've written books? Fantastic! I will look for them!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      My favorite books are the ones that I wrote. And then there's a really long list of wonderful books that would fill pages. -- I like books, too. I buy almost a book a week.

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      combiplumb 4 years ago

      Fellow book worm, nice to meet you.

      My genre is science fiction, I am inspired to write my best science fiction stories now.

      great lens. thanks.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @MelaniePaige13: Wow, that's great! Good luck with your book, and thanks for reading :)

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      Melanie Paige 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I love a good book, but haven't read one in many months because I'm too busy writing my own. Although, I have been at a standstill lately, not really in the writing mood...that will change soon though when my imagination recuperates :) Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens! :)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @norma-holt: I know how you feel. I have so many books from my university days but I just can't part with them! Thanks for reading :)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @solongacne: I used to read Nancy Drew as well! I owned quite a few since they didn't have them at the library, and read them several times each. I loved them!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      My study is full of books but now they mostly relate to my research and university days. They are the gems from which my knowledge was extracted and I can't bear to part with them. They are a part of me as I am sure your books are to you. Nice lens and great read. :)

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      solongacne 4 years ago

      I love your lens - Pride and Prejudice sure brings back memories. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys - my all time favorite detective novels. :)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @Aquamarine18: Love meeting fellow bookworms! Hello :)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: The answer to that question is: nothing! Nothing could be better than that :)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @dbitterman: I'll be sure to tell him that ;)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @Stuwaha: Oh, how disgusting! I hate that ashtray smell!

      I was just looking through my books today, trying to decide which ones to bring. It is almost like when my grandparents' cat had a litter and I got to choose ONE kitten to keep - nearly impossible!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: Wow! That sounds amazing! We need more space for books, too. I don't think we can fit another book into our apartment anymore. I love book hunting in antique and used book stores. On one backpacking trip to Ireland I came home with twelve books in my backpack. It was so heavy I had a back ache for weeks after I got home...

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      When I want to visit a library, all I have to do is go to my daughter's house. There are bookcases on every available wall of the house, filled to overflowing with fascinating books on practically every subject you could name. She and her book-loving husband love nothing better than to spend their vacations and "fun times" prowling through used book stores and library sales. It's nothing for them to come home with 75+ literary "treasures" after one of their happy hunting days. I'm going to send my girl a link to your lens - she's gonna love it! :)

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Aibrean82: You'll always miss the books you left behind. I've even repurchased a few that I decided I couldn't live without after all.

      There is also always Amazon in a pinch for your GOT problem ;) I did recently have my first bad experience buying a used book via Amazon though, as the book was obviously held in an ashtray for 10 years. Stunk up my kitchen while I tried to fabreeze the stink out over the course of a week. :/ It sort of worked, but only just.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @Stuwaha: I'm having the same problem now, moving from Norway to Australia. I will bring my most treasured books with me and keep the rest in my old Library bedroom at my parents' house as a temporary solution. I will definitely bring my old copy of Wuthering Heights!

      I just finished the third GOT, but my copy of the fourth is on the other side of the world and will have to wait for me to come back. It's hard going, I think may be having withdrawal symptoms...

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @CaztyBon: Always nice to meet a fellow book lover!

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      My bedroom is also like a library ! I also would read the classics in public and Romance and Paranormal Romance at home. Enjoyed your lens.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: I see. In that case I should definitely make it bigger. Thank you very much for the feedback!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @atomicgirl24: Ha ha, yes! That sure sounds familiar :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      @Aibrean82: Your attribution is fine, I just couldn't see if it was your name or someone else. If it was someone else, it would need a clickable link.

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      atomicgirl24 4 years ago

      When you mentioned that your parents called your bedroom, The Library, I can relate. To this day, my bedroom has one corner with a huge bookshelf filled with books, and every available space has at least one coffee table book on top of them, lol.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      I lost so many of my treasured books when I moved to the UK but my favorites did make the journey over, about 2 suitcases full. Many of them were anthologies of short stories in addition to a much battered copy of Wuthering Heights.

      When I was pregnant in 2012 I managed to get my hands on used copies of the four gem classic fairytale books I once owned (ruby, diamond, emerald and sapphire) which have been out of publication for ages. My copies were lost long ago but they were such a huge part of my childhood that they were embedded in my mind and I knew I had to share them with our little girl. Reading them all again as an adult I haven't been disappointed, they are very well written and the illustrations are as magical as they ever were.

      Recently I also bought myself the full GOT set, just started the third!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @MBurgess: Thank you! Yes, there is always a book with me. I refuse to be bored for even five minutes if I can spend that time reading.

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @jennabeezer: Exactly! If the purse won't fit a book, I will not buy it. I haven't heard of any of these books. I will have to check them out. Thank you for the tips!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @FrancesWrites: I agree! And I love the A Song Of Ice And Fire books. +1 to you for noticing:)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: Ohh, I love foggy England and old books! Thank you for making me aware of the Amazon module with no content. It was a Squidoo glitch which has been fixed now. There is a water mark on the chair photo which says "Copyright Aibrean82". I hoped that would be enough. If not, I will change it. Thank you again!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      I like mysteries set in foggy England. II don't go for brand new books. I like old ones that I find in the library or the thrift shop. RocketSquid tips....there is no content in the Module titled 'What I'm reading right now'. I don't see attribution for the photo of the chair and blanket. Nice lens and great subject. Good work.

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      "A good chair, excellent book, warm blanket and chocolate: perfection!" Indeed! +1 for it being A Game of Thrones :) I can't narrow my favourite books down to a short list. Different books for different reasons and seasons.

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      jennabeezer 4 years ago

      My college prep English course forced me to be a bit book-snobbish since it was loaded with classics from Dostoyevsky, Dickens and Shakespeare. Could have been that I was too young for the classics, but of all my required reading, I really enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees the most. As an adult, one of my favorites is Dennis Lehane's Mystic River. I love this lens! I'm with you - I won't buy a purse unless there's room to stuff a couple of library books inside!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @angelatvs: I will. Thank you!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      The way you describe your love of reading and your favorites is very entertaining! I giggled when you mentioned bringing a book on dates. I always have a good read with me just because, like you, there may be static times during the day that can filled with a great adventure from the pages. Neat lens!

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      angelatvs 4 years ago

      Prince of Tides - don't watch the movie, read the book!!!

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      dbitterman 4 years ago

      A woman after my own heart -- your husband is a lucky man.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      I have a long list and wide range of favorite books. I think the Jan Karon, Father Tim series would be my top favorites, followed by Sue Grafton's ABC Mysteries. Nothing alike, but I loved them all. I especially like your good book, comfy chair, blanket, and chocolate senario. What could be better?

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @iamraincrystal: Oh, that's my dream too! :)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @hazeltos: I used to read a lot of mystery books. I need to pick one up again, I enjoy them a lot!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @hmommers: Ha ha! No, I doubt they would!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @BarbaraCasey: I have no room for more books, so I might have to start going back to the library as well, ha ha :)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @maryseena: It seems very promising so far :)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @Whatsittoyou: I haven't heard of it. I feel the need to check it now! Thanks for the tip :)

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I love mystery books! I've built up quite a collection too. One of my dreams is to have my own library of books. LOL. ^_^

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I love mysteries/suspense the most. But actually I will read anything I can get my hands on. Great lens.

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      Aquamarine18 4 years ago

      Oh well done! I really enjoyed reading your story and seeing some of the books you love. I am a bookworm myself!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you! I know, it was meant to be :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm a mystery fan from way back, too. So neat how you found your book-lover partner - great story!

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      I love the Nina Reilly mystery series by Perri O'Shaughnessy. My niece was reading the Ranger's Apprentice series. While it may be in the YA category me, my sister, and my uncle all got hooked on the series.

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      i love to read all the time. In fact, I've read all the books you've featured here, except the Shadow of the Wind. I'm adding it to the to-read book list.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Another excellent lens. Kudos from a fellow bookaholic (though mine are usually library books).

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      My favorite books nowadays are all non-fiction, with Donald Norman as #1.

      Can you imagine I was sometimes - 8 or 9 at the time - send home from the library without a new book, because "I had borrowed too many books that week". I don't think nowadays librarians would do that, do you? :-D

      Great to read about a fellow booklover.