Sunday, November 25, 2007

Books, Books, Books


I don't know how many knitting books I have, but I don't feel like I have wasted my money buying any of them. My favorites are on the history of knitting, which I can imagine a non-knitting enthusiast cringing at. "What could be more boring than knitting?...reading about knitting." Well, too bad. I remember buying Richard Rutt's History of Knitting when it first came out. We were on a camping trip, and I lay in the tent for most of the afternoon savoring every word. Knitting books are great!
I haven't really read much from this set of books, Journeys Through Bookland It's special to me because it belonged to my grandparents. They had a fire that destroyed almost everything several years before I was born and these books were one of the few items saved...I think. Now I''m wondering what in the heck they were doing carrying out a set of books from a blazing fire. My uncle and cousin were staying with them that night because my aunt had just given birth to another baby and was still in the hospital. It could have been such a tragedy. Instead, it was something that I always knew about and was kind of intrigued by. My grandpa found my grandmother's wedding ring among the ashes because they knew where the piano she had left it on had stood. Back to the books, I loved going to my grandparents' home. These books were in one of the cozy bedrooms along with another set of storybooks that I would read and read. My own parents aren't too big on nostalgia, but I made sure that they knew how badly I wanted this set. I wa probably a pain about it; I do have three other siblings, and one of them is a bigger bibiophile than I am. But, I ended up with them, and I love having them.
My husand and I have eclectic tastes in books. We use the library a lot, but also like to own books we love. It's probably cheaper than way since we have a little problem with library fines. It's not like we have thousands of books...I think; but we have hundreds...OK, maybe we do have a thousand counting our kids' books.



I've been just messing around all morning, wasting time but having fun. Julie had a link on her page to her Library thing book list. I checked it out and now have another avenue to waste hours of my time. Thanks, Julie! I've started my own library, and have the link in my sidebar. It's really fun to think about and categorize your books. I'm a funny reader for an English major. I'm not that good of a reader, as in not that careful of a reader. I can read well if I want to. I do not like to have to work very hard reading, which may be why I like Barbara Kingsolver and Sue Monk so much. They write contemplative stuff that doesn't require much concentration on your part. I've tried reading Kristin Lavransdatter and Anne Karinina innumerable times, but I can't discipline myself enough to finish them. I have recently read two modern book. One first one was Water for Elephants, which I really liked and pretty much read every word of, but this week I read The Thirteenth Tale, which I also really liked. I wouldn't want to have to take a test on it though. I got kind of bored by the end and started skimming. I do that a lot. And here's another tidbit. i have no intention of correcting this habit!




I've been knitting, but I don't really have anything new to show off, so I'll show off some stuff from my backyard. I'm kind of envious of people who post pictures of snow in their backyards this time of year because of how cozy it is indoors when it's snowing outside. On the other hand, it's kind of fun to see my garden come to life again after seeing everything suffer through our miserable summers here in Central California. So, here are some views of what I'm currently seeing in my backyard this week.

12 comments:

Julie said...

Library Thing is amazing, isn't it? I discovered it on my professor's blog and then thought I would load up my catalog. I quickly ran out of space because they only let you catalog just so many free books and I just haven't gotten around to paying for a lifetime membership. But it's fun. I'll have to check out _The Egg and I_ - I've seen the movie but never read the book - didn't even know there was one! I see you're proudly displaying _Crime and Punishment_ - one of my favorites! And honestly, what a sad story that your aunt gives birth to a baby and then the house burns down. How tragic. But what a story behind the books! I don't skim but I do read the end and I have decided that life is too short to read crappy books. I continue to do it but I'm a bit more selective these days.

marit said...

Hi! I'm a reader too- of almost everything! (even Kristin Lavransdatter...)Right now I'm reading Anne of Green Gables to my daughters. I also picked up "A tree grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith from the library recently- and couldn't put it down, I've asked my mum if I can get her copy for Christmas!
Sweet story about your grandparent's books. It is amazing what people will try to save in a fire! And fires are so scary and devastating.
I enjoy knitting books too, and nearly all kinds of craftsbooks- even though i may never make any of the stuff...
Thank you for sharing. Have a nice week.

Anonymous said...

LOVE those gorgeous flower pics...so nice. We have had a little snow....and some of my flowers are still alive too..amazing! I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving??? Fill me in...
XO
Ann/Lincoln

Wool Winder said...

I was able to pick a nice bouquet of roses from our yard for the Thanksgiving table. I'd rather have that than snow, I think.

Sandra Evertson said...

Oh, my, Love the antique books!
Sandra Evertson

Hege said...

I love to read books too - all kinds of books. But now a days there is a lot of kidsbook ;)

I do have a love for pocket series with stories from the 1800 and even from the viking time :) Have you heard og Margit Sandemo and her series of the "The saga of the Ice people"?? Love it! I read it the first time when I was 12-13, and have read it several times since..

Have a great week!!

TheBlackSheep said...

I'll have to check out the Library Thing. I've got Bookpedia on my Mac at home and it's wonderful, but I can't check what books I own and don't own when I'm away. That would be handy.

The only thing I miss when going home for Christmas is the snow. I can't believe I'll be seeing blooming flowers soon!

Knittings Nice! said...

I counted that I have 60 cookery books the other day...amounting to about £600 $300 worth....if you take an average of £10/£15...5/13$ per book...I love them all...I suppose my knitting ones about 20. Your library looks lovely.

a simple yarn said...

I guess I go through phases with knitting books. Have every good intention of studying them, justifying my purchase each and every time. Still, they sit on the shelf while I knit an internet pattern! So much for my lofty ambitions of being a student of Elizabeth Zimmermann!

Otherwise, I do have many 'friends' among my books, mostly classic children's literature. A reminder of a simpler time and a great source of inspiration for 11-Year-Old-Daughter-Kate in an age of cookie-cutter-fiction.

Janice said...

I will trade snow for flowers any day of the year! (But especially around the end of January/early February!!) LOVE all the books! The ones of your grandparents are priceless!

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

Great post! I love books and reading. I've become a bit more selective on what I buy to put on my shelves because long ago I ran out of room, but hopefully hubby will build another bookcase for me, one of these years, and that won't be an issue. Who am I kidding? There will always be a space shortage to put my books.
I love the gerberas. They are my favourite.

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

Forgot to mention: it would appear we have quite a few knitting books in common!