"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Monday, 15 April 2013

dusting the bookshelves

There’s no telling
what moments will speak to you
which movies will make you cry
which books you will clutch to your chest
trying to pull its words
into your bloodstream. 

Do not apologize
for what makes your heart race

(via http://merelyamadness.tumblr.com)

I am not reading enough at the moment.  We have inherited some books and a bookshelf will be arriving soon from Michael's mom. While sorting through stuff this weekend for the new bookshelf I came across one of my all time best reads and one of only a few books that I have read more than once - The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.  

There are so many great bits and I know the book so well that I can pick it up and read a paragraph or two and close the book again.  That is what I did yesterday while sitting on the floor with a pile of books around me.

"There was my father, the source of all these lives, the source of all these tears, crying now, crying hard and without shame. The tears were water, salt water, and I could see the ocean behind him, could smell it, could taste my own tears, the sea and hurt within me leaking out into the sunlight and my children crying to see me cry. The story of my family was the story of salt water, of boats and shrimp, of tears and storm.”

Not my usual type of favourite book as it is pretty flowery and poetic but I am not going to apologise for what makes my heart race.

Which books have you re-read?

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1 comment:

  1. I'm a re-reader: most of my favourite books have been read twice, thrice, even four times. I read FAST but still, I sometimes think I should re-read less and read more new stuff. But for me there's something really comforting about settling down to read a familiar old friend.