“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
These quotes best describe the way I feel about my books. They are one of my best company! There's no better feeling than reading a good book when you are alone. It is a solace to my weary soul. A cure to loneliness. A relief to the stresses of the day. A diversion to negative thoughts. That's besides the lessons and knowledge about everything in life that you can get.
I read a book when I'm sad, it cheers me up. I grab a novel and read when I'm feeling lonely, the characters keep me company. I browse my cookbooks when I don't know what to prepare for dinner, they give excellent ideas. That is what my books are to me, important and a great company!
First time I saw these books, I knew I wanted them! But I am the type who wants to pass the buying first and then go back for it when it does'nt leave my mind for more than a couple of days (Oh well, yes, sometimes by the time I come back, it is gone!). These books however, took me almost a year to get them. They were from a bookstore in my hometown where I only get to visit now during Christmas season. When I visited the bookstore last Christmas, it was such a surprise to see them still there! I guess, this is what makes them extra special!
My small collection of cookbooks! I love the Campbell cookbook, it's vintage! How great it would be to find more of that "A Little _ Cookbook" series. These collection is placed above the refrigerator.
According to designer Emily Henderson of the show Secrets From A Stylist, when displaying books, you should place the shorter ones on both ends and the taller ones in the center. That way, you are creating the illusion of a mountain of books. Clever right! The Thomas Kinkade Classic Prayers is one of my favorite. The prayers featured are heavenly and the illustrations, as one can expect from Thomas Kinkade are really beautiful. On this shelf, is also where my Elf-Help books are displayed. They are a series of self-help mini books. They were called "Elf-help" because they feature an illustrations of an endearing elf characters as they offer messages of joy, wholeness, serenity and healing.
Books on our coffee table. I know for a fact that one characteristic of a coffee table book is for it to be non-fiction. So, why do I have my Bridges of Madison County book on my coffee table? Well, I just like it there!
My unread books (all of them when I took the picture). But as of the moment the one on top, the Sweet Revenge is out of the list as I just finished it today. The Memories of Time Past is a coffee table book.
Danielle Steel is one of my favorite author. When my sister saw these collection in a garage sale, she bought it for me. How thoughtful! I just wish I still have my copy of my favorite ones. The Promise, The Rings and Zoya. They were borrowed and never returned.
My collection of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series. I am missing number 7 (74 Seaside Avenue). Just a little fyi, you will know the order of the books through the first number on the title.
When it comes to mystery and suspense novels, Mary Higgins Clark for me, is one of the best.
A close friend passed on her books on infertility to me. She also had a hard time getting pregnant and she said these books help her cope with all the anxieties of infertility. But they were blessed eventually and had a son. As for me, all hope is lost as I came around the age where it isn't possible anymore.