Book-aholism

Poetry of Sir Philip Sidney… Am I in for a treat?

January 5, 2018

Did I tell you that I love books? Well, I do. I love everything about them- covers, writing, the way they look, the way they smell (this one is an oldie, so her fragrance is more… intense (read more about book aroma here ), the way I get lost in them, the stories they tell, the travel I make through centuries and continents without leaving comfort of my own home. The extraordinary people, whom I get to meet via book, the things I experience between pages. It is fictional, yet so real!

I will not pretend, that I understand everything this book tells me, but I enjoy its enigma. I enjoy the challenge, which is greater to me than to native speaker, because I am not.. (If you read my other posts, you will know that I used to be Baltic girl in my previous life, before I became Irish.)

So here I am with this beautiful book.

And I am so excited, I had to share it with you.

Toni.

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  1. It’s very pretty! Poetry is hard to read even when you are a native English speaker. I love old books, but I actually enjoy the smell of new books better. Do you prefer hardback or paperback?

    1. It’s hard to decide, I love all books! Hardback books are beautiful. It hurts me to see my paperbacks getting dog-eared, but I do read paperbacks more, I mostly buy thrifted books, or supporting charity shops. It’s like a treasure hunt for me. Poetry is beautiful, I love it so much, buy my “go to” for relaxation is definitely Nora Roberts hahaha

      1. I love all books, too! I think I like hardbacks on my shelf and to display, but paperbacks to read. They are just so much easier to carry around.

        I basically only buy thrifted books. Only on rare splurges do I get new ones. Haha.

        I once found a beautiful edition of “Candide” by Voltaire at a charity shop! (If you click on my “about” or “contact” page you can see a little of it on the main picture.) It’s just such a stunning black with gold letters in great condition!

        1. I like your blog. I like your cleanliness scale. While ago I discussed one nursery rhyme book in one of FB groups, and I was basically attacked for saying, that it is not appropriate for 5 years old to listen rhyme about chopping head, and throwing pussy in the well, and calling cat pussy in general, because in modern world, the word may be misunderstood. They gave me full history on these rhymes, but it still does not feel acceptable to read these books to my kids, so I don’t. For myself, I do not mind reading few “dirty” books, even though I agree about cursing words, its not nice.

          1. Thank you! It seems like the world is all about accepting people, but when you bring up something like that they jump all over you. I’ve never understood that. I feel like there are a lot of books aimed at children with themes that they do not need to read.

          2. Yes! I see you have Grimm’s fairy tales, few of them are quite cruel also, as grown up I cringe at some things, for kid, I would have to insert my own words in places. I am searching for gentle kid-friendly books, and we are currently in love with Adams Cloud.

          3. I had never read Grimm’s until just recently and I was actually shocked. Haha. I haven’t read very many and it’s mostly decoration (it was a present in the first place).

            My favorite books for kids are The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, The Giving Tree by: Shel Silverstein, Ultra-Violet Catastrophe by: Margaret Mahy, Leaf Magic by: Margaret Mahy, and A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester.

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