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May 20, 2020

Why I love books

'the beast's library' - version 2
This week's Top Ten Tuesday is 'Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here].' I decided to go with 'Reasons why I love books' but perhaps it should be 'How I love books'?

01 | Shop for books — I have always borrowed from the library so to own even just a few books is pure joy.

02 | Write, review, talk, complain about books on my blog — no need to explain this one

03 | Organize books on my (tiny) shelf and a half — I like the idea of having my own library even if it's a tiny one. I don't know about other people but I enjoy re-arranging my books. But I don't alphabetize and don't organize in any way except by height, hardcover/paperback and sometimes by the color of the spines.

04 | Maybe, kind of lend my books out — I'm reluctant to lend my books to people because I just think they would not take care of them as I would. I know books are meant to be read until it falls apart but I really prefer to keep them as clean and in as good condition as possible. I don't read books in bathrooms or kitchens or any overheated rooms or read with wet or dirty hands. I just think if people don't treat books well, I don't see any reason to allow them to borrow my books.

05 | Read books any time and anywhere — well, I really would not recommend reading in the bathroom (see #4 above).

06 | Take my time reading — sometimes I think if you read a book too fast, you don't enjoy it as much  but that's probably my excuse for taking a long time to finish one book.

07 | Learn from books — so maybe sometimes there are things I don't want to know about but that's the risk you take when you open a book.

08 | Travel/go on vacation in books — I don't like to travel so books for me is a form of travel. And there's plenty of lovely places to go besides earth.

09 | Read and re-read favorite books until I get sick of them
— I used to not re-read books but now I do it more often because news books doesn't interest me as much as they used to or maybe my taste have changed and I just don't know it. But I enjoy re-reading books.

10 | Enjoy a break from reality — books are my constant source of calm or at least, distractions from my worries.

19 comments:

  1. #3 I alphabetise my books by author and if the author has written a series I will shelve them in order from book one to the end of the series.

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    1. @ River: I would love to alphabetize my books but honestly, I can't do it and I don't have enough. But I definitely would out book series together.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your love of books. I like non fiction such as biographies, how to do something, decor and design, landscaping, flowers, trees...you can learn so much from books.

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    1. @ Christine: I don't read much non-fiction but I do sometimes read how-to books, those are really useful. I agree with you, you can learn almost anything from books.

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  3. I read for education, for comfort, for escape - and can sometimes find ALL of those things in one book. I read from most genres, and both fiction and non fiction.
    I agree with you about some books NEEDING to be read slowly too. I reread books as well (sometimes not long after I finish them).

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    1. @ Elephant's Child: It's always nice to be able to take your time reading a book.

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  4. Think A LOT of people will agree with you on that 100%, actually! 💯👌🏻🙂

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    1. @ Hot guys: On what? I guess it doesn't matter. We all love books in our own way.

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  5. What a lovely list. I totally agree with your reasons for loving books. :)

    My TTT .

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    1. @ Lydia: I'll try to visit you soon.

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  6. Yes, books, just because, books! I agree with you not 100 % but 90 % (or maybe 85, because I love to travel), because I read books everywhere, wet, eating, sleeping, travelling, gardening - whatever - sometime even cutting a book in two so that me and my husband can read the same book at the same time (this only happens to cheap paperbacks, not bound books). We totally live in a library with the books sorted after fiction / non fiction, subject and author, children's books after titles.

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    1. @Charlotte: It's okay not to agree with me at all. Everyone has their own way of doing things. But I can't imagine cutting up a book, even a cheap one. But I definitely think a house full of books is a good thing.

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    2. Re the cutting up, the story goes like this: We were on a long train journey, I'm a fast reader, hubby a slow one (I re-read he does not normally). We had one book only left, I began it before hubby, and when he finished the one he was reading, we split it where I had arrived at. Then we both were able to read again. It's still in our possesion, held together with tape as a memory.
      This was the only book, I ever cut into. I was teasing, as we have a book-tidy friend like you, and he had been a bit too much recently.

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  7. I loaned a book to a friend and he returned it with notes and underlines on most pages. it was dirty and pages were bent. He smiled as though he was proud of how well he used it. I was not happy! But now I smile at it.

    I also take my time reading.

    I have a friend who skims books and emails. Often missing so much. Supports your theory. Although he does seem to enjoy what he reads.

    I will try re-reading books..... because of you.

    lovely day to you Lissa.

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    1. @Tammie Lee: Lending books is hard. But at least someone is reading and that is always a good thing. I like to see his notes on this book that he borrowed. But did he liked it? That's the thing. I think people only write in books if they didn't like it.

      I'm am almost re-reading addict. Honestly, new books doesn't interest me as much as they used to.

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    2. I'd have been angry too. That's quite funny, I don't mind books being well used or even downright dirty. But underlining - no way. I can't read peacefully then, I just have to hurry on to the next underlined word or sentence. That is ruining for my reading experience and quiet of mind.

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    3. Yes, he liked it, he marked everything he liked so he could find it again easily.I don't know if i have it anymore. It was some sort of healing book. Not a novel.

      And yes Charlotte, makes me want to see what was meaningful to him.

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  8. "Learn from books — so maybe sometimes there are things I don't want to know about but that's the risk you take when you open a book."
    LOL, true!

    "Enjoy a break from reality — books are my constant source of calm or at least, distractions from my worries."
    YES.

    I'm a rereader and proud of it, though I do buy new books (the few I can afford)...and then I proceed to reread them as well. I believe you can only enjoy books if you read them more than once. And I do travel in books, (also) because I can't do it in real life...and I do agree, there are plenty of lovely places to go beside Earth.

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    1. @ Roberta R: I agree with you that to truly enjoy a book, you have to read it more than once. Books are always a great way to travel especially away from earth.

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