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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I Love Books

I am in love. With books. It's true. They are my passion, my life, my compass. I have other things I love, too, of course, like husband, family, God-- you know, the usual. But books!! Without them, I can't imagine who or what or where I would be in this life.

The fact that I can be one small part of the grand and glorious process of reading, writing, publishing, buying and selling books makes my skin tingle.

41 comments:

  1. ew! Me, too!!! Short but sweet, and precisely how I feel. Thanks, Karen~ :o) <3

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  2. I feel the same way. I visit every bookstore and library and used bookstore around and never come home empty handed. Books are beautiful--even when they're on a shelf, dusty and waiting to be read.

    We have a new library director culling our shelves, putting all the books more than a year or two old on the FOR SALE shelf. Most of them are coming home with me!

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  3. I love everything about them: the cover, the smell of the paper, and where the inside words take me away. Hooray for book love!

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  4. I'm glad your'e having such a book-loving, tingly day.

    I love books too. My biggest dream is to be able to share my writing in a book with others someday.

    Happy reading and writing!

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  5. I'm with you 100%! Congrats on reaching 600. Very cool!

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  6. *grins* It is a glorious thing, isn't it? I need to keep that in mind... :)

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  7. It shows, Karen! You can dress up as Page Turner for Mardi Gras and nobody will think it's not you.

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  8. I'm with you karen. No matter how bad things were going, or how poor I was, there was always books!

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  9. Yay!!!! I love books too!!! They are our bestest most reliable friends. They're always there and will never let you down!! Books are brilliant! Take care
    x

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  10. OMGosh, me too. I love them. I was just over gushing about one of them on another blog. :)

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  11. I'm tingling for you, knowing you have found a passion. I just love words; book, button, bumper sticker... :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  12. yep and never more than when it is blizzarding out! I'm going to take my recent reading to the tub and enjoy the experience...

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  13. You should make a personalized Valentine card for Books this year--it's a nice thing to do for a loved one :) I, too, love books!

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  14. Oh gosh. The smell of a brand new book is better than chocolate.

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  15. I love books too; that's why I'm worried about all the bookstores that are shutting down. There's nothing like being in a bookstore surrounded by thousands of words that other people wrote.

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  16. Opening a new book for the first time is one of the most wonderful things in the world.

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  17. Me too!!! I don't know who I would be without them. You might as well pull out my heart and brain and feed them to the wolves ...

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  18. Me too! <3 <3 <3

    Are you going to be at Storymakers this year with WiDo?

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  19. Books give me a strong tingle. I love 'em the feel, smell, color and--and I love them piled and stacked. Oh and I love to read them too. :)

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  20. You said a lot in a short post. I love books, too. Reading them, writing them, fondling them...heck, I just have a thing for them.

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  21. Me too! I've always loved books, but now that I'm chatting with authors, the books mean even more.

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  22. "The fact that I can be one small part of the grand and glorious process of reading, writing, publishing, buying and selling books makes my skin tingle. "

    LOVE this. And agree...(but still hoping for the publishing/selling part).

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  23. Hi Karen .. me too and as LTM said 'you couldn't describe it better' and Jess' comment about her local library and how she's taking all the for sale books home - great idea.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a library, large windows, doors opening onto a sunny garden, a log fire for the 'winterless months' and plenty of time to wander through all our books garnering ideas, searching through the mists uncovering old thoughts and the way life was - but from our coveted position in the 21st century ...

    Oh yes - February's here, your giraffe is above reminding me of African days .. better move on! Cheers Hilary

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  24. I can so relate to that! I love my books too :O)

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  25. I love love love books! Love the feel of them, the smell of them (I think someone else said that too, but it's so true!) and especially reading and writing them. :)

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  26. Books, libraries, book stores. Some of my favorite places in the world! I'm a happy girl when there's a stack of books waiting for me on my bedside table. Bliss!

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  27. I went through a period of about ten years where the only books I read were text books. But I've made up for lost time since then and will continue to do so.

    I do regret not having more space for books. Some days I'm afraid my neighbors would think I'm a hoarder if they saw the stacks in my bedroom : )

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  28. I couldn't have put it better myself. I can't imagine not writing or reading them. I think one of the reasons my husband bought me an eReader was so that he wouldn't have to move out and make room for more books!

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  29. Me too! Love, love, love them! They're pure escapism for me, I couldn't live without them.

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  30. LOL :) What a coincidence, I love books too . .

    .........dhole

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  31. YES.. mee toooo! I just don't know where I would be without them either. I used to practically live at the library when I was younger.

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  32. I feel and think the same. :)

    Have a great weekend.

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  33. Yes, where would we be without books?
    I would have to add music to that as well.
    Have a great weekend ~ Eddie
    Clouds and Silvery Linings
    and Platos’s Procrastinations

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  34. I feel the same way. I love books and I love our local library. It's a fascinating place. I also enjoy visiting books-stores and I know I have passed on this passion to my two-year old daughter. She is just as passionate about books as I am!

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