Margaret wonders why are some books keepers and not others?
Naturally it is all down to personal choice. Some of
us read detective stories, some romances. Some like space or science fiction,
some westerns. Some people like factual books rather than fiction. There are so
many different genres, and so much variation in each category that there is
something to suit every taste. And there are always some books we keep and some
we give away.
It will probably come as no surprise to hear that my
reading preference is romance. Yes, I read it as well as write it. My mother
used to read romance so perhaps that’s why I’ve followed suit. But what makes a
book a keeper?
It could be that the book was a gift and you don’t want
to part with it. Or a prize. I have a Sunday School prize which is very
precious. It doesn’t have any date in it but I imagine I was about thirteen when
I received it.
Or maybe the story you’ve just read has struck a
chord and you thought, yes, I’d like to read that again. Maybe it was entertaining.
I can’t understand people who say they never read.
They don’t know what they’re missing. To lose yourself in a good book, when
time has no meaning, really has to be the most relaxing pastime ever. I know
it’s not the same as holding a book in your hand but even reading on a Kindle
or any other e-reader is equally as satisfying. And at least it doesn’t take up
any space on your bookshelves. When you’re an avid reader space becomes a
premium as I discovered when I recently revamped my study. I reluctantly got
rid of a lot of books – welcomed by local charity shops – but I have no doubt
that my shelves will fill up again!
I’ve just looked on those shelves. As well as
fiction there’s a book of quotations, one on stain removing, an antiques guide,
a book of names (very useful) – also, nestled amongst them is The Complete
Works of William Shakespeare. Many others, too numerous to mention.
I know people look things up on the internet these
days making reference books really obsolete. But are they? I wouldn’t like to
think so. Would you?