‘So many books, so little time.’ Frank Zappa
‘A room without books is like a body without a soul.’ Marcus Tulles Cicero
‘Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this it the ideal life.’ Mark Twain
‘Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.’ Neil Gaiman, Coraline
‘I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.’ Jorge Luis Borges
‘Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.’ Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
‘There is no friend as loyal as a book.’ Ernest Hemingway
‘What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.’ J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye.
Jonathan and I were shopping at Honest Abe’s book shelves this morning at Morris Library. We found, to our great delight, two Phillip K. Dick novels and subsequently purchased them for fifty cents each. I have not done a hard count of the books that we own but I am certain that it runs in the hundreds!
I have loved books…all of my life! Through the vehicle of books you can travel to anywhere that the authors imagination will take you. This includes any country on the face to the earth and any planet in the cosmos! Books have introduced me to people and cultures and times and places that I had never dreamed of.
I read Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt when I was in the sixth grade and I was transported to the time of the civil war. I read Sherlock Holmes and wanted to be the brilliant detective. Of course there was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson or The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and the Call of the Wild by Jack London. Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelly captivated my young mind!
Recently I have read; Siege: Trump Under Fire by Michael Wolff and the Muller Report as well as The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth and Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Books have always caused me to feel secure and safe and surrounded by wisdom! I like the feel of books and the look of books and collecting books!
As a young man I began reading the Bible. I was mesmerized by both the Old and New Testaments! I so enjoy the Bible that I began collecting Bibles and have several today.
Life is insecure and iffy and a freight train…or a rainbow may be awaiting you around the next bend in the road! Books are solid and there for you in the both the good times and the bad! They do not vacillate or pander to popular interests or religious and political whims of the moment!
Books provide solace and a balm in a, sometimes, frightening world. The more that we read history and literature and philosophy and government and poetry and physics and the Bible…the more we understand God’s creation and our part in it!