07 September 2007

i heart books

When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.
- Clifton Fadiman

images 1, 2 + 3 via flickr.

it was nice to hear about your favorite inspirational books on my favorite shelf post. {i love the back + forth blogging banter.} most of your recommendations i hadn't heard of and will surely refer to when i have a thirst to dip into something new. now for the classics, which have been most influential? and/or what do you love about reading in general?

ornate + beautiful bindings. {serves as motivation for my simple journal binding craftiness this saturday. am hoping to get a lot done to stock up the mini mart.} image via flickr too. happy reading + writing this weekend.


Marty: said...

I loved Jane Eyre. And also, the Greek Myths. Evangeline by Longfellow, is a book-like poem that I read one Thanksgiving time, and it's beautiful.

meg said...

that quote is marvelous-- i just might have to borrow it. :) can't wait to see what shows up in the mini mart. megxx

Summer said...

I must have read Pride & Prejudice about a thousand times in the last few years. It's definitely a 'girly' book, but it's one of my favorites :)

Jessica said...

To Kill A Mockingbird is probably the book that has stuck with me the most. Also East of Eden and The Sun Also Rises.

Summers Camp said...

I too LOVE Jane Eyre. But one of my all time favorites (next to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings), would have to be Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Whenever anyone would ask what I would do with my money if I were a millionaire (you know, in one of those first-day-of-school-get-to-know-you-surveys), my answer was, and is, the same: a HUGE library full of books, with those mobile ladders thingies.

Oh, and one of my dreams is to own a little book shop, just like the one in "You've Got Mail", with a little whole foods cafe. *sigh*

love.boxes said...

I love that quote too. It's so true. I love coming back to a favorite book and finding that I have a better understanding than before. I love history and the classics mostly. I love books that (this is a lame way to explain it) but I love books that when you have read them, it feels like your head has been broken open and expanded to a whole new world. I recently read Team of Rivals and that was the sort of book it was... I just could not believe all the things that I learned. My husband and I read it together and it was all we could talk about for 6 weeks.

Amy said...

To Kill a Mockingbird is my book-obsession. I read it every summer and always keep a copy with me. My favorite copy has this written in the front of it:

"The mark of a good book is it changes every time you read it."
-anderson cooper

Robin said...

My favorite classics are Bleak House by Dickens, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Hardy (I think I have a thing for tragedies), The Tempest by Shakespeare, Silas Marner by George Eliot, and Les Miserables, 1984, and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

Maria said...

I don't know if this is a classic, but every woman should read this book - 'Drinking The Rain' by Alix Kates Shulman. I must have read it 100 times and it hasn't left my bedside table in five years - except for when I go travelling, when I take it with me ;-)

melanie said...

Two of my all time favourite Canadian classics are Barometer Rising by Hugh Maclennan and The Diviners by Margaret Laurence. I've read them both many times and feel like I learn something new about myself each time I read them.

*melanie from www.meli-mello.com

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