Love Thursday

Old friends.

There’s nothing quite like them. I do love a new book, at the kitchen table, on the sofa, in my bag for on the train, in line, at lunch. But sometimes, what I need is my dog-eared, water-marked from tub reading old friends– the kind of old friends you buy backup copies of, if you can, because you know that binding’s going to go any day now. And the old friends are there for me– when I’m sick, when I’m lonely, when I’m feeling misunderstood, before bed to ensure comfortable dreams.

I suppose it says something that my favorite books are all fantasies about intelligent characters who feel lonely and are looking for something completing, but the fact that they find theirs always reassures me that I can find mine.

The solace of reading is something that can be hard to describe in words. Susan Carlin did it in paint, a piece called “Afternoon Flight” that she recently posted on her blog.

Happy Love Thursday. For more links to other LT’ers, follow this link to Shutter Sisters.


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19 thoughts on “Love Thursday

  1. Jenn @ Juggling Life

    When I was little and I was sick, I had to have my Nancy Drews. Later, it was my Agatha Christies. You and my oldest daughter have the same taste in books.

    If you have a chance to stop by my place today, please do. You really got me thinking with your last RealMental post. The juries still out on whether that’s a good or bad thing!

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  3. Janet

    I can totally relate to the love you have for books…love this photo!

    I finally joined this…gee, guess what my “love” photo was LMAO!

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  4. ApK

    ‘The Blue Sword’ is one of my absolute favorite books ever…I must have read it once a year for all of my adolescence!

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  5. Claudia

    I’m not sure what I would do without books. Melt? I’m at the library at least twice a week, I’m always ordering favorites, must haves (StarGirl!!! Dangerous Angels! The Mermaid Chair!) on half. com so that I have a few favorites on hand at all times. I love strong females. Women who are exposed to situations that might ordinarily make us crawl…and somehow, even if it takes their last breath to do so, overcome. And then I like the easy readers that make us look like the pretty princesses we ALL are. πŸ™‚ Your blog rocks. Glad I found it. (One of those four degrees of separation thing).

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  6. mocadivine

    Bleeding Espresso: Great analogy. When you think about, some books are like new and old friends. While perusing through each page, you’ll experience or learn something along the way.

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  7. thordora

    My David Brin books look like that. My David Eddings (shut up…) looked like that until I had them ALL replaced for Xmas. πŸ™‚

    Happiness is a half empty bookcase, waiting to be filled.

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  8. jenB

    I haven’t read any of these books. I am not embarassed to say most of my old friend or “comfort” books are young adult series – All of the Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie books, all of the Calvin and Hobbes books. These books got me through some horrible anxiety when I was old enough to be reading porn, but found solace in the simplicity of pioneers and stuffed tigers.

    love to you my friend

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