on the glories of books
With Chinese New Year coming up, I went looking for interesting Chinese proverbs and I found this one. A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. How completely lovely! It's also rather timely for me, because I find myself in one of my starting a whole bunch of books phases. With any luck, I'll finish a few of them!
One of the titles that I've recently started is Howard's End is on the Landing. I'm only at the very beginning, so I can't say too much of what I think, but so far it's easy to see that the author loves books. I mean really loves them. This proverb could have been written by her because she knows what a lovely thing books are.
Sometimes it seems that I treasure books more than I'm able to read them, but I suppose it's similar to a garden. Times to plant, harvest, enjoy the beauty, and times to let the ground rest while you choose the next seeds to plant!
I'm not certain which of those times I'm in right now, but here's my list of books in active progress: Wildwood, Dottie Angel, Little House in the Big Woods, Howard's End is on the Landing (plus others that I pick up here and there). Also, The History of the World in 100 Objects is sitting here waiting for me to start! What are you currently reading?
Oh, and feel free to download and print the proverb image above. Just click it to take you to Flickr!
By Mollie Johanson at Thursday, January 19, 2012