“If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.”

Every day is dark and humid, but we don’t get rain. We just get sweaty. Thunder showers are predicted for the third day in a row. The difference today, though, is a strong breeze, strong enough to sway the chimes, bend branches and swish the leaves. The birds are unusually quiet. The rental next door has people this week, and I can hear them talking and laughing. They interrupt the usual quiet of the morning.

When I was in the fifth grade, we were bussed to school in the next town over while they finished building our new school. That was the year I got Little Women for Christmas, and I remember reading it on the bus. I loved the March girls and how they called their mother Marmee. Beth’s death made me cry. I hadn’t ever read a book before where someone dies. Jo was my favorite character. I wanted to be Jo. As I read the book and got closer and closer to the last page, I remember feeling sad, feeling a sense of loss, but then I found Little Men and Jo’s Boys, a sequel to Little Men. I could stay with the March family even longer. That was the year of Alcott for me.

I still hate reaching the end of a good novel. If I had more self-control, I’d slow down and make it all last longer, but I can’t. It is as if I am possessed. Sometimes I’ll read all day and well into the night, even to the early morning and first light. One Christmas my mother gave me Alive, and I started reading it Christmas afternoon. I was in a reading frenzy, the zone where there is nothing else. There are no sounds and no people, just the pages of my book. My mother broke in and thought I should put the book down as I had just opened it that morning and wouldn’t it be a shame to finish it so quickly. I didn’t know how to answer. My mother was a reader and should have understood. A good book is savored. It trumps everything. It’s a world unto itself which draws us in so we are lucky enough to become a part of that world.

It’s still happens to me.

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14 Comments on ““If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It’s the third day in a row that the mornings have been sunny and cool but the afternoons have been warm, rainy and with some thunder. Rather nice to be honest.

    Yesterday and today has passed very slow even if it hasn’t felt like it if You understand how I mean. It could have been days of boredom but instead I’ve enjoyed every second of them. Did some laundry, replanted som potted plants and watched some tv. Tomorrow will start cloudy and perhaps a bit rainy and from then on we’ll have sunshine and rather stroing winds. Good thing because I am a bit tired of the horse fly and deer fly bites now 🙂

    I did much like You and still do, kept on reading until I’d finished the book. Didn’t matter what kind of book it was, I just kept on reading. I can’t remember ever asking if I shouldn’t stop so the book would last longer, she does just like that too 🙂

    No book at the moment though, I’m thinking of rereading The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy though 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I still want some of your rain. We have the same night we’ve had for the last couple: breezy and chilly.

      I know exactly what you reman. I do stuff, think the day is running slowly then check the clock and am amazed at how late it really is. Time travels far faster than I expect.

      If the book is good, I can’t put it down. I’ll be lying in bed reading and say I’ll finish this chapter then go to sleep. At the end of that chapter I check how long the next one is and say I’ll read that one and go to bed, but it goes on and on.

      I am working on a book called Thunderstruck.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Beware of book addiction. It’s nearly as evil as dancing. The book I’ve just read says so. It’s a guide for young catholic brides from 1899.
    Greetings from Lower Saxony. Perfect weather.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I hope you’re having a wonderful vacation!

      Sadly I am a victim of book addiction. I doubt there is a cure.

  3. Scott Says:

    Exactly how I read books as well Kat …

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  4. flyboybob Says:

    Nothing can equal the pleasure of a good book. When I was in the sixth grade I got the flu and spent ten days in bed and read Leon Uris’s novel Exodus. Those were the days before anti flu viral drugs and you had to stay in bed the entire time until you got better. I couldn’t put that paperback book down until I finished it which coincided with my recovery. I have been a serious reader ever since.

    Since buying my iPad I began reading E-books and I’m hooked, I can carry 50 books or more in the tablet and the computer remembers my place in every book I’m reading. I can highlight text and attach notes to any part. Best of all I don’t need a light to read and I can adjust the size of the text depending how tired my eyes are feeling. Also, I can read several books at a time and switch around easily from one book to another. Having moved from our house to a smaller apartment I don’t have the space to store many physical books.

    Personally, I can’t wait to get to the end of a book so I can move on to another. Sometimes I like to peek at the last couple of pages to find out the ending as get close to the end. I just have to find out the ending before I read the last few chapters because my curiosity is killing me. I go through cycles where I read a couple of non fiction books and then Switch over to novels.

    The cool front passage yesterday turned down yesterday’s high temperature from 100 down to the lower 90s.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I didn’t ever get the flu, but I did love reading in bed. I used to hide the light under the covers so I could read when I was supposed to be sleeping. I had a Leon Uris period and read just about all of his books, the same with Thomas Costain.

      I feel the same way about my iPad. I used to travel with several books and have to buy more when I’d finish the books I brought, but on my first trip to Ghana I read 9 novels in the two weeks I was there, all on my iPad. When at home, I read physical books and when I’m done, I pass them along to friends.

      I don’t ever peek. I’d hate to ruin the surprise of the ending.

      Some books I really do hate to see ending even though there are more books in the wings. In the summer I mostly read mysteries.

      No rain yet though it was predicted for the last three days.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Unfortunately, I hate to give books away because I think of my favorite books like members of my family. With E-books they can reside on my computer and never take up space or gather dust on my shelf. 🙂

        I don’t enjoy mysteries because I lack the self control to not read the last chapter before reading all the previous ones.

        This all star game is exciting. This year the Rangers are doing so poorly that they may tie their record of loosing 100 games the first season they played in Arlington Texas in 1973. It’s like déjà vu all over again.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I also give books to my local library which either adds them to the shelves or sells them. I don’t have the room for any more physical books.

        I don’t ever look. I want to be surprised by the ending.

        I just turned it off in the 8th inning. It is getting late, and I’m tired. I enjoyed the game until then. The Red Sox aren’t doing much better. World Series champs lat year and in the cellar this year.

  5. Jay Bird Says:

    Indeed, books trump all, including sleep. Many of my friends are avid readers. Fortunately (??), I read little these days, other than on airline flights. Maybe a long-term hangover from being a college English major… too much Camus and Kafka. I do feel a bit deprived.

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      I love this time of year as I can sit on the deck and read. It is like being in a treehouse as it is off the ground and has overhanging trees. Such a delight!

      I too was an English major but I was able to overcome the Kafka.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    If it’s a book that hooks me right away and hard, I will read straight through until the end. Usually this only happens with fiction because it tends to be shorter than the non-fiction things I read. I remember the first time I read Lord of the Rings I raced through the first two books. I kept putting the third book down after a few chapters because I didn’t want it to end and there weren’t any more to come. I even read the appendices in the back.
    Nowadays I have many books going at the same time. Some of the books require a lot of thought while I’m reading so I take breaks and read fun things and relatively mindless ones. Kindle is my friend. 🙂

    Yesterday and today, so far, have been nasty. It’s like walking through a sauna. It rained during the night which added to the tropical feel. The AC unit is in the window and keeping me and the dogs reasonably cool and dry. But I do miss open windows and fresh breezes.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I know exactly what you mean by The Lord of the Rings. I had it in Africa in my Peace Corps book locker, and it was like finding a treasure. I had to teach which interrupted my reading time.

      I like quick reads in the summer, and I don’t really read many non-fiction books. Give me a good mystery or espionage.

      My air conditioner is on as it is really humid. We had a deluge finally. It has rained most of the day and sometimes heavily. I went out and left the back door opened. The floor near it was awash, and I had to take a mop to it.

      Have a great day.


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