Books and Reading - A Great Love!!

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I have a collection of thousands of books. My house is full of packed bookcases that are packed. I like to be surrounded by my books. It is not just that I enjoy reading. Those books are like old friends. They are a comfort. I often look at them and remember the stories, worlds, feelings and information they have shared with me.


Some of my books I read decades ago. I still love them. They all enriched my life and I am grateful to them. I am grateful to the wonderful authors who spent so many thousands of hours creating them for me.  They shared what it is to be human. They enthralled me.


There is nothing better than reading - nothing (well possibly writing - oh - and love).  It has been the most rewarding aspect of my life (apart from love and writing). I have visited other universes, other lives and shared love, hate and the full gamut of ideas, ways of thinking and emotions.


Reading transports you to anywhere. Human imagination is unlimited.


My school had a motto taken from Pliny which said that books were nourishment for the mind. I think that is true. They've certainly enriched my life.


I look around at my books and am filled with satisfaction. They give out warm vibes!


opher goodwin Added Nov 21, 2018 - 2:46pm
Reading - the most worthwhile experience in life!! As good as writing!
Morgoth Added Nov 21, 2018 - 7:35pm
Ah, yes, Opher.  I completely agree.
I have transferred some books to digital as time went by because I can sometimes get the academic books I read cheaper.  It’s also a convenience to have digital copies to read while traveling or at work.
But I still love the act of reading a physical copy of a paperback or hardback.
opher goodwin Added Nov 22, 2018 - 4:04am
Jeffrey - me too. I love reading - digital or print - but I also love having my books sitting on a shelf. They contain so many memories and feelings. They feel like extensions of myself.
Flying Junior Added Nov 22, 2018 - 5:19am
I got into collecting antique books after reading a collection of lyrical poems published by the Modern Library in 1904 that I found in an old bookstore downtown.  Not much later I bought a complete three volume set of the poetry of William Wordsworth published in 1864.  Beautiful green leather with swirly painted edges of the pages.  I suppose it must be worth some money being 150 years old in near perfect condition.  Wordsworth became an early favorite.  Robert Burns loved Wordsworth as well.  One of my favorites was a tourism booster from about 1880 called simply Rambles in the English Countryside.  Old books have an attraction that can't be beat.  Many of my favorite library books date back as much as a century.
Originally, I mostly enjoyed histories.  I would buy any history of England, New York, California or the American frontier as long as it was written in an entertaining style.  I particularly enjoyed the accounts of the great explorers and naturalists.  Then I started reading Zane Grey.  Then the Best American Short Stories series.  Next thing you know, I was addicted to fiction.
Mrs. Junior and I have several bookshelves full of interesting books.  But our drive to read fiction makes us check out hundreds of books from the library year after year.
Right now we mostly read Irish and American fiction.  Occasionally we delve back a hundred years or more.  But most of our favorite reading is mid-century.  I discover a dozen or so more modern writers every year.

Stone-Eater Added Nov 22, 2018 - 7:51am
I don't keep books. I read them, then give them away or borrow them. Why should I need to keep a book I've read already ? I don't read a book twice :-)
opher goodwin Added Nov 22, 2018 - 11:10am
FJ - That sounds great. My books are mainly fiction from 50s on. I like all the usual writers and a number of the new ones too.
opher goodwin Added Nov 22, 2018 - 11:11am
Stone - I keep all mine. I often reread a book. I find so much more in it on second or third reading. I find a collection of books satisfying.
Dino Manalis Added Nov 22, 2018 - 12:03pm
 Never stop reading!  I lost my vision due to Wolfram Syndrome, that's why I use the screen reader on the computer, while I'm a member of N.J.'s Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Stone-Eater Added Nov 22, 2018 - 1:06pm
Since I'm somewhat of a gypsy and like temporary residences (up to now at least) it wouldn't make much sense to have too much stuff to move around. I've got all my music on harddisk (+ two full backups), 3 guitars and 5 computer/laptop units. That's all.
...but a friend of mine said if I want I can have his bass guitar, he doesn't need it anymore. So that's 4 guitars. I like to play bass too, learned a bit of slapping here and there, and this will be more fun to record my music on 4 tracks. Piano, bass, guitar and vocals. Only mixing is a problem. I don't master digital mixing programs yet. VERY complicated and takes a long time to learn.
Ryan Messano Added Nov 22, 2018 - 2:28pm
Ever learning, never coming to a knowledge of the truth.
opher goodwin Added Nov 22, 2018 - 4:26pm
You do good Dino!
opher goodwin Added Nov 22, 2018 - 4:27pm
Stone - I can see that. There are plusses and minuses of being settled.
You are your own band!!
opher goodwin Added Nov 22, 2018 - 4:28pm
Oh No!! The child is back!!
Stone-Eater Added Nov 23, 2018 - 5:36am
Looks like......well, I'm not gonna get him on my friend's list though....
Doug Plumb Added Nov 23, 2018 - 6:14am
Its better to carefully read a few good books than to read many.
Doug Plumb Added Nov 23, 2018 - 6:14am
Most books, like TV, are filled with BS. You have to know what to read.
opher goodwin Added Nov 23, 2018 - 8:11am
Stone - he obviously doesn't have any friends.
opher goodwin Added Nov 23, 2018 - 8:11am
Doug - it is best to read hundreds and hundreds of really good books.
Perhaps you can advise me?
opher goodwin Added Nov 23, 2018 - 11:24am
I've just finished reading Trout Fishing In America by Richard Brautigan. A surreal journey if ever there was one. He is the unheralded writer of the Beat Generation who went on into the 60s counterculture but never quite fitted anywhere. I find his quirky books a breath of fresh air.
Ryan Messano Added Nov 23, 2018 - 2:43pm
My best friends are in books.  The Bible, Dickens, Tolstoy, Hugo, Dumas, Frederick Douglas, and others. 
opher goodwin Added Nov 23, 2018 - 7:06pm
Child - they are probably your only friends - and that because they can't get up and leave.
John Minehan Added Nov 23, 2018 - 8:22pm
"Most books, like TV, are filled with BS. You have to know what to read."
"Ninety percent of everything is crap." Theodore Sturgeon
"Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book.  Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read."  Groucho Marx
John Minehan Added Nov 23, 2018 - 8:26pm
"Never stop reading!  I lost my vision due to Wolfram Syndrome, that's why I use the screen reader on the computer, while I'm a member of N.J.'s Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!"
Happy Thanksgiving (and whichever of the impending holidays that are applicable).
Thank you for your comments, Dino, which are always measured, rational and incisive. 
A. Jones Added Nov 24, 2018 - 12:34am
Your lead post in this thread is simply a repetition of point #6 ("Reading") of your previous post on the ten things you love. 
Do you intend to split each of those points from their original thread and make each one into an individual article? You have nothing else to write about?
Doug Plumb Added Nov 24, 2018 - 6:40pm
Opher, you cannot read hundreds and hundreds of really great books. The message in the words require that you read them more than once and carefully. The great books are the law and philosophy books published before around 1900. The best are Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau and of course Kant. Of this century there is CS Lewis. Other books of this century are books you would never read, stuff by Michael Hoffman or E Michael Jones is about things that you cannot look at, the Jewish Question. You cannot get these from Amazon.
  To be educated one must know the common law, books on common law written prior to the mid 1800's are plentiful. All free.
  Good contemporary books come from those forced out of the Establishment or that quit for reasons of conscience. I think John Perkins writes some of the most important books of our time.
  Reason itself transcends time, and to learn about applied reason, you have to go to times prior to around 1900.
Morgoth Added Nov 26, 2018 - 4:29pm
Currently reading a book called “Genocide on Trial: War Crimes Trials and the Formation of Holocaust History and Memory.”  It’s quite interesting, I’ll probably do an article on it at some point.