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“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”

I have discovered a new website, but I fear it will be the death of ‘free time’ for me.

As a child, the ability to read suddenly clicked in Grade 1. I don’t know what made it suddenly all fall into place, but once it did, there was a whole new world out there waiting to be discovered!

Fortunately, I lived in a home filled with books. Lots of books. I moved into a smaller house when I was older, and quite a few books came with me. My husband (who is not really a reader) very kindly bought me a Kindle Reader, which does save on a lot of space. He also attached our Billy bookcases to the wall so they wouldn’t fall on his head. (By the way, did you know Ikea estimates a Billy bookcase is sold somewhere every five seconds??? That’s a lot of bookcases!!)

The library is also my friend (given that this is a cheap and cheerful life, after all), and fortunately I live quite close to a very good one, which has lots of books. Unlike my old school library, which we went into at my school’s recent anniversary. Most of the shelves weren’t even there anymore. It broke my heart to see this library like this, apart from the fact that it didn’t look right any more, missing its tall shelves with the Dewey system numbers painted on with old-style gold paint. Grant you, I am sentimental, but I really did start to feel sorry for the students that are there now.

whs library 1946 DSCN5344  whs library 2019 IMG_6378

But to my new found source of interesting stuff … the GoodReads website …

This was the quote that brought me there:

“Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte

I came across this quote whilst working through a DailyOM course, and as it seemed an unlikely thing for an emperor/conquering character to say, I thought I would try to locate the source of the quote. I have yet to discover in what context Napoleon used this phrase (and could it be like a meme I saw on Facebook attributed to Abraham Lincoln … “Everything you see on the Internet is 100% true”…), so if anyone knows, please feel free to enlighten me!

{I can only think it was in a letter to his good wife Josephine (or maybe the second one, Marie-Louise) … it doesn’t really sound like an extract from a good, stirring, off-to-battle and kill-them-all speech, does it …}

I have used quotes from this website before, but not really had a good look through it. And now … oh dear … there are books and more books that are catching my eye. This could be a good thing, as I like reading, but maybe not, as I have quite a lot of things I should also be doing … like writing more regular blog posts, for example!

It is amazing that in the English language, with only twenty-six symbols in their infinite combinations, could bring into being such an enormous amount of writings, so very different from each other. It gives me a headache thinking about it, because it is so vast. I have the same mind-boggled thoughts about music. And so many different thoughts that go through the human brain to create those words, or that music. Okay, I should stop now.

My heading today is a quote from Diane Duane’s book, ‘So You Want to Be a Wizard’. With phrases like that, I think wizardry should be my next career choice. But at the very least, I should add this book to my list.

Ah, THE list … I have a few books on that ‘must-read next’ list, courtesy of other book-loving friends. I also have books I go back to, often. I could not tell you how often I have read the Chronicles of Narnia, The Princess Bride, or Jane Austen’s writings. But most recently I have been reading about what colours to wear and how to use
OneNote.

Sometimes one’s reading has to be of a more practical nature 😦

And sometimes one has to learn to stop, like I should here. No funny stories to share with you today … just lots of memories of sneakily reading the last chapter of a book by torchlight, tucked under the sheets. No-one could tell, of course, so I believed …

 

Today’s photos are: an artistic streak from me, as well as:
Whyalla High library in 1946 from the WHS records
Whyalla High library in 2018 courtesy of Gen Gordon

 

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