Simon asked me to post a picture that reflects my reading tastes and explain how the two correspond. The photo above is from the marvellous abbytryagain’s photo shop on etsy. She also has a lovely blog, here. All of her pictures take ordinary objects or places and make them into something extraordinarily beautiful, poignant, and loaded with memories and meaning. This sums up my taste in books perfectly.
I like books that celebrate how beautiful, magical, and precious everyday life is. I like books that show it’s not fame or riches that make a life extraordinary, but the immense capacity for love and adventure and fortitude that lies in each and every one of our hearts. I like books that show we will each of us be remembered not for what we did, but for what we were to those we loved, those we touched, those we spoke up for. I like books that remind me that my life is a gift, to be opened and celebrated and enjoyed to the full every single day afresh, not placed on a shelf to gather dust and regrets. I like books that see diamonds in the dewdrops. I like books that make me laugh; secret, guilty, stifled laughs in public places. I like books that reflect my humdrum life back to me in technicolour, and encourage me to dwell in possibility. I like books that show that life is an adventure, and no opportunity should go unseized. I like books about people just like me; idealists, adventurers, washing up do-ers, all of whom dare to dream.
ps. Persephone Books have launched their very exciting looking Reader’s Forum today – go and have a look! I haven’t read the book they’re currently featuring but if you have, there are some brilliant questions to get your creative juices flowing!