This is the fourth post in the What’s On Your Bookshelf? Challenge which I co-host with my good friends and Online Book Club Members, Deb, Donna and Jo. I love the idea of a monthly post because I can share my thoughts on reading and the books I’ve read plus also learn what you are reading as well. As always my book list keeps getting longer!
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What value do you place on books and reading?
In thinking about what to write for this months WOYBS post, I came across an article ‘The most expensive books and manuscripts in history’. It is an interesting read and I was staggered at the amount paid to own a piece of history. You can read it HERE.
I then came across this post in the ABC Book Club feed on Facebook. ‘Greetings, fellow book lovers. I stumbled across this magnificent piece of history in my my local op shop for $2 last week and was wondering if somebody might be able to help out with any historical back ground. It appears to be an educational resource of some description (University Women’s College), with an inscription ‘To Ella Shaw from India, Xmas 1890,’ (I think!?). It has been beautifully annotated and has made me very emotional reading through the past owners thoughts of Keats’ poetical works. Thanks in advance’
It seems that value and price are relative. So my question to you is:
What value do you place on a book?
I love reading for pleasure and also to learn and ‘No’ I could never afford or perhaps want to pay millions for a book or historical article, I’ll leave that to the ‘collectors’. I value a book from what I learn from it – whether it is a life learning or gaining information, how it makes me feel or the sentimental attachment I have.
For me, any book is priceless if it enriches your life in some way, touches your heart and emotions or creates memories.Sue Loncaric, Women Living Well After 50
I remember growing up and my Mum put together a recipe book for me in my later teenage years. Unfortunately, I lost in in the many moves I’ve made but it was precious. It contained her written recipes, or recipes cut from magazines and lovingly pasted into the book for me to use in the future.
Reading to and with my grandsons, is another example of creating memories and touching my heart. Although the books might not be worth millions, the experience is priceless. I love that their parents have encouraged a love of reading from a young age.
I remember an Italian holiday to Tuscany where we rented a small villa and I replaced one of the books in the library with one of my own. I still have the book and it evokes memories of my Italian holiday.
Although they are letters and not books, I have letters my Mum wrote to my cousin and my Nan wrote to my Mum when she was in hospital when my brother was born. These letters are over 60 years old but are so precious, because my Mum died when she was 63 in 1986 and my Nan died the year in 1956 before I was born. They give me an insight into these two important women in my life.
There are my ‘go to’ comfort reading books, my relaxing holiday reads, my psychological thrillers that keep me intrigued and in suspense. All of these are valuable to me in what they offer to me at any given time. Even the books I don’t enjoy make me think as I ponder why I didn’t enjoy the book (especially if others have rated it highly).
In my online Bookclub, we are studying the Bronte Sisters and we finally finished reading Villette by Charlotte Bronte . It was a tough read and I have to put my hand up and confess that I resorted to an audio book halfway through. The Classics require concentration and time, and I found that listening to the book on my drives to and from Brisbane, helped me to focus on the story rather than reading a paragraph with my mind filled with other things and then having to go back and re-read.
I said it was a tough read and it was, but at the end, after our several Book Club discussion meetings I found I came to an understanding with both Lucy Snowe (the protagonist) and Charlotte Bronte, the author.
If you are interested you can read my review on Goodreads HERE
Our next book, is The Professor by Charlotte Bronte . This was her first book but was not published until after her death. The book is similar to Villette and is said to be based on her experience as a student and teach in Brussels. I’ll fill you in next month
This is the summary of The Professor from Goodreads
The Professor (1857) is English writer Charlotte Brontë’s first novel. Rejected by several publishing houses, Brontë shelved the novel in order to write her masterpiece Jane Eyre (1847). After her death, The Professor was edited by Brontë’s widower, Arthur Bell Nichols, who saw that the novel was published posthumously. Based on Brontë’s experience as a student and teacher in Brussels–which similarly inspired her novel Villette—The Professor is an underappreciated early work from one of English literature’s most important writers.
BOOKS I’VE READ DURING OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
WHAT’S ON YOUR BOOKSHELF GUIDELINES:
What: What’s On Your Bookshelf (#whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge).
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Sharing what’s on their bookshelf this month
Take a moment to link through to see what my co-hosts and others have written……
Now over to you – what’s on your Bookshelf?
Deb, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us each month and share what you’ve been reading! If you have any questions just ask us. You can also link to any, or all of our posts, with a pingback, that way we get to see your posts quicker!
Don’t forget to tell me about the book(s) you’re reading at the moment! See you next month!