Thank You for visiting my bookstore tour throughout April for this year’s AtoZ Blog Challenge. Henry Ward Beecher said, “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore.” I know this is true for me. I invite you to continue keeping me company by FOLLOWING this blog where I write book reviews, reflect on writing, gardening, travel, and……more.
Drew Barrymore said, “You can never, never have too many books.” I agree. but I add, ”or ever, ever have enough bookshelves.” I’ve reached an age when I’m beginning to worry about what will happen to my books when I am gone. I have a dear friend, John V. who feels there are too many pillows on the bed in the master bedroom. With good humor, should this be the case, he says that after his wife’s celebration of life service, he intends to place these pillows in the hands of friends saying, “Tucker would want you to have this.” I laugh whenever I think of his problem-solving strategy. When it comes to giving away MY books, that’s a different matter.
Altogether, my books constitute an archeological dig into my life. In this particular collection, each book has been chosen carefully by subject, because of its book jacket and the blurb on the back of the cover where I look and find a few buzz words that tell me if the author and I share a language. These books are a part of my identity and have helped me understand my life. Only moving has forced me to cull the herd, so to speak. Risking that I can live without them, I set a few books aside to be given away.
When I walk into a bookstore I understand why there are so many books because there are many different kinds of readers. You might not be interested in my beautiful garden books, shelved by subject, essential to this self-taught gardener, or you might not love Pat Conroy’s lyrical voice, or read the kind of poetry I read. Perhaps you have no interest in reading one of my non-fiction titles like Citizens of London by Lynne Olson or Harold Evan’s My Paper Chase. Though how you could resist my new favorite author, Amor Towles, who wrote A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, I can’t imagine. We know, however, that no two people read the same book.
We can agree that time spent in a bookstore provides the happiest of hours. Starting a new book is an adventure not to be missed. Over time, my ‘favorite’ book changes. I suppose the same is true for you too. I hope you remember the gift of your childhood books and your mother reading to you. I’m not sure which day I slipped off her lap and began to read on my own, but since then, on any given day, I am never without a book. I cherish the books and bookshops that have provided endless hours of pleasure. I hope you have enjoyed the theme I selected this year. From start to finish it has been my delight!