But my favorite thing in the catalogs is how so many books are in each of the photographs.
In a lovely inviting stack near the couch...
Enticing me from shelves and in desks....
Waiting to be devoured next to the buffet in the dining room....
Piled under the beds and on nightstands....
My very favorite thing!
Book ends--I might have to go ahead and buy these!
Nothing makes a house more homey than books. Books on bookshelves, on tables, by the bed, in the kitchen.....I love it when it appears that wherever I am in the house, I could find something to pass the time.
There is nothing like a good book that will take you away to another world, another time; to get you inside another person's skin; to give you a glimpse of another person's thoughts....
Books and reading have broadened some of my personal opinions and narrowed others.
They have allowed me to travel back in time and discover what it might have really been like in Queen Elizabeth's court, or in the early days of the Church in Rome, or as a woman alone on the frontier. Books have let me visit the hot African savanna when there is snow outside my window. Stories have allowed me to experience frigid cold when our air conditioner was not working.
They have brought me laughter and tears and introduced me to some of my best friends. Discussing books can bring common ground into a diverse group of people.
The power of words, the possibilities of combinations of them, delight me.
I have to teach an hour of remedial reading this year at the high school. I'm very nervous about it. My hearing loss is a handicap in the classroom and I really have no idea of what I am doing from a 'reading specialist' standpoint. My strategy for my future students is to help them find a book that will interest them enough to finish it. If they have to read the first two chapters from lots of different books before they find one, so be it.
If I can just get them to find ONE book that they will finish. Just one story that will lead them to plow through words they might not know. Just one author that will turn a phrase in such a way as to catch their interest.
Then I might be just a tiny bit successful.
(all photos in this post were copied from the Pottery Barn website)