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How cool is it that you have a book shelf with a ladder! He exclaimed lustfully. My first big purchase (before dishwasher, bedroom furniture, freezer, colour television) when I moved into my first house was a custom made, self designed, wall size, floor to ceiling bookshelf. As a boy I had dreamed of a house with an actual library room (I'm still wishing for this), so a whole wall covered in books was the next best thing. I never thought of it as a luxury, no, rather a necessity. Books are where I go for information, stimulation, entertainment and inspiration. The beautiful oak sectional book case is now with my middle son as I have downsized in retirement. If you open a conversation about the value of public libraries, you'll get an earful from me. I'm sure my only regret when I die will be that I didn't have enough time to read everything I wanted to. I'm proud to be a bibliophile.

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Dec 16, 2022Liked by Leah McLaren

I’m all about books, and I typically spend hours a day with one, but in my ears. Audiobooks for the last 15 years or so are my jam, and my Digital Library would fill many shelves if exchanged for their printed twins. I miss not organizing and categorizing my library post transition, and enjoying the sight of them neatly lined up on a shelf. but the pleasure I take in multi-tasking gardening or washing the dishes with a first class murder mystery set in Victorian England while my hands are also busy make up for it. 

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"The modern apartment, notably for the young, simply has no space, no wall-surfaces for rows of books." Further, "to read fully is to be silent and within silence. This order of silence is, at this point in western society, tending to become a luxury." George Steiner

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i love those book shelves.... there is nothing more magical xo

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