Friday, May 23, 2014
I recently went to someone's home for the first time. A beautiful, impeccably styled house - it was the kind of place you'd see in a magazine. But I couldn't help but think there was something strange about it. I couldn't put my finger on why until I came home and told my husband about it. Then it hit me, the house had no books! None. Not a single bookshelf (as far as I could see).
It was such an odd realisation because I've always felt that books make a home. My parents are both voracious readers who modelled a love of books from early on. My mom always reads before bed, and whenever we go to visit my dad, he can almost always be found in his green chair, with the CBC playing in the background and his nose in a book. In our little apartment, our living room alone has four overflowing bookcases. Each bedroom has two nightstands piled high with books; there are, quite literally, books everywhere. And whenever we try to do a de-clutter of our home, I always find that books are the hardest to part with.
Everyone told me that once I had a baby I wouldn't have the time to read anymore. I haven't found that to be the case though. Sure, there are times when my brain is so fried I'd rather read a magazine or a blog, but most of the time I have at least one book on the go. There's just something so nurturing about cozying up with a good book and a cup of tea, which is what I often do while Clementine naps. I'm particularly fond of what I call "gentle books." Stories by authors like L.M. Montgomery (my favourite!) and Alexander McCall Smith, who write about normal people and simple things. The stuff of the everyday. Some of my favourite reads from the last few months include: The Signature of All Things, The Snow Child, Operating Instructions, Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers.
Clementine has her very own bookshelf as well, and it's filled with beautiful picture books in English, French and Spanish. For her birthday she received a stack of books (the best gift) and two of my favourites are: Gulf Island Alphabet and Pride & Prejudice: A Counting Primer. Her favourites are any books that have lift-the-flaps included like: Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Dear Zoo.
What have you been reading lately?