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12.12.2010

books and their nooks.



rain, rain come and play

i slept last night. long and hard. 
and when i finally awoke this morning it was to the sound of pounding rain. pouring rain. pitter-patter-tap-tap-tapping rain.

glorious, glorious rain.

so i literally rolled out of bed taking my white duvet with me, cracked the window, and moved the reading chair just in front. 

and there i sat. with my book. listening and watching and feeling the cool, damp breeze.

and i gave thanks that i asked for both rain boots and an umbrella for christmas. because there's nothing quite like trying navigate the eccentricities of a new york rainstorm if you're ill prepared. 
and then i opened my book and disappeared. into another world. into another life.

i haven't read a book since late last may. i wasn't able to this summer. picked up many, but just couldn't do it. and so it continued through until now, december. a six month reading block. and knowing this period must come to a close i picked up a book that i'd read before. and decided to begin there.

and suddenly, with book in hand, the train ride seems bearable. and waking up on sunday mornings to a world of white seems poignant: a blank canvas to fill with a story between my hands.

don't ever let me go this long again without falling into a book. i'm a far better person when i'm living in two worlds--this one and the one gifted to me by an author with imagination and empathy. 

26 comments:

Claire Kiefer said...

Oddly enough, I've been in sort of a reading block lately as well. I think that teaching emotionally damaged high schoolers and working with prisoners and volunteering for a book project about women who've been abused/neglected while incarcerated--all that combined--means that when I finally get home, I want to watch 16 and Pregnant and zone out and gaze at my Christmas tree, and not do anything that requires any sort of mental stimulation.

But I need to work on this, because I know that when I'm not reading, I'm missing out on one of my favorite joys. Glad you've climbed out of the tunnel. :)

iheartkiwi said...

Books are always there to welcome you back with open arms :)

I spent my entire morning reading The Glimpses of the Moon... That Edith Wharton gets me every time. Add it to your reading list for sure.

Laura Marie said...

Currently charmed and thrilled by Laurie Frankel's "The Atlas of Love" -- I'm 100% positive that you'd adore it, too :)

I awoke to a blizzard, so I spent my morning writing by the window... So calming, isn't it?

Hope you had a great weekend!
xo Laura Marie

huzzah said...

I love this post. Tell us more about your bookcase... I want to know/see what's on it!

Mocha Mornings said...

I had a (very) hard summer. I spent many summer evenings reading books. My world was salty and I wanted nothing to do with it. But I found consolation in the pages of twelve different books.

Then the semester began; the pain of the summer folded, life got a little easier. I forgot about books. I've read one since August.

You have inspired me to go and pick a few thick novels to immerse myself in over the winter break. Thank you.

Ana* said...

I awoke to a rainy morning myself, rainy sundays are the best specially if I get to stay in :)

Xoxo

sara said...

i've been passionate about reading my entire life and i don't like when i haven't read something in a while and i can't place what's ever so slightly off. when i finally do read a book again i feel so much better.

Larissa Wunder said...

I really need to pick up a book soon! I just can't find the time.
Thank you for reminding, that I need to make time!
because like you've said :
"i'm a far better person when i'm living in two worlds--this one and the one gifted to me by an author with imagination and empathy. "
xo

dull boy said...

your chair looks very inviting, - i find it is one of life's little luxuries to lose oneself in a good book...

whimsy said...

you are amazing! i love this. and i too, am in love with reading and have been in a bit of a readers funk...so you have here inspired me to get out of it! thank you, just what i needed! and so well written:)
loves
britt

Kelly said...

what an inviting photo!

I am excited to ahve more time to read int he coming weeks. I feel like a more calm, happy person when I'm reading.

kristin elena. said...

i know what you mean. i get in a rut and only want to re-read books i already have. right now i have 3 i need to start and finish, but instead i'm reading the entire hp series for the 4th time. ridiculous.

Megan said...

loved this post- it gives me another reason to look forward to the end of finals week so that I can finally read Capture the Castle :) And that chair + comforter looks incredibly comfortable.

Alexa said...

I feel the same way about my books - I love delving deep into a story and getting utterly consumed. And it sounded like you had the perfect day. :)

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angela hardison said...

beautiful - and true. i'm looking forward to lots of reading over this christmas break.

Jay said...

This sounds like the perfect morning! I love the rain! If I could, I would do nothing but sit in a good reading chair, looking out at the rain pouring down... With a good book in hand of course :) Best wishes from Norway

Jenni Austria Germany said...

that looks like the most comfortable nook for a book that i have ever seen.

~BB~ said...

what am absolute perfect way to spend a rainy morning! I find myself utterly envious...

annie said...

grad school put other reading on the back burner, and i've missed it so much. there's just something about being able to safely escape just for a bit in the pages of a good read; you described it perfectly. but now i'm curious: what's on your reading list?

Emily said...

LOVE your reading chair and book nook! So charming! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

amanda jane said...

rainy days are the greatest. :)

nicole addison said...

i adore you!

Brittany said...

beautiful and so true. i've been missing my books, and i hope to get a lot of reading time in this holiday. i should never let myself forget about books.

Mackenzie said...

i have been in the same rut lately! usually if i read little poetry (ee cummings, i wish you wrote a poem for me) or "the little prince", something small enough to get me motivated, i can usually get out of a book rut! but lately, it's been hard. it has taken me months to finish "zorba the greek" and "love in the time of cholera"! blargh! glad to see someone has gotten out of the deep, dark abyss of book rut-dom!

Shorty said...

Ohh how I envy your nook.