Portable Magic

Lois  Bryan

Joined August 2008

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I’m not a hoarder, I’m really not … but I do admit that once I love a book, it’s pretty hard to let it go. If I didn’t hate it (there have been a few) .. chances are I’ve still got it around here someplace … with the sad exception of a few super favorites that I’ve lent (as in … expected to get back!!!) to people I trusted … who never gave my book back. (I don’t lend books anymore.)

I love to re read my favorites … “Ben Hur,” pictured here in the center of this stack of dear old tomes, is one such. I read it for the first time when I was a teenager. Some of it probably went over my head, but that was fine. I got the gist. I read whatever was in the house and if a word didn’t make sense, by the time I got through the paragraph, it usually did. I read “Ben Hur” again years ago and I’m thinking it might be due for another go-through. The cool thing is, every time I re read a book, I discover something new.

I found several fun quotes about books and reading while I was researching a title for this image, and thought I’d share some here.

The title is actually part of a quote from the fabulous Stephen King “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” it’s from his “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.”

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid (I always bring a book)

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis

“So many books, so little time.”
― Frank Zappa

“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

So … ya tired of the endless reality tv shows and sports games and those icky crime shows? Turn that tv off … grab a cup of tea and a good book. If you need some suggestions, just ask me.

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