Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields…
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
– Mary Oliver
I am sure one of my favorite authors,, Mary Oliver would not mind if I borrow the title of her poem. I often blog about her and how I enjoy reading her writings, simply worded and yet they have deep meanings that touch the heart and the soul.
The sun is up and I could feel its warmth on my face although at the moment it is playing hide and seek with the clouds. We are still experiencing southwest monsoon and there is another storm coming but at least we could enjoy the weekend without worrying about flash flood and heavy downpour.
Yesterday, I finally finished cleaning our bookshelves, sorting books and arranging them according to authors. The books Nissa, Josef and I have collected over the years are all placed on the higher shelves along with the lovely ones (craft books, Calvin and Hobbes comic books which my son collects, mythology and some non-fiction). Every time I do some dusting here, I always read a few titles and remember the times my kids and I bought them. Some are gifts from close friends who know of our penchant for reading. I can’t resist re-reading the boxed set of Nick Bantock’s The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy. Years ago ( I don’t remember now), my sister-in-law sent me this set as a birthday gift and it is one of the treasures that I have in my book collection. The three books are actually my introduction to an epistolary novel, work of fiction written through letters but what makes it so lovely to read is that, the letters are actually written on real stationeries with attached envelopes to boot. It makes me smile reading these lovely letters again. The Griffin and Sabine story is an extraordinary tale of love, beauty and art.
Believe me when I say that I again found duplicate copies of some books from authors that I collect. It’s a good thing they are just mass-produced paperbacks. For a while, I enjoyed reading e-books, but there is nothing like holding a good book in your hands, lovingly turning the pages and exploring another world in another time.
Do you love reading? Do you also collect certain authors in your bookshelf?