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Saturday, November 7, 2009


I think that books should be a universal fascination, a fetish, an obsession. Books bring enjoyment, intrigue, knowledge, curiosity. They stimulate the flow of ideas and conversations. Moreover, there's something pure and fun about leafing through books and browsing the aisles at book stores. It's just something that Amazon.com will never replace.

But this post isn't necessarily about book stores and their competition with electronic mediums, be it digital readers or online retailers. Instead, I simply wanted to dwell for a moment on the joy of books. Period. Particularly, I love looking at other people's bookshelves. I think I'm not alone in this. Many times, bookshelves tell a story about people, their intellectual and imaginative journeys. Even more, bookshelves are something to get lost in, a place to ponder your next reading choice, and to think about the infinite possibilities in literature.

These are some shots from one of the many bookshelves in the living room here at the Lindahl house. I really want to delve into some of the classics and even a few of the newer reads stored here, but I have my own stack in the pool house to work on.

One editorial note: while I think that browsing bookshelves is a great way to get inspired about reading, I absolutely loathe books like 501 Must Read Books that I saw at Costco last night. It even had a checklist inside the front and back covers. This is one way to find new books to read, but I recommend creating your own must-read list. Shoot - feel free to post short versions as a comment to this blog. I'd love to check them out!

Eric Lovelin Photography

1 comment:

  1. Not surprisingly, I LOVE to look/photograph/read/skim/admire books too! Some of my favorites of late include: "Song Yet Sung" by James McBride; "The Time of Our Singing" by Richard Powers; and "Sold" by Patricia McCormick