I’m blatantly stealing quotes out of a post from Cornflower Books, but they deserve to be passed around, and they sparked off some pleasant thoughts for me.
First of all:
“Reading is an act of friendly isolation. When we are reading, we make ourselves unapproachable in a tactful way.” Stefan Bollmann
“The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.” Katherine Mansfield
The first quote reminded me of the long winter evenings I’ve spent at Reel Pizza Cinerama, when the movies have started and we’re waiting for the intermission, and my co-workers and I have run out of things to say. One or the other of us will announce, “Reading party!” and we will eagerly grab our books and happily ignore each other (and the occasional customer, although interestingly enough, they rarely seem peeved about waiting for me to drag my nose out of my book!)
The second quote brought to mind a very special half hour I spent with my boyfriend recently. He’s not much of a reader, and one of my greatest pleasures is, for him, very hard work. However, the other night when it was freezing inside my house (we’re moving to our heated winter housing soon!) I crawled into bed to read, and to my surprise he joined me, and made a few pages progress in On the Road by Jack Karouac, which he’s been reading off and on for several years. So adorable!
Reading books is so much more than just reading books, isn’t it? It’s such a complex and abundant activity, the catalyst for things that extend into every part of my life, bringing depth and joy and knowledge. Amazing.