The Love of Reading

She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain. –Louisa May Alcott

Susan here, thinking there are So. Many. Books. in the world right now, in our lives, in my house—I’ll never find the time to read them all. And yet I keep acquiring them. They look so good, so interesting on the shelves, stacked in toppling piles here and there . . . they even look great in rows and rows in my Kindle . . .

There’s a comfort in being surrounded by books, by a wealth of knowledge and thought and imagination, comfort in the aesthetics of books on the shelves, color and texture and the old woodsy vanilla scent of books and paper, comfort in the promise they hold and the memories they keep for us. There can never be too many books – especially in summer, when time, opportunity, and weather tend to encourage a little more reading time!

We’re very, very fond of books here at Wenches, and none of us can live without them, in whatever form they take—and we love best to share that love. There’s always that chance we’ll find a new treasure for our shelves.

A room without books is like a body without a soul. –Cicero

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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