“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero
Each morning I look forward to the daily quote I automatically get from a website. Many times it doesn’t pertain to me or my life, but other times it “hits the spot” and makes my day.
Of course one of the reasons I like this quote is because I write books, but it is so true when you think of your home and where books are either stacked on shelves because you have read them, or plan to read them in the future. Or you have a book by your bed or recliner that you pick up to read whenever you get a chance.
Looking around my office I have a collection of very old Swedish books that I’ve used for research when working on immigrant pioneer stories. It makes me wonder - who bought, read, and cherished them in the past century?
How much did they cost? Were they a gift for a special occasion? What pioneer woman treasured this book in her homestead dugout?
I have an Engelsk-Svensk Ordbok (English-Swedish Dictionary) that was published in Stockholm in 1899. It measures 6” x 9” (with a three inch spine)… and weighs four pounds!
Who packed this important book with them to use when they arrived in America?
And then I think of my Kindle. It’s so handy and holds so many, many books…but it will never have the “soul” of these antique books on my shelf…