You Can Never Have Too Many Books

I have been a lover of books for as long as I can remember.

I remember the first book that made me cry.

It was Charlotte’s Web.

The tears caught me off guard.

I was only a young girl, on my bed, reading on my stomach.

I was surprised by the tears and obviously still remember that moment to this day.

As I grew I continued to be a reader and not just what the kids my age where reading.

I read poetry and could often be found writing my own.

I would later write the most horrendous love stories you could possibly imagine.

There was a huge span of time when I forgot to write.

I don’t know why or how I could forget something so important…but I did.

My love of books was never forgotten though.

My Grandma Jeanne had a beautiful, small library in her home.

This room was my favorite and I promised myself that someday I would have a library too.

And I do.

My husband built the built in bookshelves (one of many in our home) and we have it replenished often.

We all love this room.

It is now also our piano room and sweet music is constantly filling the house.

My children are all lovers of books.

I know that by keeping good books all over the house we have made it natural for them to reach for a new book whenever they are wanting a new adventure.

Maybe someday they will follow in their mom’s footsteps and write really horrific love stories:-)

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  1. mgriffin

    Your love of reading is one of the many reasons you love words and are so full of varied interests, imagination, passions, and creativity! It’s wonderful that you have made books so available in your home so your children are eager to open them too! I love your photos of your library!! Beautiful room!

  2. lulu and family

    i love that room, too! if i had a retreat to your home for a day, i am sure that is where i’d spend most of it with a good book or two or three and some tea.=) love you. see you soon! i am a little giddy!!=)

  3. tracy hankwitz

    music and books – what a joy and solace. both have been part of my life for as long as i can remember. and how important and wonderful to share them with our kids. i’ve been teaching piano for about 20 years – wow! that makes me feel really old!btw- it’s great to see your kids practicing 🙂 all four of my kids play and i love, LOVE hearing them. but, as you know, time goes by fast. my oldest two are away at college, so enjoy and capture every moment you can of yours. and i’m with you – you can never have too many books! i know there is a place in this world for kindles, but there is something about holding a book in your hands, turning the pages, and the smell . . . there’s a comfort they offer. just like those keys of ivory. great post!

  4. Christa

    Beautiful post about one of my favorite things-books! We also have bookcases in every room including the kitchen. What I am missing is a beautiful little reading nook like yours. Someday… And I bet the love story my best friend and I wrote in eighth grade could match yours for horrific cringe-worthiness! Wish I had kept it though…

  5. marci

    i ditto all of that above…i love books. i still have my original paper back copy of little house in the big woods. it’s 32 yrs old and looking well worn but i can still remember the first time it was read. i think it was the book that started me on my way to a love of the written word. i am extremely jealous of that cozy library of yours!!

  6. nicoleigh

    Even if I didn’t like to read, I think I would make myself like it to have a room like that!

    I don’t remember ready much during middle/high school or college. But about 3 years ago, a friend made a resolution to read so many books in a year. I thought it was a great idea. And I haven’t stopped! Wherever I go, there is a book with me. I never know when I’ll need one! Especially when you live in a town with many trains passing through.

    Music and books…they make life happier. 🙂

  7. lisa

    Jeanne, You are truly a wonderful, special, creative, beautiful soul! Love, love, love your heart for the arts… all of them:)

  8. Brandi {not your average ordinary}

    Jeanne, this room is gorgeous! I feel like I could just curl up and read all day, drawing new books off your shelf when I finished the one I was reading. Honestly, the only indulgences I allow myself these days besides good food are good books. There’s no better home decor in the world.

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