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A book to treasure

There are some books of sentimental value in my collection that I know I will keep with me for years to come.

One of them is a copy of Heidi that was once my great grandmother's, then my nanna's, my mum's and now mine. It was the book my mum was named after, and one of the things my nanna gave to me on my 10th birthday. It holds a special place in my heart for this reason, as well as being a very lovely illustrated, ancient copy of a rare and beautiful story.

Another is a book I wasn't expecting, given to me from a friend who learnt a whole lot about me in a very short space of time; enough for her to manage to pick out the perfect story for me, and my first Jodi Picoult novel. That's quite a feat in my opinion!

Another is the first book I remember to actually affect my life at a level deeper than entertainment.

The last holds the evidence of the first time a character ever held my heart... and left it. Tear splatters mar the print of the final chapter, and I can only assume each re-read will continue in the same vein, until the finale is illegible.

It does sadden me that a book might not get passed down and experienced in such a physical way in the near future, if e-readers prevail amongst the reading formats. So I thought I would dedicate a blog post to the sentiment "real" books can hold. Ones that carry inscriptions and personal dedications, one's that contain memories within their pages and not just their stories; tear stained pages, notes used as bookmarks, highlighted passages and asterisked notes in the margins...

So, here's to books - why not share your favorite book memories in the comments?


 

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