Monday, June 21, 2010

Self portrait

Snappyfriends photo assignment for this week was a self portrait. So I chose my bookshelves to represent me. I am a reader. I read books. I read book reviews, I read about books. There is never a moment when a book is not nearby, even if I'm going to a baseball game, I have a book with me. Just in case. In case I have a moment or several or I have to wait for a train to go by or the baseball game goes into extra innings or I find myself with 15 minutes. Or less. Some of you have crochet hooks and a ball of yarn in your pocket for these moments. I have a book. This pile represents my taste in fiction, my love of photographers Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Jacob Riis, my cooking style, my quilting life. It's a mere sampling. There are many, many hundreds of books in this house but this is a quick sample.

And this is just one small section of shelf! So - as I wondered and wandered this past weekend looking for something to show myself, I realized I was looking at it all along.
Just today I finished reading A Reliable Wife by Goolrick. As I browsed the shelf for the next (there is a very large pile waiting to be read) I chose Day After Night by Anita Diamant. I got that one at the library sale, in a hardcover pristine condition (not library processed), for $3.00! I just purchased The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins. This summer I'll also re-read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn since I haven't read it since I was a child. Waiting also for this summer is Little Bee by Chris Cleave and these for school for next fall: Darby by Fuqua, Truth About Sparrows by Hale, A Nest for Celeste by Cole and Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Cushman ( I love Karen Cushman's books). Always open and ready for a quick pickup spot read: A Homemade Life by Wizenberg. Wonderful book!
I'm struggling through The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell. It's disturbing and I need to put it down and go with something else sometimes, though I never, ever do that. I read one book at a time, and I give a book 50 pages to grab me. If it isn't to my liking by then I need a really good reason to continue. Life is short and I don't have that much time left to be stuck struggling through something I don't like. There are too many waiting in the wings.
That is a sampling of what I PLAN to accomplish this between quilting. I did start on Christine yesterday and find training myself to use a floor frame awkward. The back porch was bright and sunny so I worked on the Sunbonnet Sue for my soon to be grand-daughter while listening to Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry on audio book.
OH! I DO love audio books. And I listen to very different books than I read. I don't read mysteries but listen to them. I don't listen to heavy books, but lighter ones because I'm usually driving or painting a room or canning tomatoes or quilting or.....while listening. Though while painting the attic this spring I did listen to Barbara Kingsolver's Lacuna and enjoyed it.
So. That's my self portrait. What would yours be?


  1. sneaky way to go for your self portrait...still thinking about mine..........

  2. Another book lover. I love books too! Sometimes I bring them home from the library and sleep with them. Maybe I can absorb them through osmosis. LOL What a lovely self portrait you have!

  3. now that is a bit tricky!! Mind you I think you took an easy route than I did!! LOL.