Haiku to Harvest
Earth here where I tread
Feast my eyes on pumpkin heads
In vegetable beds
I asked a dear friend, what object they most associate with me? Books she answered, so here are my favourite books the ones I can’t do without.
The first is The Alchemist (1988) by Paulo Coelho. I love reading this book. I was given a copy and told I would read it in one sitting which I duly did. I have heard many people do the same. The story is so universal and resonates to all who read it. It has a magical spell that draws you in and the result is a valuable fable. It leaves the reader with a soothing comfort and a reminder that paths to follow are wide open to us all.
Eat, Pray, Love (2007) is another book to keep on my shelf by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is about balance. A process which I endeavour with daily. To keep oneself on a path of self-growth, love and encouragement is a difficult task that needs work daily. The book is about a woman who travels to find her balance and discovers it within.
My third book is a text book. Pharmacology by Rang, Dale, Ritter and Moore (2003). I worked my hardest to achieve the status of prescriber in my job. Sweat, tears and joy all were experienced with this intense period of pushing my brain to the limit. My pharmacology book is a testament to this goal as well as a useful tool that I may need again.
Finally the book that thrilled my senses, smell perception via words on a page. Reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris (1999) I could smell the white, milk, dark chocolate, the spices, the fruit and drink in the warm aromatic tastes. Although chocoholics stand away from this one! Joanne Harris certainly charmed the words through this loveable story.
For me selecting a good book to read is a pastime. I enjoy being a book browsers and picking my next story very carefully. After finishing a good read I always wonder if someone would love the book as much as I have. I think there are two ways of passing on the enthusiasm for a story.
Book clubs seem to be a new social activity for the 21st century reader. There are clubs in libraries, village halls and many cafes. There are also online clubs that appear in our blogging world, convenient and accessible to many readers. These clubs provide the chance to talk and see other’s opinions on a story.
The second way is to pass on a loveable read at a mini book exchange. I found one in a village nearby. This old telephone box is used to drop off used books and to take a book in return. The villagers and regular users of the exchange keep the box well stocked. I love the idea of passing books forward for someone else to enjoy. It is a wonderful act of kindness to give someone else the opportunity to travel, imagine and go on an adventure with the book you have passed on for free.