Sunday, November 28, 2010

Beginning at the Beginning - Book Week

Hi Everybody!  How was the weekend?  How was Thanksgiving?  And following on from my last post, are you ready for Christmas?

Me, honestly, not at all!  I was so not ready for Thanksgiving and of course, here in L.A. we are not getting any of the usual "signs of the season" weather-wise.  Despite apparently record cold and wind, our skies have been crystalline clear by day and luminous.  (Sigh!)  The mild weather and the light I am exceedingly grateful for, since as some of you know, I am not a fan of cold and gloomy weather.  But I digress.

This week I'm going to do a series of posts around books.  We hear more and more these days that what makes us human beings truly "happy" is not so much THINGS really, as EXPERIENCES.  So since we're all thinking about giving THINGS and creating happy experiences at the moment, what better than a book - which can be both: a beautiful thing sitting on a shelf or table, with nice weight and a comforting solidity in our hands, and opened, becomes a multitude of experiences we might never otherwise have, and sometimes really smells good too!  (Have you had books whose smells you've loved?)  The book above was one of my favorites as a kid.   It can be found at the usual online places as well as Anthropologie.   It is a Penguin series. 

P.S. You don't really need me to remind you, but how nice to share this happy experience by reading a lovely book with someone that you love - or that you want to love you.  

P.P.S.  If you go online to Anthropologie you can DONATE this book to a library via "Reader to Reader".  More about this here.


  1. Quelle belle idée !

    et pour ton PS : yessss
    ton PPS : thanks ;)

  2. Oh the smell of books... yes. The slightly moldy smell of old books is the best!

  3. Gorgeous color combination on the book cover. And the stylized floral? I could go on and on. Experiences are so much more important in our house. Things often require being placed, dusted, and attended to. And sometimes they get broken by rowdy puppies. Anyway, thank you for the post. Have a good week!

  4. Beautiful book! I'm a huge fan of the Penguin's covers (went to a great exhibition in Bath some time ago for the 70 yrs of Penguin Design..)
    Havn't read the Secret Garden (yet another one to read!), but I loved the Little Lord Fauntleroy story !! (discovered when I was young...)