January 13th, 2007

Venice

#10 - Gift from the Sea

by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

This is a beautiful, beautiful book. It was passed along to me by my grandmother (as she often does with books she’s read), and I began reading it at a time when I was going through some rough emotional stuff, and I found Lindbergh’s gentle “voice” to be a great comfort. She talks about life and relationships by using the analogy of shells on a beach, and flows seamlessly from one topic to the next. Her insights are mindful and profound (a word I’m not sure I’ve used in a book review before), and the thing that most amazes me about this book is that it was written more than 50 years ago, and yet is still entirely relevant – personally, socially and politically. This is a beautiful book which I urge everyone to read. Originally, I’d intended to bookcross this copy, but I’ve changed my mind. This gift from my grandmother is going into my personal collection, as I know someday it will be a blessing for me to go back and re-read these inspiring words. 10/10

Books

Started this weekend

Well, actually, I started a LibraryThing catalogue about a year ago, but gave up on it in favor of the easier-to-enter AllConsuming. But now, I’ve decided that AllConsuming is just not the right place for my book database, so I’m going to get everything into LibraryThing after all.

This weekend, I’ve entered a few hundred books, starting with the ones I’ve got registered over at BC (since LT lets you enter BCIDs and link directly to those entries. Cool). I’m about two-thirds of the way through my BC data, and then I’ll switch over to the books I’ve read and reviewed for the past few years (there will be some overlap there, but I want to get all my book reviews into LT). Then, I’ll attack the big list over at AllConsuming. And from there? Who knows . . . maybe I’ll figure out some way to excavate a few more books out of my memory.