I was visiting with a friend recently—a friend I have never met face-to-face and probably never will—about books (wonders of the internet!). It got me thinking about book friends, or friends with books.
In the olden days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and all books were paper, friends with books were like a chest of gold. Particularly for someone like me who had a small budget for book buying. A budget so small it was almost invisible.
Of course I used libraries, but friends with books brought something to the equation that libraries didn’t and couldn’t. When a friend shares a book with you, it’s like sharing a piece of your heart. It’s a message to the receiver that here is something worth your time. Because books do take time to read.
And when we’ve both read the book, we get to talk about it. It’s like taking a vacation to the same place, and neither of you has to leave home, OR find out if you can share a hotel room and stay friends. (lol)
What you read what I read, it can build a bridge. Or burn them.
I can still be friends with someone who doesn’t like my most favorite, favorite-est book ever. If you hate it, I can take a deep breath, and still let you be a part of my life. But…
You probably won’t be invited over the book bridge. We won’t be friends with books. We’ll be friends who have different, incompatible taste in books.
(And, don’t tell anyone, if you love a book that makes my eyes bleed just to see it on the shelf of the bookstore? We’ll remain acquaintances who happened to interact in the real world. But not real friends, let alone friends with books. I can respect choices, but yeah, we have nothing in common. lol)
So, if we were sitting down right now, you with your favorite beverage, and me with my Diet Dr. Pepper (hold on, I need a refill), I’d lean back and ask, “Have you ever read Elizabeth Cadell?”
There are two reasons for the question. I’ve loved EC’s books since I was twelve or thirteen when I found her books on the shelves of the local library. And, miracle of the digital age, her books are coming back into print (and digital).
And it’s like an initial handshake, a way to start the book conversation. And if haven’t read her, then maybe I just helped you find a new author. 🙂
So, have you ever read Elizabeth Cadell?
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