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Friends with burgers…I mean books! Books, I tell you! Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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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6 thoughts on “Friends With Books

  • March 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I love Elizabeth Cadell. I am so happy they are releasing her books as ebooks. I read through all her books from the public library when I was in my teens and reread them several times over the years.

    • March 21, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Now, how long have we known each other and I didn’t know you read EC, too! See, sometimes you just have to ask! I’m in a Facebook group where they announce the new releases. So fun!

  • March 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I think I was 14 when I first discovered Elizabeth Cadell…. Yes! At the library. Or was it a paperback my mither bought? H’mm, I can see the cover of that paperback – it had daffodils and grape hyacinths on the front.
    19 years ago I moved into my current house. Guess what I found in the garden? A patch of golden trumpeted daffodils and grape hyacinths that had naturalised in the lawn!
    Each Spring, no one is allowed to mow until they finish flowering.
    And every now and then – I think I might like to honey still for tea… I remember, 25 years ago, eating crumpets and honey with my mother and sister – after we had talked about the Elizabeth Cadell book with this Rupert Brooke quote…

    • March 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      That’s very sweet! How fun to have those flowers in your lawn and crumpets! Thanks for sharing!

  • March 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Just finished reading EC’s Mixed Marriage. My absolute favorite. Can no longer write in complete sentences.

    • March 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Mixe Marriage is delightful for sure. I also love how she wrote so many different types of stories, but her author voice stayed true.

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