Saturday, December 29, 2012

Eastward Ho I Go?

“Well, I guess we have to move to Iceland,” my husband lamented this week.

“Excuse me?” My husband has been talking about visiting Iceland for some time now, but moving there seemed extreme—especially considering his aversion to wintry climes.

“According to this NPR story, Icelanders love books,” he explained, his trusty iPad in hand. “Books are the gift of choice at Christmas—everybody reads there.”

An entire population of readers? Hmmm. Sounded like science fiction to me. However, I was touched that my husband would move closer to the Arctic Circle so I could be with other bibliophiles. So sweet.

A friend of mine apparently isn’t as positive about my reading obsession. For Christmas she gave me a canvas bag (with which to carry my library books, she said) with this quote on it:

“She is too fond of books, and it has addled* her brain.”
—Louisa May Alcott

This may be true, but it doesn’t stop me from reading more. After all, books are more than the information and imagination they contain. Books have a life (rarely viewed) of their own:

* Actual quote is from Alcott’s Work: A Story of Experience and reads: “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”

[Pictured are tiny Icelandic horses. Photo by Marketa Kalvachova. Video is from Type Books of Toronto.]

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