All The Shelves Of Books Waiting To Be Read

We are beginning an alphabetical series on the blog about all that we look forward to in 2012. Enjoy!

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I have enjoyed reading for as long as I can remember. When I was a student I made regular visits to the La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria because I found it inspiring to be surrounded by books, as though somehow being in close proximity to them would sharpen my intelligence. I still own the first book that was gifted to me by my father that ironically was about numbers, not words. My husband forbids me from purchasing books via The Book Depository but that could also be because I am known to forcibly read aloud to him (or anyone else who will listen long enough!) It is fair to say that books have the same irresistible temptation for me that doughnuts have on police officers. I simply cannot withstand them.

Books are a delight. Have you ever had that feeling of walking into a library or good book store and even without picking up a book off the shelf, it seems to speak to you and bid you welcome?

Before you declare me mildly crazy, bring to your mind the last splendid book you read and remember how finishing it felt like you were saying goodbye to an old friend?

Such is the joy of reading- a subtle exchange of the authors imagination into the imagination of the reader, transporting you into a new world which until that point was only alive in the author’s mind and heart. Is it not a beautiful thing?

A book, like a good friend, can become a trusted companion, called upon at any age, at any time or place and at any hour of the day or night. A good book can be a trusted reference, an inspiration for an idea, a call to action for your business or simply a haven for your mind to find rest. A book can be an invitation to a new way of thinking or an experience in deeping your understanding of a topic or, of yourself. 

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Here at Twenty Six Letters we adore a good book and actually get inspired at the thought of all the shelves of books waiting to be read. These days you can find either of us in our respective reading rooms or in the library with our head in an insightful and sagacious business book conversing with the worlds best business thinkers. Go on, tell me you don't talk to your books?

At the moment I am reading The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman, which has inspired this undertaking: to educate myself about advanced business concepts by reading his recommended business book list one book at a time. This idea excites me to no end!

The other book open on my Kindle Reader Library is Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky, which has aided in me in going a little further in my business productivity than I have yet got myself. While on the subject of the Kindle Reader, I would like to express my sentiments: though I do relish the opportunity to purchase a book by the click of a button at any hour of the day, I absolutely value a good bookstore and the luxury of holding a book in my hands and turning its pages. I hope to never see the day when real books become obsolete collectors items and I no longer have the joy of sponteneously walking into a bookstore to discover my next adventure. 

Personal MBA Making Ideas Happen

So, what are you reading at the moment? I would really love to know.


“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

 Anne Lamott


February 15, 2012

by Marianne Sourial
in Things We Love