#BookSnapSunday – a product of endless books

A few days can be a very short time. Only last BookSnap I was reflecting on our need to be ruthless with our book collection and weed out those that were never likely to be read again. And then, just a few days later, I came across this quote by C. S. Lewis about growing up surrounded by books.

I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass. (C. S. Lewis)

It has inspired a rethink. While we don’t have a cloakroom or an attic, we come surprisingly close to Lewis’ description of his childhood home.


books in the study


books (two deep) in the great bookcase


books in Dan’s bedroom


books piled as high as my shoulder

Many of them are readable, and some not so much. Some of them are suitable for children, especially those in Dan’s room, but many are definitely not. But I am always sure to find something new to read.

From when my children were very young, I have surrounded them with books. I believe that one of the greatest gifts we can bequeath to our young is a love of reading and a deep appreciation for books. Perhaps one day they will also be able to claim being a “product of endless books.” At least they will never be able to say there is nothing to read.

Happy Reading! 

5 thoughts on “#BookSnapSunday – a product of endless books

    • Did you find that you had books in common or were your reading tastes quite different? I expect that my daughter Bec will inherit my collection, so it will be interesting to see what she does with them all. Some genres we have in common, others not so much. But reading tastes can change a lot over a lifetime.

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      • My brother was a bower bird and could never walk past a discount book shop. So his collection was wide-ranging. What we share(d) was inquisitive minds, and a preference for books that increased our knowledge. So what I received, for example, was military history / memoir / equipment; space exploration; aviation; science, science fiction, general history, and a good collection of books about Islam. And much of that crosses into my interest e.g. I recently finished Operation Chowhound by Stephen Dando-Collins about the American food drops into Holland to relieve the starvation caused by the the war winter of 1944. The British version was Operation Manna.
        I also got back our Doctor Doolittle books 🙂
        There was a fabulous book on every jet aircraft ever built up to its publication date. I donated that to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS).
        Also popular fiction of male authors – all the usual suspects 🙂 (Patterson, Reilly, Cussler, et al)
        No commercial women’s fiction or chicklit, which I rarely read in any case. My girlfriend (Christine Sykes) has coined a term “Chooklit”, being chicklit for the older woman. Shameless plug, her novel The Changing Room was published recently, but all her book talks were derailed by COVID. I’m sure she’d be happy to send you a copy for review if you were interested.
        And of course, I’d be happy to send you a copy of my memoir, but I have a feeling you’ve already read it? That’s how we first started connecting, wasn’t it?

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      • I tend to avoid chicklit too. Chooklit sounds just terrible – surely we have matured in our reading tastes by then! I actually don’t remember how we first connected, though blogging somehow, and no I haven’t read your memoir yet, although I would like to one day. I would be a bit reluctant to accept a book for a review because it takes me forever to get around to reading books sometimes and I feel that it wouldn’t be fair. Perhaps one day, when Dan has moved out and I’m not so busy…

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