“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero
Of course one of the reasons I like this quote is because I write books, but it is so true when you think of your home and where books are either stacked on shelves because you have read them, or plan to read them in the future. Or, you have a book by your bed or recliner which you pick up to read whenever you get a chance.
Looking around my office, I have a collection of very old Swedish books which I’ve used for research when working on immigrant pioneer stories. It makes me wonder...who bought, read, and cherished these books in the past century? How much did they cost? Were they a gift for a special occasion? Mabye a pioneer woman treasured this book in her homestead dugout?
I have an Engelsk-Svensk Ordbok (English-Swedish Dictionary) that was published in Stockholm in 1899. It measures 6” x 9” (with a three inch spine)… and weighs four pounds! Who packed this important book with them to use when they arrived in America? Or did they buy it in New York when they landed in their new country?
And then I think of my Kindle. It’s so handy and holds so many, many books…but it will never have the “soul” of these antique books on my shelf…
Do you have any antique books, maybe passed down from a family member, which you cherish? Have you read any old books, turning the pages as someone did a century or more ago?
About the Author
Linda Hubalek writes historical fiction and sweet western romance books about pioneer women who homesteaded in Kansas between 1854 to the early 1900s, often using her Swedish immigrant ancestors in the storyline.
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