by Molly Moore
Molly laying on the bed naked reading

Pick just one book you say? That is the prompt on Food for Thought this week and I have been mulling it over all week and if I was forced to pick just one book then it would a big fat note book with as many blank pages as I was allowed and of course I would also require a pen because then I could fill those pages with my thoughts and ideas and stories.

I would really miss having books to read but I would miss being able to write more but there is no way I would could ever pick just one book over all the others.

Books have played a huge role in my life. As a child they were my worlds. I was bullied in school and books were my friends. They were the places I disappeared to where I had friends and adventures and visited magical lands and saw amazing things. There are so many books from my childhood that to this day I adore.

Then into adulthood books remained my constant companions. I have never not had a library card and when I was poor would be there at least once a month stocking up on things to read and bookshops are special places for me where I can happily while away a hour or so browsing and trying to talk myself out of buying all the books. It is not possible to leave a book shop without something though. My current favourite bookshop is the Oxfam bookshop in town. I take all my read books that I no longer want there and I buy a lot of my reads there too. Bargain books are the best.

Books are worlds and adventures you can disappear into. Stories waiting for you to live them. How could you possible pick one of those rich glorious worlds over another? Even now books remain a place I can escape to. How I feel about them and what they give me has not really changed in all these years. In many ways I am still the little girl curled up in the corner of the book shop pouring over all the books I wanted and trying to decide which one I would get with my precious pocket money and which one would have to be left behind. The only difference now is that sometimes those books are downloaded off the internet rather than a physical thing on my shelf. Although having said that I much prefer a proper book. The Kindle is great, especially if you are traveling but you can’t beat the look, feel and smell of a proper book in my opinion

So which books would I always want to own? The list is actually fairly extensive but I do believe that you don’t actually own a book collection if it doesn’t include a set of Beatrix Potter books and no matter how old you are every now and then you should sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and read one. Trust me, you will feel better for it. They are little books of story perfection and they are guaranteed to brighten your day.

I started writing a list of books I love but I had to stop because it was becoming unruly and was no where near complete but was already fairly long. Proving my point that not only could I not pick out one book I can’t even really make a short list.

I think for me the one book that is missing from my life is the one I have always dreamed of writing. The problem is I have never really had a good idea of what that story is and the odd time I had an idea for a story,  I’ve ended up never doing it because the whole thing seems hugely daunting to me and yet I know in my heart that it is a dream I have I had since I was a very little girl and one that stays with me to this day. The thought of doing it makes me feel quite emotional and yet I also fear I just don’t have a book in me. I find the idea hugely daunting. I don’t really know where to start. Surely I need an idea? Or more of an idea than I currently have and then I need time and finally talent. It all feels just a little beyond me.

Maybe one day I will work it out and write it. Maybe I will win the lottery and finally have the time to write and not have to worry about earning a living. Maybe I am not meant to write a book. Maybe short stories are my ideal storytelling length. Maybe non-fiction will turn out to be my genre or maybe I am meant to be a reader. Time will tell and in the meantime I will continue to add to my book collection and enjoy the stories that other people so generously write for me.

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J. Lynn December 7, 2019 - 1:36 am

I loved Beatrix Potter books as a kid. My favorite was The tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Flopsy Bunnies. I now have her retelling of Red Riding Hood in my cart as it was released this year with an updated illustrator. ❤️

Sweetgirl December 7, 2019 - 7:05 am

I couldn’t have said it better myself..

Floss December 7, 2019 - 7:12 am

I feel a bit like a nodding dog when I visit your site lately Molly, I just sit here going ‘yep, get that, yep, feel that’ and this post is no different. Beatrix Potter is an amazing shout, those books are just so wonderful, I had a full set and in my generosity gave them to a friend and as kind as it was, it is a move I regret. As for writing a book, wow do I feel you on that. I have one idea, partly written in short stories, and I so dearly want to finish their tale, make it everything it could be, but daunting is definitely the word for contemplating doing that. Having read your blog though I am sure you do have a book in you, and one day when all the stars of creativity align it will hit you and you won’t be able to stop writing it. I am certain of that x

Miss Scarlet December 7, 2019 - 11:08 am

I love Beatrix Potter and have a set of miniature books. I must read them again!

May More December 7, 2019 - 11:18 am

I so agree that it is an impossible task – one book – I think there are only one or two entries that have managed it so far.
I like your idea of the book being your notepad and as far as writing your own book – I really believe we all have a book in us waiting to be brought to life – be it fact or fiction. It is just a matter of finding the time to and inspiration to create it. And I’d sure like to read yours. I linked an older fiction post of yours in my sharing post yesterday. It is a sci-fi story – and I really liked your idea.
May x

ancilla ksst December 7, 2019 - 1:26 pm

Going to the bookstore used to be a pastime for us. An event. An occupation. What is sad is that online ordering and kindles have killed off all our bookstores. That’s right. Our town that used to have 2 or 3 new book stores and 3 used book stores now has zero. No new, no used. Luckily there is still the library.

Elliott December 7, 2019 - 4:06 pm

My experience with Beatrix Potter is three grandchildren deep. The Flopsys are our favorites. I still have all those books, which ever one of them has a kid first to get some. I adore bookstores and I am going to google Oxfam. We have a wonderful secondhand bookstore in our town called Serendipity. It’s in a125-year-old house and could easily be the set of a movie. I hope you win the lottery, Molly.

LittleSwitchBitch December 7, 2019 - 7:04 pm

Yes. I can relate so much to this. I too adore Beatrix Potter. But I must admit I have not read them as an adult, so perhaps I should invest.

I grew up in a broken house and I used books as a way to escape and I used to literally devour books weekly. My granny used to bring me to the library after school every Friday …

Sadly as an adult, I don’t get to read as much as I’d like. I do own a kindle and wanted it forever and since it has arrived I have managed to read just one book on it.

I prefer a real book. I enjoy the smell, the feel and the excitement of actually turning a page so it has kinda become redundant tbh.


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