Quote of the Week – Bob Dylan

Bookcase 9th November 2018
Reorganised bookcase, 9th November 2018

There are so many things I could have been doing today which would have been productive and useful to me. What I chose to do was sort out the book situation which, as you know from my post earlier in the week, was beginning to frustrate me. I have been through all my books (well, unless there are any tucked away in inexplicable places which wouldn’t surprise me) and catalogued them, categorised them, and sorted my bookshelves to house them more pleasingly. This has worked incredibly well. I made loads of extra space by the simple expedient of moving a lot of rubbish off my shelves and onto my bed. This is, of course, quite a short-term solution since it will become untenable tonight, so there is still work to be done.

My quote of the week is from Bob Dylan’s “Live At Budokan” album, purely and simply because I was listening to this whilst I was clearing things and it is a long-standing favourite. This particular song was resonating with me particularly today as I realised how many books in my collection would be classified as children’s fiction – from BB (“The Little Grey Men”) through A A Milne (“Winnie The Pooh”) to Enid Blyton (Famous Five series) and Elinor M Brent-Dyer (The Chalet School series), I have never stopped loving the stories of my youth.

So here is a short burst from “Forever Young”

May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true
And may you always know the truth and see the light surrounding you
May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong
And may you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy, may your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung
And may you stay forever young

Hope you have a happy weekend and, in your heart, stay young.


 

2 comments

  1. No reading in the last 15 years of my life has meant as much as the reading I did in the first 15. This quote always strikes me when I look at my book collection:

    “When you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”
    (Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail)

    Gretchen Rubin has written loads about her love of ‘kid lit’:

    https://gretchenrubin.com/2007/07/what-i-learned-2

  2. Ooh, thank-you – good idea for a blog post on which books I’ve read in recent years that have become favourites. Not that I have a hope of remembering them. When did I first read Murakami? “Sputnik Sweetheart” was on my Palm PDA which was back when I was at Anglian Water, so that was a goodly number of years ago!

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