Most of my life and character can be deciphered from my book case
Last Sunday, after a trip to Ikea and setting up our bookcases we finally unpacked my books for the first time since I had packed them in my flat in Antwerp. I used to have about 5 m long book case in the living room and another of 4m x 3m in another room with my kids books. It feels as if where my books are, is where my home is. It’s not until I move and unpack my books (which is a huge work) that I feel like I have officially moved. An emotion that I could not identify and can not be explained to the OH and that have left me frustrated and unsettled for the passed months.
I was always very proud and particular about books. People would remember me as not really lending them out and treasuring them as “one day I would live in a castle and I would need to fill a full library room” . I think when I started working and realised I was the type of person to move house a lot and definitely when moving to London I realised I will never live in a castle, or at least I first need to size down everything I own, to fit my live into a London maisonette. I sold a whole lot of books, gave even more away to friends and charity, and when unpacking I realised I had much less left that I imagined. But the they are still the essence needed to summarise my loves, interests, character, values etc. So what is left?
Favourite Children’s Books
My first full size children’s book I read was Roald Dahl’s Matilda, ever since I have been collecting books: My favourite children’s and teenagers writers were Road Dahl, Tonke Draght, Marc de Bel, Dirk Bracke, Peter Pohl etc. I like reading about real topics: children and teenagers of my age in their every day life, having real problems but from all over the world, from different cultures. Traveling a lot to Turkey, Israel and Egypt I developed a particular interest in real life stories of Middle Eastern Woman. The local history, European knight or kings stories never really appealed to me. I was drawn to other cultures.
Fashion and Travel books
At some point during my fashion studies, I started developing an interest in the Far East and Asia and in particular Japan, Tokyo and Harajuku fashion. Related fiction, fashion and art books made it to the book shelf throughout university and after a first year of work at my first job, I had saved up enough to travel, however Japan was out of budget so I started exploring Asia in Thailand, solo backpacking with Lonely Planet as my travel guide.
My fiction favourites are Harry Mulish, Haruki Murakami, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ruriko Pilgrim, Leslie Chang, Anchee Min but in the passed years I hardly read any fiction, in my last year prior to my pregnancy I was mostly reading Eco-Business books, and other books supporting the Management Programm I was following. Since I have given birth I have only purchased 6 fiction books for myself of which I have read 1, and I am 10 pages in at the Latest Gabriel Garcia Marquez book…
Baby books and Child & Self Development reading
I still have my mom’s books on Steiner education, and read a heap on child development and psychology while pregnant. So far the identifying the last stage of my life: being a mother and having a Toy Shop!
Do you still have time to read with children? Or are you just like me to tired in the evening or spending your free time blogging?
What is on your bookshelf? Any books you identify with?