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Noli domo egredi, nisi librum habes – Never leave home without a book.

If a picture paints a thousand words …

Recently Simon T at Stuck in a Book set a challenge. To find a picture that represents your reading tastes – he’s collating entries here. I thought for a while about this, and came up with two pictures – a cheat I know, but I couldn’t find a singleton.

This represents a lot of things to me …

  • A nice corner to curl up and read in.
  • Comfort – add a cup of tea and a cushion or two and it’s complete.
  • Red – my favourite colour (except I’m in an emerald green phase at the moment). Red is such an exciting, emotional colour, and I like exciting books.
  • Design – This oversized Conran ‘Matador’ armchair is just beautifully designed.  Just like a well-designed cover will draw me in.
  • Quirkiness – It’s oversized, a little bit daring.  I do love a dose of quirk in my reading!
  • It’s also perfectly formed, with no unecessary additions – Order – something I aspire to, but fear I’ll never attain.
  • This is the armchair for me – it’s on my wishlist!
     

But there is another less ordered side to my reading tastes…

This photo from an article in the Mirror about the average contents of a woman’s handbag represents …

  • Everything bar the kitchen sink – My books are wide-ranging with a bit of everything somewhere.
  • Disorder – viz the TBR mountains!

Please note I don’t read the Mirror (I just googled ‘Everything bar the kitchen sink’ and it came up with this article).

It was so much fun thinking about this, do have a go and link back to Simon.

28 Comments

  1. Great photos and reasoning behind them! I’m already a little in love with the first one…

    My friend and I, whenever we write letters to each other, ALWAYS list the contents of our bags – somehow this always leads on to amusing stories behind the items.

    • I saw that armchair before in a magazine and mentally tagged it, and luckily it came to me when thinking about this challenge.

      I wouldn’t know where to start with my bag – it’s big and always chocka-full!

  2. Great photos and reasoning behind them! I’m already a little in love with the first one…

    My friend and I, whenever we write letters to each other, ALWAYS list the contents of our bags – somehow this always leads on to amusing stories behind the items.

    • gaskella

      June 3, 2010 at 9:01 am

      I saw that armchair before in a magazine and mentally tagged it, and luckily it came to me when thinking about this challenge.

      I wouldn’t know where to start with my bag – it’s big and always chocka-full!

  3. Oh you made me laugh! I’ve been using small handbags for a while now trying to stop myself from lugging too much around with me. Maybe I should apply that to my tbr piles. A smaller bag doesn’t work though and neither does trying to restrict the books I feel I have to have.

    I can’t think of a picture to show my reading tastes – I think I’d need a suitcase – oh there’s an idea!!

  4. Oh you made me laugh! I’ve been using small handbags for a while now trying to stop myself from lugging too much around with me. Maybe I should apply that to my tbr piles. A smaller bag doesn’t work though and neither does trying to restrict the books I feel I have to have.

    I can’t think of a picture to show my reading tastes – I think I’d need a suitcase – oh there’s an idea!!

  5. Margaret – I cannot be doing with little handbags. Apart from the fact that they’re definitely not my style, I have to have all my bits and pieces. Besides you have to be able to fit a decent sized book in!

    Yesterday I tried pruning the TBR piles – only managed to get rid of 2 books!

  6. gaskella

    June 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Margaret – I cannot be doing with little handbags. Apart from the fact that they’re definitely not my style, I have to have all my bits and pieces. Besides you have to be able to fit a decent sized book in!

    Yesterday I tried pruning the TBR piles – only managed to get rid of 2 books!

  7. Love your picture! I love the ecclectic feel of your photo, but mine would have to have some very weird objects in their too…

  8. Love your picture! I love the ecclectic feel of your photo, but mine would have to have some very weird objects in their too…

  9. Gosh – the second picture looks just like the contents of my handbag (that i am always intending to clean out but doubt I ever will). I also like red and wear it in defiance of having red hair…
    I think that this has been such an interesting challenge, I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s contributions.

    Thanks for sharing
    Hannah

    • It has been fun hasn’t it. I liked your picture too – I don’t know Spencer’s work very well, and haven’t seen that picture before.

  10. Gosh – the second picture looks just like the contents of my handbag (that i am always intending to clean out but doubt I ever will). I also like red and wear it in defiance of having red hair…
    I think that this has been such an interesting challenge, I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s contributions.

    Thanks for sharing
    Hannah

    • gaskella

      June 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      It has been fun hasn’t it. I liked your picture too – I don’t know Spencer’s work very well, and haven’t seen that picture before.

  11. Be careful sitting on that chair, though, it looks like the floor could collapse any moment!

  12. Be careful sitting on that chair, though, it looks like the floor could collapse any moment!

  13. Very good illustrations. I can’t dream up any visual image to illustrate my reading but will ponder this as I drive to my appointment this morning!

  14. Very good illustrations. I can’t dream up any visual image to illustrate my reading but will ponder this as I drive to my appointment this morning!

  15. Im going to take a photo – shame I didnt get one of me reading on holiday really.

  16. Im going to take a photo – shame I didnt get one of me reading on holiday really.

  17. Great pictures, I found it really hard to pick just one but in the end I did. I should have gone for something with lots of random objects in it… drats.

    • But you justified your choice too which was great! I really couldn’t pick just one – If there had been a big red handbag in the handbag contents, that would have done it, but I didn’t have time to photoshop anything.

  18. Great pictures, I found it really hard to pick just one but in the end I did. I should have gone for something with lots of random objects in it… drats.

    • gaskella

      June 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm

      But you justified your choice too which was great! I really couldn’t pick just one – If there had been a big red handbag in the handbag contents, that would have done it, but I didn’t have time to photoshop anything.

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