We have a lot of books at the shop. We have kids books, cook books, books on style, place. To hold any curation of thoughts bound by thread, spine and cover is connective. Reading a book is not a digital experience and in this way, one could even consider it healing. It holds for us a space of page and dialogue and story-telling and hands turning pages. Sometimes one may even decide to write in the margins and underline passages. We focus on one thing when we read, the narrative, and this grounds us. One might even consider it a practice in meditation. So yeah, we like to read.
You might say that I am a collector of things--things being, recycled home goods, photographs, books. And of course being the collector that I am, that list is just the beginning of the things I love and love to collect. As I grow and learn I am realizing that while there is nothing wrong with collecting it is important to only collect things that hold intrinsic value for me.
Books have been part of my life since I was a young child reading in the laps of my parents, grand-parents, and any adult that would take the time to read to me! My love for those children’s books has never dwindled and I will forever be mesmerized by the beauty of their pages. Through the years my book choices have evolved, but I have always found a comfortable space within autobiographies, historical novels, beauty and self improvement.
If I left out magazines I would be leaving out all that has influenced my love of anything print. And when I say print I mean printed on paper, something that is tangible, that can be held in your hands. There is comfort in sitting down to read something. To take time for yourself--to learn, and often about others. Books are a space to travel, to expand, to grow, and to share.
I read palms. My grandmother started me off in this when I was young, teaching me the basics of what her grandmother taught her about palm reading when she was a young girl in Hawai'i. The shape of one's hand alone says much about a
person's general posture in the navigation of their life--temperament, social life, communication style, work style. For years I've had a difficult time putting a finger on what type of hand I am, and there are many. I am finally coming to accept that I might be a mix of a few. One of these, the fire hand. Fire hands have burning personalities. They are passionate, ambitious, and with this are known to burn out quickly, become bored and restless quickly. And that I resonate with.
Because fire hands are easily bored, we are known to not finish books. I, indeed, am notorious for not finishing books, though I adore them, have hundreds of them. I have touched and read through every book I own, though for more than the majority I've only read the first chapters. I have justified and understood this in different ways: "I am just interested in a lot at once", "I'm just trying to find the book that really speaks to me right now". Whatever the case, of all the books from my collection featured in these photo-sets, I have read some of all of them and have read the entirety of one, three-quarters through another and mid-way through half of another. This is typical of me.
Among these are works mostly of non-fiction--anthropological, essay, instructive, historical, psychological--and some form of memoir, poetry or otherwise. I am drawn to works whose position is one of place, of history, body, spirit, themes of "the other", and the like.