L FOR LITERACY

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

I like people who read. I bet you like people who read as well.

(But why did that cast suddenly became such a rare breed?)

After reading a book you get that marvelous feeling of coming home after  a trip, a bit changed. Sometimes the feeling lasts for days.Others for ever. Do you ever get book hangovers? When you finish a good book and refuse to move on to the next one because it feels like a break-up and you weren’t ready to end things this way, so soon, left deprived, having to face the reality again but you forgot how to because you are still living on the pages of that last book..

Everything trickles down to into our relationships with others and with ourselves.How we spend our time.

Some people think it’s blaspheme to fold the pages, I’m certainly not one of those people.I don’t simply read a book; I use it will all my senses. I fold the pages, I rest my coffee cup on the book, I read in bed, I fall asleep on the book, dreaming of perfect mornings. I read in the bath tub and get soapy water all over the hard cover.  All those stains, thumbprints and creases are my life and my books are quiet keepers of my daily memories.

They tell their story but they also tell mine.

 

The simple happiness of a good book and a hot drink.

I secretly engaged in a self-experiment back in 2014. I stopped buying books based on my personal preferences and I started buying random ones. I browse the shelves for pure pleasure but I buy random books. The third one to the right. The one that’s upside down. Whatever it is I commit to buy it. I commit to read it. And it works. I gets me out of my book comfort zone and allows me to read books that I would otherwise wouldn’t in a million years.

Mind successfully opened for a different view and nothing else matters.

And I  refuse to buy new books. I like the smell  of old paper ink and glue. I like finding notes from the previous owners.It excites me actually. I get an adrenaline rush every time I turn a page and see a note or an underlined sentence. I wonder if anyone will ever feel the same way about me and mine, when I’m dead and my books passed on to another bookworm.

I love heading to the thrift stores with my cup of coffee and pile up on weekend reads.

It’s my favorite place to be during a storm.

Biographies make me feel empowered. On a day of disasters a novel will take my mind off things for a while. Cookbooks make me wanna bake bread and eat it, straight from the oven,in bed, with butter.I always keep them in the kitchen, especially the ones I brough back home from travels. Coffee-table books stimulate me in a very pinteresty way. Philosophy books scratch  the think-differently- part of my brain, even though I must admit I haven’t read one of those in a long, long time.

Books make me happy.

Even if it’s not about the happy ending after all..

And they last forever. Just like diamonds.

 

I was impatiently counting the days to share the latest addition to my minimalistic jewellery collection with you. The most beautiful made-to-order 6 carat stone by Balacia

 

 

My beloved Emmy ring that never left my finger since the day I got it.

Timelessly expressing devotion to effortless luxury, exquisite craftmanship present in every single detail, brilliance that mesmerizes- but that’s ok:

It’s ok to be a little ( a lot ) obsessed with your jewellery

because they are gonna be there forever…

Some things, like books and jewellery,they never get old, they simply reflect our life stories..

Jewellery, even the finest pieces are no longer signalling that one has money to acquire an expensive piece, it’s not an expression of wealth of pretentiousness. We’ve been over that, haven’t we?

It’s all about self-expression. Wearing your sweats and  your diamonds at the same time because you feel like it and because you can. It’s about feeling good and feeling sparkly about life’s little pleasures…

It’s about finding the perfect balance between now and forever..

Comments: 47

  1. I love reading too! I buy almost all of my books at thrift stores. I love looking through all of the books and finding something that catches my eye. It’s so exciting to find a new book by a favorite author or just something that sounds really interesting…more exciting than just ordering a book online.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yes! The process itself is as good as actually reading the book Sam!

  2. I so much agree with you… Even though most people i know have moved on to owning kindles or read on tablets, i refuse to do so.. I love the feel and smell of good old books and cant get enough of them

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I have never tried kindle before so I have no valid opinions but I’m pretty sure I’d always go for the actual book!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’ve never tried reading on a screen to be honest, I never found it appealing for some reason. You can’t rest your cuppa on a kindle now can ya?

  3. I’m gonna make a confession and say I have a Kindle. I don’t mind how I access a story, just as long as I have one to read. Buying random books sounds like a pretty cool idea to open your mind. Thanks for an intriguing post!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Nothing wrong with a kindle George! I agree, the important thing is to keep reading in a world full of insta-stories! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Love reading as well! Your ring is gorgeous, it makes such a nice statement piece and it goes lovely with your attire.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hey Tash! Lovely to hear from you! I’m so glad you liked the post and the ring, it’s an absolute fave!

  5. I love to read. I have ever since I was in middle school when I first read Harry Potter. That jump-started my love for reading and I haven’t stopped since!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      That’s great Steph! Believe it or not, I haven’t yet read any Harry Potter books!

      • Oh my gosh, I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read them. Probably at least 15 times each! I’m just a little bit of a HP Nerd 🙂

        • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

          Really? Ok now I feel the need to give them a go! I loved the movies, so I guess you can’t go wrong with the book!

  6. Marjie Mare says:

    OMG, I am so like you, I love the smell of an old book. As a matter, I just love books in general, I have to have a physical book in my hands.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      It’s like a safety blanket sometimes

  7. Love reading too just finding the time is my only issue now days. But th smell of an old book is the best totally agree!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      It’s addicting, isn’t it Tosha?

  8. OMG yes a book can totally feel like a trip that’s changed you! Book break up is hard! Okay I loved how you linked a beautiful diamond with books. So awesome and your ring is gorgeous.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hey Angela! Looks like we are on the same page!

  9. YES!!!!! Love this and I LOVE the photos too. Your ring is BEAUTIFUL too!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Jilian!

  10. This is exactly how I felt about books before I had kids. Now it seems the minute I sit down to read one either wakes up or the other one wants something. I had to resort to audiobooks while I schlep them to school haha!
    Love the ring btw!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      sounds like a very practical solution! keep making time for it <3

  11. I love reading too. It’s my happy place. Getting lost in a book is the best!!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      The absolute comfort zone 🙂

  12. For 2018, one of my goals is to start reading more. So far, I have at least gotten to read once-twice a week depending on my schedule.

  13. Ahhhh your post took me down the memory lane. When I was reading Harry Potter, I totally forgot that a real life existed as well. I love love love reading books but sometimes find it hard to take time for them. I love the idea of finding random books to get out of your comfort zone.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hiya! making time to read books gets harder and harder indeed! Don’t give up, carry your book around everywhere and reach for it even when you only got 5′ to spare! Hugs!

  14. The last few years have been great reading years for me. I pick most of mine up from the library so I take care of them to avoid damage. After reading with a book club though I have been introduced to different books that I never would have read before.

  15. I love reading because it whisks you away to worlds you never knew existed! I love the way you put the similarities of books and diamonds… “like books and jewellery,they never get old, they simply reflect our life stories..”

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’m sp glad you enjoed the story Stephanie! Yeap, books and diamonds our timeless friends 🙂

  16. Angela says:

    I really love a good book as well! I have to admit though, that I do not make as much time for it as I used to. This was an inspiring post for me to read, can’t wait to pick up a good book tonight and start it!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Time is the thing we all struggle with nowadays I suppose! But as long as we still read a few pages a day we’re good 😉

  17. I absolutely love reading! It takes me away from the real world and I enjoy those imaginary worlds with a cup of tea or coffee. It is my happy place! 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I can totally relate to that Gabbs!

  18. Brandi says:

    I love your post! I’ve recently gotten back into reading often. I had gotten sidetracked with my blog.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      We’ve all been through that phase! You’ll get there hon!

  19. That ring is so stunning!! I love this idea of reading random books, I need to try that!!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you, I love it so much as well! Give that a go and let me know what you picked up! How exciting!

  20. Aww, I so enjoyed reading this post – in fact, as I type this, I’m waiting for the ladies to show up chez moi for our monthly meeting of Mommies’ Book Club! 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      aawww I’m so jealous, I wish I could join you!

  21. I love to read but have a hard time in between work, life and kids. Your ring is so pretty!

    April

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Finding time to read..ah we all struggle with that!

  22. Vox says:

    All my family love to read and write. Even given electronic choices, my daughter still browses the book section and will buy a new book every few weeks. Thanks for reminding us to look forward to stepping into the world of a writer wholly. 📚

  23. My younger siblings loves reading so much. One have to be wide-awake until 3a.m. I love your ring. It suits you.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I know the feeling! It begins with “just one more page and I’ll go to bed” and next thing you know it’s 3 in the morning

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