Saturday 2 February 2013

Focus on LIfe - week 5: Capture Our Hearts

"Capturing our hearts" was the prompt Sally gave us this week for the Focus on Life photo challenge, asking us to look for hearts in our surroundings. I didn't have to go far to find these pretty ones! They are a birthday card from a lovely friend of mine, and they were far too lovely to put out with the recycling after my birthday last April, so they have been decorating my book shelf and making me smile ever since.

You can also get a snapshot of my reading tastes in this photo. The shelf at the top of the photo has my chick-lit, the books I go to for a bit of light relief. The shelf below has my collection of Anne McCaffrey books, including treasured copies that she signed for me when I was lucky enough to meet her at her home, over a decade ago now. I started reading her books when I was 13 (I'm going to be 40 in April!), and they are like old friends. A friend of mine calls books you love like this "literary teddy bears"! I may know every twist of the stories, but I still love reading them again. Other shelves contain everything from David Eddings (another favourite!) to Harry Potter and Jane Austin. My Confirmation Bible is there too, and a couple more far more well-read editions with rather beaten covers! You can also catch a glimpse of one of the many lego models Ben and I love to make on rainy afternoons when Jamie is napping!


  1. Love your reading tastes Jo, Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings and the Harry Potter series have been on my "re-read regularly" list for years now too!

  2. We have an Anne McCaffrey section too. I read those books over and over too. I wouldn't be able to toss out those hearts either. Too sweet.

  3. That is a lovely card and I am so glad you kept it. It would make me smileevery day as well.

  4. I see I'm in good company with my Anne McCaffrey books then!

  5. I love the term "literary teddy bears"...comfort food for your soul! I, too, have little mementos from dear friends prominrntly displayed so I can "escape" to a happy memory. Lovely!


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