When dead authors and current wordsmiths express matching sentiments about a subject:
"They dress a man up in peacock feathers and insist on looking at him that way. Up to the very last moment they hope for the best. They have a kind of foreboding as to what's on the other side of the coin, all right, but they wouldn't breathe a word of it, perish the thought! They keep pushing the truth away with both hands. Until such a time as the peacock man steps out of his feathers and personally crowns them fools."
-Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
"And so it goes one foot after the other till black and white begin to color in. And I know that holding us in place is simply fear of what's already changed."
-Sara Bareilles "Manhattan"
When other people cherish the books that have grown to be a part of your heart:
"Here are some of my girls' favorite books that we've read aloud to them, some multiple times!" writes @dosaygive. Her favorite book was "The Secrect Garden" and her favorite book to read to her children is "Happy Little Family!" What was your favorite book as a child? What books do you pass on to your children now? Take a photo & tag it with @washingtonpost and #firstreads. Be sure to check back to see if your photo was chosen, as we gear up to celebrate Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday on April 12! Her iconic characters, among them sisters Ramona and Beezus, inspired generations of children to turn to books for connection and inspiration. Your photo may appear on our site or on our other social media channels too! (Photo courtesy of @dosaygive) #books #reading
When you check out a book from the library and it still has the sign-out sheet in the back. All those people. All their stories. All the thoughts they thought while reading it.
When you read a line and it feels so perfect that you have to reach for a scrap of paper, the back of a receipt, or even your phone's notes section and write it down.
When you're traveling and notice someone is reading a book you've enjoyed.
On the airplane when everyone else has to put down their device but you smile and continue reading.
When you know the topography of a book so well that you can remember events just by looking at a stain or a crumpled page.
Now 'scuse me while I reply to a letter and elbow room for Crime & Punishment.