If you haven't visited New England book blogger Jemima's blog The Reading Journey, you're in for a treat.
Jemima has an eclectic taste in books, so I can never be quite sure just what sort of book she's going to review next. Since my own literary tastes can be a bit wide-ranging, I like this.
Besides reviews, giveaways, challenges and the like, Jemima has a feature that I really enjoy: Literary Excursions. In this feature you'll either find photos of some very interesting looking libraries, or you'll join Jemima in exploring literary homes such as Robert Frost's farm. If you've never stopped by The Reading Journey, I hope you'll do so today. Please make sure to say hi to Jemima!
Now is the time you've all been waiting for-- the unveiling of Jemima's blogging space. Let's take a look, shall we? (Don't forget: you can click on each photo to see it full size.)
I write my blog in a nice corner of my bedroom using a small laptop. A little notebook helps me to keep track of what books I need to review next and the desk draws contain stationary and notebooks.
I have a bookshelf beside me which I like to keep really neat and tidy. I have the books arranged roughly by the color of the spine. My other hobby is portrait painting and I have a couple of paintings I have done on top of my bookshelf and in the bottom shelf.
If it is possible I want to add one more photo and a great quote that I found after I emailed you.... The caption for the photo would be "My Secure Reading Position" and the quote is as follows:
"I never read without making sure I am in a secure position. I have been like this ever since the age of seven when, sitting on a high wall and reading The Water Babies, I was so seduced by the descriptions of underwater life that I unconsciously relaxed my muscles. Instead of being held buoyant by the water that so vividly surrounded me in my mind, I plummeted to the ground and knocked myself out. I can still feel the scar under my fringe now. Reading can be dangerous." - Diane Setterfield in The Thirteenth Tale
I'm never going to turn down a featured blogger when she wants to add a photo and a wonderful quote to her post. I had to smile because that very same quote really resonated with me when I read The Thirteenth Tale. I have been totally lost to my surroundings when reading, so much so that I now (like Jemima) make certain my reading position is secure from force of habit.
I was really impressed with Jemima's neat and tidy blogging space and her color-coordinated bookshelf, but what really blew me away were those two portraits she painted. You are one very talented woman, Jemima, and I want to thank you so very much for allowing us this peek into your home. We all appreciate it!
Which book blogger will we be visiting next Wednesday? Something tells me we'll be stopping by a self-professed "bookstore stalker's" home in North Carolina. See you then!