(photo from here)
I can’t help it. I love books. My husband dreads the day we ever have to move house as they are spread over all three floors of our house. I do have a kindle after a long period of resistance - this is kept strictly for books with oodles of text that I have to keep because I will want to read them time and time again.
The glorious thing that I realised about moving over to the dark side of paperless paperback reading is that over a period of time, the lack of paperbacks on my shelves leads to more space devoted entirely to picture books – specifically Art Books (said with not a small amount of reverence). Art Books are my addiction. They are to be leafed through in any spare moment, sat on the floor of my studio, page after page of images and text of paintings that I perhaps will never see in real life (although one can always dream), I peer at them closely to drink in every brushstroke and study the light and atmosphere of the artists I love.
So in our three day break away to Northumberland last week it is not surprising that 2 whole, precious afternoons were spent in the haven that is Barter Books (just go to the page and wonder at the photos of all the gorgeous shelves and seating areas and log fire with sofa’s for reading).
In truth, two afternoons were not nearly enough and I did not venture much past the Art and History sections but we shall go back someday. I was also quite restrained being on a budget but still managed to pick up these few favourites (excuse the photos, tis a dull and dreary day here) and I cannot wait to immerse myself in them.
They are (should you be interested)
Top photo left to right
Ana Maria Pacheco in the National Gallery
Scottish Art since 1900 – National Galleries of Scotland
Goya by Robert Hughes
Bottom photo clockwise from left
Oils by J M Parramon
Hang-ups – Essays on painting (mostly) by Simon Schama
Seven-Tenths by James Hamilton-Paterson (which fuels my other addiction to books about the sea)
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
I may try to blog about them as I read them along with some of the other art books I have.
I would also love to know what your favourite books are – especially books on Art!
PS we did venture further afield on our away-break including a trip to this magical place but all photos turned out badly so you would be better to view the website.
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