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Book Thoughts: The Gifts of Reading (Robert Macfarlane)

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Title: The Gifts of Reading
Author: Robert Macfarlane
Genre: Non-Fiction/Essay/Pamphlet   Pages: 34
First published: 2016
Edition: Paperback, published by Penguin Books in 2016

In this luminous essay, Robert Macfarlane reflects on the unique emotional response resonance of books given and received – and how such gifts have shaped his own life.

This little pamphlet was a joy to read. It did not take me long and within its 34 pages it managed to inspire me.

I love Macfarlane’s way of celebrating life and nature and it shines through in these pages, where he celebrates gifting books and receiving books as gifts and how it can change and touch us. I will try and find at least some of the books he mentions, as I trust his opinion.

I must also read some of the author’s other books and I encourage you to do the same.

A lovely little piece of uncomplicated, but touching, writing. A small treasure.

6 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: The Lost Words (Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris)

Macfarlane, Robert - The Lost Words★★★★★★☆

Title:  The Lost Words
Author: Robert Macfarlane – Illustrator: Jackie Morris
Genre: Non-Fiction / Poetry / Picture Book
First published: 2017
Edition: Hardback, published by Hamish Hamilton

The reason I bought this books was because of the stunning illustrations, but it took me way too long to actually pick it up to read the poems. Having finally done so, it is the combination of the two that make this book so magical.

It combines three of the things I love: nature, poetry that makes sense to me and beautiful artwork.

My favourite poems were the ones about the Kingfisher, the Newt and the Willow. There were a couple that did not quite grab be as much, but this is such a gorgeous book, that I will treasure it forever!

The only problem is that it is so big! Where to put it?

6 out of 7 stars