Lover of Books

“Rereading books,

we said with immense agreement,

was the mark of the real lover of books.”

I came across this quote while I was rereading “A Severe Mercy” (by Sheldon Vanauken), which makes me a real lover of books, evidently.


For the past thirteen years, I have kept a list of all the books that I have read. In 2013, I read twelve books. That was the year I got my iphone. In 2015, I read 55 books. That was the year I got over my iphone.

This quote got me wondering. Of the hundreds of titles on my list, how many had been worthy of a second read? Surprisingly, there was a handful.

  1. “Gift From the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  2. “When the Soul Listens” by Jan Johnson
  3. “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan
  4. “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren
  5. “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis
  6. “A River Runs Through It” by Norman Maclean
  7. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
  8. “Peace Like a River” by Lief Enger
  9. “Severe Mercy” by Sheldon Vanauken
  10. “The Holy Bible” by God

I really don’t like to watch movies I’ve already seen.

I don’t care to listen to the same album over and over.

But sometimes a book comes ’round again,

and I just have to open the pages.



5 thoughts on “Lover of Books

  1. Hi Aunt Dinah! I have been reading your blogs today and didn’t realize I’m way back in October 2016 until I went to comment. I so enjoy reading your writing!!! I know that you may have a full list of books you are reading, but I just finished “The Insanity of God” by Nik Ripken and I can’t stop telling people about it. It’s amazing and challenging and wonderful and heart wrenching and thought-provoking and just oh so incredible! If you haven’t already read it, I highly highly recommend it! And if you HAVE already read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts and what stood out! (I had Mark and his wife get it and my dear friend is also reading it, it’s one where I just am bursting at the seams to talk about with people.
    Hope you all are doing well!! I love seeing updates and pictures of everyone!!!! Love you!

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