day 27: books

Confession: I am a bookworm.  And I agonized over which particular shelf to photograph.  I have my photography shelf, my classics, my 'favorites', my mythologies, my sciences and my metaphysics.. Too many to choose from!  In the end I decided to photograph a few of my oldest books.  They were part of my great grandfather's collection, some of them passed down to him from his father.  They don't make them like this anymore.  The leather is engraved and hand-bound.  They smell like every antique book should.  Tissue-thin paper holds the century-old ink that so many eyes have read before my own.  There's something magical in those pages - something that cannot be experienced on a Kindle, an iPad or a Nook.  Call me old fashioned, but I want to keep my books!