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This year has been a roller coaster ride. Not only did we go through a very difficult time, dealing with things within the extended family, as well as my own health problems and an big move. This caused that I had weeks, or months of either a lot of time to read, or no time at all. Yet, I managed to read 64 books. Here my very short reviews on the books I read this year.
I'll start with the four books I never finished:
Moving on to the non-fiction books I read:
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The Romantic Poets, was the only poetry book I read this year. It included poems by William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Blake, and John Keats. ★★★★
Here my favourite by Lord Byron
To sit on rocks, to muse o'er flood and fell,
To slowly trace the forest's shady scene,
Where things that own not man's dominion dwell,
And mortal foot hath ne'er or rarely been;
To climb the trackless mountain all unseen,
With the wild flock that never needs a fold;
Alone o'er steeps and foaming falls to lean;
This is not solitude, 'tis but to hold
Converse with Nature's charms, and view her stores unrolled.
But midst the crowd, the hurry, the shock of men,
To hear, to see, to feel and to possess,
And roam alone, the world's tired denizen,
With none who bless us, none whom we can bless;
Minions of splendour shrinking from distress!
None that, with kindred consciousness endued,
If we were not, would seem to smile the less
Of all the flattered, followed, sought and sued;
This is to be alone; this, this is solitude!
“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
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