A picture paints a thousand words…

Back on May 30th, Simon at Stuck In A Book tagged me to choose a picture that sums up my taste in reading. With moving and travelling and everything else going on right now it has taken me much longer than I would have thought to complete this assignment.

The biggest challenge is that the picture was NOT to include images of books or a character from an adaptation. That made it hard. I was all set to find some picture of a cosy library or a beautiful still from the Merchant-Ivory adaptations of  A Room With a View, Howard’s End, or Maurice. But that would have been cheating.

And then I was thinking that Simon’s picture was apt for me as well. But to copy him would have been the ultimate cop out.

I still had the whole notion of tea and England on my brain, which indeed does sum up a lot of of what I like.

And my recent read of Widow Barnaby by Fanny Trollope reminded me how much I like domestic and housekeeping details in novels. (Although Widow Barnaby doesn’t really go into “downstairs” details.)

Or anything to do with academia or the Church of England

And all of that reminded me of how much I love a good old fashioned pastoral landscape, whether it is in England

or the U.S. (this lovely Grant Wood painting sums up much about my taste in U.S. fiction)…

or Italy

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that any picture that could sum up my reading tastes would have to be old, cosy, and as much as I love the pastoral, it would have to be urban. And not being able to narrow it down, I did manage to limit myself to only three. And in my book, rain seems to equal cosymaybe it is the thought of being inside reading. For some reason reading doesn’t remind me of sunny days and blue skies. No doubt this is a subject for my therapist. So these then, best sum up my reading interests:


New York

And to a lesser extent, Paris


18 thoughts on “A picture paints a thousand words…

  1. Hannah Stoneham June 10, 2010 / 1:39 pm

    It has been pouring in Paris today, and I have been reading for most of the day so your post really made me smile…


  2. Bibliolatrist June 10, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    Great post, and lovely pictures. I agree: nothing is better than reading on a rainy day. Add a cup of tea and I couldn't be happier!


  3. Amanda June 10, 2010 / 1:52 pm

    Wonderful pictures! I think of you as a reading power twin.


  4. A Bookish Space June 10, 2010 / 3:42 pm

    I really enjoyed this post with the lovely photos accompanying your tastes.


  5. Steerforth June 10, 2010 / 3:59 pm

    A fascinating post and one which I'd largely agree with. I particularly like novels that feature characters who work in a city, but live discontented lives in the suburbs.


  6. Nadia June 10, 2010 / 4:07 pm

    Love your post and the pictures! I would have to agree that reading on a rainy day is perfect! And I enjoy books set in England as well. Hmmm. Seems like we some reading commonalities, Thomas :)


  7. Lorin June 10, 2010 / 6:59 pm

    What a challenge! I think you made some excellent picks.


  8. Mrs. B. June 10, 2010 / 7:42 pm

    Lovely choices Thomas. I think many of them sum up my reading tastes too. I agree too…rainy day reading is the best!


  9. Susan in TX June 10, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    Love all the pics, but I would've crawled into that tea picture! You are so right about the rain. We had a real soaker here yesterday and everyone in the house was curled up with a book for the day. It's my favorite kind of day. :)


  10. Thomas at My Porch June 11, 2010 / 8:43 am

    Hannah: Sounds like a lovely day to me.

    Biblioatrist: I like the stuff that goes with tea (scones with clotted cream and jam) more than I like the tea itself.

    Amanda: I agree, but you tackle the chunksters more than I do.

    A Bookish Space: Thanks. It was difficult but fun.

    Steerforth: Not an uncommon theme (or reality for the that matter).

    Nadia: Well it isn't an accident I have sought out like-minded bloggers.

    Lorin: It really would have been a challenge if I had actually limited myself to one image.

    Mrs B: One of the reasons I had problems the two years I lived in Hawaii. Although there would be rain, it never laster long and the sun ususally stayed shining the whole time. I used to dream of overcast days.

    Susan: It is nice that your whole family are readers. Not having kids of my own I have tried to pass on my reading gene to my nieces and nephews, but I don't think it worked.

    Simon: I know, I may have entertained myself and a few others but I took many liberties with the rules.


  11. Ash June 11, 2010 / 3:08 pm

    Those are wonderful pictures (although I did like the Grant Wood one you showed, mostly because I'm Iowan). I think I connect rain and reading with coziness as well. Great post!


  12. Desperate Reader June 11, 2010 / 6:37 pm

    Love the pictures, the London one especially is making me want to go and find a suitable book to match with it.


  13. Frances June 11, 2010 / 8:01 pm

    Brilliant! Love the walk through your head.


  14. Thomas at My Porch June 15, 2010 / 10:10 pm

    Ash: Thanks for stopping by. I hail from Minnesota originally. Let's hear for the Midwest! I have a copy of a limited edition of Sinclair Lewis' Main Street that has Grant Wood illustrations and is signed by Wood. Not only one of my most treasured possessions, but it combines one of Minnesota's greatest sons and one of Iowa's greatest.

    Desparate Reader: It really does take just a picture of rainy London to induce reading mania doesn't it?

    Frances: Well one slice of my mind. And even then I couldn't pare it down to only one picture.

    Simon: I know I cheated big time. But I had fun.

    BkClubCare: Thanks. I guess it is the adult equivalent of making a collage in kindergarten.


  15. C.B. James June 15, 2010 / 11:37 pm

    Your post has finally given me the inspiration for my own picture! I've thought and thought and couldn't come up with anything. Now I know what to look for.

    And I enjoyed reading/seeing your ideas here.

    BTW, I hope it all works out with your new house. As a recent homeowner, less than six years, I know the feeling(s).


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