Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him. John Locke
We live in a house full of books. Stacks and shelves of printed pages line our walls, our phones and Kindles have digital titles for break time and the cars usually have an audio book ready to play. Interestingly enough while we are all readers our preferences rarely cross and I’m pretty sure that someone who didn’t know us could tell after a quick walk around that three quite different people live here.
I prefer fiction, John enjoys design, art and architecture while Ryan has always been drawn to natural science. He’s grown up with access to plenty of books and from the earliest days it’s been clear where his interest was. He’ll happily listen to a great story and enjoys fiction and poetry at school but when he sits down with free time and a book of his choice it’s usually non-fiction.
His first picture books were all about animals and his early readers were filled with sea monsters, dragons and mythical beasts. Soon books about astronomy, bones, archeology and medicine joined the stacks.
Each of these photos are from Ryan’s collection and many of them are books he’s chosen for himself at book stores and second-hand sales. I’ve had to give up pretending I know all the answers to his constant questions about life, the universe and everything. Now I just sit back and enjoy the discussions that come from each new chapter.
Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting