Books That Are Like Old Friends

Reading: A Small Place in Italy
I finished the stack of library books, so I’ve turned to an old favourite until I get a new pile of library books. A Small Place in Italy by Eric Newby. It is still in print, although with a different cover.

Here’s what the book is about (from Goodreads):
In 1967 Eric and Wanda Newby fulfilled a long-cherished dream when they bought a run-down farmhouse in northern Tuscany, in the foothills of the Italian Alps. They were the first foreigners to live in the region. “A Small Place in Italy” describes how the house was restored with the help of their neighbors, a colorful east of characters who quickly befriended the Newbys.

I bought my copy in Denmark, probably 20 years ago. Randomly picked it up in a sale bin, a bargain at just 29 Danish kroner (around £3.5), especially considering how many times I’ve read it, or atleast partially read it. I sometimes pick it up and start reading it but don’t finish it. I don’t always need to…it’s just one of those books. Like an old friend where you can pick up as if no time has gone by even if it has been months or even years :-)

Do you have books like that in your life?

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  1. June 19, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    I'm always looking for new (to me) books to read. Thanks!

    • September 4, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      My pleasure! :-)

  2. June 22, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Yes. For me it's The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. My most favorite…I pick it up when I near a cheering up. Just a couple pages will do. I've had my copy since it was published. It's been dropped in the river, the bath, chewed on by puppies, has had tea spilled on it and the cover is hanging on by a thread. I cherish it.
    I will look for your book as it sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing.

    • September 4, 2018 / 3:03 pm

      "It's been dropped in the river"!! That made me actually laugh out loud! It really does sound like a cherished book. What a wonderful pal to have. :-)

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