The Bookshelf

I came across this article this evening that rang very true.

When Etienne and I started dating after we had been friends for a long long long time (since primary school) he had to pass a couple of tests. I wasn’t going to open up my heart to just any guy in a hurry, I had just had it trampled on in a rather public and spectacular way, so I was reluctant to say the least.

There was the kiss test – which he passed with flying colours. The food test, the conversation test, the music test (a big one!) and lastly, the book test.

It’s like this you see, I could have married someone that doesn’t love music, but I could not ever marry someone that didn’t love books as much as I do. So I made him read some of the books that had moved me the most at that point in my life. I can’t remember all of them and I took myself very seriously back then, but amongst them were The Bridge Across Forever (Richard Bach) and The Celestine Prophecy (had a good giggle at that one). Granted, a lot of them were tough going for a sweet guy like Etienne, but he read every single one of them and then some.

In turn he introduced me to writers that I have fallen in love with since and opened up genres to me that I never would have bothered with otherwise.

I’m such a lucky girl.

What was the one thing you would not compromise in a relationship?

6 thoughts on “The Bookshelf”

  1. My dear husband does not share my love of books at all, which is bizarre as he is a storyteller and a movie fiend. And I guess likewise I don’t share his passions for military history and suchlike. But I am quite disproportionately in love with him nevertheless. But now we all want to know about the operation? How did it all go?

  2. I am ok if he likes different types of books (my hubby does not read most of what I do – he lieks non fiction) but he must like books and reading. I could never marry anyone that does not adore books too.

  3. The first time I went around to The Boyfriend’s house and I saw his bookshelf I smiled. Our bookshelves now live together and have duplicates of many many books 🙂

  4. My husband had to be gentle with my soul … Everything else flowed! Paul does not share my passion for Celine and Barbara but … Like me … He is not perfect! But he does buy me every one of their CD’s … (To be listened to in the seclusion and solitude of my car … When I am very alone). :-))

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