A Real Book Lover


初中生学习指导·中考版 2020年12期


Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors; and the most patient of teachers.Whenever I’m invited to somebody’s house for the first time, I’ll take a close look at their bookshelves. What they keep on their shelves, in my eyes, is a reflection (反映)of their personal tastes and interests. The books on a bookshelf tell the story of a life.

My own shelves are a kind of roadmap through my life, telling a chronological tale. First up come my favorite childhood reads, like Watership Down and His Dark Materials. The collection then moves on to teenage things I read in school — Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Handmaid’s Tale and A Clockwork Orange. Finally, we come out of full-time education and enter the real world, and this part is a reflection of my professional (職业的)life, from the first exciting days of work experience to the present.

If you pointed to any book on my shelves, I could name the year I got it, where I was working, and probably where I was living at the time.

It is an easy way to get to know about his hopes, dreams and interests. And a big part of that story is how we arrange (排列)our books, and get on with them. It’s such a personal thing, different from each other. Some want to be with their books in every room, others have them on shelves, behind glass or simply lining their floors. Each home has a story to tell through the way they live with their books.

It’s often said that what we read says something about who we are. The way we fill our bookshelves might also send a message about ourselves. From the pile of books on your bedside table to your well-organized shelves, whether we notice it or not, our book collections are telling a story before a single page has been turned.

1. The books on the writer’s own shelves are organized according to _________.

A. their prices B. their writers

C. his personal interests D. the periods of his life

2. Which of the following is the best sentence to fill in the blank in Paragraph 4?

A. Every book is worth reading.

B. Each bookshelf holds a special dream.

C. Book collections tell so much about a person.

D. The books a person reads depend on his choices.

Keys: DC


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