Kathleen O'Brien
Kathleen O'Brien


Jaunty Post, Kathleen O'Brien


Being a book-nut isn’t always easy.  Other people don’t always understand why we’d rather have a new bookshelf than a new necklace. They think we’re weird when we cry over things that never happened.  Or when we’d rather read than go to a party.  Or watch tv.  Or sleep.

Or why we want to talk about fictional people, hash over imaginary events, ask endlessly what you thought the ending “really meant.”  Eyes glaze.  Topics get changed. People make sudden right turns when they see us coming. 🙂

But when we meet a person who does understand, it’s as if, after wandering alone in a foreign country, we’ve finally run into someone from home.  Someone who speaks our language.  Instant friends.

Book of nature on autumn forest background

That’s what Jaunty Quills has been to me: a place where everyone was an instant friend. A safe place to let the book-nut in me run free.

I’ll miss that a lot.

So I wanted to use this last blog to thank you for being here to share our lives, and to share yours with us a little, too.  I have lists all over my desk of great ideas you’ve offered when I asked for help, and I have a heart full of warm memories of the kind words you gave when times were tough.

Of all the gifts I’ve received from books through the years, book friends are by far the greatest. Thank you so much.  I hope we’ll stay in touch. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter, or email me any time at KOBrien@aol.com.

Till then, happy reading! <3


10 thoughts on “The Bond of Books

  1. Amy says:

    I totally agree. I had mentioned before about the people of JQ being a tribe that I have been happy to belong to. The authors and readers have definitely seemed like kindred spirits. I will truly miss this daily connection. Romance writers and readers are beyond the best. Love to you all.

  2. Dawn A says:

    Happy reading to you as well!

  3. Gayle Cochrane says:

    Happy to have met you via the Jaunty Quills. I will miss your thoughtful posts, Kathleen. I hope to see you blogging elsewhere. Happy reading and writing.

    We mourn the transitory things and fret under the yoke of the immutable ones. ~ Paul Eldridge

  4. Laney4 says:

    Thanks for sharing your lives with US! I have enjoyed all these years together and have made several new friends. It doesn’t matter that some of us live halfway around the world from each other. Like Amy said, we seem like kindred spirits. Thank you for creating that link – that will not break even though we won’t be meeting here.
    Till we meet again….

  5. Annette Naish says:

    Kathleen, what a wonderful explanation. You are right. Books are an addiction and to find others who share my addiction is a great comfort.

    I think that is one of the reasons I have enjoyed this blog so much. Y’all are great comforts to those of us who read your books. You have allowed us to see behind the curtain and recognize that all these wizards are real people who have real lives. Most of all, it is evident that these wizards are wonderful women. Each one different, but all with the ability to create wonderful stories for us.

  6. Rochelle says:

    So true! Best when someone understands your absolute love of books.
    I have loved discovering new authors on this site, and hearing your inspirations. You will be missed.

  7. Lisa Hutson says:

    Lovely post. Exactly. We all know those feelings!

  8. LSUReader says:

    Thanks for a nice post, Kathleen. You’ll be missed.

  9. Sandi in OH says:

    We will all miss our book friends. It really isn’t easy being a bookworm.

  10. Eileen A-W says:

    I know I will miss all of you!! I have always been a misunderstood bookworm and love finding a community that understands me!!

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