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These are a few of my favourite leaves...

Somehow, this prompt stuck me with one of my favourite Al Jarreau songs... *hums along*

Anyway, the first thought about this prompt was showing off some of my favourite shots of coloured leaves, since we had this spectacular and very rare autumn two years ago with the most splendid, red-coloured leaves everywhere... but then another kind of favourite leaves wantd to be photographed. Here is both.

First, leaves of some favourite and very special books. I think nobody minds that I left the leaves where they were - taking them out for this shot would have been a bit much. ;o)

The thick, red book with the red sides (I didn't find the word used in German translated anywhere, so I have no idea how you call this part of the book in English - the cut side of the leaves? ) is my most recent treasure, the Lord of the Rings in the better German translation, very beautifully bound in red linen with this beautiful, thin paper you also often have in Bibles, and the red sides (sorry that I lack all the propr vocabulary). It's one of this books that gives you a very satisfying haptic feeling, and it's opened at my favourite place. Below, with the map drawing, lies "The Journeys of Frodo" by Barbara Strachey, my first collection of maps of Middle-earth. I'm one of those people who can't read without a map or an atlas at hand, needing to track journeys and itineraries, and finding this collection which closesly follows the Fellowship's routes was a rare treasure.

On top of LotR lies my slightly battered copy of the Neverending story, the most important child book in my youth, and also for me. I read it over eleven times in the first two years after I read it first, and it has been my most favourite book besides LotR. I also loved it for the way it was printed: in green and red print, the colours indicating the different story threads, making the reading also a somewhat sensusal experience.

The two books below to the left and at the bottom are very special to me: two old volumes of the very small library of my father's grandmother, one Goethe and one Lessing. She was the wife of a poor industrial worker, and books were already an unbelievable luxury for their family. But these two have their own history, together with four or five brethren spread through my family: the three-storey house where they lived was bombed in WWII and completely destroyed. The six or seven books were nearly the only thing they could salvage, and they weren't even damaged.

Last is the small book below, on the right: the very first book I owned myself, a very old edition of Pippi Longstocking, published in the month of my birth. (I think my parents even bought it already then.) The three-volume edition is quite battered, as the books were read over and over again to me and my sisters, and later read by us, and my next sister loved to colour all books she could put her hands on... *sigh*

And because coloured leaves are pretty, have some of them as well:
The Chinese bridge at Schwetzingen Castle Gardens among very unusually-coloured leaves.


Brigth red leaves during a stroll through the new campus of the University of Heidelberg
(taken at the same day as the shot I used for "Words")


... and another shot of that day, here at the Botanical Gardens of the University of Heidelberg.

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What a lovely photo of all your beloved books! (And I think in English, the cut side of the pages is simply called the edge.)

Lovely fall leaves as well--such vibrant colors! I do love fall for taking photos.

They're not all my favourite books, those wouldn't have fit in one pic! *g*
I love fall colours and fall pics very much, but usually, we just get a little light orange and much yellow - bright red and flaming orange is very special and rare. I haven't experienced it more than perhaps three times in my life.
Such wonderful selections! And my goodness, I haven't thought about Pippi Longstocking in many years. I still remember her joy in having freckles, and everything else in life.

The books by Astrid Lindren are a very important childhood staple for German kids to the day, though I rarely meet people from other countries who even know her, or Pippi Longstocking. :o)
I love all of these! Autumn is a wonderful season. Even the area in which I live looks pretty for a few days in Autumn. lol

The books all have such lovely histories. Thank you for sharing your treasures.
Autumn looks not often pretty hereabouts, mostly it's rainy, cold and misty, and some trees have yellow leaves. Most are brown, though, and having such spectacular colours is really special. But I also love autumn when it's misty and drab, because this holds its own beauty.
That first picture is such a clever response to the challenge!

And the coloured leaves are very, very pretty, too.
Thanks! :o)
Book leaves have to be some of my favorites. I've taken on the herculean task of cataloging my books, and I've so enjoyed touching each book and remembering the stories--even when and where I bought certain ones. Hopefully, listing them will keep me from acquiring duplicates.

Your photo of that bridge--so picturesque! Lovely.
:o) Don't I know both so well! Buying duplicates as well as sorting and listing them.... two years ago, I discovered Bookcrossing, and have become an active member. First, our duplicates went to the BC pile and are long sine giving joy to other people, and then I sorted through all my books, because the house seems too small for all of them since ages. I've now given away about a third of my books, all those I'm sure I'll never read again, or where I already have got digital copies. This sorting also got me reacquaintanced with so many old book loves, and I had started re-reading a small part of them.
I've never found a book in the "wild." My duplicates go to the Friends of the Library to be put into their annual sale. Friends do so much good with the money--fund anything the library needs that they don't have in their budget, promote reading, and offer a college scholarship to teen volunteers. I've got another box of books I need to take soon.

One of these days, I'll get an e-reader. But how I love my tactile books!
Lovely icon! I've also never found a book in the "wild" yet, but I still hope. I'm one of those bookcrossers whose main aim is to leave books around for others to find, and hopefully to give somebody a smile with a find, and perhaps even something new with the book to read. The project you write about sounds great, but we don't have something similar. The only possible project is inundated with books and doesn't even take all which are given. So my family and some close friends give the books to me first, I take out what is best suitable for bookcrossing, and the rest goes into the project.
One of the nice things at bookcrossing is that with luck, you get a journal entry for a book you left behind (though only for about 10%, sadly). But even if I rarely get feedback, there have been so many lovely notes and people so happy about having found a book, making it clear my small gift has made a small change for someone.