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)
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:
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.