Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's like I'm eleven years old again.

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Do you know what is just so much fun? Going to the library to find just the right books to take on a week long trip. We have the most darling library up here on Signal Mountain. I use the word darling because it is just that- small but full, bright, cheerful and staffed by folks who share a common love of the written word. I adore walking in the front doors and wandering over to the "New Books" shelves to see what novel I can devour next. I won't lie to you- sometimes I will pick a book simply because it has a beautiful cover design.

Do you know this love of books? Do you revel in a shelf full of titles, an entire row of bright colors with bold print? Do you savor the smell of a library? It is a distinct aroma, you know. I'm fairly certain that even blindfolded I would know when I was being led into a library. Libraries are almost magical because here are all these books and they are free for the taking. All it takes is a card, the scan of a barcode and that book is yours.

Well, until two weeks later. But still, yours! You don't have to loan it out, you don't have to share it, it all yours to read at your own pace.

I've always been a bookworm. Always. In fact, throughout my elementary school years I was rewarded for good grades by a trip to the book store to purchase two or three books of my choosing. Honestly, there was not another reward that could have made me happier.

Except maybe tickets to a Tiffany/New Kids On The Block concert, but that's another post.

So I picked out my books today. Three in all. One based on a pretty cover and the topic of sisters, one because I had previously enjoyed another book by the same author and one because...well, it just looked interesting and like I might learn something from it.

One deep, one delightfully fluffy and one biography.

I also picked up the literary version of one of Jason's favorite movies. I'm no Robert Redford, but perhaps a read-aloud on the long trip will help to pass the time.

Mmmmmm, books. Now I just have to keep myself from starting one of them tonight...

11 comments:

  1. What a wonderful way to while away a long trip!

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE books! Hey and email me your address so I can send you one :-) you'll love it - promise!

    ps - I was the dorky kid in elementary school who READ on the playground! haha

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  3. My love of books is the reason I worked in a bookstore from the time I was 16 until I had FINISHED my master's degree. And heck, it's where I met my hubby! Although I swear he only dated me b/c I got an awesome discount! :)

    And now, to save money and space in our house, we go to the library.
    Just last night I put in an online request for The Middle Place which looks good. And I'm beyond excited that Jennifer Weiner has a new book coming out this summer!

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  4. The library is one of my favorite places! I love to read. If you get a chance, check out my post on my summer reading list from yesterday.

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  5. I SOOOO want to read those last two. And I have to admit, I frequent my middle school library during my conference period to read some of these books the kids are reading!

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  6. That's why I turned my dining room into a library.... had shelves made for books... love to just sit in there & read... my get away in my own house! :-)

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  7. i love the library too...i love checking out books...and i only like reading them...such a strange thing. But I really do love the library...and the F-R-E-E part!

    enjoy!

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  8. Oh you know how I feel about books. I will spare others my long winded love affair with the written word.

    But I had to comment: LE SWOON! LE SIGH! LE HEART PATTER! I love A River Runs Through It. Love, love love!

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  9. Anonymous8:46 PM

    Okay- I swear we may very well have been separated at birth. Harry Winston is good; have you read any of Emily Giffin's books? I loved them all, read them (all 4) in a week at the beach. It's All About Him is pretty good too- she came and spoke at our church for a women's event.

    It might be fun if we did a monthly book review together- like the Big/Boo Cast. What do you think?

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  10. Okay- so I hit return- the "anonymous" comment before was me.

    What I was saying was:

    Okay- I swear we may very well have been separated at birth. Harry Winston is good; have you read any of Emily Giffin's books? I loved them all, read them (all 4) in a week at the beach. It's All About Him is pretty good too- she came and spoke at our church for a women's event.

    It might be fun if we did a monthly book review together- like the Big/Boo Cast. What do you think?

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  11. Oh my word, how I loved this post! I've been absent from your blog for a while, and have had some catching up to do, but I had to comment on this! :) One of the hardest parts about living in Guam is the library system here. It's really not at all ideal so I buy most of my books on B&N.com because they ship for free. :) Oh, I adore a good book. I'm in the middle of about two or three right now. It's been the best part about Lent! I'm able to read more. :) I'll have to check out that book on your side panel! I'm perplexed...:)

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