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...