libraries and books.
2010 August 5 § 9 Comments
Between yesterday and today, I managed to add two more books to my 50 Book Challenge!
It’s been really wonderful to rediscover my love of reading this summer. Early in June, I decided that I really wanted to get back into the swing of reading for leisure. Reading for class is far from boring (most of the time), but since there is an enforced deadline and enforced external goal (needing the material for essays, or tests), the reading doesn’t have the same kind of relaxed atmosphere as reading for fun is.
Added to which, most class texts happen to be dry and so thick with content, it chokes you.
When I started my summer classes, I decided to re-familiarize myself with the local public library system for the sake of my reading goals. It’s somewhat of a far cry from the two I used to frequent back in the S.F. Bay Area, both of which were extensive in their selection and relatively new in architecture, being newly renovated. I was disappointed, but I didn’t give up. I started borrowing for leisure reading to take with me on the bus and trolley, and soon, I was eating up book after book…
I decided to branch out and look at some of the other libraries, not just the close ones, and I found a gem at Fenton Parkway, near IKEA and Costco!
There is nothing like the smell of books and the silence that comes from studying and reading in a library, punctuated and interrupted only by the sound of the metal cart passing by on its way to empty more books into the shelves, and of other patrons flipping pages in their own selections. The fact that books are so dear to my own heart, for other reasons, only adds color and warmth to a library, even one that I’ve never been to before.
In the mean time, I love to check out any recommendations for readings that you might have. :) I’m currently starting The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, and have about a dozen more on my table, waiting to be read; but I’m always hungering for new authors, especially since I’m the type that likes to keep to what I know I’ll enjoy.
Ah, libraries. I hope I can add a book to those shelves one day.