My inspiration for this post comes from the Friends of the Library Old Book sale that happens here every Spring. I’m pretty sure I have heard that it is one of- if not the- biggest book sales in the southeastern US. This year is significant because it is in a new, bigger site. It happens over four days and I usually visit at least two or three times, to give myself the best chance of not missing something I would love.

I love books. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom reading to my brother and me. I also remember spending lots of time in the library during the Summers picking out and reading books as part of the Summer reading program. Reading a certain amount of books won you prizes. I don’t remember any of the prizes. But many of the books remain fresh on my memory. “The Fox and the Hound”, “My Side of the Mountain”, The Hardy Boys books. These were a few of my favorites when I was a child. I have always had very bad allergies, which have limited the amount of time I could play outside and not be miserable. So, reading has always given me enjoyment since I can do it anywhere.

I enjoy books as entertainment and as tools for learning. In college, I had to read and write a lot. This was fine by me as I do not do many things well, but I love to read and consider myself a fairly good writer, too. (I suppose you can judge that for yourself as you read my blog. But I digress. . .) My first job after college was as a bookseller. And, as I have mentioned in a few previous blog entries, my chosen career is in academics. It seems that whatever stage I am in my life, books play an important role. One of the things I want to do in my career is to try to inspire a love of books and learning that my parents, teachers, and professors encouraged in me.

Whenever you ever read a book that you enjoy and you can’t wait to tell somebody about it, I would love to hear about it. Taking about books is one of my favorite things. I’ll do the same for you. That is one of the things I miss most about not working at the bookstore. We might not have the same taste in books, but we can share our love of books.

4 thoughts on “Books

  1. A fellow book lover! πŸ™‚
    I would happily share my findings but I’m not so sure you’d be interested in them (as I lean towards romance in any form).
    I hope you write about the books you read – I’m always interested to read about new books I haven’t yet read and somebody loved.

  2. Books are the most important thing ever.
    Like Ines, I’d love to read book reviews from you or just know what you are reading at the moment.
    I am reading Denyse Beaulieu’s The Perfume Lover right now. I wish I can go back to reading at least a book per week, but right now my children won’t let me. At least I get to read The Wind in The Willows and Pippi Longstocking again. πŸ˜‰

  3. Hi Ines, Yes- a fellow book lover indeed. I don’t get to read a often as I would like. But it is my favorite thing to do in my leisure time. I’ve read a few romance novels, but not many. I do consider myself a romantic at heart, though. Maybe that counts for something. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the suggestion of writing about books. I’ll try to do that. The last really good book I read is called “The Girl With Glass Feet” by Ali Shaw. Jane Daly read it and recommended it, and I loved it. It is largely a love story, so you would probably enjoy it. I would love to know what you think of it if you get to read it.

  4. I agree with you completely, Birgit. I think the importance of books cannot be overstated. I am a slow reader. Combining that with the little time I have for leisure reading, means that it takes me a long time to finish a book. But I am always reading something. I will definitely take yours and Ines’s suggestion to write about books that I read. That sounds like fun!

    Rereading books from my childhood brings back fond memories. I’m sure that is fun for you as you read with your boys. “The Perfume Lover” sounds like a good book for us fragrance fans. πŸ™‚

    By the way, I would love any ideas about what you and anyone else who comes across my blog might enjoy reading here (books are a great idea). Also, any feedback about my posts so far would be appreciated. (Are they too short, too long, too boring, not well-written, etc).

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