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.