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Monday, books and the library…

Books.

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I love books.

When I was in elementary school Daddy would take me to the library.
It was so hard to decide which books to get!
Those trips to the library were the beginning of my love of books…and the library.

I was happiest when I was off by myself with a book.
I would get lost in the pages and time would disappear.

It is the same today.
I will read for what seems like a short time then I will realize the day is over.
I get upset because none of the stuff that needs to be done has gotten done.
You know, that bothersome stuff that always needs to be done.
Sometimes at night I will get all comfy in my bed and read.
If I am not careful I will read all night.
There have been times when the sky begins to lighten and I haven’t slept at all.

I bought a Nook a couple of years ago and ย thought it would be so wonderful.
Well, it is nice but not wonderful.
I do use it but prefer a real book.

There is something magical about a real book with paper pages.
I like the feel of it in my hands.
I like the seeing the cover of a book.
I like to see the words on paper and to turn the pages.
I like to flip back and forth through the pages.
I like seeing a book on the table.
I like going to the library.

ย I read books on the Nook but it is not as satisfying as a real book.
Somehow it is hard for me to get lost in an e-book
An e-reader is definitely not as magical as a book.
And I miss the library.

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I am thankful for the wonder of books and for the happy hours they have given me.
I am so very thankful for the teachers who taught me to read.
And I am thankful that Daddy took the time to let me explore the library.

Today, I think that about does it for 30 Days of Thankful and Day 4 about me.

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31 thoughts on “Monday, books and the library…

  1. I prefer the feel of a real book, too. And I love to settle down in a comfy chair in a quiet spot at the library, surrounded by books. I’ve done this since I was old enough to walk to the local library alone, two blocks from my Bochi’s house. My immediate family lived in a suburban, and later a rural area.
    I remember going to the local library with my mother when I was younger. I’d sit cross-legged in front of the row of Madelaine books and read them one-by-one while Mom selected her romance novels.

  2. Reblogged this on athingirldotcom and commented:
    As I sit sprawled on my bed with the new Doris Kearns Goodwin book, The Bully Pulpit, that I can’t seem to put down warming my lap…I remembered this inspiring essay reminding me as long as a book is close by, you’ll always have a friend.

  3. it is tough to read e-books, since the excitement of reading hard cover book is not there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lovely! I’m totally with you on the fact that nothing can ever replace a real book, especially one that’s been read many times before – the feel, the smell, the history of it. I think I’m going to go and read right now … ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cat

  5. Like you I have had a love affair with books since early childhood…. and that wasn’t yesterday!! re the Kindle.. after awhile it does grow on you. At first I was a firm “gotta-have- a- real-book” person, but my kindle ( or ipad) is compact and can hold many books that I will indeed lose myself in.

  6. I cannot add a thing to your post, you’ve spoken for me too. Books are best friends too. I am surrounded by them where I live and they make me smile. Sometimes I touch them on their shoulders as I walk by.
    A wonderful Day 4 post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Oh Patricia, how you’ve spoken for me and so many others I know. My friend Ed who after working a hard day with climb into his bed and read for three unfazed that the lawn needs cutting.

    I belong to this library across the street where you can get lost in the stacks nestled in that second grade smell of bindings and paste. I finally emerge from the ethers with a pile gracing my nose excited that I have another quorum of new friends.

    Where would we be without books. To paraphrase John Adams…if you have one by your side, you are never alone. Sweet piece.

    1. Thanks, Susannah. I have been spending so much time on the computer that I am having book withdrawal symptoms. I think I need to turn the computer off more than one day a week..

  8. Me too, me too! Books were my best friends all my growing up years, I even worked in the city library while I was in high school! I love the convenience of reading on Kindle from my phone and of always having several books with me that way, but you are right about the look and feel of a real book, it is a magic carpet to far away places and stories of lives so different from our own! I probably learned more thru reading books than I ever did in school!

    1. I like my Nook just fine…when I don’t have a real book. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is strange to me when I meet someone who hasn’t read a book in months or years. How can that be?

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