There is a stack on my desk, a stack on my night table, a stack on my dresser, a stack on my end table, and a stack on my other end table. There are softcovers, hardcovers, leather covers, books in every size, shape, color, thickness, and covering a variety of topics. Oh, and there are some on the bookshelf, too.
Most of the ones in this stack have been read, but sometimes I end up with so many that I need to go through and winnow out the ones that I keep passing over in favor of another with a more intriguing title or cover design.
While I don’t remember actually learning to read, reading books has always been a favorite pastime. In the summer, I couldn’t wait for the Summer Reading Club at the library – going there week after week and picking up novels or biographies, or how to books to devour and then getting a prize for something I would have have done anyway!
There are certain authors that I
stalk watch faithfully to see if they’ve published anything new. Though I’ve never camped out at a bookstore waiting until midnight to get a book when it goes on sale, I have put my name on the waiting list at the library so I don’t have to wait too long to read it!
Now that I have an iPad and can access ebooks from the library without even leaving my house, you would think that I wouldn’t need to have physical books anymore. Let me assure you, this is not the case. While I do about seventy percent of my reading digitally these days, I still love how it feels to hold a book in my hands, to tuck a bookmark between chapters because I really need to get up and do something else, to clasp it to my bosom with tears rolling down my cheeks, so sad that it had to end because it was just so good!
Giving away books is easy because I want other people to read them, especially if it’s something I’ve really enjoyed or that felt life changing. There aren’t many books I feel compelled to own these days, though there are a few that keep surviving each round of purging. In fact, I can’t think of any book that I’ve given away or sold at a yard sale that I wish I had back. Though I sometimes think I will read a book again, there are always so many new ones to read that it rarely happens.
Do you have books on your nightstand and bookshelf right now? Do you give them away or keep them? Please let me know in the comments.