Book Binge

BooksI am on a serious book binge, and when I say serious, I mean a major hording episode.  I mean I am exchanging baby pictures with the UPS man. I mean OUT OF CONTROL.

I have adored books since I was a little girl when we had Scholastic Book Club in my Catholic grammar school. Several times a year our nun-teachers would solicit our book orders , but the biggest and most exciting order was the one for our summer reading lists.  After more than 45 years, I STILL have some of those books, including Candy Stripers, Willow Hill, Everybody Calls Me Father, and one of my all-time favorites, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  I still can feel the thrill of getting that order of brand-new, off-the-press paperbacks: smelling the fresh ink and fanning the pages. Bliss.

You know what? I do the same thing today. I smell the ink and fan the pages. In fact, friends and families find my page-smelling habit rather peculiar. I say, let them smell their roses and leave me to my book bliss.

6 thoughts on “Book Binge

  1. Great post! I love books also and some of them are over twenty years old. E-books are convenient, but there’s nothing like opening up a physical book and turning those pages.

  2. I had an IPad that I used for games for two years before I started using it for books. My husband had been using a Sony ereader for books for four years before we got the iPads. I didn’t think I would ever give up hard copy, until we got silverfish in our library…cleaned it out. I started using the IPad for books and now I wouldn’t have it any other way…it is so easy and always marks my page for me. Then I decided to publish a book that I had written a year ago. Could not afford to put it into hard copy…way to expensive. So I guess I am having to change with the times. I do think that eBooks are the wave of the future. Even our local schools are going to readers instead of texts. But I agree…there is nothing better than the smell of a freshly pressed hard copy in hand book 🙂

    1. I use my Kindle for about half of my reading, but I will never give up my touchy, feely, smelly books. Thanks so much for your comment!

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