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.

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An author, a teacher, a candlestick maker? I am lucky enough to have followed my muse through a most eclectic life of many careers, many interests, and many friends and liasions. Two beautiful children, now grown and one their own, several books -- the penultimate accomplishment dream come true, a hores trainer, a college professor, and a stint in corporate America to validate my feelings that I never, ever want to go there again. So I donned my ruby slippers and dared to take those different paths, those diverging paths, and that has made all the difference! (Thank you, Robert!)

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6 comments on “Book Binge
  1. iammeemaw says:

    Oh how I love the smell of books, especially old ones. The smell of a library is to die for!

  2. Vikki Sutton says:

    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.

  3. sknicholls says:

    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 🙂

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