Some loves never die

Once again, my attraction to books has overwhelmed me.  These days, it’s all I can do to tear myself away from reading.  I like it when I’m like this.  Whether I’m losing myself in a work of fiction or learning something new about any random topic that catches my fancy, I love having my nose in a book.  That’s all fine in theory, but sometimes I think I just wear myself out and start to lack concentration.  I always seem to go through periods when I can’t bear to read more than a page or two at a time.  I know I’ll snap out of it at some time, but it’s frustrating because I always really want to read, it’s just sometimes I can’t will myself to do it.  I’ve been that way much of this year.  Part of it’s been not having enough time and putting too much on my plate, but most of all, it’s been hard for me focus on anything.  Today, I am happy to proclaim that Stella’s got her groove back!


It started about two and half weeks ago.  Finding myself with a day off, an abundance of energy and (gasp!) nothing to do, I thought a trip to the library would be a great idea.  I’ve been making some major changes to my diet and in order to support them, I knew that some education.  It all began with me searching for a (double gasp!) cookbook. 

I searched the appropriate section (641) of the library and carefully selected the book that I wanted to be mine (temporarily, anyway.)  As I innocently sauntered over to the check out counter, I glimpsed the fiction section and thought "I’m in no rush.  Maybe I’ll take a stroll through there."  Well, good thing I brought my little collapsible shopping bag in my purse because I must have left with about eleven titles in addition to my eating guide.  Yeah, it’s a totally ridiculous number, even if loans are for four weeks.

That afternoon, I made plans to meet up with Aaron for lunch.  As we ate, he told me that he wanted to stop by the library on the way home.  When I told him that I’d just come from there, he thought he’d put it off for another day because surely, I wouldn’t want to go back.  Surely, he was wrong.  The visit ended with him practically dragging me out of there, four new loans in my hands.  I even took out both the paperback and hardcover copies of the same book.

On or way home, I said "I was in there and I was in heaven.  I want to hole myself away and just read forever.  I want to make sweet love to books."

Uh huh.

I did the best I could.  Burying my face in the pages at work, at home, in bed, wherever and whenever I had even just a moment to spare.  It was bliss.

I’ve managed to re-ween myself off buying books.  Realistically, I don’t have space, but nor do I feel the need to own everything I read.   My trips to Powell’s last weekend did not help that.  I must have walked away from there with about ten new acquisitions, but really, if it had been a library, I would have just borrowed them all.  Honest.

I’ll have a lot to tell come this month’s book review post.  You just wait.


4 Responses to “Some loves never die”

  1. dawnmarie Says:

    When I lived in Burnsville, I went to the library all the time, now with school, and living in st. paul, i never get there, nor do I have time to read anything other than a textbook. :boring: What did you get?

  2. Courtney Says:

    Yay! I’m so glad to hear books are working for you again. They’re doing pretty good for me, too. January is still my highest reading month, but if I get much more out this weekend, I may come close.

    Can’t wait to hear your reviews.

  3. QueenieCarly Says:

    Yeah, I got back on that horse, Courtney. I’m relieved about it too.

    Dawn, I’m about to add a post with all the titles below. You’re lucky I found the receipt in the bottom of a bag just now!

  4. Vegas Princess Says:

    I go through these spurts as well and I’ll devour three or four books a week. I love the library, have always loved checking out books and try not to purchase too many books unless I KNOW I will read and reread them to death. This helps me ween down my buldging book collection. I also discovered the greatness that is checking out CDs from the library so I don’t have to buy the whole CD for that one song I like.

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