I told my oldest daughter the other day, that I think she is a person that needs to read library books, as opposed to having her own growing collection of books to read. I saw that her reading habits change when she reads a library book, and I was a bit intruiged. It appears that when she reads her own books, books that she can read at her own pace, she endlessly jumps from one novel to the next, leaving a long trail of unfinished books, and plots waited to be confused with another story.
But, when she started reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, she pushed right through it to the end, never being distracted by another novel laying around in her room… all becase of the due date. I found this fascinating!
I had always thought owning your own books are better. Easier to read at your own pace, easier to connect with and reread anytime you want, and just plain more fun to actually own your own copy. But seeing this in my daughter has had me wondering, is it really better?
For me, I am beginning to find it easier to take a book I am reading along with me through my days. This is generally hard for me to do, as the thought of one of my personal books returning home loaded up with germs is distressing. So, I tend to leave books at home. With a library book, I know it is in my hands temporarily, so I wont forever be gazing upon that book I took to read in the childrens hospital, pondering how disgusting it has become. I am wondering how many avid readers there are that have an extensive book collection, might find their reading habbits change when utilizing the library more frequently. I wonder about how feelings towards books might shift when one isn’t so concerned about owning them, storing them, paying for them, and find a whole building is filled books at your fingertips. To be honest, for me, it is making choosing books and reading to feel a little more carefree. I don’t have to worry about spending money on a book I wont enjoy, or worry about having too many books that I simply never get to, or the dwindling room on my shelves. It has returned me to actually just enjoying a story… or not, and it doesn’t matter!
Aside from that ramble about rediscovering the beauty of a library, I wanted to share the books I picked up yesterday. Here are the titles of the two biographies I picked up:
- Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westburo Baptist Church, by Lauren Drain
- Karma Gone Bad by Jenny Feldon
And here are the titles of five childrens books I picked up (as I enjoy reading childrens books and reviewing them on my Goodreads):
- Dogs’ Night by Meredith Hooper
- Pipsie Nature Detective by Rick DeDonato
- Jammy Dance by Rebecca Janni
- Romeo and Juliet retold by Bruce Coville
- Sleeping Beauty by Sarah Gibb
I’ve already read a good portion of Banished, which is slightly strange, mainly because it is filled with standards and beliefs that are so jarring and just out there. It is difficult to wrap your head around why or how people have grown to think and feel this way. Here is a quote that I think just puts into perspective how it just comes across as complete nonsence:
“It was hard to buy into the idea that there was no chance you could earn your way into heaven, that you had to be chosen by God before you were even born. No amount of faith or repentance or righteousness would change your desitiny. To me, the biggest misapprehension about Westburo was that we picketed to try to convince people to come to our side before it was too late, telling them “repent while you can.” This couldn’t have been further from the truth; we were just spreading the word that sinners were going to hell, because God wanted it that way.”
What? I can get people having such strange (to me) and different views than myself, but it just seems what they choose to do with these beliefs is where I just completely lose understanding. To me, it is so contradictory, or fantastical that they some how truly believe and find their picketing actions to be justified by their core beliefs, requested by God even. It is an interesting read, but very strange at the same time. I find myself pausing a lot and wondering, how did this even occur in the first place?
I am hoping to finish this book in the next couple of days so I can move onto Karma Gone Bad, as it looks like a good read!