Library Haul – February 2015

February 13, 2015

The other day, I was feeling pretty crappy, but after a hot shower & a mug of hot chocolate spiked with coffee, my energy was on the mend. I ventured out to run a bunch of errands (including buying my bridesmaid dress for L&T’s wedding – woo!), and found myself at the public library.

I fucking love the library.

The quiet, the stacks of books, the gathering of people all minding their own business. It’s an introvert’s dream. Any time I feel out of sorts, a trip to the library always helps. Not to mention it feeds a need to have new items – but the great thing about library books is, if I don’t like them, they’re due to be returned in 4 weeks or less. #winwin

Recently, all things reading have taken up residence in the forefront of my mind. I have a stack of fiction books waiting for my attention (explains why most of the titles above are non-fiction). I discovered BookRiot and Reading Lives podcasts. I even had a reading date with Billye where we both sat together on her front porch, reading our own books, separately, together. It was great.

Hoping to share more of my reading life here, since I think a lot of you are readers yourselves. So we’ll start with my library haul updates and I’ll share what I’ve been reading soon. And I would love for you to share anything you’d like about your reading life in the comments.

You can check out my (outdated) history of reading here. I find it hard to be recommended books, but Lindsey has yet to steer me wrong. Happy reading.

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  • Reply Lindsey Mead (@lemead) February 13, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I worship the library. Love. And can’t wait to hear what you think of these titles – I need to check out the ones that are new to me!

    • Reply justine February 15, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      They’re just the best. Thanks for all of your recommendations to date 🙂 I’m reading Station 11 soon!

  • Reply sensitivesteve February 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Your reading life. Yes! This makes it a #winwinwin. Love this insight especially: “The quiet, the stacks of books, the gathering of people all minding their own business. It’s an introvert’s dream.” It sounds like the perfect democracy. And, in some respects, it is. I also really like the analogy you gave me years ago (!?!) about how the library is your church. That gets at reading (for me) as a kind of spiritual experience. I mean, there are any number of ways to define “spiritual,” but whatever happens to me when I get caught up in a great book definitely qualifies as that. As the commenter above posted, reading and librarying are forms of worship and communion. Think it was E.M Forster (Room with a View, A Passage to India) who wrote something about reading and/or librarying as being amongst this “eternal community” of thoughts and experiences and minds, creating this immortal fabric of feeling. I love that you’ve always been such an ardent reader and lover of books and that you, like I, have said that some of the best experiences of your life have been spent reading a book. While a Reading Life isn’t necessarily Real Life, we can’t have a fulfilling Real Life without it. And part of what a Reading (and Librarying) Life does for us is to enable us to suspend reality so that we might imagine it as being otherwise and that is precisely how we *change* both Real Life and Reality, right? By imagining it as being otherwise? Looking forward to hearing more about this Reading Life of yours and the adventures it gives you.

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