Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Wonder of the . . . Library

Umm, my last post was pretty depressing, and I apologize for that. I had a hard day at work (well a hard week really) and then some other things went wrong, and my blog provided a perfect outlet for me. However, I am feeling better now and I want to move on to happier subjects. I meant to write this particular post on Friday but I went out of town this weekend to my parents' house and it's always crazy there. So this is the first opportunity I had to write.

On Friday I went to the Salt Lake City Library for the first time in what seems like ages. Okay, it hasn't been ages but it has been several months. I had to pick up an item I put on hold and then I ended up perusing the books just a bit, which provides the inspiration for this post.

I was reminded of just how much I LOVE to read! I know this is going to sound completely nerdy, but there's something magical about looking up into those shelves of books full of stories that I'm sure I would love to lose myself in. I've been addicted to the written word ever since I first learned how, and I forget sometimes, well until I pick up another book again, just how much I love it. I haven't checked out any books for awhile because I didn't have time to read them, and I'm pretty sure I still don't, but it sure was fun to do it anyway! I'll find the time to read. . . it's what I always do when something is a big enough priority.

I have another nerdy confession: I love to smell books! I really love the new ones but I also enjoy the old ones. I can't quite explain it except to say that along with the magic of the story I also find the smell intriguing. Smells are also an integral part of memories, so in a way, I'm making a memory of the book, or what was going on when I read the book, by smelling it. Sometimes just breathing it in makes me happy. I can't say that smelling a book would entice me to read something I had no intention of reading before, but it does take me into a happy place.

Now that anyone who reads this thinks that I'm officially a nerd, I'm going to close!


gag01001 said...

Reading the first three paragraphs of you post, I was thinking how much I love the smell of books. And then I started writing this great post in my head about how a perfume company could make a killing bottling that smell and selling it just to me.

And then I read the end of your post. You totally stole my idea! Okay, so maybe it was your idea to begin with. Don't be surprised if you see a post about smelling books soon on my blog!

P.S. I'm glad you got up to your parent's place this weekend and that things are going better for you.

P.P.S. Can't wait to see you in ten days!

Confuzzled said...

I, too, am a book-smeller! Have we not discussed this before? Or have we? I forget . . . it's dreadfully hard to remember all of the stupendously marvelous conversations we've had.