The moment I laid eyes on this meme, this entire post flooded my foggy head. I’ve been dealing with allergies for about five days now and have barely been able to hear from the pressure in my head so being able to focus my thoughts properly has been nothing short of impossible. I’d like to […]
I am in the habit of buying used book from flea Markets, yard sales and library book sales. My favorite are Trade paperbacks where I pick up good reads by authors I’ve never heard of. After I’m done reading them I sign my initials and write the word “LB Good!” . I’ve done this for at least 13 years.
Our small town (900 citizens) has a volunteer run library and my deceased uncle’s wife has seemingly taken over the job since my wonderful mother died 17 months ago. (This is the aunt who wouldn’t talk to me for 30 years for some imagined wrong my mom and I did her, a woman who hold grudges even after an an apology). I work as a Janitor of sorts at the old historic building the library is housed in and and while I’m cleaning I stop into the library and drop off a pile of used books I’m donating and often check out regular library books. As I said the real good donated paperback have my initials and the word Good! on the first page. About 2 months ago my aunt wrote me a note asking me to stop writing in my books, but I rather enjoy doing it and I wrote a nice note back saying I was sorry she didn’t approve but I enjoy signing my books and would continue to do so. This must have upset her because a few weeks later I came in with my cousin for some book sale books and she just HAD to mention about me writing in the books yet again! My cousin said she LIKED to see my name in a book knowing it was a good read! I thought that was the end of it.
Then last Thursday I dropped off some books in the schools’ break room that was full of library and “Clothes Closet” volunteers, must have been 8 ladies in there. And yet again my aunt mentions my writing in the books I donate, to make me look bad I suppose. I got kind of pissed off this time and I said “I will if I want to!” And I swear I shocked the whole room full of ladies. My aunt asked me to take the books I brought into the next room but I was so upset I just stood in the doorway and mentioned how “There are several donated library books which are written in and sitting on the shelves right now!” Then I said “Some people are just a little too fussy!” meaning her! And she says she’ll just put my books on the book sale shelf instead of entering them in the library as a borrowing book so I just frowned and left in a huff! Later on I asked a few of the volunteers what they thought. One said she didn’t like my writing in the books, she wanted to find out for herself it was good or not. And I said “So YOU’RE the one she’s yelling at me for!” (She happens to be my aunt’s new best friend it seems. Yes auntie will fight to the end now. But I’m not giving in, I’ll continue to do as I please with MY old books!
Do you get tired of reading the same old book themes? I do, you get locked into one prolific author and they are too predictable, too boring. I LOVE the old Nora Loft books, I have even read them over again in the past. I just love her historical details, that made me feel I was viewing real ancient English life from hundreds of years ago. I have yet to find as interesting a writer in this day and age. The lives of her characters were not easy but authentic I always felt. Plus I have English ancestors from the Gardner family who were colonists in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania so I feel a connection to their past. Besides I believe I lived in England in a past life.
As I got older I was attracted to quirky characters, and I admit they are much easier to find when so many more authors are writing books then ever before. They need quirky characters to hold our attention and interest! I admit I gravitate to historical novels since I’m an avid genealogist, but I also love a good down home book that makes me feel good. On occasion I’ll read a book with a dark plot or unhappy ending but they do make you feel Dark and or depressed sometimes.
NOTE: I don’t know how predictable my Book Reader Blog is for you folks, maybe I bore you too!?
This Book Reader’s Blog will be 2 years old next month! I started this blog to keep a list of all the books I’ve read starting with August 2013. Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg, since I have been reading for the past 51 years. I only have 116 followers on this blog, but that doesn’t upset me in the least. I am honored when anyone follows my opinions on a book. I get very few comments, but I appreciate the ‘likes”.
Here’s a sample photo of my Book List Journal which I started in 2011:
I went to a library book sale recently. On the first day of the sale you pay their price for the books: 50 cents for a paperback, a dollar for a trade paperback or an older hardcover, 2 dollars for a cookbook, (really? Only the big, newer ones are worth that much). And a newer hardcover can cost as much as 5 dollars or more. (I would never pay that price.) That day I came home with a few trade paperbacks and several romance paperbacks. Later that week I went to a thrift store and bought more romance paperbacks! Now I have a grocery bag full of them! Then last Saturday we went to the last day of the week long library book sale. That’s my favorite day to shop. I only had 5 bucks to spend so I bought a reusable plastic grocery bag to fill and my cousin bought a $10.00 box to fill and we traded, since I had a nice big wire cart on wheels to place the box on. Then I proceeded to fill it mainly with trade paperbacks, (my favorite way to find new, unknown authors). Now I have a box and a bag full of books to read, right now I’m reading THE GOOD HUSBAND by Gail Godwin, 1995. A story about a dying woman who’s about my own age… hmmm. Yes, I like quirky and unusual story lines because those romance novels at all alike, and yes I do read them too but a bit of quirky reading helps enliven my mind.