I hate buying books

I hate buying books, because I absolutely love to read and they just don’t last long enough.

Being part of a new book club, I ordered a book, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell on Thursday, Jan. 23rd, received it Saturday, Jan. 25th at around 3pm (thank you Amazon prime), and finished the 398 pages of hardcover delight by Sunday night.

I wasn’t even home all morning and into the early afternoon on Sunday. My family still needed to eat, laundry still needed to be folded, pugs still needed to go potty outside (and with that gigantic redtail hawk hanging around, they’re NOT going out alone), and I still managed to finish the book in about 6 hours of reading time.

Dang. This is exactly why I don’t read in bed at bedtime anymore; I just can’t put a new book down.

I have lots and lots of books. I have 3 stacks of books on my nightstand that stand 8-12 books tall, each. There are two bookcases in my house that are filled to overflowing, and the shelves are “double-parked”.

I love to read.

I love to read BOOKS. Real paper, real ink, real pages to turn, and the real smell of a book. I get all tingly when I walk into a book store; the combined smell of books and coffee makes me giddy.

I don’t like libraries. Libraries have books I have to give back. Libraries have books that I will have to pay fines for if (when) I’m late returning them.

Libraries have a list of books they have, but the one I want is never there. If I want a book, I don’t want to wait for someone else to bring it back. Especially if the person that borrowed it is like me and forgets. 

I also have a tendency to re-read books – over, and over, and over. I don’t forget them and have to read them again – for me it’s like visiting an old friend.

It also gives me something to read before bed without feeling the need to stay up all night trying to find out “what happens next.”

I have no room for more books, (well, that’s according to my hubby, not me) so I bought Nook.

I like the convenience of having 4 Bibles, all my devotionals and many novels that I can carry in one hand, in my purse, or in my backpack. It’s awesome when I’m on my adventure vacations.

However…. I don’t like it. It’s not a book. It doesn’t smell like a book. It doesn’t feel like a book. It doesn’t have pages like a book. It’s convenient, but I don’t like it. It’s very similar to flying in airplanes – it’s a necessary evil.

It’s almost like I’m cheating on some unseen book fairy that I’ve been friends with all my life.

I. LOVE. BOOKS. I even prefer my Bibles to be paper – have you ever tried to highlight a verse, or underline a phrase on an eReader? Not pretty. (Actually, they have those capabilities built in, but I still prefer my neon yellow pen).

I’ve never had to plug in a book, and I’ve NEVER had one go dead on me in the middle of a climatic scene. Ugh.

I may need a headlamp, or a candle to read a book, but at least I don’t have to plug it in.

Books, the real thing, are comfort food for my senses.

It’s terribly ironic that I write a blog; an electronic storytelling, as it were. No, that fact is not lost on me.

I’d still prefer to print each one out in hardcopy to read it. I don’t, but I’d prefer it.

The story that I devoured, Fangirl, is a decent one. I could do without the f-bombs, but that’s just me.

The storyline scares me a little, because I can relate to the mixed up, messed up main character, Cath, just a wee bit too much.

But the book review is fodder for another blog on another day.

Read on, MacDuff!

Deuteronomy 17:19-20 (NIV)

19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees

2 Chronicles 34:18-19 (NIV)

 18 Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.

19 When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes.

Source: Biblegateway

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