I love books. I’ve said this many times. I love the feel of a new book, the sound of cracking it open, the smell of the pages. Ahhhh books how I love thee!
I have worked in 3 different books stores. But unlike working at a quilt shop where working with fabric isn’t work…working with books is.
I used to want to be a librarian, but now that I just want to stay home and quilt all the time, I just appreciate visiting the library instead of wanting to work there.
In every city I have lived in, one of my first stops is the town library to sign up and get my library card. I have been the patron of tiny libraries like the one in the town where I grew up. The Stockbridge library was about 800 square feet. Mrs. Asquith was our towns’ librarian. She was an antique =) She was just the sort of librarian you would picture from long ago times, hair in a bun, glasses, and she always had on a dress with sensible shoes. My mom, who shared her love of reading with my brother and I by reading to us constantly, took me to the library about once a week. I loved checking out the kids crafty books and cutting up everything in sight and gluing it back together! I’m pretty sure we didn’t have a library card back then, there were no computers. I think everything was just written down, and filed. Can you imagine?
I have also had the privilege of being the patron of HUGE libraries like the one at the University I attended and the library in Ann Arbor, MI. These libraries afforded quite a bit of autonomy. You could check out any sort of book you wanted without fear of judgement =) No one ever called you by name, but OOOHHH the books you could find!
There have been quite a few libraries in between, but now I am a patron of Willard Library in downtown Battle Creek. It is a very nice library, a sort of in between huge and tiny library. It has two floors with plenty of reading material to keep me busy for life. They DO know my name there and we DO have a library card. Everything is computer catalogued. I do miss the old card catalogs don’t you?
I thought I would share some good reads with you either to give as gifts this holiday season, or to just pick up for yourself and cuddle down this winter with a quilt, a book, and a cup of joe.
Here are some of my favorites (mostly excluding the classics because you should have already read those or have them on your list to read LOL) :
1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
( a MUST read!!)
2. Nude Men by Amanda Filipacchi
(probably one of the most neurotic main characters EVER!!)
3. A Room With a View by E.M Forster
(also my favorite movie of all time)
4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
(touching novel with beautiful prose)
5. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
(oh this book is delicious!!! you will want to read the rest of the series so order them all )
6. The Heronines by Eileen Favorite
(a tasty book about classical fiction characters who visit a mother and her daughter’s inn)
7. Outlander (series) by Diana Gabaldon
( it has to be added to your library, men in kilts!!! nuff said hehehe)
8. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini
9. The Very Persisten Gappers of Frip by George Saunders.
(okay so it’s a kids book, but it is clever and witty and wonderful!)
10. The Crimes of Charlotte Bronte by James Tully