No, I am not talking about aliens. I am talking about reading lovers. Books, ebooks, blogs, comic books and whatever else we can get our hands on – IT MUST BE READ. There is one book that stands out in my mind, even to this day – Chatter The Red Squirrel. I know it is not in print anymore as this was one of my first/best Christmas gifts over fifty years ago. A book. It was my first chapter book (the younger generation apparently separates just books into categories). I have an Aunt that sent me, and only me, a book every Christmas. She was not my Godmother, so it was not a relation obligation. She (for some reason) and I connected and, for as long as I can remember, I was thrilled to receive them every Christmas. I happily charge her with my passionate love of the written word.
I love going to libraries and bookstores are my Achilles Heal. Oh and don’t get me started with anything involving paper and pens or pencils. When tablets first appeared I swore I would never have one. Our home now has three (one for each of course). I love the handiness of the e-readers. However, my first passion is the good old standard paper products.
For the longest time, I considered myself a bit of a freak (ok, a really huge freak, if we are honest – but for a variety of reasons). I thought I was in a very small minority of people that consumed the written word as I do. I am reading all the time. Well, thanks to one of my fav websites, Mother Nature Network (https://www.mnn.com/ no I am not affiliated with them – yet.), I found out that I am not alone but, in fact, I am in great company. Here’s the link if you want to see if you qualify for this marvelous title:
I think I fit perfectly into a specific statement in their article:
— a very small minority — who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool.
This statement fits me to a tee! I read to learn. My elder sister reads romance novels. My youngest sister reads the strangest (usually nonfiction) stuff like Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Tweed (what kind of a title is that?). The name caught her eye, and after reading the prologue, she had to read more. My collection is all about learning. Learning new things, improving on a current skill, picking up a new skill, finding better ways to get through my days; these are my darlings.
I collect the written word, music, and crafting supplies (I am a Yarnie at heart). There is not a single my personal space in our home that does not carry at least two of the three. When I go to appointments, and I know, I will be there for a while, a book, a yarn project, and a smallish notepad and fun pen (or two or twelve) go with me. I try to be prepared for wherever the mood takes me.
I am proud to have an antilibrary – are you?
You can also check me out on: https://helbergfarmstories.com/ for fun stories from our farm.