Hello book lovers! I hope you’re having a great start to the week. I think some Quarantine restrictions are being relaxed soon, therefore I’m hoping this means that I’ll be able to visit my library soon. I rely so much on my libraries to read books every month. Today I wanted to highlight all the reasons I love (and miss) my library!
If I wasn’t visiting my library every week, I was visiting it at least every other week to take home a stack of borrowed books. Whilst I do love my kindle, I also enjoy the novelty of reading a physical book every now and again too. Libraries in general (at least in my experience) still seem to have more of the books that I want to read physically, as opposed to offering them digitally. Whilst digital platforms like BorrowBox and Overdrive have made it possible to still borrow books online, it still isn’t as fully accessible as getting physical books was for me.
There’s also something about entering a library empty handed and leaving with a bag full of books that gives me a newfound motivation to read every week. I think I’ve really come to associate my library as an energising place. The feeling of holding a much anticipated book in my own hands is equally exciting. This experience of entering and leaving a library, could be easily equated with a bookstore too. So I’m sure many of you will be able to reminisce with me here.
Personally, I don’t mind that I don’t own most of the books that I read. I know germaphobes and people who fear antiques won’t be able to relate here, but personally I’m really fond of books that look like they’ve been loved and read to death. Old books are just very charming to me. It’s why I also like buy books second hand from libraries as well. Also, when an old library receipt falls out of the page, I’m reminded that the book I’m holding has probably travelled to so many different places, and has likely bought joy to someone else!
Are you a reader who gets their books predominantly from libraries? What do you miss about them? Maybe you can relate to some of what I’ve been feeling!