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  •  Nooohhhhh! We'll always need books! (19+ / 0-)

    All evening I've been gloating over my "stash."  Went to the library today, picked up my hardback "holds," but only after I'd strolled over to the "For Sale" section.  People donate used paperbacks to the library and people like me buy them; today I picked up six for $2.00.

    Books are my solace, in fact my drug.  I sleep better at night knowing that boredom will be held off for a good two weeks, at least, with the stash I've got.  And thank Goddess for Abebooks!

    I've just Freecycled a bag of books before coming over here.  My "gifts" are always snapped up eagerly because I not only give the title and the author, but also something about the story and whether it's rated a "Rattling Good Read" or merely "OK, Not Great."

    You can't take electronic devices into the Throne Room with you--can you?  I don't own a Kindle or anything remotely resembling it, so I wouldn't know.

    No, I like to touch books, smell them, feel them.  I like to look at the names of the previous owners on the flyleaf, wondering what sort of lives they might have led.  My father bought a used book in Singapore in the 1950's; when he started reading it, a return half of a train ticket fell out.  It was for a train from Waterloo Station in the year 1842.  Do things like that happen to Kindle owners?  

    "Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed." ___My late mother

    by Diana in NoVa on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:16:17 PM PST

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