Wednesday I did something I haven’t done in years. Something that I haven’t even thought about doing since the early 90s. I went to the library and had fun.
Now, the key here is the fun factor. Of course I went to the library in high school and college, but it was just for research purposes. I spent hours in the Mississippi State University library. Maybe hundreds of hours (okay, tens) spent researching, checking out books for research or working with a group researching a project. Not once did I get anything I just wanted to read. I hadn’t stepped foot in a library since December 2001.
Also, I love books. I don’t always love the reading part (sometimes the book is just crappy), but books smell good, feel good and look awesome. I just like holding on to them, flipping through the pages while watching an episode of something I’ve seen too many times. I would buy books just to have them around. Then I bought a book I thought I would love. I was so excited about this book. I even when to the release party in a dorky shirt with my good friend and we had a fantastic time. I went home ready to devour that book, and it sucked. UGH! Why did I spend my money on this piece of crap!? I was pissed. If I could just return the book it wouldn’t be so bad…
That’s when I decided going to the library was the best idea ever. And let me just tell you that it totally was the best idea ever. The library is awesome! There was a great selection, happy librarians and a self-checkout that blew my mind. I can also request books online and the library will hold that book for me until I come and pick it up! Plus I get to keep the book for 4 weeks! And it’s all free!!
So I’m happily reading Dead Until Dark and enjoying the heck out of it. I’m not adding clutter to my home. I’m utilizing local resources. And if I get another crap book, I’ll just dump it off and never have to look at its stupid cover again. That makes me smile.