Friday, January 9, 2009

What's your first pick for 2009?

Been to the bookstore or library lately?
What did you get to read for the new year?
Personally, I'm a library, bookstore junkie. Especially ones contained in older, well-educated buildings. I love a place that smells ancient and feels capable of housing the pages of something unknown and historical, like the catacombs Gandalf visits to gain knowledge in the Lord of the Rings.
These feelings carry over from when I was a child and often visited our city library. It was built in 1880 and was one of the town's oldest buildings. I can still remember the dank, musty smell of the place.
Although I like Barnes and Noble and Borders, I have yet to feel the closeness and friendly feeling I come across in a smaller neighborhood bookstore. I have a favorite used books place in downtown Boise that is practically wall-papered with books from the floors to the ceiling.
That is my kind of place. I hope you have one too.
I recently visited our city library and brought home The Book Thief and The Confederacy of Dunces for the month of January.
What are you reading this month?


Bryce and Mandy said...

I am reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I am just flying through it (at least for me I am) because it is such a page turner. I am staying up way too late reading it. I am excited to write a review on it.

I remember that old library. My only recollections of the place are being in the dark basement looking for books and the old musty smell.

Tanja said...

The Friday Night Knitting Club.
I am the Messanger
A song for Summer
Confederacy of Dunces

The Bradfords said...

I feel like a snob--just this weekend I was thinking about how I don't like the smell of old, paperback books. I don't mind old hardback books though as long as they are in pretty good condition. What a weirdo I am.

Right now I'm reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and I'm loving it and hoping the main character will grow some backbone soon.