Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Books.....

One of my vices (in addition to knives and other weapons) is books.  It's a vice that both Himself and I share, which is why we've had to turn an entire room into a library.  I've been on subsistence-reading, re-reading stuff I had but then we went to the bookstore last night.  As much as I love Amazon and Amazon Prime (been buying from Amazon for years and Prime has truly changed the way I shop and BTW, this is my experience and hasn't been paid for), there is nothing like walking into a brick and mortar store (in this case, Barnes and Noble) and browsing.  I found some authors I'd forgotten about and found some new stuff that didn't come up in Amazon's new releases so I'm happy.  I WAY overspent, but dang it was nice to bring home almost twenty books (between the two of us, but I had the lion's share at 12).  So I'm set for a couple of months at least.

10 comments:

North said...

My wife and I both have Nooks. But B&N is almost a weekly thing. The fun of browsing a book store and the reassuring tactile pleasures of paper copy cannot be replaced.

We also have one room in the house turned library. Plus bookcases in other rooms. 750 books here in my office...

Midwest Chick said...

Can't do a Nook. I just love the tactile feeling of a book too much(or maybe I read Fahrenheit 451 too many times).

Our house is also stuffed to the gills with bookcases and double stacking.

Glad to know there are others out there like us.

Maura said...

I am a former B&N manager - and I miss the books! ( And no Nook for me...I need the real thing.

Spikessib said...

Oh, we love our Kindles, but sure haven't given up on the pleasure of holding a book. The Kindles are nice for traveling and carrying around with you. Being able to order direct from Amazon on them is important to me as I have on occasion had a book emergency, having finished the one I was reading while stuck waiting somewhere. Plus, they never need dusting. And all 12 of our bookcases do need dusted on a way too regular basis.

North said...

We have a lot of space and could have 'homes' for a lot LOT more books.

But we have the discipline to weed through the books that we have and donate a lot of them to a lot of charities. I've even looked at the few _very_ precious autographed books that I have and decided that as dear keepsakes they have value to me. But I will not be around forever. After I'm gone the book loses the love I have for it. Someone will be burdened with old paper.

So one of my most precious books I passed on to a friend. Giving up a treasured book to become a friend's treasure was much much more satisfying. It was appreciated by my friend: It was still just as precious to me.

And it opened something up to me: Books are a very important part of my character, but are still only objects. Objects that I can collect and enjoy, but now books are something I prefer to share. And with the right books and the right person I can share the the pleasure they get from books.

North said...

Can't do that with a Kindle or Nook, by-the-way.

Midwest Chick said...

Maura--with you 110%

Spike--I can see how a Kindle or Nook would be handy in that situation. And I know about dusting...

North--You have reached a level of enlightenment that I'm not sure I ever will. I only have two autographed copies of anything, but yet I can't bring myself to give any of them up. I will buy people copies of the books I love, but keep mine.

og said...

Midwest Chick: You are about ten words away from having me stop by your house with a big truckload of books. Just to get them the hell out of MY life.

D.W. said...

I order most of my books (and a heck of a lot of other stuff, these days) with Amazon Prime, too. I hit the local B&N every few months to browse the Sci-fi section because surfing through the books on Amazon just isn't the same.

I'll pass on the e-books, though. Having a kindle or somesuch would just be one more gadget to feed.

Og, you may know this so forgive me if you do, but the VA hospitals take book donations. The guys coming back from overseas could always use a good read.

Midwest Chick said...

Og--I appreciate the sentiment but honestly I'm not sure what we'd do with a windfall like that. I like D.W.'s idea. I think there's also a way to send books to our soldiers overseas.

D.W.--fantastic idea. And it sounds like your book-buying habits are similar to ours. I have a kindle app on my phone should I really need it, but haven't really made use of it yet and probably won't in the near future.