I’m addicted

Yes you read that right. I have an addiction. OK, another addiction. We all know about the coffee! I am addicted to the written word. I love books. I love how they feel in my hands, I love the smoothness of the paper, and I love being whisked away to other times and climes all through the power of the printed word. I will read almost anything fictional. Murder mysteries, romances (oh how I love chick-lit – I could so write a bunch of those), some sci-fi so long as it’s not too out there, Vampire / Horror stuff…. I gobble it all up. All time favourite authors? The Kellerman family, hands down. Jonathan and Faye are awesome, and their son Jesse is worthy of the family name!

Libraries fuel my addiction. It’s like walking into heaven, and not knowing which way to turn. One of the things I always wanted to impart to my children was my love of reading. I have been so blessed that they all find comfort between the covers of various different types of books.

We usually go to the library at least once a week. It’s only Monday and I have already been twice! Yesterday I went alone to return books and get some for myself to last the week. The boys were fasting so they didn’t want to come. Today rolls around and they realize that they have read through their stacks of books and need more. So off we went.

It fills me with such happiness to see families together at the library, perhaps sitting with their young child who is sounding out words, helping an older child with research, or just reading a story together. Books are one’s ticket to experiencing the world.

As long as we have books in the house, I will never hear “Ima, I’m bored”. I am amazed at the amount of information the kids have picked up from their books – well, when they don’t take out only Spiderman comic anthologies!! Boys being boys they are interested in war, and weaponry, so many of the books they take out deal with that subject. The KoD reads all about that kind of stuff too, so it makes for excellent discussions. (Oh to be able to talk fashion and women’s lib with someone…..sigh. Testosterone overload over here).

I have toyed with the idea of a Nook or a Kindle, but I would miss the feel of a real book. And you’d need to have real books for Shabbat. And books cost for the Nook / Kindle. So I am sticking with my library card. It’s worth so much to me.

I know our tax dollars support the local libraries – money well spent if you ask me.

Are you a reader? What genre of book is your favourite? Do you buy books or support your local library? Are you a Nook / Kindle person? Talk books to me, people!!

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  1. I live in the middle of nowhere. I drive the local librarian crazy because I have her borrow books from bigger libraries because all our library seems to have is old westerns and murder by number books.

  2. Meg says:

    I will be finishing my eighty fifth book for 2010 tonight. That doesn’t count the thirty audiobooks. It’s an illness, I tell you. In the 9′x13′ room I rent, I have seven bookcases. I don’t go to the library that often because I work crazy hours. I buy most of my books used online (I have three good, consistent sources for free Amazon giftcards; if you want them I’ll e-mail them to you), or through library booksales (protip: volunteer a few hours to sort books and they usually let you reserve any books you want for yourself). I get my audiobooks through Audible.com, and download them to my iPhone. I keep a box by my bed, and when I finish a book, it almost always goes in there to be donated to the library.

    I like eReaders, but the cost savings just aren’t there for me because I buy books so cheaply. I’ve considered getting one when I get my personal library below 500 books, because holding books is murder on my arthritic hands.

    Ironically, I’m reading So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading right now. I think my favorite books for this year have been The Shallows, The Help, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Better Off and Radical Homemakers, which is an eclectic mix if ever there way.

  3. TRS says:

    I oversee eBook production for a major publisher. I don’t (personally) own an e-reader, because of the shabbat thing. I have 6 devices at my desk at work. A lot of people who think they would miss paper try e-readers and are over the paper thing in a few hours. Many public libraries lend eBooks, but not to Kindle, just to devices that take the EPUB format (that is, everything but Kindle – nook, Sony, Kobo, iPad). As your librarian if they participate. As a side point, the most popular eBook genre is romance – Harlequin is huge. Also take a look at Dailylit.com. I like what is usually referred to as “literature”.

  4. mrsmelissasg says:

    i’ll talk books (and women’s lib) with you anytime love =)

    the one thing i know about ereaders is that the ergonomic factor of them is great for ppl with back issues. its the primary reason i keep pining for one, but the price and feel of real books keeps me grounded in my lending library book club and my public library.

  5. Z! says:

    Some of my favourite memories are of going to the public library with my dad and brothers (not so much a “mom thing”). It was always a treat when he took us to a different branch!! I spent alot of time in the library as a youngster and I still love to visit the library today. One of my most exciting experiences was getting a library card here in Brooklyn. ( I know, i know, sounds pathetic!) I couldn’t believe they just let me have one with little to no ID! I don’t see the need to purchase novels. If I have, once I am finished with them, I usually donate them to the library. My hubby thinks I’m nuts to love books so much, but he is grateful to the library and that I do not spend a fortune on books.

  6. I recently set a goal of finishing a book a week. I read quite fast but spend too much time on the computer to commit! So I hope this new goal will mean more books for me in 5771.

  7. Shoshana says:

    I always say I couldn’t afford my reading habit without the library! The librarians know me by name. I go every week or two. I especially like going Friday afternoon and loading up on books to read over Shabbat. Often I can read 2-3 on those long nights or afternoons.

  8. sheldan says:

    You bet I’m a reader. I have one bookshelf that is almost full and an “annex” as well. It’s one of my favorite activities.

    Amazon is very habit-forming. When I see something I like, I can go to Davis-Kidd (a local bookstore), Books-A-Million, or Amazon and get it. Of course, I try to only buy books I know I will go to every once in a while–sometimes I have to weed out the choices that didn’t work out.

    I have often thought that my fantasy occupation would be to own a Jewish bookstore. When I visit the large cities, we often go to the Jewish bookstores and browse.

    In a sense, reading saves my sanity. When I was living on my own in Washington, my favorite activity on Shabbat was reading all day. I still do this to pass the time, although now that I’m married I have company.

    I invite anyone who visits me to look through my library.

  9. RubyV says:

    I love my nook. It has made reading much more enjoyable with my migraines. I have been reading through the women authors of th 18th and 19th centuries. I have always had a serious reading addiction.

  10. I buy books faster than I can read them. I still have a pile of ten – TEN – history books about Cochini Jews that I need to read. In yeshiva, I spent all of my money on books, to the point that I had no money left for laundry, and did my laundry by paratisizing on friends who had space in their loads for one or two more articles of clothing. One of my friends noted that at least it was better than a gambling addiction.

  11. Chana says:

    I love books and book feel and heft. I own more than can fit in the 8 or so bookcases in my house (not to mention the ones in the garage.) I have a Kindle and it is oh-so-tempting to fill it with more books than I can keep up with – especially the classics that you can get at no charge. When I’m using the Kindle to read a book that captures my attention, I forget about the Kindle, it’s just a book.
    As for Shabbat – it strikes me that that can be another argument FOR e-book readers. After all, what could make Shabbat MORE special than curling up with a good, “real” book? E-reader for every day reading; book-books for Shabbat!

  12. lady lock and load says:

    I used to buy alot of books. Then I ran out of room on my book shelf. We are very happy getting the Bina and Mishpacha magazines these days and the Yated (no time to read anymore :( )

  13. Former Monseyite says:

    You are so lucky to live in Monsey. The Finklestein Library is amazing. It has a huge collection of English Judaica books (every author you can think of Twerski, Pliskin, Heller, etc.) and an amazing collection of best sellers, as well as great inter library loan. We moved to Baltimore and the library here is awful in comparison.

    If you like action/adventure you should read Daniel Silva’s books – he writes about an Israeli Agent – Gabriel Allon – he may be on his 12 or 13th book by now. I downloaded the latest to my iPhone and really enjoyed reading it electronically. The only problem with an electronic book reader is shabbos. But since I spend my shabbos chasing my toddlers around, I dont read so much on shabbos any more and I find it very convienent to sit in bed on a weeknight with the iphone.

  14. motherof4 says:

    My favorite books are mainly young adult books that I read while growing up in England – names that come to mind are Rosemary Sutcliffe, Antonia Forest, Hesba Brinsmead, Madeleine L’engle. All of them provide a lot of food for thought as well as being enjoyable. Newer ones I enjoyed are Howl’s Castle.

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