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Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Particularly Long Day...

Today was a long day.

I'm not quite sure why it seemed so. It wasn't a bad day, but not necessarily a particularly good one, either.

There were little soul-satisfying bits throughout, but I will be glad to lay my ever so tired head on my smooth pink pillowcase tonight.

The one good thing is the lovely stack of books that are sitting waiting for me on my World War II cot (which I use as a "couch") in my bedroom. We haven't belonged/been to a library in ages...something hard for me with my infinite craving for new reading material. I now have a little red card-stock-ish sort of library card for the tiny little library in the town near us.

I'll never get used to these little towns and their funny ways. They don't seem to realize how old-fashioned they really are. They believe they are quite up-to-date and official. It cracks me up...but I love it all never-the-less.

I still remember when they had to hand write book after book on a piece of paper for their "check out log". Quite the problem, considering we always fill bag after bag with our books to take home. In the last two years they have "modernized" and transferred a lot to computers. It is handy...at least we can check out much, much sooner now, but I sort of miss their neat "old-fashioned" ways...and they don't hand out little cloth bags to carry your books home in anymore. Previously coming from a big city, it was unbelievable to me that they freely gave bags to strangers to borrow and bring back each library visit. How neat is that?

This is what we get when we modernize. ☺

Anyhow, I'm soaking up these books like water after a long drought. Now that I have so many new ones available at my fingertips, I'm searching for other people's favorites to read. Do you have any suggestions for me? I'd love to hear them!

Emily

6 comments:

Me said...

Small towns are funny - they really don't know or care - I think the charm is in the don't care - they think they are up to date and they don't care if you agree with them or not.

I love old cards with all the hand-written information.

What kind of books do you like?

emme said...

Mmm...I love all sorts. Classics, fiction, mystery, biographies...just about anything! ☺

I love antique books. There is just something about them. Nothing quite like a good browse in an antique shop filled with old books!

~Emily

Eve said...

I love Joan Hess mysteries. She is very witty and will have you falling off your chair, but the plot is still a good mystery plot.

Here are some of my favs by her:

A HOLLY , JOLLY MURDER

DEATH BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

CLOSELY AKIN TO MURDER

A REALLY CUTE CORPSE

O LITTLE TOPWN OF MAGGODY

MALPRACTICE IN MAGGODY

Eleree said...

Oh!! Aren't little town libraries wonderful? I always bring an Agatha Christie or two home with me,or maybe a fat Dickens or some other hefty tome. :) I do love libraries ever so. Our little brick library is completely modernized as well, except for the old fashioned fun of delightful librarians.

Hmm... books. Most libraries don't have my favorites, rare books that they are, but you might try looking for Elizabeth Gaskell. They might have some and yeah if they do!! Also, if they have any by modern Oregonian author, Jane Kirkpatrick, hers are splendid!!

Once again, a wonderful, compelling post, Emily. My, do I love your blog!:)

Emma

Julia Marie said...

Emily, have you read James Herriot's books? They're very interesting and unbelievably funny.

Hannah said...

Francena H. Arnold is one of my favorite authors; she wrote "Not My Will" and several others, my favorite being "A Brother Beloved." But I don't know that those would be at the library. :/