Reading is a great source of relaxation , a way of entering another’s world and inhabiting their space for a while.
I wonder at the amount of work that has gone into a book physically being brought to life and sitting on a shelf.
The author’s initial lightbulb moment of realising a storyline , the ensuing research, time taken out of normal life to put the words on paper, the understanding family, the help from editors and publishers, designing a cover picture, agreeing the blurb on the back cover, finding someone to positively review it, nerves when the book first goes on sale, will anyone buy it? Like it?
Then multiply all that energy and hope encapsulated into each and every one of the thousands of books in a library. Quite amazing isn’t it?
Authors all have injected into their books little bits of personal truths shared through their words that show the vulnerability of that author. Some love to share their views of life. I on the other hand can only write by imagining that nobody will read my words. Everyone is different.
I use the library a little differently now.I used to browse but many times now I find it difficult to choose books off a shelf. M I will order a book online and for a nominal fee it is delivered to my library for pick up.
The library app is a real game changer. You can go online and sign up for online access to ebooks, audio books and magazines. You do not need to physically go into a library and show ID for this access. The ebooks can be downloaded to a kindle and browsed at your leisure or taken on holidays to read on the beach. You can check out 18 books at a time and for free!
The audiobooks are really up to date . I love Stephen Fry reading the Harry Potter books. The magazines include Marie Clare and Vogue…. not just the obligatory Readers Digest.
Why not check it out?
Happy travels whether it be near or far, in an author’s realm or your own!