For the Love of Books – Joining a Library

I think I might join the library.

I love to read, I always have but I’ve never been a member of a library. Not including school and university anyway. When I was a kid, you’d barely see me without a book in my hand (apart from when I was watching TV). I even learned to hold a book and turn the page with one hand, so I could read while I ate my lunch. I remember my grandad telling me off a lot for that.

And whenever we’d make our yearly trip to Jordan, I’d remember my mum and I filling our suitcases with books. I just seem to have fallen out of habit over the last few years. Especially since I became self-employed.

I’ve just been thinking about my hobbies. A lot of my hobbies these days involve a screen or using my hands. I get a lot of pains in my hands from repetitive strain and my terrible posture (typical millennial) is not helping matters. Topher suggested we had a screen free Sunday which I loved. But what would I do with myself? Everything I love involves my hands or a screen.

When we returned from Disneyland Paris, I got a sudden urge to read again. My reading seems to come in waves. I buy a load of books, go through them all and then for months I don’t read anything. I saw a woman reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman on the plane and she recommended it to me. She said she got it at Tesco for 2 for £7 which sounded like a great deal. So, when I got home I popped over to Tesco and purchased it, along with How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. Let me know if you’d like a review on them both.

I enjoyed both books and wondered what I should purchase next. But then that got me thinking. The only reason I’m not reading all the time is because I read quickly and having to buy a lot of books would be a lot of money. Even if I got them second hand. As much as I enjoy them, I’d rather spend my money elsewhere. Right now, Topher and I are saving up to go to Japan next year and every penny we squirrel away gets me excited.

So when I was reading blogs as I usually do, I came across Bethany from B’Rambling’s post about her love of libraries. And it just clicked. Why not join the library? It’s free and I don’t have to spend money on books. It’s not like I keep the books I read anyway. I tend to pass them on or give them to charity.

Though Gorton where I live has a library, I think I’ll probably use the Manchester Central one. I’ve been wanted to go since it was refurbished and after visiting New York’s library, I think it would be cool to see Manchester’s. Plus, there would probably be more selection and it would be an excuse for me to leave the house.

library - manchester central

I think the thing that stopped me from joining a library before was thinking there was a lack of newer books. But at least today, I was wrong. I checked a few titles from my ever-growing Amazon wish list and there were all there. So what’s there to stop me?

I have a couple of books I need to finish first but once I do, I’ll definitely be joining the library. Plus that means I can start doing book reviews again.

How about you? Are you a member of a library?

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6 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the shout out and I’m so glad you enjoyed my post about the library! I loved reading this and your photos are way better than mine; clearly you managed to go when it was still quiet! Feel free to come and say hi if you ever see me there 🙂
    Bethany

  2. This sounds like such a great idea! I think nowadays libraries aren’t our ‘go to’ places for books which is pretty odd as we either rely on Amazon, Waterstones, charity shops or friends! To be honest, I feel like I wouldn’t even know how to join a library now (which sounds so silly!) but it’s a great idea.

    Also, great to see you’ve read Eleanor Oliphant, I recently wrote a short review on my blog as I loved it as it really got me back into reading!

  3. Ooh I love the Tesco 2 for £7 deals! I’d join a library myself but when I’ve loved a book I want to be able to keep it and add it to my collection. Also, hope you had a wonderful time in Disneyland. It’s one of my favourite places in the world!

    Bec | http://bragandbone.com

    1. Totally get that. I tend to only keep the books that I truly love so I figure that if I do come across one then I’ll just go out and buy it when I’ve finished!

      And I had a brilliant time thanks – though I think next time I’ll go when it’s warmer! 🙂

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