Have you ever thought about what would be your “dream library” if you could have one?
I would like to have a fireplace somewhere in the room. But I would also like to have plenty of places to sit and relax. I can tolerate a couple of chairs sprinkled around the room but I would like to have a couch to stretch out on with a nice quilt draped over the back of it to keep me warm (I hate it when my feet get cold).
What would be your dream library if you were to design one? What would be a must have in your library (besides books, of course)?
Do you prefer to own your own books or do you prefer to borrow them from your local library?
I prefer to own the books that I read. The reason being, I don’t have to worry about having a time limit to read the book before returning it to the library. I can spend as much time as a I want reading the book and I can go back to re-read it as often as I want to so long as I own the book.
There have been a few instances where if I’m not sure I’m going to like the book or not, then I’ll borrow the book from my local library so I’m not out any money if I don’t end up liking it. For instance, when I read Lemeny Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I borrowed that from the library. I checked out two books from the series at a time and I was able to read the two books I had before my time limit was up. I did end up liking the series but I wasn’t sure before I read them. Plus, there were a lot of books in that series to have to purchase if I wasn’t sure I was going to like it.
In the world today, it can be hard to find more time to read when there is so much to do. Maybe your job demands a lot of your attention or you are very busy with school or you have a family to take care of. There are so many things out there in the world that require your attention so that may leave you with very little time to read.
Set yourself a goal to read a little each day. It can be something small, like you can agree to read maybe one chapter a day before going to bed or spend your commute to/from work reading (as long as you’re not the person driving the vehicle) or maybe you can dedicate the last 5 minutes of your lunch break to reading a portion of whatever book you’re on. Whatever it is, start off small with something that is easily obtainable. Once you get yourself in the habit of reading a certain amount everyday, then you can extend it little by little. Like you can extend it from 1 chapter to 2 chapters or maybe reading the last 10 minutes of your lunch break or whatever.
Choose something you’ll enjoy….
Making time for reading will be easier if you are reading something that you really enjoy. Reading will seem a lot more interesting and fun if you’re reading something that captures and holds your attention, thus making it less like a chore. Also, if you run into something that you don’t like, don’t power through it or force yourself to read it. If you’re not enjoying it, move on to the next one.
Keep a list….
Make a list of books you’d like to read and keep it on you. That way, it will make it easier to choose books to read the next time you’re at your local library or bookstore. If you need help finding books to read, you can find bloggers who can offer suggestions that are to your tastes.
When you read a book you enjoyed, share it with other readers. They may be able to recommend something to you and you’ll find other books to read.
If possible, create a quiet space for you to read in that is free of distractions and too much noise. For example, I have all my books in a spare bedroom of the house. I also have a little loveseat in there as well to relax on when I’m reading. My hubby refers to that spare room as my library.
Do you think libraries will ever cease to exist at some point? What makes you think so? I think libraries will evolve with the times but I don’t they will ever cease to exist completely. There’s so much you can do at a library besides just check out a book. There is a wealth of information that you can find at your local library. I know that a lot of people are thinking, “Can’t I just find that stuff on the internet?” I don’t think you always can. There’s stuff you can find at the library that may pertain to history in your area that you may not always be able to find on the internet. Plus, at your local library, there is a librarian or other staff that may be able to help you with something if you get stuck. As far as evolving, I know some libraries are starting to let you “borrow” e-books now in addition to borrowing the physical books. The libraries are starting to realize, e-readers and tablets are becoming a thing these days so they are trying to keep up with the times.
Everybody has a favorite spot to read. Whether it’s at their local library, their favorite bookstore, the coffee shop down the street, etc. There are plenty of places for you to relax and enjoy a good book. My favorite place to read is at home. I have a spare bedroom set up as my own personal library and that is my go to spot for curling up with a good book. There is a small couch in there that folds out into a bed so it doubles as a bedroom when we have company over but that doesn’t happen often. Also, I tend to read in bed just before I turn in for the night. I have a few different reasons for picking my home as my favorite spot.
One, it’s quiet enough for me to do my reading. I don’t like a lot of noise or any other distracts going on around me when I’m trying to enjoy a book (especially if the book is getting really good).
Second, I find reading to be a relaxing after a long hard day at work. There is something soothing to me to sit down with a good book when I’ve made it home after work. It’s also kind of like giving myself a reward for all the hard work that I’ve had to put in for that day.
Last, but not least, I don’t have to spend the extra money on gas to go out of my way to go read somewhere. I’m already going to home anyway…. Plus, if there’s bad weather, I’d rather be at home anyway instead of being out and about somewhere.