I miss reading

Good grief, I miss reading. I read a great deal every day, but nothing that I actually want to read – social media feeds, work and study material don’t count! We recently watched the series Big Little Lies (featuring Nicole Kidman, Reese Whitherspoo, Laura Dem and Shailene Woodley) and I saw that it was based on a book, so this is my next book goal. I ordered it on Loot for a very reasonable R159.

This being said, I must admit that I still haven’t managed to finish reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and a few other books that have taken up residence on my bedside table. So I’m probably being a bit overambitious with ordering a new book to add to the stash. I was hopong to get some reading in over the past weekend. We went away for 2 nights to the West Coast over Easter. It was lovely to get away, but we were far too busy in the day to read and there was only solar power lights at night (not good enough for reading). So no reading was done. But, hopefully once my studies are behind me I’ll have more time to read. I’ve got exams coming up in the next month and then I am on to my (hopefully) last semester to finishing my degree!

I still remember the first time my mom took my brother and I to the library. I must have been about 5 years old or just have turned 5. I remember how the library smelt – a kind of bookish, musty smell, but a good musty smell. If you’ve ever smelt books, you’ll know what I mean (sounds odd, but they have a distinct smell). I also still remember seeing the wooden cubby boxes and bookshelves filled with books, and the way the wooden floor creaked when you walked. I remember being happy that I could choose a few to take home with me. I also recall the panic as I got older when I couldn’t remember where all my books were and we had to return them to the library!

Is going to the library still popular? I haven’t been to the library in years. Unfortunately, when I was in my late teens (and still went to our local library regularly) I was constantly hassled by vagrants and beggars in the parking lot. This put me off so much that even after moving towns and moving back years later, I’ve never been back. Plus, I also like to buy and sell books (new and second hand) so this also keeps me away.

There are a couple of local second-hand book stores that allow you to sell your books to them and buy others in return. I am quite precious over the ones I want to keep and have a couple of boxes of books stored. The problem is that I don’t have a bookcase. Perhaps this will be the next “big” item I buy for our home?

In the mean time, I’ll just keep collecting books to read “at some point” and will squeeze in some time to read as often as I can. Reading has become a guilty pleasure lately – there always seems to be something more pressing to be done! I’ll have to work on this.



  1. Hi Nicky,
    I have the exact same sentiments as you about the library. The smell of the books, the silence and creaky floors etc. I get my love of the library and books from my maternal grandparents and I belonged to the library up until 10 years ago and my boys did too. Then I stopped reading and it has crossed my mind to join the library again. Our local library is tiny and no creaking floors but still the same silence and smells.
    I have a goal to read a book a month, I haven’t been able to stick to it this month but may next month I will, real books not on an E Reader.
    Good luck with your exams

    • Hi Dianne – Libraries are just such special places, especially the oldet ones with character! I was gifted an e-reader from a colleague who was upgrading and who knows how much I love to read, though I am grateful for it – particularly for travel and camping, and have used it (though admittedly, not much), it’s just not the same as a book. Thanks for the exam well wishes, I just need to hang in there… only 6 or 7 more months to go before I’m done!

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