Random Ramblings

ramblingsI am bibliophile. At least I was. I used to work in a book store (sometimes it felt like I paid them to work there). My most recent job, the one I’m currently on a medical leave from, was at our local library.

bibliophile as defined by Miriam-Webster
~ a lover of books especially for qualities of format; also : a book collector

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Ahh, books, how do I love thee…let me count the ways….

I loved my job at the library. I loved being surrounded by books and people who loved books. I took courses to learn more about books. It was heaven. Until I started having a “personality conflict” with a co-worker (commonly referred to by the law as “workplace harassment”). Unfortunately this “conflict” triggered the PTSD (and worsened it) and sent me spiraling into the dark abyss that I have spent the last 2 years trying to claw my way out of.

The connection to the library has caused one of the worst side effects of the PTSD I could have imagined. It has affected my love of books and reading. I don’t enjoy books anymore. I don’t like holding them. I don’t like smelling them. I don’t like reading them. I can’t walk into a book store or a library without having a mild anxiety attack. I haven’t enjoyed reading in ages.

This. Is. Killing. Me. Or it was, until this past Saturday. You see, Staples had Mini-Kobos on sale. Mike is a technophile and has been insisting for months that I need an e-reader. Being a book lover (book snob, or as my friend, K., lovingly calls me a book “Nazi”) I was adamantly against the idea of an e-reader.

technophile as defined by Miriam-Webster
~ an enthusiast of technology

They don’t feel the same as a real book. They don’t smell the same as a real book. They’re not as good. I was certain I did not want one. Mike was certain I needed one. So despite my protests he bought me one.

Sunday we loaded a few books on it and I started reading. And I read. And I read. And I read some more. I guess the fact that it doesn’t feel like a book or look like a book or smell like a book makes it the perfect book for me. (Mike was right, I did need one, but shhhhh don’t tell him).

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Kobo, I’m so sorry we didn’t meet sooner.
image courtesy of kobo.com

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11 Responses to Random Ramblings

  1. I love books. I mean love. I was very resistant to an e-book. But I got a generous gift card for my BD and a friend found me a refurbished Kindle on Amazon. Oh Emm Gee!! I go through and download a dozen fee books at a time. I get online and check out book from the library. I can indulge my love of books without having to deal with people or spending any money!! I am so glad you have one now!! You’ll love it!!! 🙂

  2. That’s great that you are back into reading. I am bibliophile as well and am happier when I am in the midst of a book.

  3. That’s awesome, Holly! I (hate to admit it) am not an avid reader, but I, too, was adamently against an e-reader when they came out. However, for my ex-husband (Maycee’s dad), I bought him a Kindle for his birthday in January because he goes through books like bubblegum, and I just KNEW that he could truly benefit from having one. He loves it (I think), ha, ha. And, we got a tablet as a gift for Christmas, and it can be used as an e-reader, so I’ve downloaded a couple of free books on it so far, and it is very cool. So, sounds like your bo found you not only a cool techno gadget, but also a great solution to your inability to read a book for the past 2 years! Hurrah! 🙂 XOXO-Kasey

    • Holly says:

      It has been an excellent solution! I’ve read 2 books since Sunday and am a quarter of a way through my third. It feels like coming home for me.

  4. I too worked in a library and it did not work out, but just because I kept getting distracted by all the cool books to read. I was a lifelong paper book snob until I got my Kindle. Love, love, love the Kindle for most things. It’s bad at two things, though: poetry and how-to books. It has trouble keeping the line breaks, and graphics are not so great on the black & white version. But its true, you can read it outside in the sun. If we ever got any here . . .

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