We live in a pretty small apartment so there isn’t much room for bookcases. We have one. That’s it. Just one. Now books on the other hand….I have enough to fill several! In my dream house I have a room lined with built-in bookcases – bookcases so high I need to have one of those ladders – you know just like in My Fair Lady or Beauty & the Beast!
The Rockland Public Library is a place I look forward going to every week. I typically make the stop there on Thursdays because they are open until 8pm. This is perfect because if I get out of work at 5pm and they close at 5pm…..yeah, tell me how that works out well?! They are also open until 8 on Tuesdays but I find Thursdays are better if for no other reason than it’s closer to Friday and the weekend! 🙂
I’m a non-fiction girl plain and simple, to me there is nothing better. Biographies, travel books, cookbooks, crafting books, historical books – they are all some of my favorite subjects! Knowing this, it’s no surprise that when I first walk in to my library I veer to the right to the wall of new or featured non-fiction books (right after I put the books I’m returning in the return slot). Every trip I pick up a few cookbooks and typically a knitting or other type of crafting book. There is a quote by Mark Twain that says (paraphrased) “The difference between fiction and nonfiction is that fiction must be absolutely believable.” That’s why I think non-fiction is so wonderful – it can be unbelievable yet true!
Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not a fiction snob. When I read fiction it’s typically a mystery – none of that romantic junk for me. My favorite authors include John Grisham, Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen. Most recently I have discovered a series of books, the Capital Crimes series, by Margaret Truman (who turns out was the only daughter of Harry & Bess Truman) and feature mysteries in various DC area locations like the Pentagon, Smithsonian, FBI, Capitol Hill, and this week I picked up Murder at the Library of Congress.
While my local library is wonderful sometimes they don’t have a book I’d like to read and I use the Maine’s Minerva Library Catalog and search all the participating libraries for the books I want. I used that service this week to track down The Knowland Retribution by Richard Greener. I was on a mission to find this book because the lead character in this novel is being used as the main character in a television spin-off. This new show will be a spin-off of the hit television series Bones – whose characters are based on the books by the above mentioned Kathy Reichs. So I figure before the introduction of this character I should read the book. I find books are almost always better than the show or movie. Don’t you?
This brings me back to this week. What books did I take home with me other than The Knowland Retribution and Murder at the Library of Congress? Why I picked up My Cooking Class: Vegetable Basics and the Maine Mapmaker’s Kitchen; both are cookbooks.
Is it strange I get excited about the books I bring home from the library?