On the Therapeutic Effect of Bookstores and Libraries

As an avid reader and writer, I find solace in bookstores and serenity in libraries. I find that if I’ve had a rough day at the office, a trip to the bookstore, perusing the shelves, flipping over books on the New Release table, gives me some comfort. Just walking through the doors of a local indie or the library (which I happily live a mere 4 blocks from) brings down my blood pressure. It got me wondering, why is it that the bookstores and libraries have such a positive effect on me? I’ve come up with 3 reasons: Continue reading “On the Therapeutic Effect of Bookstores and Libraries”

Book Nerd Problems #4- Reading Life After Becoming a Parent

I’d heard people talk about how they “didn’t have time to read” after having kids, and I thought it was complete rubbish. How can one not have time to read? I wondered. Kids go to bed at what…8:00 at the latest? And don’t they take naps? And what about the stay-at-home parents whose kids are school age? They’ve got a fantastic 7 hours to read! I couldn’t understand what was so hard about making time for reading with children. I mean sure, maybe I wouldn’t be able to read in the middle of the day once I had kids, but I could certainly do so after my child went to bed. Continue reading “Book Nerd Problems #4- Reading Life After Becoming a Parent”

Book Nerd Problems #3- The love/hate relationship with the library

I love the library more than I hate it, of course. I’m even strongly considering a master’s degree in library science so I can make “the library” my life’s work. I love being surrounded by so many books, genres, and possibilities. I love the sense of community a library brings and all of the book clubs and writing clubs and Excel workshops the library provides. I take my son to the library to complete his homework, and then he and I partake in a little reading or coloring in a couple of cushy chairs that overlook the lake.

The problem is Continue reading “Book Nerd Problems #3- The love/hate relationship with the library”