I am out-of-control. My library card is like my maxed Visa (except no one’s taken away the library card yet). Today I had some books to return from my last trip—and still a bunch more to read at home—and yet I could not leave the building without browsing for more. Who knew what would be in the “New” shelves, shiny spine out just waiting for me to find it?

So I started cruising. I hit the A’s. Slow, pacing, marking my territory. The D’s had me down on the floor. The F’s, over to the next shelf. By the S’s I was cradling my finds tightly against my chest, and at the very last book (a Y) I knew I wasn’t done yet. I left the “New” shelves for the general fiction section. My eyes roved the spines, my fingers touching sometimes, pulling out a pretty number. I’d devour a paragraph, swallow a whole page. Many of the books I recognized by the color and type design on the spine. I’d had them already. Sometimes I wanted them again. I don’t have time to read all these books…what is wrong with me?

It was with great restraint that I left the building with just four new titles: Compression Scars, The Knife Thrower, The First Hurt, and This Book Will Save Your Life. I could have taken a whole shelf, had I brought a cart.


4 thoughts on “Borrow-Lust

  1. w February 21, 2007 / 12:21 am

    Kellie Wells is my hero.

    I just got my library card, which I ordered after reading your other post. And I can’t decide where to go! But I love the idea of not spending any more money buying books, and reading and writing about libraries. Oh, where’s the time, indeed? Sigh.

  2. niki February 21, 2007 / 3:00 pm

    Let me know what the A.M Holmes is like. I was going to get it on the weekend, but left with another handful of books instead. 🙂 I think we share the same affliction.

  3. Helen February 21, 2007 / 3:24 pm

    Ah, I can relate strongly to this post. OK, I admit that I got Kiko his own library card when he was three months old so that I would have a back-up card if mine gets maxed out (and I can borrow all those great children’s books like the Lauren Child ones for, ahem, him, without looking like a weirdo).

    Aren’t libraries great? I’m interested in the A.M. Holmes book too.

  4. nova February 22, 2007 / 9:28 am

    W, I am so excited to read the Kellie Wells book. The lines I peeked at were gorgeous. And I hope you have a good first library experience! We’re pretty broke now so I can’t afford to buy books… without the library I don’t think life would be worth living. (That is only a slight exaggeration.)
    Niki, I’m looking forward to the A.M. Homes novel, but I am especially excited to read her memoir when it comes out I think this spring! Hope you got some great finds from your last book trip…
    Helen, that is so funny — and adorable — and beyond awesome — that you got Kiko a library card at three months! As for reading Lauren Child for yourself, I can relate to that. At work I have the delight of reading the Charlie and Lola books. Could they be any more precociously cuter? I LOVE Lola.

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