I love owning books. It is the greatest contribution to why I have a very small savings account. But as far as habits go, I think it is a good one. At least it isn’t like I am doing drugs. Although a good book certainly can affect me like a drug. It can be impossible to put it down and when you turn that last page – it’s like coming down from a high only to return to your own life. Without the glitz, glamour, and glimmer of the world you spent so much time living in. Without the characters that you have fallen in love with and invested so much time learning about, getting to know and making yourself a part of their world.
So, although I love to purchase books and fill my bookshelves with the imaginations of so many writers I am trying to be better about it all. Thus, after many years I have rediscovered the library.
One decision that I have made this year is in order to read a wider range of books is to join the Wall Street Journal book club. The first book on the list is “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel. So I put it on hold at the local library and went and picked it up. The copy that I was given, well…it wasn’t in the greatest shape.
This is one of the risks when it comes to library books. Not everyone cares for books the way that I do. Not everyone sees books as they are – a sacred transportation to another world. I guess that is why not everyone treats book with the respect that they should.
I took my library book home and decided that there was no way that I would be able to read the book as is. The binding was loose. There were a few pages that were dangerous close to falling out. So, I picked up some glue and spread the pages. I slid the glue down the very edge of the page, smudged it in with my finger. I made sure that the pages were in perfectly. Once it was completely put together the way that it should be, I put the book down with some weight on it and let it sit. It turned out beautifully. I came, I saw, I fixed.
I think a large part of why I did this would be because I can be a little crazy. I like things done a certain way. I like there to be an organization in my life. I like to control anything that I am able to in this life since there is so much that cannot be controlled. So I repair library books.