Shamelessly stealing this from Pinterest but after asking two teenage boys what their new year resolutions were and received a “I don’t do them!” and an “I dunno!” this challenge might be one to consider.
I love libraries.
That is all. Really.
What is the first thing I do when moving house? Join the library.
How many library cards do I have in my wallet? Five: mine from three previous addresses (why would I relinquish one? I may move back again!), my step-son’s and my five month-old baby’s!
Where else – in this day and age – can you walk in with nothing and leave with a stack of books on the strength of a promise to return them later?
A single room overflowing with entire worlds!
The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.
I once stole a book. It was really just the once, and at the time I called it borrowing. It was 1970, and the book, I could see by its lack of date stamps, had been lying unappreciated on the shelves of my convent school library since its publication in 1945.
You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books! Best weapons in the world!
I’m the Doctor and you’re in the biggest library in the universe.
Look me up.
Reading a blog entry about whether to read the Millenium Trilogy back-to-back or with breathing space, I replied with:
“The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo works as a stand alone novel quite well. I read it and had an interlude between that and the remaining two. I found his writing style quite dense and whilst I enjoyed it as a book and loved the character of Lisbeth there wasn’t a huge impulse to devour the others. They sat on my to-read shelf for perhaps a couple of months.
Fire, however, gripped me. I loved Larsson’s courage in reintroducing us to Lisbeth for about fifty pages and then letting her disappear from the story. Along with Blomquist, I ached to see more of her and that alone propelled me through the slightly monochrome overly detailed (perhaps, yes, journalistic) style of writing. And what a cliff hanger! I went straight from Fire to Hornets’ Nest within the same sitting. Treat these two as a single book split in two (which seems very in vogue at the moment, isn’t it Mr George R R Martin?) and enjoy!
On the subject of reading trilogies, I read the brilliant His Dark Materials literally simultaneously. I started with Subtle Knife, left it at home one day and picked up Northern Lights and left both at home another day and picked up Amber Spyglass. They needed re-reading afterwards to sort out!!!”