Blogging from A to Z Challenge: L is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2023 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I’ve revealed my theme (My life in first drafts), but this year, instead of pretending there were ever plans, I am unashamedly blogging my theme letters on the fly.  So, here goes nothing!

So, without further ado, L is for Libraries (and by extension, books).

I love reading. I read all the time, to the point where sometimes Kevin is amazed, confused, and sometimes a bit jealous I think as to how I can just sit and read for hours – of course I should sometimes be doing other things, like house work and gardening and exercising and writing. But, once I get into a good book there is no stopping me.

When I was a kid I mowed through library books. Of course I had a great collection of my own, but spend every Saturday, I think, perusing the shelves of the library, stacking book after book into a pile, and hoping the librarian would let me take them all out (they didn’t always…). I think they worried I would never get through them all before the due date, but I always did.

What do I like to read? Almost anything. I have gone through Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, Historical fiction, Non-fiction of all kinds, Futuristic and Dystopian fiction, Memoir (which is a current phase), and everything in between. Not traditional romance or western I guess, but there is still time…

As a kid I loved Narnia and Tolkien, and Little House books, and books about these kid detectives, Nancy Drew, then as I got older I read all of mom’s Mystery collections. But don’t ask me what my favourite book is. I can never understand how someone chooses!! Maybe A favourite in EACH genre, but even that pushes it, and changes on a daily basis. I just love to read.

And I love libraries. I don’t hang out in them as much as I used to as a kid and as a student. My office is in a library, but I don’t really spend time in the stacks or anything any more. And I know some people love the physical books, but I am addicted to my Kindle. Whatever I want to read, whenever I want to read it, and easily read in the dark.

Here are some of my (well, our I guess) book cases. Not as many books as I used to have (I give more away every couple of months or so), but some I just can’t seem to get rid of, like old friends.

This bookcase came from my room as a kid.

This bookcase came from my mom and dad’s living room.

And this one is one of two units Kevin and I absconded with (with permission) from an apartment we lived in when we first met.

Thanks for visiting my 2023 A to Z Challenge – Letter L.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at Letter A, A to Z 2023 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Guess I’m kind of a rebel too…although I do like using the “official” letters…

Posted on April 14, 2023, in A to Z Challenge, photography, Photos I took, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I share that love of reading, and libraries. My first real job was as a page in our local library. I worked there all through high school and part of college. I would have to say Little Women is my favorite book but I also read (and still have) the Nancy Drew series. Favorite mystery author is Agatha Christie.

  2. Exactly the same as me with regards to libraries, books, and reading constantly. I have shelves full of actual books, and my Kindle is full of books. I’ve recently discovered Libby which is where you can check out library books for my Kindle. 🙂

  3. “When I was a kid I mowed through library books.” I always said I inhaled them! Libraries are the best.


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