... and it has turned her brain." This quote from Louisa May Alcott probably goes a long way towards explaining why I am the way I am. I can't remember a time when I didn't love books and all things related to books - bookmarks, book journals, book lists, quotes about books - and the love of reading has definitely shaped my life. You would think working in a library would dull that constant need for new books, but I still check out several library books each week, support the economy (and Borders and Barnes and Noble) by buying books, and also visit the Friends on-going book sale shelves on the first floor of the library on a regular basis. This week I'll be literally buried in all things books as the Friends of the Library prepare for their Spring Book Sale this weekend. Set-up, cashiering, and clean-up for the sale are on my schedule this weekend and I'm looking forward to picking over all the great used books that come in for the sale. If you've never been to one of these book sales you've been missing a real treat. The sale brings back memories of all the books I read as a kid - Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, Beverly Cleary's many series for children - Beezus and Ramona, Henry and Ribsy, and Ellen Tebbits - plus amazing first edition finds, along with recent bestsellers and old favorites. Check it out!
A few more of my favorite quotes about books:
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx
"I would be content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think that decorating consistes mostly of building enough bookshelves." Anna Quindlen
"Classic - a book people praise and don't read." Mark Twain
"My book club can beat up your book club. " (from a t-shirt)