B is for bookstores, but also libraries, bookshelves, stacks of books, & just books, books, books!

I absolutely love and am inspired by bookstores and libraries and almost anyplace where I am surrounded by books. I worked in a bookstore in college and made virtually no money. The pay wasn’t spectacular to begin with, but all those books! I needed them! 😉

I love to visit a bookstore and just walk through the aisles. I love to be surrounded not just by the books, but also the fellow book lovers. These are my people!

And am I the only one who watched You’ve Got Mail and fell in love with The Shop Around The Corner? Kathleen Kelly was not the only one heartbroken when it was forced to close. It was so very lovely.

I love libraries too. I am grateful for the chance to seek out books there, but I also enjoy writing at the library. My local library has some great little writing spaces. I’d say a quarter of my current book was written at a particular table by a window at the local library. And I plan to spend some time there this Friday working on sorting out my first draft.

Bookstores and libraries are full of inspiration for me because they are full of one of my favorite things in this life.

Books. I love them.

Books on Kindle.
Books on my iPhone.
Books that are old and books that are new.
Books that live on my nightstand.
Books that travel around with me.
Books that are given away and books that must stay.
Books that make me laugh out loud. Books that make me cry.
Books that are beautiful and books that may look dull.
Books “for the kids”.
Books definitely not for the kids. 🙂
Books that had to be hardcover because they will be read again and again.
Books that can be paperbacks, but still get read again and again.
Books that are classics and widely studied.
Books that are bestsellers and widely judged.
Books that teach me about others.
Books that teach me about myself.

I’ll leave you with a quote from JK Rowling – whose books are some of my absolute favorites.

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

Yes! And when you surround yourself with them.