A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life – Henry Ward Beecher
Okay, I know that reading isn’t exactly an active activity but it certainly can be thrifty. If you walk to the library or your favourite book store, then it IS an active activity! Not only that, a book can take you anywhere in the world and to other worlds!
I love the quote above which appears over the doors of the library in Abbotsford that I frequent. I couldn’t agree more with Beecher. A library ensures that anyone can access reading materials anywhere in the world. A library card is FREE – or rather, you pay for your libraries with your taxes so you should take every advantage of this wonderful resource.
If you really need to own books or want your own home library, as I do, then thrift shops and used book stores are your best friends. I’ve blogged about the Book Man in the Fraser Valley, Brown’s Books in Burnaby, Powells Books in Portland and Russell Books in Victoria – but I am certain that there are hundreds of used book stores of which I am not aware.
I used to belong to a book club but for various reasons it came to an end. I miss having the opportunity to meet with other people and discuss a book. Occasionally, I’ll host a one-off gathering with my friends when I’ve found a book that is so good I have to share and discuss it with other people. This year, I decided to try a new book club hosted by the Abbotsford Library called W.I.N.O.S. book club (Women In Need of Sanity). They meet monthly and get their books from a list provided by the library, which are then brought in in bulk so the group can be assured they’re reading it all at the same time. The group is made up of a variety of women from all walks of life and mostly my age or older. I like the stimulating conversation that a group can bring to a book. We started with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach. I’d seen the movie years ago but didn’t even realize it was based on a novel. The book is quite different, not as “Disneyfied” as the movie, a little darker but you get to know the characters in much greater depth. Lots of great discussion about aging, adult children, and cultures. I recommend it.
So what’s the one book you’d recommend for this year?