Book Love. Always.

Posted by on August 31, 2012

At one point in my life, my posessions, other than clothes, consisted of a roll-up black futon, a ghetto blaster, cd’s, journals, Mexican religious candles and a giant stack of books. Not much else.

The candles were propped on a window sill. The ghetto blaster and cd’s lined another wall and my futon was plopped in the middle of the floor. The wall by my head contained a long stretch of my books lined up against the wall.

I was a bit like Steve Martin in “The Jerk”:

“I don’t need anything. Except this. [picks up an ashtray]  And that’s the only thing I need is *this*. I don’t need this or this. Just this ashtray… And this paddle game. – The ashtray and the paddle game and that’s all I need… And this remote control. – The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that’s all I need…  I don’t need one other thing, not one… “

Okay, Steve Martin kept adding to what he *truly* needed, but you get my point.

Back to my small room and meager belongings:

The books were the first thing I saw upon awakening. Pure joy.

And today, putting my books on new bookshelves fills me with that same joy. And now, as an adult, I can add a special piece of art to that tableau and that makes me even happier. I’m a bookworm and a little bit of an organization nut, so they are all alphabetized in their own bizarre order (the first four shelves left to right are general fiction and then the mystery section starts!)

In addition, I refuse to put a book on the bookshelf until it has been read. My to-be-read pile remains on my nightstand so I still have something to make me happy when I first open my eyes.

Books are my love.

I could never live in a house without books.

Raise your hand if you agree.

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10 Responses to Book Love. Always.

  1. Kristi

    Yes S, under kristi belcamino author I think … find me!

  2. Stephanie

    Yes :) But I’m glad you are writing one now. I have pintrest now, do you do pintrest?

  3. Kristi

    is it okay to constantly tell you I miss you and your blog? : ) K

  4. Stephanie

    This is so you. I love seeing people’s bookshelves and what they treasure and read.

  5. Kristi

    Thanks Donnell, need to get your latest on there, as well!

  6. Kristi

    Amen sister!

  7. Kristi

    That’s an Adam Turman original to the right of my bookcases!

  8. Sarah

    Oh, Kristi, I LOVE this post. This is exactly why I’ve lugged boxes and boxes and boxes of books from Kansas to Pennsylvania to Florida and back to Kansas again. I’m not ME without my books. XOXO

  9. MIckie Turk

    Raising my hand.

  10. Donnell

    Kristi, what a lovely post. There are days I don’t turn on my TV. But there’s never a day that goes by that I don’t pick up a book. I don’t know who said, there’s more to this world than books but not much… but I tend to agree. Can’t wait for everyone to add your beautiful writing to their shelves. They’re in for an exciting read!