Wednesday, September 24, 2014

No Time for Books

I have always liked to read.  I can get lost in a good book.

But lately I have no time to read because of...books.

I am putting extra time in at the library.  The librarian knows I will eventually fly like the snowbird I am off to Florida.  She's asked me to help her get caught up on a few projects that have been sitting on hold.  I have been dealing with donations that go right onto the "for sale" shelves, but the donations that have been set aside for replacing damaged books already in the collection or to add to the collection have been piling up.  The library board finally said no more donations for the time being, but it is being a bear of a job getting out from under this task.

So I handle many books on a daily basis and I have nightmares about books every night for a while, but I have not time to actually read a book!

Another reason for taking off for my winter retreat.

Reading a book written by a local author in more care free times.

22 comments:

  1. I must have my reading time on a daily basis. Even when I worked full time, I had to fit in some time for a book. Now that I have the time, I drive our librarians crazy, finding books for me. Did I tell you that I'm loving Chris Bohjalian's works? He's a Vermonter!!

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    1. Yes. He used to write for the local paper before he go famous as an author.

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  2. I understand the overkill with too many books.. I worked in Dairy Queen in high school and it took 20 years before I could eat ice cream again. Hope it doesn't take you long to get back enjoying books again.

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    1. I don't think it will take that long, but it does all push me towards a Kindle!

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  3. Books, books everywhere and not a page to read.

    Your curse for the abandonment of the library for Florida will be to hang the floor reference dictionary from you neck, or at least pilloried to the card catalog.

    Your volunteering is exemplary.

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    1. Ha! We don't have either of those things in our library. More like I will be surrounded by the complete Meadows' Fairy series.

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  4. I often think that a part time job in the local library would be a perfect retirement job for me (assuming I get to retire), but then I do wonder if it would ruin my Book Experience. I do love me my reading! ...and I much prefer Real Books rather than e-books.

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    1. Our library has one part time librarian. Look for a library with more staff and division of labor and you should be quite happy.

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  5. I bet that library really misses you while you are gone but I certainly understand your desire to go where the sun shines! I agree, it is wonderful that you volunteer!

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    1. There are so many volunteers at the libraries in Florida (surplus of retired folks!) that I had to look elsewhere for volunteer opportunities down there.

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  6. That is ironic - no time to read because of books!
    I often wonder how my life got so busy that I find it hard to find time to read. Now I am studying travel guides to prepare for a trip in October. It's reading, but it's also work. Not the same as spending time with my Kindle.

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    1. i do have to make the time for reading because it is very relaxing for me under normal circumstances!

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  7. Olga, I love seeing those photos of you. You are beautiful. I haven't read a paper book in ages. I now read everything on my Paper White. How wonderful of you to help out!

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  8. For some reason there is too much guilt for me to sit and read a book so I listen to audio books while I work. Ron used to say, "Just sit down and rest. You don't have to be doing something all the time." But I do.

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    1. I have heard others say they feel guilty when they sit down to read any time but just before bed. I never really understood that but listening to audio books seems like a good solution.

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  9. God bless all those who volunteer at their library ... now you've earned your ticket to Florida!

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    1. It will be a while yet. I like to be around family for the holidays and so far I have not bee able to drag them all down there...or even some of them for that matter.

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  10. I worked in a library from 1999 to 2001 as a circulation assistant so I know what you mean.

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    1. I think all jobs have their drawbacks, even when doing something that you basically love.

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  11. This dang computer chews up most of my 'book' time!!!

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    1. Ha! I should be honest and admit that time on the computer is also a factor. I have tried to limit computer time but it always seems to creep back up.

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