The Joy of Book-ing

This morning I went to the library and came home with five books.  They are:

“I Am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore: Decided I have to check out this YA series because I keep seeing it everywhere & so that must be a sign, right?

“The Day I Ate Whatever I Want” by Elizabeth Berg:  Elizabeth Berg is like poignant comfort food.  I love everything she writes.

“Between Friends” by Amos Oz:  Never read his work and am looking forward to it.

“The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown:  Three sisters named after Shakespearean characters?  Sold!

“Becoming George Sand” by Rosalind Brackenbury:  A book that includes George Sand and is endorsed by Elizabeth Berg.  What more do you need?

These books are now on my shelf next to the two used books I bought yesterday at Barnes & Noble, the three or four I got in St. Louis at the Goodwill Outlet (yes, there is a Goodwill Outlet and it is AWESOME) and the several others that I picked up here and there and have yet to read.

My Christmas wish list is also a tad book heavy.

Someone who knows my love of many unread books on my shelves once asked me about it; do I read all those library books before I need to return them?  Do I EVER get to the point where I’ve read all the books on my shelves?

My answer is, happily, “No”.

The thing about library books is that it doesn’t matter if you love them or not or read them or not – it’s freeing and exciting to go in and come home with a stack of choices.   Often I do get through them all, but more often there is one – sometimes two – that will get sent back unread.  And that’s ok – it’s still at the library and if I feel like revisiting it at some point,  I will.

All the unread books  on my shelves, whether borrowed or owned, are there because of the options they give me;  they are always available to send me into another world and no one tells me which one to read now, or next or ever.   The fact is that many unread books = a world of possibility, not unlike unschooling, come to think of it.   The lack of  a set curriculum opens up an infinite world of learning.  It is whatever you want it to be, whenever you want it.

I can’t think of many things better than that.

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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