Just in time for Valentine’s Day: Library Fun

Imagine my delight, when walking into the local library, when I saw these gorgeous grab bags!

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How perfect is that for Valentine’s Day?

Being a huge lover of romance AND of surprises, I just had to get one. The books inside were mostly Harlequin (suspense — not my favourite when it comes to Harlequin books), but some looked liked promising titles. Personally, I think all libraries should have fun with books like this. (I might have another fun “surprise” book post next week from the library, too. You’ll have to stay tuned for that!)

As much as I love the library, I love it even more when they go that extra step to really engage their patrons, to make going to the library fun. Sometimes I go in knowing exactly what I’m looking for — in this case, I was looking for a certain book — but nothing grabs my attention more than fun surprises.

How does your local library go the extra mile? How do they make library going fun for patrons? 

The Top 5 Books I Look Forward to Re-Reading This Year

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In the past, I was never about rereading books. But as I grow older (and more forgetful), I feel like I can finally handle reading certain books over again.

There are some books that I’ve read the first time that give me that amazing feeling by the final pages — books that I just could never believe would uphold that same feeling with a reread.

But with age comes forgetfulness, which means I have no idea sometimes what happened in a book, but I know I loved it.

Of course, this can backfire and those once amazing feelings I’ve had towards a book turn into hostility as I wonder what the heck younger me was thinking.

At any rate, here are the top 5 books I plan to reread this year:

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1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I think about this book a lot. I can’t be sure (read: getting old), but I think I’ve read this one twice already. I remember the last time I read it was years ago, on a walk in the beautiful countryside while giant grasshoppers jumped around me. (On a related note: jumping and flying grasshoppers are HORRIBLE.) I’ve read very little of what Margaret Atwood has to offer, but maybe with a reread of this one, I’ll want to read more.

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2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This is a tricky, tricky one. I absolutely adored this book and just read it last year shortly after it came out. Is it too soon to reread it? Of course, I have three other books by Moyes on my shelf but I just can’t stop thinking of this one!

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3. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Another fresh read for me, BUT I have the audiobook version which I’ve heard¬†has little extra bits in it. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to an audiobook, but with spring (hopefully?!?) around the corner, it might be a good listen as I try to freshen up the house from its winter hibernation.

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4. The entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

I haven’t actually read this whole series yet, only the first three books, but there are SO MANY amazing reviews about this whole series and its spinoff that I just have to go back and start over again and read the whole thing. I feel so out of the look with having not continued with this series that I need to get back in it!

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5. Naive. Super by Erlend Loe

I’m not even sure if you can buy a copy of this book anymore, since it’s an import, BUT this is one book that I remember having strong feelings about. It’s this tiny little book and it almost seems like it’s about absolutely nothing, but I loved it. Again, it’s been years since I’ve read it and I’ve given away my copy, but hopefully I can track down another one and try it again.

Now, I know it sounds odd to list the books I want to reread this year, when I should be talking about the books that I’m most looking forward to. But sometimes there’s something special in a reread. If it goes well, you find those little moments in a book that were overlooked the first time. Or maybe you just “get” the book with a second reading in one of those “Oh my god, I can’t believe I never thought of that!” moments.

Are you a rereader? What are some of your favourites from the past?

To Read or Not To Read.

Books.

Beautiful, wonderful books.

Books you want to open up and take a good whiff of before you read the first page.

Books you want to arrange by author, by title, by colour, by genre … you can never decide!

Books that make you debate between spending that last $10 in your wallet on lunch or something new to read.

Books that pile up on your bedside table, spill over onto the floor, hide under the bed and in every knook and cranny … and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Aren’t they wonderful?