I love reading and I love books. But what I don’t love is sharing my books. It makes me nervous thinking about someone else touching or turning a page in one of my books. I set rules for the people I do allow to touch my books:
· no food or drinks by the book
· wash your hands before you touch it
· if you don’t like the sleeve, take it off before you start reading, and
· DO NOT BEND THE PAGES.
Other than the fact that it’s unreasonable (trust me, I KNOW), I can't shake the feeling that my books might be ruined. However, I’ve been trying to be better. I’m letting others come into the Library of Caroline and pick out any books they want. Being a literary citizen, and really knowing what it means, means I need to be able to share the thing I love most: reading. And I can’t do that without sharing my books with anyone who wants to read them.I know how it feels when I open a book to the first page, how it feels to read the first sentence of the book, how it feels to get to the climax, and how it feels to get to the end. I want everyone to feel how amazing it feels to read one of my favorite books. It’s like wanting to be an author and wanting to hear about how the book changed their lives and what they thought about it. It’s probably the best feeling in the world. And I am determined to share it with the world.
If you ever want to read any of my books, here is my list:
- Almost every one of Jodi Picoult's books (just ask which ones I don't have!)
- 11 of Nicholas Sparks books (just ask which ones I don't have!)
- A book of F. Scott Fitzgerald's best stories
- Leo Tolstoy
- Katie Coyle, and so many more!