I don’t like telling people what to do in their lives. It’s not who I am it goes against my philosophy of life and I loathe people who do it to me. But I am going to go against it in this post sort of. Just as a disclaimer I don’t always do these things so do as I write not as I do I guess.
Have a book case
It makes life so easy even if you are disorganised a book case shows you all the books you have. I think there is nothing worse than books that are in boxes or draws or worse on the floor. They are not cheap and if you love them you need to treat them with respect and you might buy the same book twice. You laugh. It’s happened.
Have books in your book case that aren’t yours
You don’t know where they come from, or you do and you have had a fall out with the owner or worse the library stamp is still in it and it’s too late to take it back now. Just one or two though. If these types of books make up most of your library you have a problem.
If books were people have an outcast.
So Chris Ryan, Tess Gerritsen, and Tom Clancy, are insperatrable. John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth practically finish each other sentences but sometimes you need the different one to shake things up and make things more interesting. This is when you learn new things, see the world in a different light and become a more interesting, empathetic person. And unlike people your outcast won’t be picked on by Chris Ryan’s crew.
You book case must be fluid.
New books must constantly be entering and others must be leaving even if on loan. A book is meant to be read if all your books are stagnant features on your book shelf then they are nothing but decoration. They are hungry libraries praying for new books and there are friends who are aimlessly walking up and down book shop shelves looking for a book to read but finding nothing not knowing the perfect book is on their friends shelf. Stop being selfish.
Have friends who read.
I always tell people who tell me that you don’t need to go to church to be a Christian that church is not a necessity but a privilege. It’s hard being alone and doing stuff by yourself having people around you who read help you chose something you like, bring you the perfect book at the perfect time, warn you against a book you think you might enjoy but you actually won’t. Having people to share this with is great if you don’t have anyone like that I suggest you could always seek a professional. There are people who work in books stores and love reading. Go to all the books stores in your neighbourhood till you find one you like.
So that’s all I can come up with for now.
If I missed anything that is important to you. I am sorry. (Not really though)
Happy ‘good’ reading everyone.