Today, I went to the library for the first time in ages. I’ve been living in this particular part of Toronto for years and never set foot in the local library until today. It was quite a humbling experience walking in and signing up for a library card again. The last time I had one of those was at least 15-17 years ago! I remember as a child going to the library so often because I was addicted to the Sweet Valley High book series. I just loved these books growing up and would sign out at least 5 or 6 at a time. I distinctly remember starting and finishing one book in a day! Francine Pascal is an amazing author and even the latter spin-offs in the recent years have been great.
So having said that, what inspired me to go to the library was that I’ve had this incessant urge to really get back into reading. I’ve always had the intention but found myself struggling to find the time and then if I did start a book, I would never get around to finishing it. Why? In two words: social media.
With how digitally saturated our society has become, traditional ways of engaging in leisurely activities have been lost. I personally prefer to actually pick up a book and read it, instead of scrolling up and down the pages of an e-book. I find that I simply don’t engage as well reading online and I end up tuning out a lot faster because of all the distractions present on a mobile device.
So with some inspiration from a few close friends, I’ve decided to undergo a bit of a social media detox so that this can be the year I really restore the true value of traditional norms like curling up with a good book.
I hope my trip to the library will be the first of many. (And on a side note, the beauty of borrowing a book motivates you to actually finish it in time before it needs to be returned!)
The first book I signed out is Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews – a 1979 bestseller about the tumultuous life of two children imprisoned in an attic for years and their unwavering love for each and will to live that kept them going. My friends recommended this to me and I’m excited to get started on it. It’s the first novel of a mini series.
Here’s to bringing back the true value of reading and re-discovering new worlds and adventures in the comfort of our own imagination!