I am a collector of books. I love them! I love when you open an old one it has a musty, papery scent with a hint of smokiness shrouded with old leather. I love when the new ones have a fresh, clean plastic scent. I love the smoothness of the paper between your hands and the beautiful print on yellowed or browned pages.
When I make a purchase of a book, I usually do it based on my senses and how visually appealing it is to me. I do not make the purchase based on content. I used to read Harlequin romance novels when I was in middle school. They don't really have great literature value, but they were fun and easy to read. Also, they made me seem knowledgeable about "sex talk," to my middle school friends. In those books, most of the characters have huge libraries and read extensively. I wanted to be like the characters and have my own library, which is what started my book collection.
The problem I face now, is my love for travel and exploring new places, supersedes my desire for a library. I now have a mission: read every book I own before I leave for another country. This might seem like a simple and quick mission, but I have collected a ton of books! There are books from the 1700's and I can't imagine trying to read one of these, but I am going to before I sell them at the end of the summer.
The first book on my list was Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. I thought this would be an easy one to start with. I was wrong. The beginning was very difficult for me to read because it was all about war and VERY detailed war. I have never been into war books or movies. I just never thought about it as an entertaining topic.
After a week of getting through the first part of the book, (it's divided into 5 parts) I actually began to appreciate the thorough details of every day life during a war. I have a new respect for the soldiers, doctors, and ministers that give their lives to a war they didn't decide to have.
I really liked the characters in the book and I became invested in them. I appreciated the minute details which made the story come to life and just like in the movie, Silver Linings Playbook, I too was seriously distraught and angry with the ending. I couldn't believe after everything Catherine and Frederic had been through, it ended so abruptly and with such finality.
Now, I am onto the next book. I haven't decided which one yet, but I think I will go for something a little more lighthearted.