The feel and smell of a new book has always given me joy. I remember when I was little the excitement of holding a new book and carefully opening the cover to feel the crisp paper never before touched, and the smell of it's clean pages would bring a smile to my face. Only a new book has that magical quality.
Most of the books I purchase are secondhand and don't have that same feeling. Today when I arrived back home I had a parcel waiting for me on the doorstep, a parcel I knew that contained my new book. A book that I have been coveting for a while. I made a cup of tea, sat down in a warm corner and opened the package to reveal the prize inside.
This book is about, the author Susan Hill rediscovering the many books on her bookshelves, to explore some that she's never read or reread old favourites, and to not buy any new books in a year.
I think this will be an interesting read as I also have many books that I haven't read and say to myself "I must read that someday". I also am interested at what she will be reading. Will they be classic's, Booker prize winners, non fiction, or pulp fiction?
I wonder could I also do the challenge, not go to the library, not buy a book, new or secondhand, not borrow one from a friend, but read books from my own library, books that have been sitting there for years, waiting, waiting.