High on Reading


When I was a teenager and the latest CD from my favorite band was released, I couldn’t get to Sam Goody fast enough. I had to have it. Nothing was more important than driving to the mall, buying it, and then listening to it on the way home.

Yes, I realize I am dating myself with talk of CD and Sam Goody, but I’m not ashamed of my age. And as I get older, I no longer feel the same rush of adrenaline for music. Sure, I love to attend concerts, and my love of great songs has not dimmed in the least. But I have now replaced CDs with books. I must have them, and when I have the urge, I make a plan to visit one of my favorite independent bookstores. This is probably why I have so many books on my TBR list and own so many of them.

I have yet to conquer this passion for the written word. And quite frankly, I don’t want to.

But I do need to curb my spending habits and enjoy the books on my shelf. I must remember the reasons for wanting those titles so desperately in the first place.

Did Oprah recommend it? Probably not, but Reese Witherspoon might have.

Did someone else read it and tell me I’d love it? Yeah, I can easily be convinced to look up suggestions from friends and see if they can earn a spot on my bookshelf.

Did I see the title on bookstagram or the Facebook pages of some of my local businesses? I cannot tell a lie – those pretty photos of book covers placed on a pretty table or a blanket with a cup of coffee next to it are hard to resist.

Because of my Google history and those damn Facebook algorithms, I am bombarded with new releases that everyone is reading, loving, and recommending. But I am happy to report that I haven’t bought a book in May, and I don’t plan on it anytime soon.

Rediscovering the books I own is slowly replacing the adrenaline rush I experience in bookstores. This is a new kind of high for me. Since I finished a novel late last night, it is time for me to take another hit from my shelves.

6 comments on High on Reading

  1. Melissa
    May 26, 2021 at 10:11 am (4 weeks ago)

    Omg I lived in Sam Goody!! I remember doing a mock Sam Goody commercial for public speaking class lol 🙂

  2. Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA
    May 13, 2021 at 2:59 pm (1 month ago)

    I rely on the Times review of Books, the Atlantic, and the Washington Post.

  3. Claudette Chenevert
    May 13, 2021 at 11:36 am (1 month ago)

    Oh Elisa! I can SOOO relate to your post. When my husband and I sold our home and decided to RV full time for about 18 months, I couldn’t part with my books. We put them in boxes and then in storage – all 31 boxes.
    So when we finally found a house we loved, we brought back our books home. It was like finding treasures.
    I’m into reading my Agatha Christie books at this moment. I the last month, I’ve read 6 of them. I have 14 more to go. 😉

    • Elisa
      May 13, 2021 at 3:02 pm (1 month ago)

      31 boxes! Wow! I’m glad you have them back in your life and can enjoy them.

  4. Dominique Walton Brooks
    May 13, 2021 at 10:36 am (1 month ago)

    You are better than me about that. I generally don’t read books again. I always feel like there are so many books out there and I only have so much time. I want to read as many as I can! I love the fact that you mentioned Sam Goody LOL We can both date ourselves there!

    • Elisa
      May 13, 2021 at 3:03 pm (1 month ago)

      Oh – I don’t read books again either – unless they are really good. There are a few that I love and keep around to enjoy again someday.


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