Bookshop and Library memories
There are probably infinite ways to choose your next reading. But I have one of my own. It´s a kind of ritual, it doesn´t matter if it´s a library or a bookstore. I stand in front of the books for a while and walk around with my eyes. I try to familiarize with that nice context, with the smell and with my soul.
I might be a messy reader. So I start my journey depending on the mood that I might have the day I get into that paradise. For example if I feel smooth and romantic, I like to go to the classics. Or if I´m on a kind of scientific phase, I choose essays. It doesn´t matter the area. I always walk through the shelves and enjoy the colors, the fonts and the titles.
You have to be honest. We always hear that you don´t judge a book by it´s cover. But I find it as a part of the book, it will define your personality as a reader. You can have a soft cover o a hard cover, big fonts or small ones. Sizes and book cover colors will define your little personal library. You might find weird covers or boring - serious ones. They have to seduce you as a reader not as a buyer.
Finally I slide my fingers through the ones that seduce me. I touch them, and admire them. I start to wonder and to read the description. If the title is weird enough or interesting I take it. I´m almost there to take it with me, but I have to find the index before I take it.
I might not buy or take hundreds of them. But I love to open some of them and enjoy five minutes beside the letters of well known writers. Sometimes beside Sabato or Cortázar. There were some days that I have spent my time beside Giddens, Popper or Naomi Klein. It will depend of my budget. If I´m lucky some of those will sleep next to me that same day…
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