This year I joined the Boston Public Library . Okay, if we’re being totally honest here I actually joined the library 10 years ago, but it was just recently that I became an upstanding member of society and finally paid off my overdue library fines and was welcomed back into the BPL system*. If you are like me and like to read- I can’t recommend joining the library enough! Why let all the kids do all the learnin’ this fall?
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I have a love of reading books, actual books and not e-books. I look at a screen most all day between work and social media and I want my pleasure reading experience to be different. I even usually request the hardcover library books with the crinkly plastic over the cover instead of the paperback options, but to each their own.
Maybe someday when we own a big house instead of a tiny 500 sq. foot condo we’ll fill it with books, but for now we need the little space we have for things like food, toilet paper and a dog, so the whole being able to return things after you’re done reading them is great! The real magic here though? It’s FREE ! (minus late fees, or course). This takes the pressure off of feeling like you have to finish a book because you bought it – life is too short to read books that don’t interest you. Unless you’re in college.
In addition to being free, it’s also insanely easy. While I love the idea of perusing the isles of the library all day and brushing up on the Dewey Decimal system, ain’t nobody got time for that. The BPL has an app that allows you to search there entire library and put books on hold. They will ship them to any branch you choose and you just pick up your book at the check-out desk there when you get notification that it’s ready for pick-up. Easy peasy!
I’ve just started reading in a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware. I’m only a couple of pages in but I can already tell I love it. It also seems like a great end-of-summer read, but also makes me feel a little guilty about starting the Fall/Halloween too early like all of the stores have. But I’m not here to share my guilt, I’m here to discuss some life changing magic!
If you’re more into a non-fiction potential life-changing book I recommend The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I still have a long way to go, but this book helped us make BIG steps toward becoming more organized in general. I’m really affected by my surroundings, and normally feel overwhelmed by it like I have to clean the entire house before I can sit down to finish any email/project/blog post (note that my last post was in May). We didn’t follow the author’s tips to a Tee it is a little extreme, but the overall concept of only keeping things that bring us Joy has been a huge help.
If this doesn’t sound up your ally then I would recommend checking out another life changer and parody to my former suggestion: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*CK: How to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do. The moral of this book? There are 3 types of people who don’t give a F*CK and those are: Children, A**holes (these first two can sometimes overlap) and the enlightened.
That’s right, apparently the quest to enlightenment includes a little yoga, a little mediation and whole lotta not giving a f*ck. Sounds pretty good to me!
*Disclaimer: Since starting this post I have accrued another late fee from the BPL. Trying to be too enlightened to care.