Welcome

The library has long been my home away from home.  A vivid childhood memory is of one of the many trips my older sisters and I took to the small library in our town.  It was located in a retail strip mall about half a mile from our home.  We didn’t use backpacks in those late 1950’s days.  They hadn’t been invented yet.  Instead, we carried our stack of borrowed books cradled in interlaced arms against our chests.  This was a weekly ritual that has lasted a lifetime.

When I began Catholic grammar school, a new library there drew me to books on the lives of Saints.  I remember being horrified, but at the same time, inspired by their stories, believing the Franciscan nuns who led us to aspire to sainthood one day.  Holiness above all else was drilled into my subconscious whether I liked it or not, and I devoured the books made available to me one after another.

Eventually, adolescence turned my thoughts in a more realistic direction, and I got hooked on a series of books about a young girl with violet colored eyes.  They were so much more enjoyable and didn’t recount vivid images of torture or self-mutilation to haunt my pubescent dreams.

As I grew, the library in our town outgrew the little retail location and a huge, Frank Lloyd Wrightesque modern library was constructed kitty-corner from the old one. It offered a larger selection of reading material for a young girl with a voracious appetite for literature.  I happened to be there the day the news crews came to film the new library for the 5 o’clock news hour and felt like a celebrity when I and other young patrons were included in the footage.  I had arrived.

With age, my reading list and interests expanded, and I became familiar with famous authors and their work.  New curiosities entered my thoughts.  The library offered books on almost every imaginable subject with which to satisfy them.

Over the many years since then, I have belonged to many libraries and read countless books on many subjects.  I’ve gone through phases and with different genres and have spent summers devoted to the works of favorite authors like Hemingway, Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, and Doyle.  Along the way, I’ve populated bookcases and bins with hundreds of my favorites.  I fondly call them my “keepers”.  Like family to me, I love them, visit them frequently, and care for them deeply.  In unmeasurable ways, they have enriched my life satisfied my curiosity, expanded my knowledge and helped me to understand the human condition.

It is with this love that I begin my blog.  My intention here is to record the next year of my life and the books which will be my companions along the way.

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6 Responses to Welcome

  1. jbrdmom says:

    Thank you for your thoughts on books. I can see that the reader and writer in you has been bursting out all your life. I know I will enjoy reading your blog. I hope you don’t mind if I share a few of my own thoughts.

    My mother was working on her master’s thesis at the main branch of the Chicago Public Library (I think this is the same building that is now called the Harold Washington Memorial Library) the summer before I was born. I often thought that is where my love of libraries began. Although I have no conscious memories of these peaceful days in the womb, the peace and serenity of the library must have stayed in my blood. My mother continued this tradition by filing me with stories, books, and trips to the library throughout my childhood. I must have suppressed these glorious memories. Why else did it take me to the age of 47 to become a librarian? In January of 1981, I graduated from college. I drifted from job to job until I finally gave in to my first instincts. I have never been happier.

    • dianeledet says:

      What an incredible story – it moved me! Happiness, purpose. a sense of tradition, and love – those are the things that make our days worthwhile. I appreciate your sharing it with us all Joan! Thank you!

      • quintinoverocker says:

        Hi Diane –

        Great blog! I’m curious how you choose books to review. I just self-published a novel and I’m wondering if you’d like to take a look. If not I understand – you probably get barraged by authors.

        Have a good evening.

        Quintin

      • dianeledet says:

        Thank you for writing and for your compliment Quintin. I sent you a separate email about your book. I hope you find my suggestions helpful with regard to your book.

        Books come to me in a variety of ways – from publishers, authors, interviews, radio reviews, newspaper reviews, old movies, Goodreads.com, and recommendations from friends. Sometimes, I just like the look of the book jacket! This may seem haphazard, but I’ve been fortunate to discover so many books I’ve come to love. I am slowly working my way through the Top 150 Novels of the 20th Century.

        I’m glad you stopped by!

  2. John Speckerman says:

    I`m a 16 year old, thriving to make a living with books. I have written a few books already but I`m finding it hard to get people to notice my book, and I would really appreciate if you could help me get some more attention. I believe your audience will love my new book. The book is currently out for free as I want more people to notice it. I`ll leave the link below. 
    Thank you for considering. 

    John

    • dianeledet says:

      John,

      I am unable to publicize a book on my site without having read it first. Please feel free to email me at bookwinked at gmail.com. I will gladly share some marketing ideas with you. Best of luck to you!

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