Being a librarian must be exciting. At least, that is, it must be kind of  exciting for those of us who are a little nosy.  I can imagine that it would be fun to see the different books that people check out, and infer—or flat out fabricate—the details of some stranger’s life. Call it profiling, but I think it would be entertaining!

This isn’t a particularly novel thought,  but it only just occurred to me today. I had little extra time between errands so I dropped by the library to see if anything caught my eye. Twenty minutes later I walked out with four books that I suspect say more about me than I even realize.

Two are gardening books. One on gardening through the year by Eliot Coleman, an expert from Maine about whom the instructors of my season extension course raved. The other isn’t exactly about gardening directly, but is rather a cookbook to help use up all those veggies I supposedly* grew this summer. (*Supposedly because I feel like my garden is under-performing this year, despite favorable weather and adequate planning and maintenance.)

One book is on tiny house living. Yes, it’s trendy to want to live in a tiny house, but I do think they are cool. I don’t know that I’d want to live in one full time, but I imagine that they’d be perfect for a small getaway cabin. Perhaps more importantly, I like the semi-rustic simple style that many tiny houses have and think that the super-small structures have a lot of potential to inform my average-small dwellings.

The last book was an impulse borrow—it’s a encyclopedic compilation for cottage living. Normally it wouldn’t have caught my attention, except that we are going to be spending a good chunk of our downtime in a cottage. No, we’re not going on vacation: we now have our own cottage! It’s nothing fancy (photos to come…) but it’s more than enough for us.

So, those are my book rentals for the next two weeks, and a good representation of my life (especially outside of work) at the moment.

What do your library books say about you?



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