Good Reading : April 2010
my say You might remember that I wished for a copy of Wuthering Heights for Christmas. Well, I am very lucky, as some good and generous friends bought me a lovely old copy and I'm just about to start reading it. But, it's April. What's taken me so long? You see, I've had a little problem. I stopped reading. Isn't that ter rible? How can I, in my position, stop reading? It's been a strange and in many ways agonising time for me, and I've felt enormously guilty. It's a bit like when I tried to give up smoking the first few times (I can't believe I ever smoked!), then I'd take it up again without telling anyone, unable to confess that I'd let them down. It was a ter rible secret to keep. I don't know how it started. I just seemed to lose interest. I'd get into bed and think, nope, I just don't feel like reading tonight. So I'd tur n on the radio and listen to the quiz instead. This has become a habit. And a bad one. To make matters worse, my husband, who has never been a big reader, is now totally engrossed in a book so he reads while I flick around the radio stations trying to find a quiz or an interesting chat. It's just not right. People I meet always ask me what I'm reading, as it's a safe bet for an editor of a magazine about books to be reading something. Unfortunately for me I'm a bad fibber, so I always confess. Most people have been nice enough to say 'maybe you just need a break', or 'don't wor ry, you'll start again'. But it's been persisting for over two months now. I do feel that Wuthering Heights is quietly beckoning. It's been on my wish list for so long so it is desirable. But when I start it, what if I'm not open to it? You all know how moods change your reading of a book. But I've decided to steel myself, to bite the bullet and get reading. Stay tuned ... I'll let you know how I go. In February issue of gr, I wrote about libraries and their funding. I certainly received a wonderful range of responses from you. Judith, president of the Friends of the Library group (FOL), wrote to tell me about the many hundreds of wonderful FOL groups that support their libraries. Where would some libraries be without them? I wonder who originally thought of that idea? One librarian pointed out that libraries are excellent examples of recycling, and aren't they just? I've never thought about it that way before. A reader wrote to tell me about how their library works and how her group of friends work to keep the library providing services. But one thing stood out among the letters. And that was the sense of ownership library members have about their libraries. Even people who aren't members of their local library place a very high value on the library. Books are just one component of these community organisations. Libraries help to educate us, keep us infor med about upcoming events, not only in the library, but also in our sur rounding area. They provide a place for us to meet friends, make friends, as well as being a place to find a good book. And all the while trying to evolve to keep up with changes in technology and how all the different generations of members wish to access infor mation. They provide much more to the community than the cost to sustain them. Just like schools. Here's to getting reading! MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Inspiring stories of the world's unsung heroes Miles Roston Every once in a while, a book comes around that reminds us of what is best about being human...an uplifting read about incredible individuals that will restore your faith in humanity. To order visit www.exislepublishing.com or your favourite bookstore. E-book available. ISBN 978-1-921497-41-4 Featuring six Australians including 2010 Australia's Local Hero Ronni Kahn...