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What is it about a good book?

Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at 10:21 PM

I read all kinds of material on the internet these days, but there is a certain "warm fuzzy" satisfaction of sitting down with a good book.

Wandering through a bookstore is an invigorating, yet calming experience. Does anyone else feel that?


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Yes, I do. When we go to a bookstore, before we know it, we have been in there for an hour or more. We love to go up and down every aisle until we find a book we can't live without.

This may sound strange, but I like the way bookstores, libraries, and books smell.

I seem to never have time to read an actual book anymore, but I really should make time. I am still trying to get through my "Organic Gardening" book.

-- Posted by Mary on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 10:59 PM

I understand the smell of a bookstore Mary. I never quite crystallized that thought until you mentioned it.

I never will finish reading about organic gardening. I have collected many, many books, magazines, reports etc. about the subject and whenever "spring cleaning" urges me to lighten the load, the gardening and homesteading literature have always survived.

I keep trying and may start sharing some at the garden meetings, but it probably won't be the organic stuff, just regular gardening.

I enjoy a good novel, but rarely take time to read one. Usually it is gardening, sales/marketing, personal development, etc. What is everyone else's favorites?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 7:13 AM

Besides reading the daily children's books to my boys, I like to read inspirational novels, and gardening books or magazines.

When we go to the book store, we mostly by informative books, such as: dog training, gardening, cooking, cloth diapering, etc.

We do a lot of surfing on the internet for information we need right away.

-- Posted by Mary on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 8:50 AM

I have always read many different kinds of books...I have not yet read any book on the internet...I like to curl up to a book on the couch when everyone has gone to bed...That is my time...It takes the stress from the day away...I have found alot of good books at Goodwill also..It is a good place to look when the money is so tight..

-- Posted by rebelrose on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 10:40 AM

Great idea rebelrose . I bought a few garden books there a few weeks ago. Nice new store too!

I find it hard to read long stories, articles or books on the computer. I agree with "curl up to a good book" approach and think many others do too.

Maybe paper is NOT DEAD, yet. Speaking of paper, I still like to read my news from paper as well. Hang in there T-G.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 10:55 AM

I love to read. Anything and everything, although I do have favorites. Right now I am reading through a few textbooks as we are beginning the adoption process for 2009-2010.

I read a Tennessean everyday at home and the T-G while on break at work.

I went to BAM last week and picked up a copy of Harry Potter4 because I am rereading the series and that one is one I had borrowed. I also picked up The Golden Compass. I don't have a lot of background information, I am curious.

I also just got a book/present from a student about making your own household cleaners. Very interesting and the recipes are CHEAP.

As a side note, I have always found the better students are those who have been read to frequently and still enjoy reading. It's a crucial step in the development of children to be read to every day.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 11:10 AM

I could not agree more, although our daughter was straight A in High school and gets bored with reading very quickly. Go figure!

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 1:35 PM

I so agree with the charm of a bookstore and it's smell. I find Amazon useful when I know exactly what I want, but nothing beats spending an hour in a bookstore, browsing unfamiliar topics and authors. When I was in school, I eventually banned myself from Davis-Kidd, because I was too willing to spend my grocery money on books and live on rice and ramen noodles.

-- Posted by tenn native on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 8:44 AM

I recently received a copy of The Grapes of Wrath from a graduating senior (thanks Emily). I began re-reading it this week. I have not read this book in my adult years, only as a student. I would encourage anyone to re-read "the classics" as adults. Their themes mean even more when you have experienced more of life. I read the first chapter three times to enjoy the beautiful language used to describe the Dust Bowl era weather. Breathtaking genius in simply worded descriptions of the most mundane things like wilting corn and the color of dirt.

-- Posted by gordo1965 on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 8:45 AM

Yes! I love bookstores! and libraries... I usually HAVE to have a story to get to sleep.

Mary, I love the way they smell also. Especially in libraries.

I made my first trip to the historical archives in the courthouse and the first thing I noticed was that it smelled like old books and history.

And yes, I took notice of that certain courthouse smell also.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 11:05 AM

Is Henderson's the book and music store in Tullahoma? I'm not sure of the name, but I have been there twice. I love it. Yes, I have bought a book there. It was a travel book on Washington, DC.

My husband likes to stop at Goodwill, which is close by. Even there I head for the books. I did think it humerous that they had both James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell books in the Romance section.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 10:24 PM

It might be Hastings on N. Jackson, but if there is another I would like to know. I ca never get too many bookstores. http://www.hastingsentertainment.com/cat...

I was impressed when my daughter started hanging around Hastings in both Tullahoma and M'boro. Probably the music, but maybe the books??

I am not sure I can name a favorite. They have their own uniqueness.

I used to go to Davis-Kidd quite often, but there are many others. What do you think is the best one within 25 miles. I would say Nashville, but gas is soooo expensive.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 9:21 AM

I hate the bookstore, because I usually end up in there half the day, and spend way to much, lol. I always go in there with a particular book or subject in mind and before I know it I have bought half the store. I like Hastings in Tullahoma just for the selection and the fact that if they dont have it they can order it, plus they have wonderful customer service. I have found myself lately reading more than watching TV.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 11:06 PM

I,too, am a bookstore addict and have been for several years. I love Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million, and have been known to hang out there for hours. Add a latte and all is perfect. There is so much knowledge contained in those walls, and i can only encourage others to spend some time expanding their knowledge.

-- Posted by gottago on Sun, May 18, 2008, at 3:07 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.