That's right, I have my own library. It's a two-story building, about four square feet of book space (yes, four). It's open 24 hours a day, every day. There is no due date for borrowed books. And we'll never check your library ID. More on the library below.
I've been a longtime fan of American fiction; Kurt Vonnegut is a favorite, and I finally read Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man recently - what an amazing story. But I also enjoy biographies and non-fiction. I'd love to know what you're reading. If you have a favorite business book, let me know about it.
Currently Reading - The Plot Against America, Philip Roth
"The Plot Against America" is a work of fiction, wrote Philip Roth in the Postscript to his 2004 novel - I guess he felt he needed to emphasize the "fiction" part. As I started reading this book, I was actively "googling" 1940s political activity and the life of Charles A. Lindbergh, and I found Roth was sticking pretty close to historical fact. The author then drives into the fictional style for which he's known, as Lindbergh wins the GOP presidential nomination and then the highest office itself. I'm still reading this one, and it's another great read from this award-winning author. Without getting too far into our current political environment, just know that Roth's now 12-year-old book could pass as a new book today.
Also Reading - Christianity and World Religions, Adam Hamilton
For the last five years or so, I meet with a group of friends weekly for Bible Study. We read a variety of books that help us understand the Bible, and the life of Jesus Christ. We are taking our first steps into better comprehension of world religions by reading this thin but engaging text that examines Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism - as well as Christianity. Hamilton's book gives just an introductory overview into these religions, and we'll follow up with more study (textual and personal) after this book.
My Little Free Library
The first Little Free Library was built in a quiet neighborhood in Hudson, Wisconsin. The concept is book sharing in public. Place a Little Free Library outside your home, fill it with books, and let neighbors and the general public take books as they wish, and leave books they think others will enjoy reading.
I don't get a lot of traffic at my Little Free Library, but I do get a few "customers," including the pre-teen who left his own hand-written book inside - I'm not sharing that one. I've built another library for a friend in town, and would like to build and install others in my area.
I've stopped at Little Free Libraries throughout Southern California and other towns wherever I can find one. And while getting a new book is fun, there is little as rewarding as sharing a good read.