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The Book Mobile

It was a truck of sorts, a library on wheels

full of posters, maps and books to explore.

I was lifted from the pages to another world,

from the Amazon jungles to a New Zealand shore.

Like a soaring kite my dreams would fly

as if to a magical place beyond,

through billowing soft clouds high up in the sky.

Sometimes my heart found a new friend

living between the covers of a book

sharing secrets, confessions and experiences in life.

And, I could imagine their face and their world

as the images and visions swirled around in my head,

and the stories and characters that lived on as I read.

Some I would go back and visit again

choosing them over another new ‘friend’ instead

when I climbed aboard the ‘book mobile.’


Page notes: The ‘Book Mobile’ was the traveling library that came every week to my elementary school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We were allowed thirty minutes to browse, look through the selection of books of all kinds and on all subjects, both fiction and nonfiction, and then check out our choice for that week. We were given a week to read that book or books if we chose two (our limit) before returning it/them the following week to check out another. It was one of the events while in grade school I loved most because it was what I loved doing most; reading.

Joyce E. Johnson (2014)






Posted May 14, 2014 by Joyce in My Writings, poetry, Reading

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap

E-books verses paperbacks.

Which do I prefer? The choice for me is an easy one. I don’t own an e-reader and don’t plan to buy one. I don’t like having to buy and learn how to use the next new tech gadget just to read a book, or depend on something like that to pull up the internet (via a smart phone). Nor, do I want to bother having to recharge an e-reader, or go through a process to keep what I read secure from misuse or abuse. I like the convenience of pulling out a paperback or hardback whenever I am at home and reading while sitting in my ‘reading chair’ in the comfort of my home.  I have more difficulty reading from the smaller tech gadgets and prefer the close up range of a printed copy using my reader glasses. With the paperback or hardback copy of a book, I just take it with me where ever I am going like to appointments and can quickly open it up to read without needing to turn it on or warm it up. That is too inconvenient for my lifestyle.

I also love the thrill of going through the isles of a bookstore, looking for good deals, perusing the bestsellers, and checking out reference books on writing and other topics. I have an extended collection of hardback books and paperbacks in my library and am very selective on those that I choose to buy. When I’m in the bookstore I can sit down and read a portion of the book then that I am considering buying and can see if I might like it and judge for myself if it is worthy of the cost to buy it and worthy my time to read it. I cannot do this with an e-book if I were to purchase them on-line to use with an e-reader. When they offer only a page online to view, or the synopsis of a book it is not often enough for me to make a decision that way to buy it online, unless I have known about the book, read the reviews, and been given a recommendation.


Posted February 4, 2013 by Joyce in Reading, Writing, Writing Challenge

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