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It’s been one month and one week since I climbed the dreaded 118 steps and set foot in my beloved library. Perhaps it was glad to see me today. The shelves are looking nice and well-stocked since most of the students have turned books in and gone away for the summer. Library, I was faithful to you. ..I didn’t go to my hometown library during vacation.

Anxious to get back to my “Support Your Local Library Challenge”, I saw plenty of good books, but checked out only two. I’m attempting restraint because during my last couple of visits in the spring, I returned most of the books I’d checked out without reading them. Once I get these two done, I want to tackle The Forsyte Saga.

Anyway, here’s what I carried out and back down the 118 steps:

1. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne. Would you believe that I’ve never read this book? In college, I read some Hawthorne: a handful of the short stories, The Blithedale Romance and The House of The Seven Gables twice. I liked the stories, perceiving the faintest enjoyable whiff of Poe in them. The two novels didn’t float my boat at all — in fact, quite the opposite, actually –but I have high hopes for Hester & the gang. Meanwhile, my Tough & Cool Inner Bookworm is wriggling with glee.

2. Shaking The Nickel Bush – Ralph Moody. I’ve never read anything by Moody, but I saw this autobiography, (which I gather is part of the Little Britches series) in the humor section, not too far from The Benchley Roundup, which I loved and always stop by and visit when I’m in my library. On the first page of Shaking The Nickel Bush, Moody mentions that his hometown is St. Joseph, Missouri, which is less than two hours from Sedalia. Proximity seems to have carried the day for Mr. Moody.

Although I hated for vacation to end, it’s so cozy and reassuring to get back to my rituals and routines.

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