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Christmas shopping recommendations are coming in earlier and earlier, and I guess with saving supply chains there are some benefits to thinking about Christmas early. This article is inspired by these Christmas shopping recommendations, but is a little different.

I like books. Books of all kinds and sizes. Books for adults and books for children. Today I thought I would review some of my favorite things related to books.

1. Library. It’s great to have a local library that can help us keep our brains thinking about interesting ideas, places and people. I enjoy having catalogs online these days so I can figure out which books I want to buy before I even go. Sometimes my kids want to grab things that aren’t right for them yet. By looking for books in advance, I can get a good idea of ​​the reading level required as well as whether the content matches what the children are learning in school, or on upcoming holidays or whatever.

2. Thrift stores / used book stores / second hand books. Sometimes there are books you just need to own. That’s how I feel for Goodnight Moon and The Monster at the End of This Book, as well as CS Lewis’s Narnia series. You will have your own sets of books which must be personal. But, they don’t have to be new. I like to buy used books because a.) They are cheaper and b.) I can sometimes find out of print books that are still beautiful and fascinating. Local bookstores and thrift stores can have some really interesting books if you don’t mind taking the time to browse. And thriftbooks is a website that I lucked out with when I wanted a specific used book (there are other used book sites out there as well, I just enjoyed this one because it gives a fairly precise description of the condition of the book).

3. Audiobooks / Librivox. Librivox is a free app (it contains ads, so parents should be careful if your child is happy with clicks) where volunteers have saved public domain books. The quality of the recording and the speaker can be variable, but especially for popular classics, multiple people may have recorded it, so you can choose whatever voice you like. There are great classic books out there, and a good selection of children’s books, fairy tales, etc. You can also get audiobooks from your local library, and I’ve had situations where I thought the narrator in librivox was more engaging than the library version, and vice versa.

4. Common book. In the good old days, people couldn’t take screenshots of their favorite quotes to save for later. They must have written them down. A trivial book was the journal or notebook that people used to jot down their favorite quotes or readings that they were enjoying at that time. I admit that I’m bad at keeping a diary, but this summer I started a trivial book and I was able to use it wisely. I don’t force myself to write something in it every time I read, but if a passage particularly strikes me, or if a turn of phrase is just too good, I can keep the mundane book by my bed or in my room. reading chair and note it down. I might never watch it again, but again, I could.

Have fun with your physical book collection and the book collection you keep in your heart. Be flexible, be smart, and be patient. You can do it.

Katie Jackson, MD, is a pediatrician at the Utica Park Clinic in Claremore.


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