|1:||Talking myself out of buying books I can't afford.|
|2:||Having a reading list that I won't be able to complete in one life time.|
|3:||Every book looks appealing.|
|4:||Everyone assumes that I've read every book they mention.|
|5:||Then when I say I haven't read the book they mention, they give me one of "those" looks (you know what look I'm talking about."|
|6:||I actually feel an ache to shop for books...online.|
|7:||I'm running out of room.|
|8:||All the books in one genre start sounding the same after a while.|
|11:||Leaving a book half-finished.|
|12:||Never finishing a series.|
|14:||People talking to me when I'm trying to read a really good book.|
|15:||Having a parent tell you that you read to much and/or spend too much money on books.|
|16:||All of the bookcases and bookshelves on Tumblr look like something made for your future home.|
|17:||Book porn. It's lethal.|
|18:||Doing nothing all day because a book needs to be read.|
I love bookshelves, and stacks of books, spines, typography, and the feel of pages between my fingertips. I love bookmarks, and old bindings, and stars in margins next to beautiful passages. I love exuberant underlinings that recall to me a swoon of language-love from a long-ago reading, something I hoped to remember. I love book plates, and inscriptions in gifts from loved ones, I love author signatures, and I love books sitting around reminding me of them, being present in my life, being. I love books. Not just for what they contain. I love them as objects too, as ever-present reminders of what they contain, and because they are beautiful. They are one of my favorite things in life, really at the tiptop of the list, easily my favorite inanimate things in existence, and … I am just not cottoning on to this idea of making them … not exist anymore. Making them cease to take up space in the world, in my life? No, please do not take away the physical reality of my books.
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|1. Coming to the door to pick someone up.|
|2. Trying to dress really nicely for a date.|
|3. Bringing flowers or other tokens of affection to the first date.|
|4. Going dancing that’s not grinding on a grimy club floor.|
|5. Straightforwardly asking someone out and not calling it “hanging out.”|
|6. Additionally, being clear about when you’re “going steady.”|
|7. Romantic gestures like writing poems.|
|8. Turning electronics off and just being with one another.|
|9. The general concept of asking permission for things.|
|10. Not assuming sex is to be had at any point in time.|
|by Kate Bailey|