On the 29th April , Moscow was washed clean by a thunderstorm. The air was delightful; it mellowed the heart and made one want to start living again.
Mikhail Bulgakov, ‘Black Snow’.
I know we are already way past April, and I’m definitely nowhere near Moscow, surrounded with days that are wrapped in high heat and humidity over here. The air is also far from delightful….. but somehow I found these opening lines from Bulgakov’s Black Snow, to be quite apt for reviving this little space with a sort of ‘comeback post’.
The unplanned absence from this blog for the past three over months was largely due to a lack of inspiration for writing/ posting (among a host of other factors), but fortunately, not from reading. In fact, I have been feeling more ‘alive’ and voracious in my appetite for books and reading in the last two months, than what I could remember having felt, in years. And it feels great.
I find myself pulling out books from forgotten stacks and shelves every other couple of days or so, and wanting to read everything at the same time, or something different every time. This haphazard kind of a reading may probably seem absurd and even frowned upon by serious readers out here, but all I can say is that, I found much comfort and pleasure in doing so.
As for the hodgepodge of stuff I have been reading, I’ll probably save it for another post.
For now, I thought I’d just share some long overdue snapshots of some highlights (bookish ones, that is) taken from my trip to Taipei early last year.
First off…. The Moomin Café.
Next up….. ‘the most beautiful secondhand bookshop I’ve ever seen’.
A few other beautiful bookish nooks around the city…..
Five Thursdays ago, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at this lovely public library at Beitou Park, Taipei. It was a wet and cold day, and plans had to be changed and adjusted in order to accommodate the weather, but for me, it presented just the perfect excuse to seek refuge amongst friends……. books.
If only there was a “Rewind” button that can wind back the hours, and return me to that particular rainy Thursday afternoon…..
So, back to my question at the top. Has anyone here been actually checking out books from any one of these 25 public libraries? Or are any of these to be found anywhere within your easy reach? If your answer is in the affirmative, I do envy you!
As for myself, sadly none of these libraries are in any way within my reach. The only comfort I can take is that at least I have had the pleasure of visiting this one, which happens to be the No.25 on the list. 🙂
A 20 minute train ride north of Taipei City will get you there. Beitou is actually a lovely little spa town, famous for its many hot springs. We were there for the hot springs actually, and stumbling upon the lovely library was truly a delightful surprise.
Guess that’s one down for me, and 24 to go ‘a-hoping-to-visit-someday’!
What about you? Which ones are you most hoping to visit someday? 😉