There are several points during the day where I just want to hide away somewhere, far from the bustle, noise, and stress of school and everyday life. Unfortunately, I have no such place, but I know exactly where it would be and what it would look like if it could exist.
Libraries fit the bill in every way possible, and the variety of each one makes it all the more better. Some have large windows, some are cramped, some are bright and airy, others have a musty, ancient smell to them. The solitude and comfort I feel when spending time in a library is unparalleled.
Not only is the atmosphere of a library attractive, but the main differentiator is the seemingly infinite collection of books it has to offer. There is shelf upon shelf of adventure, majestic lands that can never exist, and heroes whose exploits are too bold to dare to attempt. I lose myself for hours, and libraries serve as my protectors, keeping my body safe while my soul is off exploring.
One incredible book I've read is House of Stairs by William Sleator. You'll probably have heard me mention it a few times before, including in my about page, but that's because I can't mention it enough times. I stayed up until 5AM reading it, and it mesmerized me all the way through to the last sentence- literally. I was completely shocked at how abrupt the ending was, and I stared at the last couple of words that held the meaning of the whole book.
I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that you'll never look at human nature the same way again.
Of course, I don't have a personal library at my disposal to just walk into, so this blog post is more about what I would love to be able to use.
I've browsed through so many pictures of antique libraries with towering windows covered in intricate Baroque design, and spiraling staircases or ladders adorning the shelves:
The bright light on the right side implies a large window on that side, which I absolutely love. Natural light creates a spacious atmosphere. It's almost like a breath of fresh air.
This isn't just limited to libraries. It is my greatest wish to travel around and visit ancient buildings, castles, and decaying monuments. I can reimagine them as they were a long time ago, and it takes me back to another land. And that's practically like reading a book.