A Girl Who Reads…

A poem by Mark Grist.

I had to share this. Because girls who read are brilliant (if I do say so myself).

I do feel like a bit of a fraud. I’ve only finished one book since January, Barry Miles’s London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945. In my defense, it was several hundred pages long (and I’m working hard on my degree).

But I am a girl who reads. A reader of fiction both literary and pulp (and where the two crossover), of histories (mostly pop), of biographies, of critical theory, of academic articles. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. As much as I love television, movies, even the internet, I wouldn’t trade reading for it.

Not reading for myself hurts. It aches as my brain grows weak, my attention span dwindling, when all I want is to read and find I can’t.

I still wander through libraries and bookstores, my eyes lusting over the beautiful book covers, the words on the pages…I long for the day where I can read for myself again (I may end up cheating a bit and reading before going to bed. All PHP and no books makes Beth a dull girl). Just today, I found myself at both Blackwell’s and the Edinburgh Central Library, perusing the shelves, holding books in my hands.

And yes, I gave in to temptation. I couldn’t resist. I never can. The printed word entices me, it draws me in, it is irresistible. I picked up a couple at the library, and am considering buying one for myself from Blackwell’s (Catriona Child’s Trackman). Perhaps as a reward for surviving this first round of submissions.

And, as a girl who reads, I have to say there’s nothing sexier than a guy who reads.

Maybe I’ll write a follow up poem.

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5 thoughts on “A Girl Who Reads…

  1. Hahaha. Funny poem but this guy’s over-studied delivery makes me want to cringe. I spent half an hour in Waterstones on Sunday and saw about thirty books I wanted. Now just got to find some money… Enjoy Trackman!

    1. It’s so dangerous, walking into a bookstore. You never know what you’ll find…and how light your wallet will be when you leave.

      The 3 for 2 deal is so dangerous. I’m debating if I ought to just buy find another two books I want…

      1. The best Twilight Zone episode from me is the one where a man survives a nuclear holocaust and rejoices because he has all the time in the world to read all the books in the library.

        Then his glasses fall off and brake.

        And my heart always brakes with them.

        😀

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