23 Apr Essential (Bookworm) Item: Bookshelf Rolling Ladder
Another day, another week, and one day another year will pass.
Here lately the days have all run together. Things are good here despite how crazy they are in other parts of the world. So all things considered, I have nothing to complain about.
They other day I was looking at my bookshelves and The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver caught my eye. I read this book a few years ago and really liked it.
📌 Quick note: my bookshelves are mostly filled with unread books. The reason being is this: about 12-13 years ago I got rid of most of my books. I didn’t own a single bookshelf so the books I did have were stacking up on the bottom of my son’s closet. Skip forward several years and I started buying books again. Well the stacking started again because I am a creature of habit (and a book hoarder).
It was around the time of Mother’s Day and my husband wanted to buy me a gift. The only thing I ever want, honestly, is more books. As I started to think of a title to tell him, a wonderful lightbulb 💡 went off.
“I would like some book shelves.”
These are probably the most dreaded words my husband has ever heard me say, only he probably didn’t realize it at the time.
Since the first set went up, four more shelving installments have gone up. I truly love them, and him too 💙. There is no space left in the room I dub (in my head) the library. Everyone else calls it the playroom (ie. where my boys play video games). My next proposed plan is to have him build some built-ins in the living room that could have a rolling ladder attached to it (part of every true book worm’s dream is to have a bookshelf with a rolling ladder attached). I’m pretty sure, in fact I know my husband hates this plan. I doubt this will ever happen, but a bookworm can dream, right?
So, back to the present. Even though I have these nice shelves, they fill up. If I read something and didn’t love it, then it gets donated. Only if I really enjoyed it (physical copies, obviously) does it stay on the shelf.
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is one such book that has remained on the shelf. Since this book stood out, I thought I’d share it with you. Below is the Amazon synopsis:
• Noa P. Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, having accepted her fate, she sits on death row in a maximum-security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date.
Meanwhile, Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. She claims to have changed her mind about the death penalty and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute Noa’s sentence to life in prison, in return for the one thing Noa can trade: her story. Marlene desperately wants to understand the events that led to her daughter’s death—events that only Noa knows of and has never shared. Inextricably linked by murder but with very different goals, Noa and Marlene wrestle with the sentences life itself can impose while they confront the best and worst of what makes us human. •
If your days are numbered, do they matter more? The obvious answer is yes. But all of our days are numbered, right? The difference between you or I and someone sitting on death row is that we are not privy to that number. Us, being the ones that are not behind bars, are so fortunate to fill our days with any number of things, even while hanging out at home. And if you’ve been home for awhile and you are becoming bored, that’s ok too. In the normal scheme of things life tends to go a hundred miles an hour. Most of us are of the mindset to get everything done right now. We aren’t prepared to just let things ease up.
Please relish your time at home, it could be so much worse. Time is many things, but it does eventually run out. Use it wisely.
Every day matters.
“Without witnessing history, everything that follows is pure perspective.” —Elizabeth L. Silver, The Execution of Noa. P. Singleton