March 13th, 2021
On My Mind

On The Books

What started as a gesture of community support turned into a saving grace. When my friend opened the Locust Valley Bookstore four years ago, I was a diehard digital reader and had not bought an actual book, save a coffee table tome, in years. To show my support, I started buying books as gifts. Then a few for myself. And then, during quarantine, reading quite literally kept me sane — it stopped my world from closing in. The novels, poetry, gardening books, and travel stories were a wonderful diversion from all the awful news, and a physical book was a welcome alternative to a screen. Along with unexpected time with my family, reading has been a silver lining.


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  • Books have always been my best friends!

    SLFMarch 13th, 2021  7:44 AM

  • Yes! New friends and old friends, I love a real book in my hands. And the escape they bring from the world.

    Charlotte WagsterMarch 13th, 2021  8:13 AM

  • I’m with you on this, books saved me this past year.

    NinaMarch 13th, 2021  11:20 AM

  • Well said. I hadn’t thought about it, but with the added screen time of Zoom and working from home on a computer, a real book is a welcome diversion.

    LisaMarch 13th, 2021  12:36 PM

  • Cookbooks and books on entertaining, full of post-COVID inspiration, are piled around my house.

    ClaireMarch 13th, 2021  12:48 PM

  • I enjoyed listening to Let Me Tell You What I Mean. Usually I am big on reading but since I didn’t have my commute last year, I started listening more. I really like that I can do it in the early morning before it is light.

    CBMarch 14th, 2021  8:54 AM

  • People who love books also tend to write notes and love stationery. It seems everyone has had enough of screens to last a lifetime. Other than a blog like this, which feels more conversational among women with a common interest/value, I don’t process well information that is delivered from a screen (probably because I lean anti-technology). : )) Being in the throes of wedding festivities, I am also re-dedicated to all things paper – engraving and calligraphy are so gorgeous, so quietly elegant – something I could spend a fortune on.

    PaulaMarch 15th, 2021  12:41 AM

  • I agree that books were my savior during Covid isolation. I also wanted to thank you for posting about this book store. We were in the Locust Valley area yesterday for a regatta, and I used the down time to go book shopping at this store. Made the day more fun and I’m looking forward to reading the books we bought this summer.

    KIC fanJuly 2nd, 2021  7:20 AM


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