C.S Lewis on the Joy of New Books
Oh, how I can relate! I think if Lewis was living in the 21st century, he'd agree that one of life's sweetest sounds is the UPS truck stopping in front of your house with new Amazon boxes.
Here's what he wrote to his boyhood friend, Arthur Greeves:
"I quite agree with what you say about buying new books, and love all the planning and scheming beforehand, and if they come by post, finding the neat little parcel waiting for you on the hall table and rushing upstairs to open it in the privacy of your own room.
Some people--my father for instance--laugh at us for being so serious over our pleasures, but I think a thing can't properly be enjoyed unless you take it in earnest, don't you?
What I can't understand about you though is how you can get a nice new book and still go on stolidly with the one you are at: I always like to be able to start the new one on the day I get it, and for that reason wait to buy it until the old one is done."
- C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Vol. 1: Family Letters 1905-1931, p .170