16: Great Works of Literature

Avatar Author: thelostgirl I'm a writer from Northern Ireland who enjoys the works of Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, Erin Morgenstern and Laini Taylor. I love to listen to Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers and Of Monsters & Men while I write. Read Bio

Rianne snatched another book from the shelves and added it to the heavy pile in her arms. A few more and the stack would reach her chin. Behind her, Charlie was struggling with her equally heavy load.

“Why did I agree to help you with this?” she asked.

“Because you’re a good friend,” Rianne said. “Can you believe I’ve never actually read ‘The Three Musketeers’?”

“At this point, yes. Can we take a break?” Charlie set her stack of books down for a moment and stretched out her arms. She had lost the feeling in her hands quite a while ago.

“Light weight,” Rianne said. She wandered along the rows of books, looking at them reverently, murmuring their names under her breath.

“Why do you need all these books?” Charlie asked.

“I’m doing one of those ‘hundred books to read before you die’ things. Here, check it out.” Rianne handed her a list.

“This is more like three hundred. Where are you getting the money for all these books?”

“Student loan,” Rianne said, adding another to her pile.

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  1. Avatar thelostgirl

    I’m working my way through about three lists of books to read before I die (I haven’t gotten very far because my degree gets in the way) so Rianne is basically me and Charlie is any number of wonderful friends who accompany me to bookshops only to end up helping me carry all my books to the register.

  2. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    I read ‘The Three Musketeers’ a while back – good ol’ Dumas…! This is really nice, who needs to buy food and pay rent with a student loan? Surely a couple of hundred good books is a MUCH mire sensible purchase?

    Always good to get to know a bit more about a fellow Ficlyteer, so thanks – MH :)

  3. Avatar Catherine

    I have a book list as well! Of course I keep adding to it so who knows if it will ever be completed…

    I would spend my student loan the same way!

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    they never gave me enough extra for that. :(

  5. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    I’ve never read that story before…

  6. Avatar Marli

    My son accumulated 8,ooo books in 10 years and they are the ones he bought…….
    His love of literature has endured. He has an e-reader now so he downloads because he has not got the space for more books.

  7. Avatar Horrorfan13

    My one dream is to have my own library (I don’t see it happening anytime soon, but I still hold out hope!). I don’t actually have a list of books, but I’m constantly on the lookout for another good read. So, I can certainly relate! Good story!

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