I am not a purse girl. I marvel at the women who change purses every season and I never step foot inside the stores at the mall that have shelves bursting with colorful bags of all shapes and sizes. Sure, some of them can be called pretty, but to show off those pretty designs, the purses can become huge. I tease my mother about the size and weight of her purses, wondering how the bag got so heavy when all one really needs is a simple wallet to hold a bit of cash and any necessary cards.
However, I will admit that there is one glaringly positive aspect to a big purse. With a big purse, one can carry around one’s books.
I like big books. My preferred type of a book is paperback, but I’m not opposed to hardcover at all. I don’t have a Kindle or Nook or any of the ebook readers, but I have no reason to think I would be opposed to them either. After all, they all do the same thing — house and proclaim stories for readers to devour at their leisure.
I would love to bring a book (or e-reader) around with me everywhere, and I tend to try to do so whenever I can. Back in school, I always had my latest novel in my backpack and read whenever I had down time (during some college courses, there were times when I would spend the semester reading through the class!). I am well aware, though, that it can be difficult to keep an eye on a book if you only have the option of carrying it in your arms. A purse is a convenient way to carry one’s beloved books.
My current purse is a little over-the-shoulder hip-hugger thing in a solid plum color. It’s big enough to suit my purposes, with a couple of little pockets to hold my cash, my necessary cards, and my phone if my pants don’t have pockets. It’s nothing fancy, but I like it. Except for the fact that, you know, it’s too small to hold a book.
Maybe one day I’ll understand why women need bigger purses and then I’ll be able to find a little extra space to hold my books. In the meantime, I’ll count myself enjoying the fact that my little hip-hugger can carry a pen or two with a notepad. You never know when writing inspiration will strike!