You guys, I have a confession: I’m obsessed with books. I can’t stop buying them. And since a lot of my friends like the same books as I do we’re constantly sharing books and even held a very successful book swap last summer. I’d been complaining for weeks that I don’t have time to read(total first world problems, I know). Between long hours at work and getting to the gym and dinner plans and planning for upcoming trips and meeting friends for drinks and just generally being a person who likes to keep very very busy I found myself reading the same book for 4 months. 4 MONTHS! It was Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Freedom’, in case you wanted to know. It wasn’t an easy read, but it was one that should’ve taken me two, maybe three, weeks tops. Also, I can’t read on the subway because it’s way too crowded (a pitfall of working ‘normal’ office hours), and I try to read before bed but by the time I actually get home and into bed it’s usually pretty late and I pretty much fall asleep immediately, dead to the world.
Finally I decided if I was ever going to get some reading done something had to change, so I forced myself to get up an hour early on weekends and go grab a coffee at one of the many fantastic coffee shops in my west end neighbourhood and just read before heading to yoga/the gym/the grocery store/brunch. Then I started forcing myself to go to bed a bit earlier each night and read then too. In the span of two weeks I plowed through The Fault in Our Stars (loved loved loved) by John Green and Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes (just liked it, but I wasn’t blown away by the writing). I was starting to feel like I had a handle on things and would actually start to make a dent on the books jostling for space on my already-at-capacity bookshelf(ves).
And then I found out that the soon-to-be-closed Chapters at John and Richmond was selling everything at 50% off.
I took an early (and rare) lunch break and got myself over there the very next day and stocked up.
Oh and in case you’re asking, yes I do also peruse my local library but I find that I like the option of keeping books I love after reading them, or lending them out to friends, you know? I view books on my shelves as art, in a way. I like to surround myself with my favourite books, including Oryx and Crake, A Home at the End of the World, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Hey Nostradamus!, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Less Than Zero, to name a few.
So now with summer finally here, I’m planning on spending some weekend mornings in the park with a coffee and a book, soaking in the sun and reading these books on my shelf (to start):
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
- Rebel Heart (book 2 in the Dust Lands series) by Moira Young
- How Happy to Be by Katrina Onstad
- The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
- Room by Emma Donoghue (started on this last week)
- The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
- Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar (non fiction) by Kelly Oxford
- The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
- When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
- The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis