books are one of the very few things that I don't mind spending money on (along with chocolate cake, the very occasional Anthropologie throw pillow, and lavender hand soap). when it comes to money, I am all about saving it - you know, for a "rainy day". as they say. I think. I don't even like to keep cash in my wallet. instead, I cram it all into a tiny jar and put it in a cupboard that's just high enough out of my reach that I really have to be committed before getting it down. (J thinks this is a terrible plan, by the way. "it's just sitting there! don't you want to collect interest?" hehe)
books I can buy without any guilt and today was a bookstore kind of day. every year I forget that June in Oregon still means rain. every year I'm surprised. you guys! can you believe this rain??! it's June, for crying out loud! June! so in the spirit of this rainy summer day, I spent my afternoon perusing one of my favorite bookstores. I'm all about Barnes & Noble and Powell's, but there's something to be said about a local family-owned bookstore. this place is the epitome of organized chaos. down every aisle the floors are lined with rows and rows of (neatly) stacked books that come all the way up to your knees. your knees! it's a sea of books! there's no way of knowing if they have the book you want. I don't think they even have a computer in there. you just have to search (and search and search and search). this is certainly not the place to go if you're in a hurry.
luckily for me, I had all the time in the world.
my goal this summer is to finally spend some time reading books for fun, and not just for school. I went in today hoping to find david sedaris' latest book, let's explore diabetes with owls. I keep hearing about it and figured it was worth checking out. amazingly, I was able to find it without having to climb too many mountains of books, but then - blasphemy! turns out it was $27 and we all know that wasn't about to happen. (clearly, Amazon is the way to go)
so, there I was, an hour later with 12 books in my basket. oops.
after a long debate, I finally left with 2 zadie smith books - white teeth and on beauty. (have you ever read these?) as you can see, I found two copies of on beauty - a white and a pink version. this put me in a bit of a predicament because, shamefully, I have always judged a book by its cover (sorry books!). I finally decided on the white version because it felt a little more worn in and the font was nicer. do I sound crazy yet?
I'll let you know how they go.
(p.s. those two books only cost me $11, so take that, david sedaris!)
What's on your summer reading list? Any books that you'd recommend for me?