I have re-discovered the magic of LIBRARIES. You can take books out for FREE!! I think I seriously almost forgot this along the line of the past decade, in favour of Waterstones and Amazon. But being holed up in a tiny town, with nothing but time on my hands, has kindly forced me to remember not just the joy of reading (hardly something I could easily forget), but the joy of cramming as many books as I can into my skull before I do get a job and won’t have as much time!
- I’ve fallen quite a bit in love with Joanne Harris books. So far I’ve read Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners and Holy Fools. Her writing and stories are the equivalent to a soothing bath.
- A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (A Trilogy in Five Parts) by Douglas Adams isn’t the type of book I usually read, but it was recommended to me and I like to give any recommended book a try. I’m about a third of the way through and so far its been plain old silly fun.
- Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche (see how much my reading taste varies?), which I’ve been reading on and off since May. I can’t bear to sit down and read this for hours at a time - brilliant as it is, it’s not quite light-reading and can wirr my head around for quite a bit.
- Dry and A Wolf on the Table by Augusten Burroughs are the books I got out of the library. I read Running With Scissors some years ago and whilst I did enjoy that, I didn’t feel particularly compelled to read any of Burroughs’ other books afterward. It was by whim that I decided to give these a try when I saw them and I’m so glad I did. Dry is a memoir of his years as an alcoholic, and as horrible the subject/experience was, the book was written with so much humour and wit. And god do I love me some self-deprecating humour. A Wolf on the Table is a memoir about his relationship with his father and was written in a bit of a different tone. I read this feeling so thankful I didn’t have the psycho dad he did.
- The Wild Things by Dave Eggers is the book I got out today and plan on starting tonight. I read What is the What earlier this year and Valentino Achak Deng’s life simply blew my mind. I can’t wait to read more of Eggers’ books.